On Saturday, February 11th, 2012 will be held in Middelkerke North Sea Cross. The cyclo-cross is part of the Superprestige.
The North Sea Cross has existed since 1959. The first edition was won by the legendary Firmin Van Kerrebroeck. The most successful driver in the history of the North Cross Norbert Dedeckere. This field rider from Ostend won this competition six times. Sven Nys and Eric de Vlaeminck often were successful in Middelkerke: they both failed five times to win this cyclocross. Only one non-Belgian has managed to win the North Cross: the famous Duiter Rolf Wolfshohl won the race in 1960 and 1961. In 2011 the North Cross was won by Klaas Vantornout, Kevin Pauwels and Bart Wellens.
Since 2011, this competition is included in the Superprestige standings. It is the last Superprestige-race of the season. In Middelkerke so is the final position determined by this classification. Here you can find more information about the Superprestige standings.
Middelkerke is a municipality in West Flanders with about 18,000 inhabitants. It is the municipality in Belgium where the most kilometers of beach are located.
11:00 - Debutants
11:45 pm - Ladies
12:45 - Juniors
14:15 pm - Promises
16:00 - Elite riders
The course is located in and around the sports 'crocodile'. Both the start and the finish of this contest can be found on the Westendelaan.
The exact list of participants is not yet known. Just as all-cross Superprestige will also participate in this contest almost all Belgian topcrossers and most foreign toppers participate.
Tickets in advance cost eight euros. Middelkerke Egyptians and so called '2nd sojourners' get extra discount: for them the cost tickets in advance only five euros. The cards are available in advance at the Tourist Middelkerke and at the Tourist Westende.
On the day of the race costs the tickets at the box ?? s on the trail ten euros. Members of the cycling federation UCI and over 65s get that cash ?? s one euro discount. Children under 14 are allowed to visit this cyclocross free.
Like all games of the Superprestige cross the North Sea will also be broadcast live on the Flemish commercial broadcaster VT4.
Stybar won the cross, for Nys and Meeusen. Nys won thanks to second place enough points to win the overall classification of the Superprestige 2011/2012.
This product is part of the special on cyclocross / cyclocross.