The cyclocross stars aligned and we had the opportunity to talk with Sven Nys a few hours before he took the win at the 2014 Cross Vegas. The idea was to do a SVENNESS with SVEN. Sit down with the man and get his take on different race situations. Why he chooses the lines he does, how he recovers from adversity, how to ride the sand. We look at several clips from last year’s European racing season, including the Superprestige race at Ruddervoorde, the GP Mario De Clercq, a BPost Bank Trophy race, and the Belgian National Championship. It turns out that not only can Nys do amazing things between the tape, but he’s a great teacher to and is exceptional at breaking down the why behind the wow. Sven gives a detailed breakdown of his technique, mindset and strategy along with tips for the everyday cyclocross racer. A full rundown on how this all came to be is at

Special thanks to Bruce Buckley for stepping in as a cameraman for the video. Also, a big thanks to Matt Shriver and the folks at Trek Bikes, and Brook at Cross Vegas.

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Video clips in this episode via Vier and Sporza.

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