The Cyclocross World Cup will be held on December 6 in Dendermonde. Organizer Jurgen Mettepenningen will no longer receive the Puyenbroeck domain in Wachtebeke for free.
The provincial domain in Wachtebeke has been the scene of the Ambiancecross for the past two years. During the preparations for the World Cup, the organizer Mettepenningen experienced difficulties in working together with the management of the domain.
That is why he now decides, in consultation with Flanders Classics and the International Cycling Union UCI, to move the fifth heat to a new location in Dendermonde.
“The fact that the provincial domain in Wachtebeke is no longer made available for free to promote cycling is the basis for the move,” says Mettepenningen.
“Hiring a provincial domain from the start of the course’s construction to the end of its demolition is simply priceless.”
Hiring a provincial domain from the start of the course’s construction to the end of its demolition is simply priceless.
“In Dendermonde, on the territory of the sub-municipality of Grembergen to be precise, I have a location of 75,000 square meters available. We can draw up an attractive, well-organized and very varied route on it. Hopefully the corona measures then in force will of course allow that.”
Mette tokens had been playing with the idea of organizing a cross country in Grembergen for some time: “The new conditions have accelerated everything.”
“My sincere thanks also go to the Mayor of Dendermond Piet Buyse and his aldermen for the enthusiasm and speed with which they made the decision to welcome this UCI World Cup Cyclocross.”
The renewed World Cup will contain 11 rounds next cyclocross season. Due to the corona pandemic, some matches abroad were canceled. The start will be given on November 1 in Overijse and on January 24 it will become clear in Hoogerheide who will succeed Toon Aerts as the overall winner.