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A minute silence was held before the women’s race, to remember Annefleur Kalvenhaar, who died during a crash earlier this year. (via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report - cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

A minute silence was held before the women’s race, to remember Annefleur Kalvenhaar, who died during a crash earlier this year. (via Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report - cyclephotos.co.uk - click through for Bálint Hamvas’ race report with tons of great photos

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"I’m used to having a bad start, so I just had to be patient, I didn’t panic, I was just frustrated with myself that I made my job that much harder" - Katie Compton

Meanwhile, at the front, Wyman had things under control but she was unsure what was happening behind her. “Katie was nowhere to be seen and I was like: what do I do now? I started to shake of people but then she came past. I managed to follow her wheel for about hundred meters, but then she was off.”

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Cyclocross World Cup #1 - Valkenburg Race Report - Cyclephotos.co.uk

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Kristina Vogel wins the keirin, 2014 European Track Championships

via Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

1. Kristina Vogel, Germany
2. Elena Brezhniiva, Russia
3. Shanne Braspennincx, Netherlands
4. Olena Tsos, Ukraine
5. Simona Krupeckaite, Lithuania
6. Elis Ligtlee, Netherlands

Kristina Vogel wins the keirin, 2014 European Track Championships

via Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

1. Kristina Vogel, Germany
2. Elena Brezhniiva, Russia
3. Shanne Braspennincx, Netherlands
4. Olena Tsos, Ukraine
5. Simona Krupeckaite, Lithuania
6. Elis Ligtlee, Netherlands

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Keirin podium, 2014 European Track Championships

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1.   Kristina Vogel, Germany
2.   Elena Brezhniiva, Russia
3.   Shanne Braspennincx, Netherlands
4.   Olena Tsos, Ukraine
5.   Simona Krupeckaite, Lithuania
6.   Elis Ligtlee, Netherlands
7.   Ekaterina Genidenko, Russia
8.   Katy Marchant, Great Britain
9.   Olivia Montauban, France
10. Miriam Welte, Germany

Keirin podium, 2014 European Track Championships

via Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

1. Kristina Vogel, Germany
2. Elena Brezhniiva, Russia
3. Shanne Braspennincx, Netherlands
4. Olena Tsos, Ukraine
5. Simona Krupeckaite, Lithuania
6. Elis Ligtlee, Netherlands
7. Ekaterina Genidenko, Russia
8. Katy Marchant, Great Britain
9. Olivia Montauban, France
10. Miriam Welte, Germany

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Laura Trott beats Jolien D’hoore in the final event of the 2014 European Track Championships omnium, the points race, to win the entire competition

via Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

Such an exciting omnium, can’t wait to see how the season develops in the Track World Cup season.

Laura Trott beats Jolien D’hoore in the final event of the 2014 European Track Championships omnium, the points race, to win the entire competition

via Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

Such an exciting omnium, can’t wait to see how the season develops in the Track World Cup season.

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Omnium podium, 2014 European Track Championships

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1.   Laura Trott, Great Britain, 199 points
2.   Jolien D’hoore, Belgium, 198
3.   Anna Knauer, Germany, 167
4.   Kirsten Wild, Netherlands, 166
5.   Tatsiana Sharakova, Belarus, 160
6.   Malgorzata Wojtyra, Poland, 159
7.   Ausrine Trebaite, Lithuania, 142
8.   Laurie Berthon, France, 139
9.   Simona Frapporti, Italy, 134
10. Evgenia Romanyuta, Russia, 122

Full results

Omnium podium, 2014 European Track Championships

via Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

1. Laura Trott, Great Britain, 199 points
2. Jolien D’hoore, Belgium, 198
3. Anna Knauer, Germany, 167
4. Kirsten Wild, Netherlands, 166
5. Tatsiana Sharakova, Belarus, 160
6. Malgorzata Wojtyra, Poland, 159
7. Ausrine Trebaite, Lithuania, 142
8. Laurie Berthon, France, 139
9. Simona Frapporti, Italy, 134
10. Evgenia Romanyuta, Russia, 122

Full results

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Katie Archibald, after winning the Individual Pursuit at the 2014 European Track Championshipsvia Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

Katie Archibald, after winning the Individual Pursuit at the 2014 European Track Championshipsvia Photo Gallery - Category: 2014 TRACK Elite: Baie-Mahault-Guadeloupe - European Cycling Union

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2014 European Track Championships Individual Pursuit podium
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1. Katie Archibald, Great Britain, 0:03:40 2. Mieke Kröger, Germany, 0:03:42 3. Vilija Sereikaite, Lithuania, 0:03:45 4. Eugenia Bujak, Poland, 0:03:48 5. Joanna Rowsell, Great Britain 6. Aleksandra Goncharova, Russia 7. Lotte Kopecky, Belgium 8. Silvia Valsecchi, Italy 9. Pascale Jeuland, France 10. Irina Molicheva, Russia
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2014 European Track Championships Individual Pursuit podium

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1. Katie Archibald, Great Britain, 0:03:40
2. Mieke Kröger, Germany, 0:03:42
3. Vilija Sereikaite, Lithuania, 0:03:45
4. Eugenia Bujak, Poland, 0:03:48
5. Joanna Rowsell, Great Britain
6. Aleksandra Goncharova, Russia
7. Lotte Kopecky, Belgium
8. Silvia Valsecchi, Italy
9. Pascale Jeuland, France
10. Irina Molicheva, Russia

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The biggest change from regional to elite racing, I noticed was the sheer speed. Straight away we were sprinting flat out for the first corner and fighting fiercely for the best positions. In retrospect, I wasn’t really ready for such an ‘aggressive’ start and the next time I looked up for air I was already pretty far back in the ranks of riders.

The course was challenging with lots of off camber turns and a rooty, wooded section which certainly slowed me down (even if it didn’t seem to affect Annie Simpson et al!). I got around incident-free and was pleased to survive my first elite race. I now have a pretty good idea of what I need to work on to be more competitive in the elite ranks.

So, for now, it’s onwards and upwards!

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ALICE’S PROGRESS: Racing starts and Alice faces the best in the UK - Cyclocrossrider

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Love Helen and Stef!

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"I’ve been compiling my kind-of-annual lists of things I really wish I had the money to buy myself present ideas for fans of cycling, and women (and men!) who bike, and this is my favourite part – recommendations from the twitterati, because you all have such great taste, and leave me wishing I had more money. As always, I get no benefit in sharing these – they’re bike-related gift ideas that I hope you like too."

Gift Guide 4: Recommendations from twitter | Unofficial Unsanctioned Women’s UCI Cycling Blog

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Inside Out - Team Giant-Shimano Fan Day

Liv-Shimano and Giant-Shimano riders spend times with fans in the Netherlands

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Katherine Compton wins Cyclo-Cross World Cup 1/6 - Valkenburg, Netherlands

Highlights of the first round of the 2014/15 Cyclocross World Cup - Caubergcross in Valkenburg. Superb coverage, thanks UCI!

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Elite Women’s Race | 2014 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup | Valkenburg, Netherlands

Full English-language replay of the first round of the 2014/15 Cyclocross World Cup - Caubergcross in Valkenburg. Superb coverage, thanks UCI!