Cyclocross season. A time of year many of us have been waiting for with child-like anticipation. The sound of cowbells, a vague smell of frites and beer, knobbly tyres flying through wet grass, and mud and maximum heart rates.
For the second year, the Rapha Super Cross series visited the iconic Olympiapark München. Organised alongside Munich’s oldest cycling club, RC “Die Schwalben” 1894, Rapha Super Cross München occupied sacred cyclocross ground – the 1985 and 1997 UCI Cyclocross World Championships were held on these tracks, which are considered holy by many. For those fortunate enough to be riding, beautiful autumn weather combined with a challenging yet entertaining course.
Cyclocross fans from all over Germany and beyond gathered to spectate or race in the different categories featured in the two-day Super Cross festival. A mighty 592 riders registered for the various races being held – with something available for all ages and abilities, from junior to amateur, and elite to master.
A highlight of the event was the team relay on Saturday evening. Twenty-three teams of three competed by carrying one bottle around the shortened course in what ended up being a very fun and fast race. Another highlight came for Christiane Happe, who rode her first cyclocross race during last year’s Rapha Super Cross München, and just a year later managed to take home the victory in the women’s finals. In the men’s final, a well-known rider made his appearance on the start line. Mike Kluge, the 1985 Amateur Cyclocross World Champion, proved he still had the finesse and fitness to master these holy tracks 30 years after his World Championship title, riding to victory once again in Munich.