1/23/22 Canyon
1/23/22 Canyon

Inflite World Championship Fayetteville

2 years. 3 Cyclocross World Championship titles. Will Canyon claim rainbow again in Fayetteville?

Inflite World Championship Fayetteville

Piloted by world-class talents Mathieu van der Poel and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado of Alpecin Fenix, the Canyon Inflite has been the dominant force in top-level cyclocross racing since 2019.

With the Cyclocross World Championships coming up in Fayetteville, Canyon wanted to offer a short illustrated history of how this special bike reached the pinnacle of cyclocross. And stayed there.

2019: Van der Poel & Inflite – World Champions

Bogense, Denmark, February 2019

Mathieu van der Poel takes the line in the form of his life. With 6 Cyclocross World Cup race wins from 6 starts leading into the World Championship weekend, he’s the man to beat.

Race day comes. Mathieu delivers. In style. With a dominant performance, he drops the field to pick up his first ever World Championship with Canyon.

Mathieu van der Poel on the Canyon Inflite A class apart: MVDP and the Inflite out front at the 2019 worlds
MVDP winning on the Canyon Inflite MVDP crosses the finish line, Inflite aloft

2020: The Inflite Does The Double

Dübendorf, Switzerland, February 2020

In the women’s ranks, 21-year-old Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado opts to ride in the World Championship Elite race, rather than the under-23s. She’s had a blistering season, including 2 World Cup race wins and a European Championship victory.

Race day comes. Cue high drama and a race-long three-way shootout. At the end, Ceylin wins a dramatic final sprint to the line on her Canyon Inflite to make the rainbow jersey her own.

In the Men’s Elites, all eyes were on Van der Poel, as he was the then-Dutch National Champion, European Champion, and had clocked 5 World Cup wins that season.

Come race day, not even an overnight deluge can dampen Mathieu’s spirits. After seeing off a spirited early challenge from his competitors, van der Poel pulls out a 12-second lead in the first lap alone, and dominate the field from there. Simply imperious.

With a World Championship shutout, 2020 was the year of the Canyon Rainbow Raid.

Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado wins gold on the Canyon Inflite Down to the wire: Ceylin Alvarado and the Inflite win the sprint for gold

2021: Van der Poel Does the Double

In January 2021, it was again World Championship season in Ostend, Belgium.

Dutch duo Mathieu and Ceylin, wearing the rainbow stripes as World Champions, came into the race with great form – Van der Poel with 2 World Cup race wins, and Ceylin with a recent European Championship win to her name.

All eyes fell on these two from the Netherlands, looking to see if they were able to defend their titles as cyclocross world champions. Mathieu Van der Poel proved once again that he was the best name in cyclocross, winning an elusive back-to-back world champion title. Ceylin fought valorantly, but fell just shy of another rainbow jersey.

For 2022, the cyclocross world championships comes to the United States in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Van der Poel won't be racing due to injury, but Ceylin Alvarado will be there, looking to repeat her victory from 2020. Follow our news channels and website for coverage of the race as we follow Ceylin and other Canyon athletes. May the best rider – and the best bike – win!

MVDP wins rainbow stripes again Take a bow: van der Poel dominates on the highest stage again

Discover the Inflite

Want to experience three-time world-championship winning performance for yourself?

The Inflite, the bike of World Champions, is exclusively available at Canyon. We’ll see you out on the 'cross course.

MVDP is cyclocross world champion Van der Poel and his Inflite in the rainbow stripes
The world champion at GP Sven Nys On track for victory at the GP Sven Nys
Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado racing in rainbow stripes Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado leads the pack in the rainbow stripes
Victory for Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado Ceylin wins the GP Sven Nys

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