Overdrive encounter with Wout van Aert: EuroCross Academy blog

Ben Stokes in the pits during the junior race at World Cup Namur
Ben Stokes in the pits during the junior race at World Cup Namur (Image credit: EuroCross Academy/ @cyclephotos)

After a one-year hiatus, the EuroCross Academy (ECA) returned to Belgium this week, with 10 junior riders from the United States embarking on a near three-week racing stint to get their first experience of European cyclo-cross.

As in previous years, Cyclingnews is running a blog from the camp, with riders contributing throughout their Belgian adventure. Ben Stokes, a 16-year-old from Connecticut, was fifth in the 17-18 Junior Men’s Cyclocross National Championship this year and with two podiums in four events took the junior title at the New England Cyclocross Series. In the sixth installment from the ECA, he shares a first-person story about an encounter with his favourite cyclo-cross star.

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