The future of the sport looks to be very bright, and on the U23 women’s side — bright orange. The Dutch National team took to the front of the U23 womens’ field early on, strikingly similar to the Elite women’s race.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX racing

Photo credit: Alex Hays

Many U23 participants race regularly in the Elite fields, including the U23 women’s race winner, Puck Pieterse. If you watch international cyclocross, you’ll recognize Pieterse as the Fenix-Alpecin rider, one who hops the barriers and can handle with the best of them.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX down the shoot

Photo credit: Alex Hays

Her incredible handling skills can be attributed to her Elite mountain bike background, and she has had an ace up her sleeve all season. Her mud skills landed her podium finishes and near wins in super technical tracks like the World Cup in Flamanville, France.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX through the pits

Photo credit: Alex Hays

Puck’s ride is very similar to her compatriots Mathieu van der Poel and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX in the pits

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

All ride the Canyon Inflite CF SLX — top of the line for the best in the world.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX name of the new champ

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

Pieterse’s Inflite differs in size and some little touches that make it better for her to pilot.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX shouldering tube

The Canyon Inflite stands out in the crowd with its very unique shouldering friendly top-tube — something that definately helped on the 38-stair run-up. Photo credit: Jordan Villella

She used the same one-piece carbon fiber drop bars that are found on Canyon’s high-end rides.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX one piece carbon bars

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

Unlike MVDP, Pieterse goes with a full Shimano GRX groupset excluding the crankset. The Shimano GRX setup isn’t uncommon for the professional cyclocross field.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX bars and GRX levers

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

Many riders prefer the ample hand room and tactile feel of the shifter blade in the mud.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX GRX rear derailleur

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

Another difference is the compact Shimano Dura-Ace chainset and off-brand chainring. We saw the same setup on Vos Cervelo; “The Mechanics’ Parts” 44T outer chainring. We’re guessing many riders tuned in and dialed down their gearing for the climbing featured on the Fayette Worlds course.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX non drive

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

Like others on the Dutch National squad, Pieterse went with a Dugast Typhoon setup, front, and rear. The Typhoon was a super popular tire for most. Those not running Dugast still ran a Grifo style “mixed” tread, which would roll fast and grip in the off-cambers.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX tire choice

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

Pieterse’s victory was convincing and the same with the tremendous power of the Nederlands in the weekends’ events.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX Selle Italia Saddle

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

We look forward to what comes for Pieterse in the following years and can only see more Dutch dominance in the women’s field for the future.

Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX full bike

Photo credit: Jordan Villella

Details: Puck Pieterse Canyon Inflite CF SLX

  • Fork: Canyon FK0045 CF Disc
  • Frame: Canyon Inflite CF SXL custom painted
  • Front brake: Shimano GRX 140mm rotor
  • Rear brake: Shimano GRX 140mm rotor
  • Brake/shift levers: Shimano GRX Di2 2/11spd
  • Front derailleur: Shimano GRX Di2 2/11spd
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano GRX Di2
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultergra 11spd 11-28T
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 11 spd
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 44/39T
  • Wheelset: Shimano WH-R9270-C50-TU Tubular
  • Tires: A Dugast Typhoon 33mm Tubular
  • Handlebar: Canyon CP18 Cockpit CF Combo 400mm
  • Handlebar tape: Selle Italia cork
  • Stem: Canyon CP18 Cockpit CF Combo 100mm
  • Pedals: Shimano XTR M9100
  • Saddle: Selle Italia X1 X-Cross Flow
  • Seat post: Canyon SP0042 VCLS CF

For more information about the Canyon Inflite CF SLX check out Canyon.com

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Jim Grasso
Jim Grasso
4 months ago

Dura ace crankset, not GRX.

David Jetz
David Jetz
4 months ago

It’s too bad that CX conflicts with hockey season! That name is a missed opportunity for sure!