Clara Honsinger storming across Europe another year as US 'cross champion

Clara Honsinger in US National jersey at Superprestige in Boom December 2020
Clara Honsinger in US National jersey at Superprestige in Boom December 2020 (Image credit: @twilcha)

This week would have been the start of the 2020 US Cyclocross National Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, with Clara Honsinger focused on defending the stars-and-stripes jersey for elite women. Instead, with the championships piled onto the heap of cancellations due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic by USA Cycling, Honsinger retains the title and jersey for another season and has been proud to carry the weight of high expectations with her new Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld Pro Cycling team in Europe this season.

“Overall, I focus beyond the jersey and solely on the race,” Honsinger said about her first campaign in Europe where she is competing as the American champion. “In some ways the jersey feels like a pressure, that I carry the expectations for results that other American women, like Katie Compton and Kaitie Keough, have achieved. Then it also gives me more confidence because I represent a top tier of cyclo-cross athletes.”

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