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” Balint Hamvas’s new book, CYCLECROSS 2011/2012 tells the story of the 2011/12 ‘cross season, in words (from gs) and pictures (from Hamvas). The book features all eight legs of the World Cup as well as all Superprestige and GVA trophy races, plus CrossVegas, Scheldecross, Druivencross and the World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium, you also get a sneak peek behind the scenes of cyclocross, as Hamvas spends a day with Bart Wellens in Leuven, and visits the Bioracer factory, where Lars Boom, Niels Albert and Sven Nys get their best threads.

Want to win a copy of the book? Well it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is caption the following photo…” >

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Win a copy of Balint Hamvas’s CYCLOCROSS 2011/2012 - Podium Cafe

I’ve got my copy of this amazing book, and I love it - full of gorgeous photos of men’s and women’s CX - and if you follow the link, you can see how you can win a copy too!

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Glorieus afscheid Daphny - Team AA Drink - Leontien.nl
Love this photo of the Young-Telenet Fidea riders (in plaits!) presenting Daphny van den Brand with a home-made cake after her final CX race!

Glorieus afscheid Daphny - Team AA Drink - Leontien.nl

Love this photo of the Young-Telenet Fidea riders (in plaits!) presenting Daphny van den Brand with a home-made cake after her final CX race!

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Daphny van den Brand - Oostmalle 2012 (by Cyclo-Cross.info)

A little video interview with Van den Brand after her final CX race.  Damn, I’ll miss her racing on road & mud - good luck for the future, Daphny!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Podium, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, 0:43:292.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, s.t.3.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 01:484.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 01:505.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:126.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 02:407.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 03:078.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 03:149.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet Fidea, + 03:1610. Joyce Vanderbecken (Bel) + 04:07
Race report & full results
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so  apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style  plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Podium, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, 0:43:29
2.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, s.t.
3.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 01:48
4.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 01:50
5.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:12
6.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 02:40
7.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 03:07
8.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, + 03:14
9.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Young Telenet Fidea, + 03:16
10. Joyce Vanderbecken (Bel) + 04:07

Race report & full results

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: In Daphny van den Brand’s final CX race, she beats Marianne Vos in the sprint for the finish, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so  apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style  plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: In Daphny van den Brand’s final CX race, she beats Marianne Vos in the sprint for the finish, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Marianne Vos in Daphny-style braids!, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so  apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style  plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Marianne Vos in Daphny-style braids!, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Pavla Havlikova, Photos | Cyclingnews.com
It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!
More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

GVA Trofee - Internationale Sluitingsprijs Oostmalle 2012: Pavla Havlikova, Photos | Cyclingnews.com

It was Daphny van den Brand’s final race before she retires, so apparently Marianne Vos suggested all the riders wear Daphny-style plaits, in honour of her - such a sweet idea!

More photos of the CX riders in braids on Cyclingnews!

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GVA Trofée - Krawatencross, Lille 2012, by jef cleemput

1. Marianne Vos (Rabobank), 2. Daphny van den Brand (AA Drink-Leontien.nl), 3. Sanne Cant (Boxx VeldritAcademie)

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GVA Trofee - Krawatencross, Lille 2012: Marianne Vos (Rabobank) , Photos | Cyclingnews.com
1.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, 0:41:142.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, + 0:293.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 01:124.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 01:425.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet Fidea, + 01:456.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 01:507.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, s.t.8.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Luna Pro Team, + 02:209.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, s.t.10. Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:55
Full results

GVA Trofee - Krawatencross, Lille 2012: Marianne Vos (Rabobank) , Photos | Cyclingnews.com

1.   Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank, 0:41:14
2.   Daphny van den Brand (Ned) AA Drink-Leontien.nl, + 0:29
3.   Sanne Cant (Bel) Boxx VeldritAcademie, + 01:12
4.   Sanne van Paassen (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, + 01:42
5.   Nikki Harris (GBr) Young Telenet Fidea, + 01:45
6.   Arenda Grimberg (Ned) + 01:50
7.   Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona, s.t.
8.   Pavla Havlikova (Cze) Luna Pro Team, + 02:20
9.   Sabrina Stultiens (Ned) Brainwash Wielerploeg, s.t.
10. Sophie de Boer (Ned) Young Telenet Fidea, + 02:55

Full results

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"Another third place for Sanne Cant - and she’s the youngest in the field, so I was wondering today if she can challenge Marianne Vos in the years to come" GVA #7 – Krawatencross, Lille | cyclephotos | mud, sweat and gears
More photos of the race by Balint Hamvas at Cyclephotos.co.uk - and if you like the photos, check out Balint’s book!

"Another third place for Sanne Cant - and she’s the youngest in the field, so I was wondering today if she can challenge Marianne Vos in the years to come" GVA #7 – Krawatencross, Lille | cyclephotos | mud, sweat and gears

More photos of the race by Balint Hamvas at Cyclephotos.co.uk - and if you like the photos, check out Balint’s book!

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Nikoline Hansen motion-blurs the lake. | GVA Krawatencross, Lille | cyclephotos | mud, sweat and gears
More photos of the race by Balint Hamvas at Cyclephotos.co.uk - and if you like the photos, check out Balint’s book!
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You may have noticed that I am a massive fan of the photos of Balint Hamvas, aka Cyclephotos.co.uk, and it’s all because of tgsgirl that I got into cyclocross in the first place….  so it’s super-exciting that they’re making a book together, all about the 2011/12 CX season!

You can check out what it will look like here, and you can pre-order it here - it will ship on 31st March, and it will be fantastic!  I really recommend this one, with all my heart!

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot’s first race in her new Rabobank kit - GVA Baal 2012, via GVA Trophée Baal (Belgique) | Facebook
More photos of her race on Ferrand-Prévot’s facebook

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot’s first race in her new Rabobank kit - GVA Baal 2012, via GVA Trophée Baal (Belgique) | Facebook

More photos of her race on Ferrand-Prévot’s facebook

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In the absence of Marianne Vos, Daphny Van Den Brand dominated the race and established her lead early on. | GVA Baal - GP Sven Nys 2012 |  cyclephotos | mud, sweat and gears
Balint Hamvas is my favourite cycling photographer - here are more of his pictures from the race
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Pauline Ferrand Prevot showed off her new Rabobank colours – and she clearly hadn’t seen any youtube videos, that teach you how to get off you bike (right leg in front of your left leg) during a cyclo-cross race. | GVA Baal - GP Sven Nys 2012 | cyclephotos | mud, sweat and gears
Ferrand-Prévot’s first race in her new Rabobank team colours!
Balint Hamvas is my favourite cycling photographer - here are more of his pictures from the race