Q: Choose 5 words that describe cyclo-cross to you.
JP: Fall, adversity, exciting, obstacles, mud.
DS: Fun, exhausting, fast, life, family.
Q: What do you enjoy most about cyclo-cross as a discipline?
DS: I enjoy how dynamic it can be. By literally setting up some course tape through a field, some woods, or some dirt trails you can make an awesome cyclo-cross race and venue anywhere. The other thing that intrigues me is that cross racing is “down home cycling.” In my early years I would fly to different parts of the country and stay with host families in their homes. On many occasions the entire family: mom, dad, daughter, and son raced all weekend along with me in their respective categories. I was like the older brother coming home to race with them. Even today, I still stay with my adopted families whenever I race in their cities. It’s a short reunion with people you know and love who enjoy the sport as much as I do.
JP: All the different courses.
Q: When did you first start racing cyclo-cross and why?
DS: Actually getting to it later than all the other disinclines of bike racing because I thought the idea of running with a bicycle was so counter-productive; it seemed dumb. I also didn't like the idea of smashing up a perfectly good road bike that my mom would have to pay to replace!
JP: I was 16. It was a way to stay in shape over winter for the road season.
Q: Craziest moment you’ve experienced or seen in a cyclo-cross race?
DS: God.. too many to name just one.
JP: Post silver medal at the Worlds.
Q: Favorite cyclo-cross course you’ve raced and why?
DS: Outside of America where I have lots of favorite courses, my favorite course I've ever raced in was The Diegem Super Prestige cross race just out side of Brussels Belgium. In the last few years they've change the race to a night race bringing an even more fun and exciting feel to what is already one of the more historic cross races in recent history. Because of the race history, parts of the course which are not even UCI legal are grandfathered in. For instance: We race down this little foot path no more than a couple feet wide and fly In between these 2 houses before getting back on to the Main Street and bombing down what could best be compared to the steep roads of San Francisco. They stair step from the top of the hill to then bottom and send you at full speed over this big fly over where if you're not paying attention could totally launch you into the air.
JP: Ooooooo...i have many favorites but of course, I will always have amazing memories of Hooglede-Gits