How Dr Oetker baking spray was used to win the Cyclocross World Championships

Wout Van Aert has a novel approach to keeping his bike free from mud

Wout Van Aert and his secret weapon

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Competing in incredibly muddy conditions that saw riders at the World Championships in Valkenburg spend almost as much time running as they did on their bikes, Wout Van Aert employed a novel approach to keeping his bike free from muck.

Instead of using a tailor-made solution for keeping his frame clean and his bike running smoothly, Van Aert's team manager Niels Albert took a tip from one of his fellow riders, advising Van Aert to spray Dr Oetker baking spray over the frame and groupset of his Felt F1X cyclocross bike.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.