Eric Brunner: I’m a big fan of the course for cyclo-cross Worlds

Eric Brunner was elated to win 2021 US elite men's title at National Championships in Wheaton, Illinois
Eric Brunner was elated to win 2021 US elite men's title at National Championships in Wheaton, Illinois (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)

With a stars-and-stripes jersey in the bag and six weeks of training for one race, American Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles) heads 800 miles from Colorado to Arkansas today for his first appearance in the elite men’s contest at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships and thinks the fast, dry course will be good for him and his teammates.

While Brunner has won four UCI cyclo-cross races as an elite rider this year, including the Pan American Championships, all were on US soil with a reduced European-based field. His performance in Fayetteville, 21st, was his best finish in the three World Cups held in the Midwest in October. The last time he raced in Europe was two seasons ago at the World Championships in Switzerland, where he went in as the top U23 rider for American men and finished 13th.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).