Belgian Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) will be starting his final two cross races in the United States this weekend at the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Oregon. He gave us his opinion of the dry and dusty course after pre-riding on sunny Friday afternoon. Berden, also takes about the scare he had when he ended up in the hospital one Friday night in Iowa City, with serious sounding symptoms. After missing the Friday night muddy race, Berden left the hospital and raced in Saturday’s race at JingleCross where he finished fifth.
During his period here, Berden claimed four victories, in first at the Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup at the end of October, followed by a sweep of North Carolina Grand Prix weekend and last weekend’s Cyclocross LA day two.