Brand’s fast start put her in an early lead at the UCI C2 race in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium which she managed to hold for the entirety of the race. She soloed to victory with current World Champion Sanne Cant closing the gap to just two seconds before the finish.
Waaslandcross served as a warmup to the seventh World Cup race held on Boxing Day Tuesday in Zolder, Belgium. Brand again pushed to an early lead, even extending a small gap on the field. Unfortunately, she was unable to hold the pace. The Sunweb rider remained in the lead pack for the majority of race, jockeying for position on the dry course. The penultimate lap saw another lead rider stumble on short, steep climb, blocking Brand’s acceleration. It would come to a sprint for fifth that Brand narrowly lost, finishing sixth for the day.