Cyclo-cross World Championships 2024: Seven riders to watch in Tábor, plus course preview

Tom Pidcock and Wout van Aert might be absent, but there will still be plenty of talent on display in the Czech Republic

Mathieu van der Poel Fem van Empel
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After four months of adrenaline-filled muddy (and sandy) action, it is almost time to find out who will be cyclo-cross world champion for the next 12 months. It would take a brave person to bet against the defending holders, Mathieu van der Poel and Fem van Empel, winners of 12 out of 13 and 17 out of 19 CX races this season to date, but anything could happen in Tabór.

The big talking point going into this weekend's cyclo-cross World Championships is undoubtedly the absence of two former champions in the men's elite race - Wout van Aert of Belgium and Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock. Both riders have opted to skip the worlds in order to fully prepare for the opening of the European road season. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.