Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) kicked off the 2019/20 season with a strong showing at Rochester Cyclocross, finishing on the podium in third both days.
The return to form was a welcome feeling for the three-time National Champion who fought through multiple injuries last season.
Hyde’s return, however, hit another hiccup during last weekend’s Jingle Cross World Cup. After riding strong early on, Hyde’s back seized up, and he was forced to withdraw from the race. He raced again on Sunday in the C1 and finished 12th while dealing with many of the same back issues.
Hyde headed to Waterloo looking to bounce back and get a good ride to get back on track in Friday’s C2 race. He was also hoping to fight off the demons of 2018, where a crash during the World Cup caused a broken bone that kicked off his 2018/19 of horrors.
The Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld rider got that ride he was looking for on Friday afternoon. Hyde got off to a good start and rode in fifth for much of the race before finishing sixth on the hot, humid afternoon in Wisconsin.
We chatted with him after the race and asked about the race and what it meant for him to have a good ride before Sunday’s World Cup. You can listen in below.
Interview: Stephen Hyde, Trek CX Cup