Jan 27, 2021 Canyon.com
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Canyon Inflite: Bike of World Champions

Jan 27, 2021 Canyon.com

2 years. 3 Cyclocross World Championship titles. The numbers speak for themselves.

Canyon Inflite: Bike of World Champions The Inflite, adorned with the World Championship rainbow stripes

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 this weekend in Belgium, this is 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 is 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 death, 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, Van der Poel is the man to beat, coming into the World Championship weekend as Dutch National Champion, European Champion, and with 5 World Cup wins this season alone.

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: The Bike to Beat

In January 2021, it’s World Championship season once again in Ostend, Belgium.

Dutch duo Mathieu and Ceylin, wearing the rainbow stripes as World Champions, are in fine form once more in the 20/21 season – Van der Poel with 2 World Cup race wins, and Ceylin with a recent European Championship win to her name.

The riders to beat, the bike to beat, the biggest race in cyclocross. This weekend, Mathieu van der Poel and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado are going for gold at the 2021 World Championships.

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.com. 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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