After a disappointing World Cup cancellation at Koksijde due to wind, Ellen and Jeremy headed to Zeven in Germany for the most recent round of World Cup racing. The weekend didn’t disappoint, with chilly temperatures and an interesting course.
Ellen took 10th place in the Elite Women’s race, and retained her U23 Women’s Overall lead in the World Cup series. Jeremy finished in 47th.
“This weekend was yet another amazing weekend of action-packed European racing,” Ellen says. “While both courses were surprisingly dry, compared to other courses that I’ve raced on, they were both extremely technical and favored a good starter and technical rider. On Saturday at the Zeven World Cup, I had a great start and maintained that position through the first lap. Unfortunately a bump-in with another rider lost my contact on the lead group, but I still managed to place 10th, which is an exciting result and I am happy with my consistency.
Maintaining the World Cup Overall is so exciting. I hadn’t imagined what it would be like to maintain it for this long into the season, but now I am preparing to do everything in order to maintain it.”
The next day, the winners of the Zeven World Cup—Sanne Cant and Mathieu Van Der Poel—repeated their wins in Belgium. Jeremy and Ellen also raced at Hamme in Belgium for Flandriencross, where Ellen finished 15 in the UCI C1 race and Jeremy finished in 23rd.
“Sunday, at Hamme-Zogge was not my best result of the season,” Ellen admits. “I felt fatigued from the long trip and a hard race the day before. I am happy to be at home now and regroup for the next trip to Europe for even more amazing cyclocross racing.”
After a long journey home, the Aspire Racing team is ready to rest up and prepare for the next big block of racing ahead of Nationals!
More info on the races:
- CXMagazine: Zeven World Cup Elite Women’s Report
- CXMagazine: Zeven World Cup Elite Men’s Report
- VeloNews: Zeven World Cup Report
- CyclingNews: Zeven World Cup Full Coverage
- Canadian Cycling: Cant and Van Der Poel Take Wins at Zeven
- CXMagazine: Flandriencross Elite Women’s Report
- CXMagazine: Flandriencross Elite Men’s Video
- CyclingNews: Flandriencross Full Coverage