Bieles, 29th of January 2017, at 3pm.
Wout Van Aert appeared at the start of the WC-Cyclocross with green Michelin mud-tubes, witch his sports director Niels Albert retrieved from his dusty basement. A subtle choice that nobody had expected, but a golden move. On the trail at an old quarry in Luxembourg, there seemed to be one puncture after another. But Van Aert was lucky, his green tubes seemed more resistant to the rocky soil, and for the second time he was crowned world champion cyclocross. His rival Mathieu van der Poel, like many other road on traditional coarse tubes, Rhino’s.
The fact that a tire coach can decide the world title made us think. Which stories are still going to slide behind cyclocross? Who or what stands behind the cyclist on the fields? What keeps a mechanic busy during the race? How is the rainbow jersey made? How many kilometres does a fan walk along the side to cheer on his hero? These are the questions that keep us busy. And we search for answers. With these unique photo’s you can take a look behind the scenes. From A to Z. From the trail to the workplace. For all that have a close bond with cyclocross.