USAC CX Devo blog: Euro Race Day

Tobin Ortenblad races at the Namur World Cup.

Tobin Ortenblad races at the Namur World Cup. (Image credit: Dan Seaton/

It's 5:30 in the morning. My hand reaches over and slams my alarm off as quick as possible. I raise my head and I'm relieved to see my two roommates are still asleep. I get dressed in the dark and make my way downstairs to the kitchen. We don't have to be awake for another hour but this is my quiet before the storm, my time to chill out and prepare. I pour a pot of tea, scramble up some eggs, and pour a bowl of muesli. I do this before every race in Europe.

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In its 12th year, Geoff Proctor's EuroCrossCamp has now been made part of the official USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Development Program. Designed to develop the next generation of American cyclo-cross talent in the categories of under-26 women, under-23 men and junior me, its primary focus is on international competition including World Cups and the World Championships. The program now supports three blocks of racing overseas for the development riders. The third block is based in Vorselaar, Belgium and includes the Bpost Bank Trofee series event in Essa, the World Cups in Namur and Zolder, Superprestige Diegem, and Bpost Bank Trofee events in Loenhout and Baal.