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Feature - Cyclocross’ Cradle is Belgian
John Vink
Take a small village in the Flanders. It is raining or foggy with near-freezing temperatures on muddy fields or on narrow paths in a forest growing on steep hills. Add a set of stairs and pitches of sand. Put a few wooden beams across the track. Now join a group with road bikes fitted and start racing as hard as you can for one hour, trying to be the first to cross the finish line. You’ll be running, sliding in the mud, jumping the beams, climbing the stairs, carrying and even riding your bicycle. A crowd will gather along the track, drinking beer, cheering and supporting, and waving banners with...
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