Toon Aerts isn't a tennis player, but he sets goals like one.
"I want the grand slam of cyclocross: a World Championship, a European championship, a Belgian championship, Superprestige, X²O Trophy, and a World Cup. Six things, and I’m still missing two. That’s the thing I want to come closest to in my career."
At the end of January, he'll get a shot at closing in on his CX grand slam. For only the second time in history, the United States will hold the World Championships, and Aerts is excited to return to Fayetteville.
"In America, every spectator is someone who really likes cycling. They know all the guys and everything about the bikes. Also, a lot of spectators race themselves. In Belgium, it’s more like they’re coming for entertainment. In America, it’s more about interest."
Aerts narrowly missed the Fayetteville World Cup podium in October in his preferred muddy conditions.