We're only a couple weeks away from the 2023 Cyclocross World Championships! Here's how to watch via live stream, and riders to keep an eye on.
2023 Cyclocross World Championship Live Stream
For viewers in the USA, FloSports has the broadcast rights to the 2023 Cyclocross World Championship with their FloBikes subscription service. FloBikes is an annual subscription package that offers live streaming of different cycling disciplines; notably, the cyclocross World Cup and World Championship events.
Outside the USA, check out GCN+ / Eurosport in some other countries, including the United Kingdom.
What about in-person tickets?
If you're lucky enough to be able to attend in-person, don't forget your tickets, here.
When and where is the 2023 Cyclocross World Championship?
The 2023 UCI Cyclocross World Championship will be held the weekend of February 4-5, 2023 in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.
- Men U23 - February 4
- Women U23 - February 4
- Men Junior - February 4
- Women Junior - February 4
- Elite Men - February 5
- Elite Women - February 5
2023 Cyclocross World Championship Live Timing
If you're looking for extra info while live streaming, or you can't live stream but want to follow the race, check this page for the official UCI live chip timing.
Elite Men's Predictions
The main news in the Elite Men's category is that Tom Pidcock has decided not to defend his title, so we'll have a new wearer of the rainbow jersey no matter what. Who are the favorites?
Unlike the Elite Women, in the Men's field there is no chance of a talented U23 racing-up to the Elite category and taking the win. The contenders are well established:
Wout van Aert dominated the Kerstperiode and looks incredibly strong. He'd have to be the favorite.
Mathieu van der Poel has been consistently "good" but looks much more beatable than in prior years. He's cited back pain as hampering his performance recently.
Who else to watch?
- Eli Iserbyt
- Lars van der Haar
- Laurens Sweeck
- and Michael Vanthourenhout are the rest of the likely podium candidates, with Vanthourenhout and Sweeck having a close battle at Belgian nationals.
A win by any of those 4 would definitely be a surprise, as most have van Aert as the favorite and van der Poel, his primary challenger.
Elite Women's Predictions
The 2022/23 cyclocross season has been the year of the youth in the Elite Women's category, as three athletes: Fem van Empel, Puck Pieterse, and Shirin van Anrooij have largely dominated.
To accurately predict the Elite Women's category, we'd have to know first who plans to start! Each of those 3 athletes have U23 eligibility, but might choose to race the Elite category instead. Who has the chops?
- van Empel dominated the early season (3 World Cups in a row) before a crash and injury slowed her down. Over the last month she's been still great, but looks beatable now; including a clunky performance at Zonhoven in which she seemed to lack confidence.
- Puck Pieterse is the new Dutch National Champion and has won a smattering of World Cup, Superprestige, and X20 races, as well as the U23 European championship.
- while Shirin van Anrooij has the late-season juice thanks to a strong Kerstperiode performance, the most dominant rider as of late.
If they decide to stay U23 instead, who are the other contenders? Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado is the only rider that's consistently been even close. Lucinda Brand has been inconsistent; Marianne Vos (almost 7 minutes down to Pieterse at Dutch nationals) invisible. You also won't see prior World Champs Pauline Ferrand-Prevot or Sanne Cant, as both have already ended their season.
2023 Cyclocross World Championship Course Preview
Take a look at the official course map for an idea of what to expect. The Hoogerheide course is highlighted by a massive run-up with many steps. It could be a decisive point on the course.