Ben Gomez-Villafane of California had a successful cross-country trip to Connecticut for the first UCI Junior Men’s races at the KMC Cross Fest this past weekend. Gomez-Villafane finished third on Friday and then followed it up with a win on Sunday.
High-level success is nothing new to the TopClub CycloCross rider. Gomez-Villafane won the Junior Men’s 15-16 category at the 2016 Nationals in Asheville, and his older sisters are Carolina and Sofia Gomez-Villafane, both of whom have achieved a substantial amount of ’cross success.
The 2017 Montana Cross Camp was Ben’s second. He said coming back was a good start to his cyclocross season. “Being here in Helena, being exposed to all the work we do instructed by Geoff Proctor is a very good environment to shake off the rust and get the momentum going for the upcoming ’cross season,” he said.
Gomez-Villafane also said he has already adopted running, which is a big part of Proctor’s training philosophy, into his training. “Since February, March I have been doing twice-a-week runs,” said Gomez-Villafane. “Doing some bleachers and all that, kind of like we’ve been doing in the morning. In a sense, I was a little bit prepared for all that.”
Cyclocross Magazine sat down with Gomez-Villafane in Helena for the latest in our series of interviews from the 2017 Montana Cross Camp.