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Iconic cyclocross venues: Druivencross

Overijse may be the longest continuously running cyclocross race in Europe, one that Sven Nys has won six times.

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With a history that dates to 1960, Overijse may be the longest continuously running cyclocross race in Europe. Victory on this course — folded tightly onto a steep, wooded hillside in the southern suburbs of Brussels — requires a combination of power and finesse. Belgian legend Roland Liboton has 16 wins here. Sven Nys has six, and Katie Compton and Daphny van den Brand have earned three victories each in the women’s edition, which dates to 2000.

The course climbs to the hilltop pit area multiple times in different ways — through the woods, on cobbles, and on grass. Riders must be able to go right to their limit and recover quickly.

No single section of the Overijse course is as consistently decisive as the woods, full of slick loamy soil, off-camber descents, and whiplash corners that leave little margin for error.

Past winners

2014: Tom Meeusen, Sanne Cant
2013: Sven Nys, Katie Compton
2012: Sven Nys, Katie Compton
2011: Sven Nys, Katie Compton
2010: Sven Nys
2009: Niels Albert
2008: Kevin Pauwels
2007: Klaas Vantornout, Stefanie Pohl
2006: Sven Nys, Daphny van den Brand
2005: Lars Boom, Daphny van den Brand
2004: Sven Nys, Daphny van den Brand
2003: Bart Wellens, Hilde Quintens
2002: Bart Wellens, Laurence Leboucher
2001: Tom Vannoppen
2000: Erwin Vervecken, Daphny van den Brand