Kona Endurance Team rider Kerry Werner is gearing up for this weekend’s USA Cyclocross National Championships. Having had success at nationals in the past with three collegiate national titles to his name, Kerry has a unique viewpoint on the US Pro CX scene.
Cyclocross Magazine has just published a great interview with Kerry on a whole range of topics that only a professional racer could delve into in such detail. From gear to race season strategy to team talk, there’s lots to dig into in this one.
CXM: Are you officially a dedicated ’cross racer? Or do you still consider yourself a mountain biker as well?
KW: No. I do love mountain biking, and that’s where my… In terms of riding, that’s where I can associate with the most, just like my attitude towards cycling. I am more associated with mountain biking, and maybe that’s only because ’cross hasn’t really gotten the stigma yet. Like there’s roadies, and there’s mountain bikers, but nobody is ever like, “Oh, dude, you’re a ’cross racer.” You know what I mean?
Kerry Werner (Kona) is on pace for his best-ever cyclocross season of his young professional career. Photo: Jingle Cross Day 3, Werner’s top 10 finish. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine