Gabby Day on the mud chute, followed by Julie Krasniak © Todd Prekaski
British racer Gabby Day has had an exciting year in ’cross: great results in the US and overseas, and now, finally being able to come back to the US after a long battle for a visa after marrying fellow ’crosser Jeremy Durrin last August. We caught up with the former Rapha-Focus rider to find out what she’s been up to in the offseason and see how her team plans for the upcoming year are shaping up.
Cyclocross Magazine: What have you been up to in the offseason? You’ve been all over the place!
Gabby Day: I have had a great offseason so far. I had a nice break after ’cross worlds, which was mentally more refreshing than anything. My husband Jeremy came and spent time with me in the UK and then we started base training for six weeks. Five of those weeks we spent in Spain, which was awesome. Five weeks of big hours in the sunshine together. No distractions, a fantastic opportunity for us both. It was so good to spend quality time together for an extended period of time!
CXM: You had a great race at the Harlem crit, taking second in the Elite women’s field. Have you been focusing on road?
GD: Harlem crit was my first race back since the ‘cross season. So I was apprehensive to see how I would respond to hard race efforts again. It went great for me coming away with a second place! I am not focused on road but I do really enjoy it. I use it as good training for the winter.
CXM: Will you be largely US-based this year or back to Europe?
GD: After a whole years process I am now a US resident! Very exciting. I can actually live with Jeremy for real! I plan to be US-based for ’cross, but still want to race in Europe. I will definitely be riding the UK World Cup. Very excited to have a world cup in my home country. Racing in Europe is important to keep you sharp and racing with the best in the world.
CXM: What’s your team situation for the upcoming season?
GD: I am currently without a team and really not many leads. Not an awesome situation to be in. So if any teams out there need a fast, friendly female rider… I’m your girl!!
CXM: What are your goals for the 2014 season?
GD: I plan to WIN! I want to obviously be the best I can be and improve upon last seasons results! Nationals is a goal for me…I want the stripes!
CXM: Best tip for someone hoping to start racing for the first time this fall?
GD: Just go out there and have fun! Have a go at your local race. Ride some trails with friends to get a feel for off-road riding and challenge yourself. Riding with a group is fun and time goes by quickly!