Page Squares Off Against Berden in Season Opener at Raleigh Midsummer Nights Cyclocross
Berden waited to make his move at the Sea Otter Classic cyclocross race. © Nathan Hofferber
PARK CITY, UTAH—Jonathan Page is an American cyclocross legend who lives and races mostly in Belgium. Ben Berden is a Belgian cyclocross legend who lives and races mostly in America.
In a rare high-mountain showdown, Page and Berden will both race on Thursday, July 25 at the Raleigh Midsummer Nights Cyclocross held at DealerCamp. Several other top pros are expected to compete in this season-opener. We’re excited to see which bike Berden, who races for Raleigh, will be racing on, since Raleigh recently unveiled their new lineup at Sea Otter.
“This is the time of the year a cyclocross racer has to start sharpening the training, prepping the equipment, and adding a lot of intensity to your riding,” said Page, a New England native who has won four Elite men’s national titles, the latest in Wisconsin in January. “This event will definitely crack my legs open.”
“We’re electrified to have Jonathan racing in Utah,” said Sean Condon, event director. “Americans rarely get a chance to watch him race in the states. And with his national championship jersey [from his new clothing sponsor, Sommerville Sports], we get to find out about his equipment and sponsors for this season.”
“When I started in the 1990s cyclocross was such a small sideshow of cycling,” said Page. “We would be happy to get 100 racers out for a whole day of events. Now we get 1,000. And the crowds are huge.”
To register for the race, visit www.bikereg.com. For more information about DealerCamp 2013, please visit www.bikedealercamp.com.