With a stars-and-stripes jersey in the bag and six weeks of training for one race, American Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles) heads 800 miles from Colorado to Arkansas today for his first appearance in the elite men’s contest at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships and thinks the fast, dry course will be good for him and his teammates.

While Brunner has won four UCI cyclo-cross races as an elite rider this year, including the Pan American Championships, all were on US soil with a reduced European-based field. His performance in Fayetteville, 21st, was his best finish in the three World Cups held in the Midwest in October. The last time he raced in Europe was two seasons ago at the World Championships in Switzerland, where he went in as the top U23 rider for American men and finished 13th.


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