The U23 Womens’ World Champ race in Bieles, Luxembourg was fantastically exciting from beginning to end. So stoked for Ellen Noble. I’d go on more about what we saw last Saturday, but most of that’s said below.

Full results from CXMagazine.
Full report from CXMagazine.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Always seems weird not to have the giant start lights you have in the Superprestige in the World Cup/World Champ races.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

One ronde in (technically the separation happened halfway through) and here’s your front four to contest the race.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Evie Richardson starts making her move.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

ER looking mas fuerte as she begins to pull away from Worst and Noble.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Can we take a moment to behold the wonder that is Ellen Noble’s fuggin’ barrier carry here?!

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Evie senses Annemarie’s caught her but ain’t letting anyone by.

 

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the relentless pace in which Ellen blasts this hill?

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - Bieles - U23 Women

I’ve been highlighting Ellen’s skillz, but Annemarie was silently killing this course all day. This was Ellen’s worst section, and Worst’s best.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - Bieles - U23 Women

She immediately closes the gap to Worst, but Ellen undoubtedly 🔥🔥🔥 matches.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

2 things: 1) OMFG BEAST MODE!! 2) That hella pro euro-shoulder steez. Absolutely no bounce when placing back on the ground.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

I thought for sure this was it. Annemarie looked like she was deeeeep in the pain cave right here.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Then this descent from Ellen—she railed this faster than a lot of the Elite Men on Sunday. Even Wuyts commented.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

LAATSTE RONDE!! Glasses go off, time to werk. Annemarie is still there. Lurking…

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

After collecting herself, Worst catches Ellen and begins to push her.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Noble and Worst, matching each other, effort for effort. Absolutely captivating and aggressive racing.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Unfortunately, Ellen’s race and chances for gold go off the rails right here. Whether it was fatigue that caused this mistake or a simple slip that threw her off her rhythm and the subsequent chase caused her to pop, it was here where everything changed.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

A few moments afterwards, Ellen signaled the chase was over with a subtle shake of her head.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Look at the precision Annemarie shows here, then accelerates like a rocket from the spot where most are still looking for traction and balance. She did this every lap—no foot out, either.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Suh Leeuw.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Annemarie never broke from her gameplan the entire race. She rode steadily, without any major efforts, saving her energy for the final lap when it’s needed most.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

Annemarie Worst, a deserving Wereldkampioen.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

And HOLY SHIT what a race and a season by this woman!! Ellen Noble super ecstatic with her silver medal. This doesn’t look like a first loser to me. Amazing effort.

 

Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

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Screencap Recap: 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships - U23 Women

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