Competing and learning at CX Worlds
We caught up with American Curtis White shortly after he finished 24th in the U23 race at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships last weekend in Hoogerheide, the Netherlands. The 18-year-old from Duanesburg, N.Y., was 4:20 back from winner Wout Van Aert of Belgium. As part of Cannondale p/b Cyclocross World, White rides Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc-brake wheels; Zipp Service Course SL bars, stems and seatposts; SRAM RED 22 drivetrain and Avid BB7 S brakes.
How did your race go?
The start went really well. I was able to stay out of trouble. That was key. The way the course was laid out, it was sketchy right from the start. The course was made such that the powerful guys were going to be at the front. There were stronger guys than me, so they were going to pass. But I made the selection. I was in the front group for the first couple of laps. I maybe dug a little too deep, made a couple mistakes, but I felt like I was consistent throughout the race. I was third or fourth (among first year U23 racers) so it sets me up for future years. I will just keep learning from that.
How was it racing in the under-23 world championship compared with the junior category?
There’s so much more depth here. There are guys I was fighting with last year. There are some guys I’m ahead of, then there are 20 more guys. Some are a year older. Some are 3 years older. There’s a lot more experience you can gain in three years that they have. You have to try to learn from them.
How was your equipment? It was really tough conditions with that tacky mud.
Wheels were great, slicing through the mud. Brakes worked well. Shifting was awesome. Everything was spot on.
What do you take away from this season?
Coming into this season, I didn’t know what to expect. I improved throughout the season, domestically for sure and internationally. I just have to keep growing. I feel like I can be at the sharp end of the races domestically and the way I am improving I feel the same about internationally.