CX Diaries

Helen Wyman Reigns in Spain

Kona Cyclocross racer Helen Wyman’s season just keeps on gaining momentum. This weekend she raced in Spain for the first time and took win number five, a real motivational boost leading into next weeks World Cup.

“Since traveling back from the European Championships, I’ve had time to plan new goals for the second phase of the season. It’s been really good for body and mind to spend some time at home after nine weeks away with an intense racing block of 19 races. Race 20 was my first ever race in Spain, and I’m really happy to have taken the win. Some very strong Spanish riders who perform well at World Cups, as well as two of the best young Dutch riders made it a good race, but I’m happy that in the mud I was able to come out on top. Next up for me a trip to Denmark for the new World Cup, followed by Germany and Belgium. An action-packed few weeks await.” – Helen Wyman

CX Diaries: Kona Pro Helen Wyman to Produce Short Video Series All Season Long

Words by Helen Wyman.

CX Diaries are my way of bringing you closer to the action as I take on the 2017/18 season. Cyclocross is one of the most accessible forms of cycle sport, but you can’t always be events, so I want you to be able to see the true ups and downs of racing through a professional season in USA and Europe.

This season I’ll be taking on the world’s best riders in the UCI World Cup series as well as key events throughout Europe. Aiming to return to the top 10 of the ranking, my video diaries will be an honest account of my race season and I through them I will give you race updates, technical features and an insight into the life of a pro racer.

After a low-key kick off in Eeklo, Belgium, the season gets serious quickly with back-to-back World Cups in the USA. My race in Eeklo was curtailed with a corner 3 crash. That’s racing, but it was a frustrating start and meant a solo ride for me from nearly 2 minutes down. I rode back into the top 20, before packing the equipment up and taking off for the USA only a few hours later.

The USA campaign kicked off with a UCI C1 event in Iowa City, where I finished 4th, and recorded the first CX Diary, quickly followed up by the second:

Riding the newly released Super Jake, I’m looking to gain progressive results throughout the season, as I put the 2016-17 season of crashes and injuries behind me. I’ll be based in Oudenaarde, Belgium, during the main part of the season, with the European World Cups taking me to Denmark, Germany, Holland, France and of course the CX heartland of Belgium. Czech Republic is the venue for the European Championships, in early November as we build towards the World Championships in January.

Keep up with the CX Diaries series on Helen’s Vimeo page.