Brits at Essen photos

“Grey and chilly,” says Hans van der Maarel, who took these photos of the British riders at Cyclocross Essen for Neutral Service. “Not rain as such – it got wet towards the end of the women’s race thanks to a big cloud coming in low, but not enough to make mud.” “Evie Richards had to…

Opinion – The argument against a lifetime ban for Femke van den Driessche

James Gordon, from Northern Ireland, describes himself as a “Cyclist. Observer. Listener. Thinker. Introvert.” It was clear to Neutral Service that he’d given a lot of thought to the ongoing motorised doping case involving Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche at the U23 World Cyclocross Championships and what should be done. Here are his thoughts….

Isla Rush at the Jeugtour Assen

Text © Isla Rush; race photos © Steve Rush Jeugdtour Assen (“youth tour Assen”) is one of the biggest youth and junior events in Europe, if not the world. It’s definitely one of the highlights of my year as it offers some incredible race experience and the opportunity to race abroad – a completely different…

Guest Blog: BPost Bank Trofee Essen – a fan’s perspective (Hans Van Der Maarel)

Cyclocross in Belgium, a fan’s perspective Saturday december 20th, a date that had been in my calendar for a while: the cyclocross in Essen, Belgium. Of all the Belgian crosses this one is the one that’s geographically closest to me (I’m Dutch) so it’s always high on my list. Also, the immediate area is a…