Northland cyclo-cross racer competes for a place at the World Championship

By KBJR News 1

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM CDT

Wrenshall, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- One Northland cyclist is on his way overseas to compete in a sport he loves.
Cyclo–cross is a form of extreme bike racing, most popular in Belgium and Josey Wiek is putting on his shoes and grabbing his bike in preparation for yet another race.

"Cyclo-cross is their passion there. It's football there," said Wiek.

He has been competing in cyclo–cross races for the past four years and got invited back to participate in EuroCamp for the second time.
The camp is for Americans who want to gain international experience in cyclo–cross.

"It's a big honor to be selected to this, a great proving ground and stepping stone to the next level," said Matt Wiek, Josey's father and trainer.

"I'm doing these races not only to get experience racing over in Belgium because I love it but also a world qualifying race for world championship," said Weik.

This year at the camp, Josey says he will have a big advantage.

"Every corner when I ware pre-riding I was like 'whoa,' and you know you only have about 20 minutes to really figure out the course and that's not enough. So it's going to be a huge advantage coming back this year with experience and knowing the courses," said the 17-year-old.

Experience that will hopefully carry him to the World Championships. Weik left for Belgium on Wednesday and will take part in the World Cup race on Sunday.

To follow Weik's journey check out his blog

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.