Saturday | In this episode of The Cyclo-Cross Podcast in association with Mudiiita, Lionel Birnie is joined by cyclo-cross experts Renaat Schotte and Balint Hamvas to discuss the first day’s racing at the World Championships in Valkenburg.

The mud was the big story of the day, and it meant for worthy winners in all three races. There was a British double from Evie Richards in the women’s under-23 race and Ben Tulett in the junior men’s event. But everything was building towards the women’s elite race which saw Belgium’s Sanne Cant repeat her victory of 12 months ago to retain her rainbow jersey.

In this episode we hear from the three riders who finished on the podium – Cant, Katie Compton and Lucinda Brand – plus Richards and Tulett.

With the winter Olympics due to start in South Korea shortly we ask whether it’s time for the IOC to admit cyclo-cross for the winter games, and Lionel makes a joke about Toon Aerts’ fan club.

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