I am Ben Gomez Villafane, a young, aspiring cyclocross racer! I’ve been selected by USA Cycling to be apart of the 31 strong rider team heading to the UCI World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands where i’ll shooting for a top 10 finish. I’ll also be attending the final World Cup in Hoogerheide, Netherlands with the goal of a top 10.
Since overseas plane tickets don’t come cheap, I plan to utilize raised funds to help offset the hefty price tags that come along with flights and baggage fee’s to Europe. After first offsetting the costs of this upcoming trip, any “extra” funds will be used to pay off expenses from my previous European trip in November and other domestic travels.
To help out even more, the USA Cycling Foundation will also matching $250 worth of donations to help make this trip possible!
My previous 2016-17 season didn’t go as planned since I came into the season underprepared with myself to blame. It led to a series of results that I wasn’t proud of. Even when things seemed to be picking up at the end of the previous season, a crummy 13th place at the national championships ended any potential bid to attend the world championships. I got over my guilt and small degree of anger in order to begin working on hitting out in the 2017-18 season.
So far during this cyclocross season, I’ve won 5 domestic UCI races, won 12 out of the 20 of the races I’ve started so far this season, clinched the Pan American & National titles in the junior men 17-18 category, and traveled over to Europe over Thanksgiving with USA Cycling where I won two Dutch National Races. After what has been a text book season, getting the opportunity to go and race the cyclocross world championships is finally a goal, and a dream, that I can cross off the list.
My parents, family, and close friends have been a huge help in shaping me into the person and racer I am today. My team, the Top Club CycloCross program which is being spearheaded by my coach Chris McGovern, Jason Benford, Tobin Ortenblad, has been a big factor into my success this year by suppling me with the right tools for success. With Hoogerheide and the World Championships being my last races on the calendar, I plan on making each and every person in my support group proud with a great ride!
Every little bit of help and donation goes a long way, and even if you wish to donate but can’t, sharing my RallyMe page to your friends, facebook page, twitter, or instagram feed goes a long way in getting the word out!
If you’d like to have your donation be tax deductible too, consider heading over to www.topclubcyclocross.com and donate through there as well to support me! Just get in touch on the contact page about making you donation tax deductible.
Thank you for your support!
- Ben Gomez Villafane
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