Van der Poel quickly transitions to top of U23 cyclo-cross

After winning his second straight junior men's cyclo-cross world championship on an icy course in Louisville, Kentucky, this past February, and capping off an undefeated season, Mathieu van der Poel was asked about his expectations as he transitioned to the U23 ranks for the winter of 2013-2014. With typical modesty and aplomb Van der Poel stated he hoped to crack the top-10 but what the 'cross world has seen thus far in only a handful of U23 events has been continued confirmation of his seemingly bottomless trough of talent.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.