Sunday, December 30, 2007

Paying to watch cross: Diegem Superprestige, Sunday, December 30, 2007

What else would cross racers do on a day off??? Although we pondered racing with the juniors at 1:30, since there was no womens race, we opted out and took a nice easy spin with Emily, who we picked up from the airport at 9 a.m. The race was an evening race under the lights and after we scored some great illegal parking, we found the entrance and paid our 10 euros to get in and see the action. We practically walked the whole course and found the good spots to watch, as Nys dominated the race. It was definitely the place to be as the tens of thousands of people took over the town of Diegem. It was definitely urban cross with some great death drops and singletrack on the back side. Quite a bit of pavement, but it looked like a fun course. We cheered on Page and Molly Cameron, who were the only Americans racing. Never a dull moment! I simply love cross!

Crazy crowds and the big screen for the start. The course was long & meandered through the village of Deigem.Hot air balloon in the middle of the action.
Vervecken at the top of one of the "death drops".
Coming back through the trees after the death drop on the other side.
Me among the crowd. Note: no one has a cowbell & they aren't loud or rowdy.
Cool trees with people going from one part to another.
It was their star crossed! Under the lights.

1 comment:

rhett B. said...

Hi Soooooozie....giving it a try here.

Interesting blog botht he 29th and the 30th. You have to be the luckiest person I know...being OVER THERE having fun while we shiver and shake back here in the flatlands...keep up the great racing...rb