Today I woke up to our annual tradition of the White Elephant gift exchange here at the USAC CX Devo Block 3. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that I have attended the European racing block over Christmas break. It's the fifth Christmas that I have missed with my family, which can never be replaced. And with that super down-er note I’d like to add that there is something a lot nicer about being here this year. I feel a lot more at peace being here this Christmas season. I think this is due to several different things.
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.
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