Media Release EKZ Cross Tour
Baden, September 11, 2014 – The international cyclocross season starts in Baden in three days time with the first of the EKZ Cross Tour events. All the signs are good for a perfect day on the cyclocross course at Baldegg near Baden. This year 335 riders – including more than 120 children entered for the EKZ-Kids-Cross – from 15 different countries are on the start list for the first race of the new Swiss cyclocross series.
The two highlights of the day – the elite women’s and the elite men’s races – promise to be extremely exciting. Although considered by some to be outsiders – the really big favourites come from Germany, Belgium, France and Holland – the Swiss riders will want to have a say when it comes to a fight for the podium places.
Five of the six riders who stood on the podium at last year’s Süper Cross in Baden are taking part again this year. Only third-placed Egoitz Murgoitio from Spain will be missing as he has stepped down.
The big names in the elite women’s race:
Sanne Cant (23), Belgium, world No. 4, Belgian champion, winner of Süper Cross Baden 2013
Eva Lechner (29), Italy, Vice-World Champion in 2014, World No. 7, current Italian champion in both cyclocross and MTB
Hanka Kupfernagel (40), Germany, 4 times World Champion (2000, 2001, 2005, 2008), 5 times German champion, Olympic time trial silver medalist in 2000, winner of the Süper Cross 2011,
Sophie de Boer (23), Holland, 2nd place Süper Cross 2013, 2nd place Dutch Championships 2014
Nicole Koller (17), Switzerland, U19 World Champion MTB XCO 2014, 3rd place Süper Cross 2013
Sina Frei (17), Switzerland, Swiss champion cyclocross 2014, 3rd place U19 World Cup MTB XCO 2014
The big names in the elite men’s race:
Philipp Walsleben (26), Germany, world No. 5, German champion, Winner Süper Cross Baden 2013
Francis Mourey (34), France, world No.7, seven times French Champion, Süper Cross winner 2012
Michael Vanthourenhout (29), Belgium, U23 vice champion 2014
Lukas Flückiger (30), Switzerland, Swiss champion in 2010 and 2014, 2 podium places Süper Cross (2011/2012)
Enrico Franzoi (32), Italy, 4 times Italian champion, U23 World Champion 2003, 3rd place Süper Cross 2012
Julien Taramarcaz (26), Switzerland, Swiss champion in 2012 and 2013
International mix with a national reputation
A mixture of Everyman, children and elite races are on the programme again this year. Riders from a total of 15 different countries (Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Poland, USA, Sweden and Australia) have all signed up for the Cross Tour premiere at the Baldegg.
Thanks to the Children’s and Everyman’s races, the Süper Cross – now for the first time part of the new EKZ Cross Tour – already enjoys a reputation far beyond the Baden region.
So far, 122 children have entered the EKZ-Kids-Cross event. However, late registration in all categories is possible up until one hour before each start.
Looking forward to an event for the whole family
The organisers of the Verein Süper Cycling Baden are clearly full of optimism. One reason: the good weather forecast for the weekend. “We passed the test imposed on us last year by the continuous rain. Nevertheless, we will be very happy if the weather gods look kindly on us on Sunday “said Christian Rocha, President of the organising committee.
If the weather is indeed fine, the organisers expect more spectators and more late entries in all of the categories. Thanks to the numerous applications already received for the popular TCS-Kids-Cross event, Rocha is confident: “Sunday will not only be a great day out for the whole family, it will also be an international cyclocross event at the highest level. “