Young U.S. riders who make the trip to Europe for the December block of EuroCrossCamp certainly do not get cheated out of the full Belgian cyclocross experience. On Sunday, eight U.S. riders, five Junior and three U23 Men got the chance to brave the climbs, drops, ruts and off-cambers at World Cup Namur.
We posted full Junior and U23 results on Monday. Gage Hecht's (Alpha Bicycle - Groove Subaru) 15th in the U23 race and Lane Maher's (HotTubes Devo) 21st in the Junior race were the top results for the U.S. riders.
The full list of young U.S. riders in Europe includes:
- Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle - Groove Subaru) - 15th
- Cooper Willsey (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) - 32nd
- Spencer Petrov (Aspire Racing) - 33rd
- Lane Maher (Hot Tubes Devo) - 21st
- Sam Noel (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) - 3oth
- Dillon McNeill (Trek Cyclocross Collective) - 31st
- Greg Gunsalus (AP Junior Devo p/b Corner Cycle) - 43rd
- Torin Bickmore (Boulder Junior Cycling) - 54th
At the front of the race, young Britsh wunderkind Tom Pidcock (Telenet Fidea Lions) won his third straight World Cup race of the season. Pidcock missed the Zeven World Cup, so Eli Iserbyt (Marlux - Napoleon Games) retained his U23 overall leader's jersey after his second-place finish.
The Junior Men's race was won by Loris Rouiller (Beobank - Corendon) of Switzerland. Young British star Ben Tulett finished third for the first of four British podiums on the day.
Photographer Bart Hazen is back with a gallery from the Junior and U23 Men's races. Stay tuned Hazen's gallery from the Elite races.