3. AND UM, THE CYCLOCROSS TOURNAMENT.
“It was hot and dusty. Evan Murphy and I stayed at a cute bed & breakfast (where I met Joe Nicastro) with Evan’s dog. The caretaker was lovely and breakfast was delicious. Evan crashed into a barrier on Day 1 and ended up in the ER for stitches. We ate burritos that night from Lupitas. Team Cannondale has a 18 year old kid on the team. It was literally his birthday that day. Stuart White, I think is his name.1 I interviewed him. He got weird when I asked him if he had a girlfriend. He looked at Trebon and said, “I thought this was a cycling interview.” Trebon laughed. Then I asked him if he was going to be Prom King, he said, “I’m not too concerned with the prom thing right now.”—Emiliano Granado
Manual for Speed interviewed Curtis White, newest member of the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com team in the back of a semi-truck trailer used as the team’s mobile shop. It was Curtis’ eighteenth birthday. What follows are his words.
“We are sitting in the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com trailer because I’m part of the team. I’m really excited to be part of the program, especially at such a young age. This is going on my eighth year of racing. I started racing road first. Then, at a crit in New Hampshire, someone told me I should try cross. And I guess I was crazy enough to listen to him. My dad has a few friends from Ireland who are cyclists, I was given an Irish National Team Jersey. Tom Mannion, who is from the south shore, saw me in the jersey and introduced me to cross. I still race road. I just got my Cat 1 and I just graduated from the Hot Tubes junior team. The road situation for next year is really up in the air, so hopefully something that works well with the cross season comes up. I’ve had more success in cross than I’ve had on the road.2 At first my friends didn’t really believe me; but then they started to see me riding around town when everyone else was supposed to be in school.
I’m a senior in high school. I’m really lucky that the school works with me, I’m able to train in the middle of the day between morning and afternoon classes, I’m taking AP classes.
“Because I’m doing the whole season with Cannondale I’ll go over to Europe for the World Cup circuit. Hopefully things will go well at Nationals and hopefully I go on to Worlds. For the road, nothing is set in stone yet. It’s humbling and cool to be at the highest level, learning from the guys who have been doing this forever. I’ve spent the last two Christmases in Europe with Jeff Proctor at the Euro Cross Camp, and last year I did the full World Cup circuit aside from the last race. I was able to compete at the sharp end of the races. I met all the kids over there as well, the Belgians. It’s blue collar over there; the kids of Fidea and teams like that, they’re all in. It’s bike racing, then school. So it’s different in that respect, that attitude. But at the U23 level we’re all on the same level. My parents are more than supportive, I’m very lucky to have them on board.”