Last year, a group of friends for the first time the cyclocross race in Gullegem on the grounds of the Heulestraat, when it was still a B-cross with the men only eliterenners without a contract. After a perfect organisation, and as many as 3,500 spectators, they now made the jump to the A-international circuit. With the absolute bottom at the start. For the men it is mainly to watch out for Mathieu van der Poel who will soon be the mythical milestone of 100 victories in his profloopbaan can achieve. “If it is happening to us, then we celebrate that with a big cake for him with 100 candles on top”, tell a press officer Kevin Defieuw al. Chairman Stijn Tant has been a droomscenario for eyes: “A thrilling match with Mathieu in the sprint brother David is correct and should prevail,” he laughs. In the women elite draw European champion Annemarie Sausage and Sophie De Boer present.
From stress there is at the organizers no question, are the maps too well. There were total of 5000 tickets in presale to the door. “Including more than 1000 viptickets”, adds Defieuw it. “Last year there were only 200. We have now reached the ceiling in terms of vips, but there are still regular tickets available. In times in which individual crosses the difficult to have the head above the water to hold and the uncertainty regarding the reform of the circuit weighs, is our story unique. We even have no penalty revs need to lash out to our budget to get around. The sponsors of last year continued our almost all loyal, and there were several new lenders. Therefore we could our budget has doubled from 70,000 euros to 140,000 euros.”
Hennie Werbrouck built a trail that is approximately the same length as last year. “But more compact and with a wider sandbox,” says Defieuw. “Lovers of the area already explored are talking about a hard surface so it can be a fast race could be. Last year was completely different then the days at a stretch it was raining, so the Heulebeek flooded and the trail even a little bit shortened.”
New this year is the G-cross for riders with a disability. “There are a total of eight such races, including this one in Gullegem, the only one in the province. We are proud that we are also in that story, and contribute to because on a social level, this brings yet a serious added value. Our event should be accessible to everyone. Therefore, we organize afterwards, also a free afterparty with Sam Gooris, and Wim Soutaer that the tent ablaze. This is a volkscross with a total experience for everyone in which ambiance and coziness are paramount.”
Tickets and info: https://cyclocrossgullegem.be