USAC CX Devo blog: The Belgium experience

Jerry Dufour on the run-up in Namur

Jerry Dufour on the run-up in Namur (Image credit: Dan Seaton/

Traveling to Belgium for this block of training has been a new experience for me. This trip was my first time to travel overseas, and I was very excited to do so. The first race was the Namur World Cup and the course was very different from any cyclo-cross course in America. The course was muddy with deep ruts and long running sections that I rarely see in the US. On race day the first thing I learned was before the race even started. When we were being called to the start grid racers would squeeze into any empty spot they could find instead of lining up in their row. Everyone was making contact before we started the race which made the start difficult.

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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.