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