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Euro CX Calendar

Here we go, my planned race calendar for the 2017/18 CX season: 7 world cups, 16 UCI Cat 1 and 10 UCI Cat 2 which means over 30 races. The finále is the World Champs but selection won’t be announced until mid-October.

If any Aussie riders are planning to apply for World’s selection for the first time they are welcome to get in contact with me as I am happy to share my experience racing in Europe. My biggest advice for riders (particularly juniors) planning to come over is to consider your goals for the trip and when the best time to be over here is. Very few races are held in January so riders can taper for the World Championships. This gives you very little opportunity to get used to how the events are run and the way riders race in Europe.  For example, in a small Australian field we have significantly less rider traffic during the race. This means Aussies are less experienced at full-gas race starts (from the back of the grid), passing riders and dealing with bottlenecks or crashes. I believe that coming to Europe for ‘Kerstperiode’ (the 2 week block of ~8 races around Christmas) is better value than the final two weeks leading up to the World Champs where you get only ~4 races and your competition are absolutely flying. You could also consider staying after the World Championships for some additional racing in February. While it is likely you will feel out of your depth, coming here and racing the best is an overloaded learning experience and I highly recommend it.

I am living the dream having the opportunity to race the whole season over in Europe. I have never been a full-time athlete before, as my cycling has always been managed around my work or study commitments. I feel very fortunate to work for a company who have been so supportive in helping me fit my sporting commitments around my work and saying yes when I asked to take leave for this trip. Even more than that, AECOM have come on board with some financial support for my trip which is fantastic!

Currently for Australians, participation in cyclocross events even at the World Cups and World Championships is paid for by the athlete.  While I am fortunate to have some financial and in kind support my European racing season is primarily self-funded. I am partnering with the Australian Sports Foundations’ Athlete Fundraising Program which allows you to give a tax-deductible donations to support an athlete. This money will contribute to my costs including flights, accommodation, car hire, race support and equipment.

You can find my donation page here: https://asf.org.au/athletes/nat-redmond/

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Thanks to all my current supporters: AECOM, Cannondale, Ozriders, SRAM, Zipp, Bell helmets, Spin Cycle Clothing, Kogel Bearings, and Zero Friction Cycling.

Nat’s Euro Cross Calendar

Day Date Name Location Class
Sat 30 Sep GP Neerpelt Neerpelt BEL C2
Sun 1 Oct Telenet Superprestige Gieten Gieten NED C1
Sat 7 Oct Berencross Meulebeke BEL C2
Sun 8 Oct DVV verzekeringen trofee   Hotoncross Ronse   Kluisbergen BEL C1
Sat 14 Oct Polderscross Kruibeke BEL C2
Sun 15 Oct Telenet Superprestige Zonhoven Zonhoven BEL C1
Thurs 19 Oct Kermiscross Ardooie BEL C2
Sat 21 Oct Telenet Superprestige Niels Albert CX Boom BEL C2
Sun 22 Oct Telenet UCI World Cup, Koksijde Koksijde BEL CDM
Tues 24 Oct Kiremko Nacht van Woerden Woerden NED C2
Sat 28 Oct De Groet Prijs van Brabant s Hertogenbosch NED C1
Sun 29 Oct Telenet Superprestige Ruddervoorde Oostkamp   Ruddervoorde BEL C1
Wed 1 Nov DVV verzekeringen trofee   Koppenbergcross Melden   Oudenaarde BEL C1
Race Break
Sat 5 Nov Cyclocross de Karrantza Karrantza ESP C2
Sun 12 Nov Elorrioko Ziklokrosa Basqueland Elorrio ESP C1
Sun 19 Nov Telenet UCI World Cup, Bogense Bogense DEN CDM
Sat 25 Nov Telenet UCI World Cup, Zeven Zeven GER CDM
Sun 26 Nov DVV verzekeringen trofee, Flandriencross Hamme BEL C1
Sat 2 Dec GP Hasselt Hasselt BEL C1
Sun 3 Dec Zilvermeercross Mol BEL C2
Sat 9 Dec DVV verzekeringen trofee   IKO cyclocross   Essen Essen BEL C1
Sun 10 Dec Vlaamse Druivencross Overijse BEL C1
Sat 16 Dec DVV verzekeringen trofee   Scheldecross Antwerpen BEL C1
Sun 17 Dec Telenet UCI World Cup, Namur Namur BEL CDM
Sat 23 Dec Waaslandcross Sint Niklaas BEL C2
Tues 26 Dec Telenet UCI World Cup, Heusden Zolder Heusden Zolder BEL CDM
Thurs 28 Dec DVV verzekeringen trofee   Azencross Loenhout BEL C1
Sat 30 Dec Telenet Superprestige Diegem Diegem BEL C1
Mon 1 Jan BDVV verzekeringen trofee   GP Sven Nys Baal BEL C1
Sun 7 Jan GP Leuven Leuven BEL C1
Race Break
Sun 21 Jan Telenet UCI World Cup, Nommay Pays de Montbeliard Nommay FRA CDM
Sat 27 Jan Internaionale Cyclocross Rucphen Ruchpen NED C2
Sun 28 Jan Telenet UCI World Cup, Hoogerheide Provincie Noord Brabant Hoogerheide NED CDM
Sat 3 Feb UCI Cyclo cross World Championships, Valkenburg (pending selection) Valkenburg Province Limburg NED CM

 

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