Intercontinental Rise Through Mediocrity

Last season I came out of the gate swinging: winning and making podiums and being overall damn impressive. I expected this season to be about the same, or better if nothing else. The season started, and it wasn’t better. Or about the same. In fact, it was going quite worse if you just look at results 1:1. This is, of …

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. …

Hear Me Roar

I wrote a blog post for Nationals, but it was uninspired and boring. Instead, I want to take the time to highlight the last 3 races I have done (US Nationals, World Cup Fiuggi Regiune Lazio (Italy), and World Cup Hoogerheide (Netherlands)). They were 3 completely different courses that required totally different skill sets, yet my 3 weakest points determined …

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 …

Brushing Off the Cobwebs, Piling on the Dust

The season opener, a big show out in Rochester, NY at Genesee Park. Nothing like your first race of the season being a C1 UCI race. Seriously, I didn’t even have a training race. Plus, it was a new venue and a new course. I had been visualizing for the Ellison Park course all summer: hot weather, long climbs, sweeping …

A Little (or a lot) of Everything

It finally happened. Well, a lot of things finally happened. I did a mountain bike race! I did a UCI road race! I bought new shorts! (This is irrelevant but still important, because crack kills, and I felt I needed a third point.) Adding a new 4th point because it is literally taking me so long to get this blog …