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Logan Owen’s Quest for the Rainbow Stripes. Interview on the Eve of The Rome World Cup

Logan Owen is back in Europe as he prepares for the Cyclocross World Championships on home soil in Kentucky this coming February. He has already notched up a win at an event in Namur and the day after Christmas he went one better than his third place in Tabor notching second at the World Cup race in Zolder. We had the opportunity to speak with him on the eve of his last race of the trip, The Rome World Cup.

TdlCCycling: Tell us a little about your trip to Rome from where you have been staying in Belgium for the past week.

Owen: It was good. We stayed a few extra days after Cross Camp. A lot of the guys did Baal but I decided to not do that. I wanted to rest up before we came here. It was only about an hour flight, super simple. USA Cycling helped us out to get here. We are staying at the host hotel for the Rome World Cup which is where all the teams are staying.

TdlCycling: Tell us about what you did today as far as pre-riding the course, what you saw, what is the course like and what do you expect in the race.

Owen: It’s basically a dirt crit. I think it is going to be big groups. I think it will probably be a group of at least five coming to the finish together. I hope to be there racing for the win. Hopefully we can keep Van der Poel in the mix, in the group, hopefully he can’t get away like he has been. But yeah, the course is just going to be dry and fast.

TdlCCycling: Is the course very technical?

Owen: There are turns throughout the entire course, nothing too difficult. It’s not muddy or anything. Not at all like we have been racing in in Belgium. And it is supposed to be sixty degrees and sunny.

TdlCCycling: Nice! So after the race what will you do then? 

Owen: After the race we will be packing everything up, packing up our bikes and taking off to a hotel close to the Rome airport, check in there and stay the night before flying out on Monday.

TdlCCycling: Then you will be heading directly to Wisconsin for the US Nationals in Madison correct?

Owen: Correct. I didn’t want to fly all the way across the country to Seattle just to get back on a plane again. I am staying with a host family in Milwaukee for a few days and then hooking up with my Redline team in Madison on Thursday.

TdlCCycling: Good luck for tomorrow and we will touch base with you next week when you are back in the States.

Owen: Sounds good. Thanks.

Logan Owen’s Quest for the Rainbow Stripes, Interview on his 2nd place in Zolder and Spending Christmas in Belgium

Zolder World Cup Podium

Logan Owen is back in Europe as he prepares for the Cyclocross World Championships on home soil in Kentucky this coming February. He has already notched up a win at an event in Namur and the day after Christmas he went one better than his third place in Tabor notching second at the World Cup race in Zolder. I had the chance to speak with him in the evening after the race. Here is that interview. 

A special thanks to our Belgium host mom from our November trip, Chantal Reynaert, for the photos from Zolder.

TdlCCycling: “You had a pretty big race today. Tell us all about it and how you did.

Owen: We did the Zolder World Cup today. My goal coming into today was to move up to second overall in the World Cup standings and I accomplished that goal by getting second in the race. It was a tough one. Van der Poel just rode away from us. I just decided in the beginning after that to cut my losses and play the tactical game and try to just battle for second. Going after him would have just been too much and possibly caused me to blow up which happened before. I fought with the kid I was tied with,  Martijn Budding, and a French kid and a Belgium kid for second today. I got away from them at the end and ended up second and moved up to second overall so things are looking good right now.

TdlCCycling: Tell us what is coming up for you this week. You are with Geoff Proctor and the Euro Cross Camp and you have some races coming up so tell us a little bit about those.

Owen: We are going to do a couple of Super Prestige races and the Bpost Bank Trophee. Those races aren’t my big goals but I will still go out there and try to get another win, see what I can do out there, try to have some fun and get ready for Rome [the next World Cup race].

TdlCCycling: Maybe try some different tactics in those races leading into Rome, see if you can crack the Van der Poel juggernaut?

Owen: Definitely. I am going to have to try a few different things, see what could work, see if anything can put him into an uncomfortable position and see if there are any chinks in his armor.

TdlCCycling: This is your second year spending Christmas at Euro Cross Camp in Belgium correct?

Owen: Correct. Being here has really helped me learn how to race my bike over here in Europe. It’s really made me…how should I put this, made me train harder, be more focussed on my training to do well over here and be competitive.

TdlCCycling: What did you guys do on Christmas? What’s it like to do Christmas away from friends and family? You are with your cyclocross family but take us through what you did yesterday.

Owen: We did some gift exchanges with the guys here. We all drew a name out of a hat and had a person we had to get a gift for and we all got gifts. My parents sent me with some presents in my bike case so I got to open those so that was cool. I got to Skype with my parents as well. It was a good atmosphere here with the Christmas spirit. We had a, built a little fake tree so we had that and put our presents under that and exchanged our gifts. It was good.

TdlCCycling: Ok, I know it’s getting late over there so I will let you go. Great job so far and keep it up.

Owen: Thanks and happy holidays.
Zolder start line.Almost Ready

Zolder finish