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Only 6 riders avoid being brought down or held up

You're at the start line of the Under 23 national championships of the country that worships cyclo-cross in the winter months. You're keen to make a good impression, perhaps get noticed by a top team. So naturally, you want to get that hole shot and be at the sharp end of the race.

Well, you and 50-odd other riders, as this video from yesterday's Belgian Men's Under-23 National Cycle-Cross Championship shows, with just six riders managing to avoid getting brought down or held up in this massive stack in the opening metres of the race.

According to Stickybottle.ie, the race was restarted, getting under way the second time round with rather less drama.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.