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They don’t have many hills, the Dutch, but they do have a lot of wind. Even so, the Dutch headwind championships have no fixed date, instead, it's put on when the forecast looks good enough - or bad enough, depending on how you want to look at it. And it was bad enough on Saturday for it to take place in the Zeeland region of the Netherlands, on a flat road they call Dutch Mountain, right by the sea on a road about as exposed as you can get, on a day when flights and sailings were cancelled due to wind gusts of 127kph. Nutters! There are three key rules to the Dutch Headwind Champs. Number 1, wind speed must be at least 7 Beaufort, which is over 50kph, number 2, competitors have to ride 8.5km’s into that wind, and number three, they have to do so on a standard Dutch town bike.
On to the mud, and with the big guns Mathieu Van Der Poel and Wout Van Aert on a mid-season training camp, the races were wide open in the Cyclocross world at the weekend. At the Brico Cross on Saturday in Essen, it was Laurens Sweeck who took advantage, coming home 19 seconds to the good of fellow Belgian Gianni Vermeersch, with David Van Der Poel in 3rd. In the women’s event, Maud Kaptheijns took her first victory in over a year, 14 seconds ahead of Lucinda Brand. Brand would get her own back the following day, though, at the 81st edition of the Vlaamse Druivencross, which is described as the mother of all cross races.
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