The last fences are set up, the mobile bridge is in its place and in Bogense the route for the 2019 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships looks exactly what it is: A section of 2.8 kilometers where the world’s best cycling cross riders this weekend will separate themselves from the second best.
“I think it is an exciting route with an excellent mix of challenges,” says Danish cyclo-cross legend Henrik Djernis.
“The off-camper is difficult and offers very big demands as far as the riders’ technique is concerned and the straight pieces are different from elsewhere as much of it takes place along the harbor with spectators on both sides and along the sea, where you also have many spectators surrounding the riders.”
“Some riders think straight pieces can be a bit boring, but you must not lose ground. When the pace is increased it may be difficult to close the gaps,” says Henrik Djernis.
The Danish 1993 World Champion points at two further factors that may play a major role – the weather and the record number of participants.
“If we get rain on the days leading up to the race and maybe even on Saturday, the route can get more muddy than it was the case at the World Cup in November 2017. This is naturally even worse by the fact that almost 300 riders are on the track to train for the races. So it will be exciting to see how that turns out. It may very well influence the number of laps. ”
“For me to see, the track promises exciting races in all five categories – and I have no doubt that it will be the best riders who with their versatility and strong technique will snatch the gold medals,” states Henrik Djernis.