Another weekend of ups and downs for American cross racer Jonathan Page (Planet Bike). On Saturday, Page raced at the front and finished 5th Kasteelcross Zonnebeke but then bad luck, once again, at the Hoogerheide World Cup.
Page was in the main chase group behind Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) who was off the front when he noticed a problem with his shifter on the second lap. “On the runup I tried to reset it and that didn’t work. I tried to coast for awhile to reset it again and I had to get off my bike and assess what was going on. I just lost a bunch of places.” he explained after the race on Sunday.
Page switched bikes and fell back to 34th spot. He started chasing, moving up for ultimately finish 20th behind eventual winner Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus).
“Yeah I had shit luck today and I don’t have any places to give up because in the World Championships I’m far back so I made up as much as I could.”
With the all important start position at the Cyclocross World Championships dictated by UCI points, Page now sits in 37th spot on the rankings, pushing him in the middle rows.
The only American to podium at the Elite level, Page finished 2nd at 2007 Cyclocross World Championships in Hoogerheide.
On the plus side on his quest to return to the podium is his form.
“I’m at probably the best form on my life, I’m the skinniest I’ve ever been, I have done everything in my power to prepare correctly so with any luck I’m going to be up there.”
And also a plus is his knowledge of the course. The last time the World Championships were held in St Wendel, Germany Page was at the front for two laps and ultimately finished 14th.
“I’m going fast, next week could be very good for me but everything has to go well but that’s the World Championships. It’s a very special day, it’s a day I’ve done well before and I’ll try to do it again. I got nothing to lose at this point, it comes down to Worlds again.”
And to make the week even more um exciting, Page’s wife Cori is expecting their third child at any moment.