Fem van Empel cyclocross race programme heading into 2024


Fem van Empel, the reigning cyclocross world champion from Jumbo-Visma, is set for a busy December, beginning with her return to competition at the X²O Trofee event in Kortrijk. This follows a brief hiatus after her triumph at the European Championships in Pontchâteau. Currently leading the X²O Trofee series after the Koppenbergcross, Van Empel holds a substantial lead of almost two minutes over her closest rival, Denise Betsema.

The 21-year-old cyclocross star, having won all the races she’s entered this winter, is scheduled to compete next week at the Superprestige in Boom. There, she’ll encounter fellow top talents Puck Pieterse, Shirin van Anrooij, and the in-form Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado. However, Van Empel will skip the World Cups in Dublin and Flamanville.

Following the Boom event, Van Empel will join the Jumbo-Visma road team for a training camp, which means she will be absent from the competition during the weekend of December 9 and 10, specifically missing the Exact Cross in Essen and the World Cup in Val di Sole. The latter half of December will see her return to an intense schedule, participating in six races over fourteen days, including four World Cup rounds and one race each in the Superprestige and X²O Trofee series.


Jumbo-Visma has confirmed this programme to WielerFlits, stating that Van Empel’s schedule is set until the X2O Trofee event in Baal on January 1, 2024. As the world champion, she will be racing in her rainbow jersey, adorned with the new team name, Visma | Lease a Bike. The team will announce the rest of her schedule leading up to the World Championships in Tábor at a later date.

Van Empel’s race programme

02-12 Telenet Superprestige in Boom
16-12 X²O Bathrooms Trophy Herentals Cross
17-12 UCI Cyclocross World Cup #8 in Namur
23-12 UCI Cyclocross World Cup #9 in Antwerp
26-12 UCI Cyclocross World Cup #10 in Gavere
27-12 Telenet Superprestige in Heusden-Zolder
30-12 UCI Cyclocross World Cup #11 in Hulst
01-01 X²O Bathrooms Trophy GP Sven Nys.

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