Mapping Out, Reflecting In

Where would I be without my sponsors? Without one of them, I couldn’t even figure that out. Hans van der Maarel of Red Geographics is a cartographer, and a cycling fan. This year he has offered to be one of my supporters because he believes in me, and in the sport of cyclocross. In turn, I believe in him and …

Surviving Bieles

And just. Like. That. The season is over, and not a moment too soon. I am exhausted. There is still cyclocross racing happening in Belgium after Worlds, but I am not ready for that. Not mentally, not physically, not feasibly. The past 4 weeks of racing have been some of the most mentally and physically taxing I have ever experienced. …

A Muddy Uphill Battle

Yea, I know, I have not updated in a while. But I have been busy! Since I got back from Europe I have been busy resting, being sick, recovering, training, working, and worrying. The weekend following the Valkenburg World Cup was the Continental Championships in Cincinnati, OH. I went out to race, knowing I was not in strong contention for …

Just Freaking DO It

So you want to race in Europe (or at least you want to know about how I did it). Step one: Listen to everything everyone says about it. This will make it easier. Step two: Make sure you are surrounded by people who are concerned about you and your relative competency and thus will ensure that every single detail is …

Zonhoven, a Day in the Sand

Zonhoven. (with almost zero photos because I just can’t be bothered to take them myself, and no one else took any. I suck) I had my very first Belgian cyclocross experience, and it didn’t go terribly. Being my my first trip to Europe to race cross, I came in with no real expectations. My only goal was to get this …

Not Providence, Still a Crossiversary

 This was an incredible weekend. I had high hopes coming off of the past week of great results, but also, because the Providence race has a special place in my heart. It is the marker of my crossiversary. Back when I lived in Providence, some weirdos at Brown University convinced me to try this thing called… “cyclocross”? So three years …