While most Worlds racers were packing up mobile homes or boarding planes for their return trips from Sankt Wendel, Jonathan Page was headed to the hospital. As you may have heard by now, Page’s wife Cori, an accomplished former bike racer herself, gave birth to the couple’s third child, and second daughter, on Monday afternoon in a hospital that literally overlooked the World Championship venue. They named her Pearl Wendel in honor of the small German town where she was born.
This past weekend, their new arrival attended her first two cyclocross races – the seventh rounds of the GVA Trofee in Lille and Superprestige in Hoogstraten, though she “watched” the races on TV in Page’s mobile home.
The proud new father, meanwhile, celebrated with a few special adjustments to his usual kit, sporting pink bar tape, pink highlights on his sun glasses and helmet, and pink balloons on his mobile home. Page pulled down an impressive tenth place finish on a difficult course in Sunday’s Superprestige race, despite admitting that he was more than a little tired from the week’s excitement.
“I’ve run around quite a bit this week,” Page told Cyclocross Magazine after the race. “I’m looking forward to a rest week next week.
I’m not unhappy. With a new baby it’s all worth it.”
He added, however, that the pink touches on his kit caused some confusion among fans who didn’t know about the new baby.
“Some interesting people said, ‘What is that awful color on your bike?’ But I said, ‘Listen you jackasses, I just had a baby girl!’” laughed Page, who said he also had baby blue ready in case the baby turned out to be a boy.
The whole Cyclocross Magazine team congratulates Jonathan, Cori, and proud big sister and big brother Emma and Milo, on the addition of cyclocross’s youngest fan to their family.