January 20, 2021
The 2021 Overijse cyclocross World Cup takes place on Sunday, January 24. Alongside Flandriencross, this is one of the final races before the big one - the cyclocross World Championship, which takes place the very next weekend, January 30-31, 2021.
The Overijse World Cup also concludes the 2020/21 World Cup series, which was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic to just 5 rounds.
For the 2020/21 cyclocross season, FloSports has the streaming rights to the cyclocross World Cup events and broadcasts them on their FloBikes service. If you aren't a subscriber, check my review of the FloBikes service to decide if it's right for you.
Note: FloBikes also has the USA streaming rights to next weekend's cyclocross World Championship, so if you're on the fence, now is a great time to finalize that subscription.
Unfortunately the official course map doesn't provide much info about the specifics of the terrain, however, Cameron Mason has a nice video from last year's event at this course on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqpJgt1vx2I
The weather forecast suggests rain in the forecast in the days prior, and showers on race day, so mud could be in play for this one!
Riders who hope to contend for a medal at the World Championship the following weekend will be looking to fine-tune their fitness and form at Overijse - the last possible "tune-up" race on the calendar.
Let's get this part out of the way - on the Elite Women's side, Lucinda Brand has dominated the 2020/21 World Cup, and has already locked up the overall World Cup victory - no matter what happens in Overijse. That's an amazing result!
For the Elite men, Wout van Aert clings to a slim lead over Mathieu van der Poel and Michael Vanthourenhout before the last round, so we'll be watching carefully to see if the leaderboard shuffles.
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