What is the Kerstperiode of Cyclocross?

December 09, 2018

While Americans are exchanging gifts and ringing in the New Year, Belgium has something special - the "Kerstperiode" of cyclocross. What is Kerstperiode? Literally, it means "Christ Period"; but in cyclocross terms, it means a series of elite races clustered around the Christmas and New Year's weeks in Belgium.

Kerstperiode typically includes a series of the same recurring events almost every year. Here are some you don't want to miss: 

  • Diegem - this town just outside Brussels hosts a night race under the lights. Super exciting to watch as the fastest riders fly through the town center. 
  • Zolder - cyclocross racing, in and around a track usually used for Formula 1 cars
  • GP Sven Nys - kick off the New Year with this race on January 1 named for one of the finest 'crossers of all-time 

If you're in Europe, you have an opportunity to personally visit multiple races, in a small, easy-to-visit geographic area, all within just a few days. 

If you're in North America attending personally might be out of the question, but the quality of streaming for many races is high these days, so you can still join in the Kerstperiode celebration via the internet.  

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