That time of year again

It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting in the van at the Oostmalle season finale in Belgium with the sleet/snow hitting the windscreen. My motivation was kept high as were saying goodbye to legend of 'cross Daphny van den Brand; with all riders sporting Daphny style plaits as a parting gesture. Now six months on and the smooth tyres and effective braking have been ditched for that sweet feeling of riding off road on the world's fastest bike. (There is no scientific research behind this statement so I cannot be held liable for its validity at any point).

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Follow British 'cross champion Helen Wyman during the 2012-2013 season as the Kona factory team rider competes in both the United States and Europe through to the 2013 world championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Based in Belgium for seven years, Wyman has won the British 'cross championship seven years running, notched victories in the US and Europe and has stood on the podium at 'cross World Cups.