Mani leads Dyck at the Raleigh cyclocross race at Sea Otter. © Cyclocross Magazine

Mani leads Dyck at the Raleigh cyclocross race at Sea Otter. © Cyclocross Magazine

Canadian National Champion Mical Dyck chatted with us after the cyclocross race at Sea Otter, where she took second place behind Caroline Mani. Like many of the other racers, Sea Otter was her first major race of the season, after a well-deserved break post-cyclocross Worlds. “It was hard! It was fun though. It was great getting the cyclocross bike out again. I think it has some of the Worlds mud still on it!”

And as for the race itself, Dyck explains, “It was pretty strategic, actually. We did equal shares all the way and coming into the last lap I was thinking it was going to be a three-way sprint.” But then Nicole Duke had a spill in the barriers, and Dyck cringes as she recounts it. “It sounded bad. I was like, ‘Do we stop?’”

Dyck is a bit of a comedian, cracking jokes about the giant landing pad set up by the track where kids were launching off a ramp on BMX bikes, and talking about one of our favorite topics: donuts. It comes up at least once an interview, and this was no exception. When I ask what her favorite event of the weekend was, she laughs, “The beer tonight will be my favorite event. Or maybe donuts.”

Today, Dyck is out on course at the Whiskey 50 in Prescott, Arizona, and we’ll have a brief report and interviews after the race.

Check out the full interview here: