After the Koksijde round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Belgium was cancelled over the weekend due to high winds, former ‘cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel decided to ride the 208 kilometres (129 miles) back home.
The Dutch 21-year-old was joined by his brother and fellow ‘cross racer David as they tackled the long ride from Koksijde to their home in Kapellen, on the outskirts of Antwerp, in just over six hours.
Van der Poel uploaded the ride to Strava, calling it ‘Change of plan’ but also commented that it was a ‘little more than expected’.
The ride would have been undertaken in the same blustery conditions that saw the race cancelled, although the van der Poel brothers probably benefitted from a tailwind on their one-way trip that was done at an average speed of 34.6kmh (21.5mph). The brothers scooped up a fair few KOM top 10s along the way for good measure.
Mathieu van der Poel has enjoyed a successful season so far, having claimed the opening round of the World Cup in Cauberg and all four rounds of the Superprestige series so far.
Although van der Poel tweeted that he thought organisers had been premature in cancelling the event, video footage posted online showed some of the race HQ tents being blown down.
The UCI World Cup series continues in Zeven, Germany, on Saturday November 26.