December 30, 2020
The GP ("Grand Prix") Sven Nys is a cyclocross race in Baal, Belgium held annually on New Year's Day. Since it takes place in the special time between Christmas and New Year's, it's part of the Kerstperiode of holiday races.
The race is named in honor of Sven Nys, one of the most successful and consistent cyclocross racers of all time, and a fan favorite - Baal is his hometown. He won his namesake race 12 out of 16 times, while he was still active. American Katie Compton has also won this one a couple times too!
Historically, the GP Sven Nys has been part of the DVV Trofee series; for the 2020/21 season, this series has been renamed for new title sponsor
For the 2020/21 season, GCN Race Pass has the streaming rights to the X²0 Badkamers series, so tune into your GCN subscription to watch the GP Sven Nys this year.
Nys also lends his name to the Sven Nys Cycling Center, which allows visitors to ride on the on-site GP Sven Nys cyclocross race course! What a trip that would be. If you're interested in checking out a preview of the course, there's a new one on YouTube showing the current conditions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMTdzKxgOZc
A free replay of last year's Elite races is also available courtesy via GCN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jga79I-Eo1I
This race is a great way to ring in the new year with cyclocross. Stay up until midnight the day prior, then rise bright and early for the broadcast, perhaps to be followed up by a ride of your own. See you out there!
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