Welcome to My Rally Campaign
My 2017-18 cyclocross season has seen a lot of ups and downs. The season got off to an unexpected start, winning day 1 of the KMC CrossFest and taking 3rd on day 3. Things did not pan out as hoped for at the U.S. Open of Cross in Boulder and the showing in Kentucky for the Derby City Cup and the Pan-American Championships was good but again did not match the goals I had set for myself. The first European trip though gave me an opportunity to try and achieve some of my season goals with two opportunities to automatically qualify for the Worlds team at the Telenet Cyclocross World Cup in Zeven and the DVV Flandriencross in Hamme. We kicked off the trip with some national races in the Netherlands. It was an exhilarating feeling to be at the front of the race with the rest of the USA juniors before rolling in for 4th and I was looking forward to more action like that on Sunday, but a poor start before the track narrowed considerably resulted in me spending the next forty minutes chasing to take back spots. The following weekend in Zeven followed a similar pattern. The race in Zeven started out great, I was within th top 10 or 15 going through the first turn but then slid out in the second turn and and quickly dropped back but the thick mud suited me well and I managed to fight my way back up to within sight of the group battling for the top 10 before hitting the wrong rut and careening into a wooden post which reopened the gap. I sprinted to the finish for 13th, meeting the top 15 at a world cup automatic nomination criteria, which gave me a good shot at worlds team selection depending on how things went for the juniors on the December racing block. I hoped to carry some of that momentum into another good race in Hamme, the conditions were similar and the course was good fun, but my legs and mind just weren't in it and I struggled even in areas where I usually excel. Not how I wanted to conclude the trip, but I was still happy to have come away with a good result at the World Cup. The next big race on the docket was the national championships in Reno, NV. After a month and a half or so of local races and training, I showed up at the national championships ready to put everything together. Got a good start off the line, but I quickly got distanced from the lead pack and lingered just outside the top 5 for most of the race, finishing in 7th, my worst cyclocross nationals finish ever. I was extremely disappointed in myself as I felt I physically had what it took to perform much better on the day, but was mentally unprepared going into it. I am extremely happy to get a opportunity for redemption at the UCI Telenet Hoogerheide World Cup and the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Valkenburg and will go into these races with reignited fire.
Why I Am Raising Funds
I'm raising money to cover the cost of airfare and shipping the bikes. USAC is generously covering the $1200 ground fee for the Hoggerheide racing block and my automatic nomination waives the $1000 ground fee for the Worlds racing block.
A big thank you goes out to everyone who has made this season of domestic and international racing a reality. To my parents, mentors like Jim Brown and Geoff Proctor, teammates, and coach, Chris McGovern, I appreciate immensely everything that you guys have done for me this season and in the seasons previous. Racing at this level would not be a possibility without your support and guidance.
Donate & Spread the Word!
Please help by donating and/or spreading the word through social media! If you would like to make a donation directly to avoid the RallyMe fees you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can provide further information. In addition, USAC is matching up to $250 in donations.
Thank you for your support,
Calder C. Wood
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