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    Cyclo-cross? Let’s go!

    Before summer we could already report that the cyclo-cross peloton will return to our campus this winter. The second Brussels Universities Cyclocross, the penultimate round of the DVV Insurance Trophy, will take place on Sunday 5 January 2020. What to expect? And... how to win tickets for the Koppenbergcross? 

    Last season, 4,800 visitors joined us as Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado and world champion Mathieu Vander Poel won the very first Brussels Universities Cyclocross. A further 702,000 spectators followed the spectacle live on television.

    For the second edition, the main ingredients of this cyclo-cross will remain the same: an exciting circuit on a fairly heavy surface, where international top athletes will fight their sportive battles. Mathieu van de Poel will again be present and organiser Golazo hopes to welcome Belgian phenomenon Wout van Aert back into the field by then. The circuit remains largely the same, although there are some shifts here and there because of the current construction sites on campus. The organisers are aiming for at least 5000 spectators.

    Just like last year, we hope to welcome a lot of VUB students, colleagues and alumni to this cyclo-cross event. All VUB members will once again have free access to the event thanks to title sponsor DVV Verzekeringen and organiser Golazo. For students who wish to study quietly an alternative group study location will open again in “Huis van het Hout”, just next to the Schoofslaan student dorms. And after the success of the vibrant blue VUB hats, a new and nice warm gadget will be provided as well (surprise)!

    New this year is the master class that will be organised for the passionate cyclo-crossers within the VUB community. Under professional guidance of former cyclo-cross world champion Erwin Vervecken, you can try out the competition circuit a few days before the Brussels Universities Cyclocross, with the necessary tips and tricks. Interested? Send an email to cyclocross@vub.be!

    Especially for students who might fail to join us next January 5th, because of the exams or any other reason, we have some good news: thanks to DVV Verzekeringen, we give away 25 duotickets for the Koppenbergcross on 1 November. Study animals, hardcore bike lovers and all those just curious to this typically Flemish sport will have a chance to enjoy this legendary cyclo-cross next month. How can you win a ticket? Simple: send an email to cyclocross@vub.be and convince us: with whom and why do you want to defy the Koppenberg?

    Do you have any questions about this event and the impact on the campus? All practical information for VUB staff about the accessibility of the campus - both during the event and during the construction and disassembly - can be found on the cyclocross website.