February 1, 2014 1 Comment
Fuji Bikes is proud to sponsor 4-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jonathan Page, so we got in touch for a few quick questions before he represents the United States once again at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands. Jonathan Page has had an illustrious ‘cross racing career, including a 2007 CX Worlds silver medal, in addition to his 4 U.S. titles and numerous top placings in Europe – last year he raced on the Altamira CX 1.0 cyclocross bike, and this year he’s upgraded to the top end 1.1 model. The 37-year-old is based in Belgium – he’s the only American man to race full time in the rough and tumble of European cyclocross, battling for respect every week. He writes a great blog on CyclingNews that details his ongoing adventures, but read on below for 9 quick questions from this American cyclocross superstar:
How did you get started racing cyclocross?
I started racing because my best friend growing up raced ‘cross.
Why do you race cyclocross in Europe full time?
I wanted to race against the best in the world, so I came to Belgium.
What’s the best part and the hardest part of being a pro cyclist?
Best part is getting to be outside. Worst part is that it is 24 hours a day.
What was your favorite or best race this season and why?
Bredene, because I was able to battle for 6th place even with broken ribs.
Who’s the most important person on your race support team?
Everyone on my support team is really important to me. Without my family, friend and mechanic Franky, sponsors, and supporters, I wouldn’t be doing this.
Does your family travel with you during the season?
This year, much less than I would have liked. But they are with me now, on my way to the Nommay World Cup in France, so that’s great!
What’s the biggest mistake that you see amateur cyclists make when they train and what’s your best advice for them?
I don’t think there is a cover-all answer for the mistake part of this question. My best advice is just to have fun!
If you could ride your bike anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Right now, anywhere sunny would be great, as it hasn’t stopped raining since I got back from the USA. But I think my favorite place to ride is in the Swiss Alps, with cows bells ringing all around me.
What do you have in your pocket when you go for a training ride?
I keep it simple – only my phone and a Clif Mojo Bar or 2.
Check out this video from Global Cycling Network for an in-depth look at Jonathan’s Fuji Altamira CX cyclocross race bike.
All photos © Wil Matthews (unless otherwise noted)