Houffalize World Cup 2012 preview

J. A. Hermida, Houffalize WC winner 2010

This Sunday it’s the “Tour of Flanders of mountain biking” taking place in Houffalize. Start to think of it that’s probably where they got the idea of riding laps in this years De Ronde…World class riding on one of the most selective courses of the world cup and voted best organization in the past both by riders and audience. No artificial climbs or obstacles for the riders but a true Ardennes track with plenty of single trails, fast descents and climbs counting up to ~220m altitude gain per round.

J. A. Hermida, Houffalize WC winner 2010
Hermida on his way to the magnum bottle of La Chouffe in 2010 ©tom vander heyden

The estimated 7 to 8 rounds should be a joy to watch seen the difficulty of the track, the weather forecast for Sunday and… the beers and frites catering on the side. Looking forward to a battle between Schurter and Kulhavy or will it be the outsiders Absalon or Hermida, both winners in the past, receiving the big bottle of La Chouffe in the end? In the women’s series it could be anyone from the current UCI top 15 ranking taking the win. We’ll be there on Sunday so you can expect a report during next week.

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By Maarten Patteeuw

Maarten is an avid road and mountain biker who lives and breathes everything rolling on two wheels. You can follow his rantings on Twitter by looking for @maapathel.