Superprestige Cyclocross 2021/22 season preview and live stream information

Superprestige Cyclocross 2021/22 season preview and live stream information

Tomorrow (Sunday, October 3rd, 2021) kicks off one of the world's top cyclocross series, the Telenet Superprestige. This European-based series takes place annually in Belgium and the Netherlands and for many riders, makes up some of the most important races on their calendar.

Let's take a look at live streaming information, favored riders, and the venues for the 2021/22 season.

2021/22 Superprestige Cyclocross live stream information*

Earlier in 2021, there were some concerns that the Superprestige would not be shown in the USA at all this year. The races did not appear on the streaming calendar of GCN+, FloBikes, Peacock, etc. Fortunately GCN+ came through and recently added them to their broadcast calendar for USA customers, so we'll be able to watch the entire 2021/22 Superprestige series in English on GCN+.

* this information is for viewers in the USA. Coverage elsewhere in the world varies.

2021/22 Superprestige dates, calendar, and locations

The 2021/22 Superprestige circuit hits these venues, many of which are already well-known and familiar:

Gieten - October 3rd, 2021 

Gieten opens the Superprestige calendar for 2021. Rain is in the forecast (as seen at Paris-Roubaix this morning) so expect mud.

Ruddervoorde - October 23, 2021

Niel - November 11, 2021

Merkplas - November 20, 2021

Boom - December 4, 2021

Heusden-Zolder - December 27, 2021

The cyclocross circuit typically shares a little of the auto/moto racing track in this region.

Diegem - December 29, 2021

A personal favorite of mine, Diegem sends riders around a town center under the lights at night, taking place only 2 days following Heusden-Zolder during the action-packed Kerstperiode. Unfortunately it was cancelled in 2020 with the pandemic-shortened season, but returns in 2021.

Don't miss it - it's much easier to watch for Americans because it takes place at night in Europe, allowing the USA to tune in, live, at a reasonable hour - a refreshing change from the usual 5am wake-up call!

Gavere - Feb 12, 2022

This is the venue where Tom Pidcock burst onto the world stage last season, topping Mathieu van der Poel in a memorable, muddy battle. Gavere has an unusual spot on the calendar this year, taking place after the Fayetteville, Arkansas World Championship weekend. Many pros are already winding down their seasons, while others may still be chasing the overall Superprestige title, if it hasn't yet been settled. 

Favored riders to watch

Several key riders are expected to make their cyclocross season debut at the opening Superprestige round from Gieten. Here are some to keep an eye on this season:

  • Lucinda Brand, who most recently competed in the world championship road race, makes her cyclocross season debut in the rainbow stripes. After Gieten, it's off to the USA for the 3 North American World Cup rounds. Is she taking 'cross seriously? She skipped the first-ever women's edition of Paris-Roubaix, a prestigious race she could have excelled in, to focus 100% on cyclocross. You be the judge.

  • Thibau Nys (son of the legend, Sven Nys) is fresh off his U23 European championship road race victory and is expected to start in the combined Elite Men and U23 field. Can he be impactful? Massive talent, but still very young. Let's see if he can hold up under the pressure of the incredibly heavy 'cross race calendar his team has laid out.

  • Sanne Cant is another rider under the microscope beginning her season this weekend. Are the best years in the rearview mirror for the 3x World Champ? Or can the Belgian still uncork something special and return to the podium which has of late been dominated by the Dutch?

2020/21 results

In the previous season, some familiar names found the podium for the overall. Both the Elite Men and Women's overall title was won by a hair with small gaps between the riders. 

Toon Aerts (99 points) narrowly defeated Eli Iserbyt (97 points) for the overall title, with Michael Vanthourenhout (94 points) placing 3rd overall. 

On the Elite Women's side, Lucinda Brand capped an amazing season in which she also won the world title, narrowly holding off another former world champ, Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado by just 2 points. Denise Betsema held on to 3rd.


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