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Chris’ Last VeloNews Journal Entry of the Cyclocross Season

Chris wrapped up his season in Bend, OR at Cyclocross Nationals and is now preparing for the road season with his new United Healthcare Pro Cycling Team presented by Maxxis, read about the last few races of the season and what was real cyclocross in his latest journal entry at VeloNews: THIS is real cyclocross (fill in the blank).

This is Chris’ sixth entry with VeloNews:

  1. CrossVegas
  2. Best laid plans
  3. Culinary finds on the cyclocross circuit
  4. A Dry Run
  5. Christmas arrives, right on time
  6. THIS is real cyclocross (fill in the blank)

But wait, there’s still more racing! Zach is throwing down in Europe, stay tuned for more info from Europe!

Catching up with Zach

Zach has been busy in Europe, let’s catchup with our favorite U23 racer. Zach is racing for the US National U23 Cyclo-Cross team for the World Cup races (the most important series in Cyclo-Cross). Since World Cup Round #5 in Kalmthout, Belgium Zach did World Cup Round #6 this past weeked in the neighboring towns of Heusden and Zolder in Belgium. Zach rode negative splits all day until a crash in the last lap hampered his forward momentum, but still making a tremendous step forward from the previous week’s finish, coming in 17th in the U23 race. A course that was super snowy, Zach said “I think that might be the only race that I’ve done that could have been won on skis.”

Monday evening, Zach was in Diegem, Belgium for a Superprestige series race; U23s were around dusk (Zach came in 36th), elite men raced at twilight (in the dark). Zach describes it as, “a nice change from the past couple races though as I finally got to debut the Rapha FOCUS skinsuit in Europe.” Zach has spent all his races up to this point racing in the US National Team kit.

Zach also sent in his first diary entry into Cyclingnews. Read up on how life has been in Belgium: Kortrijk, magical Kortrijk… “I described the house as magical. [...] The magic certainly burns throughout the entire house but, when the riders go to sleep and the activity dwindles, it can still be seen smoldering in a few special places.”

There are still several races left in this Euro-trip, so stay tuned for more info! And if you’re in the Bainbridge Island area (across the sound from Seattle) don’t forget about Classic Cycle’s 2nd Annual Send a Kid to Europe Fundraiser and Birthday Bash!

Photos: Tom Robertson

Classic Cycle’s 2nd Annual Send a Kid to Europe Fundraiser and Birthday Bash

Zach McDonald at USGP New Belgium Cup, by: Wil Matthews

Zach is currently slaying in Europe; back home, Zach’s home town shop and community are rallying together to celebrate and help support his European Campaign with Classic Cycle’s 2nd Annual Send a Kid to Europe Fundraiser and Birthday Bash (it’s also the shop owner Paul’s birthday)!

There will be a raffle, silent auction, food, and cake; with merchandise from Rapha, Focus, Joe Sales, Pedro’s, Fi’zi:k, Giro, and more.

Friday, January 7th @ 6pm

Classic Cycles
740 Winslow Way East
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (map)

All items cash or check.

Sitting in with Zach McDonald

Check out who’s in the latest (print) issue of VeloNews!

via: @rapha_n_america

Photo Contest, Week #7, Winner

Sorry for the delay on this one, it was a hectic run-in to Cyclocross Nationals! Week 7′s winner was Matthew Haughey’s photo of Chris Jones blasting through the barriers at the USGP Stanley Portland Cup. That was a fantastic weekend for the team, and Portland once again played a fantastic host to the exciting finale to the USGP series.

The domestic season is drawing to a close, but we’re not done yet; Zach is currently slaying it over in Europe as part of the eighth annual Euro Cross Camp, this past weekend he was at the UCI World Cup in Kalmthout, Belgium and next weekend he’ll be at the UCI World Cup in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Check the schedule to see where he’ll be next!

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