Northland Cyclocross Racer Headed to Belgium

By KBJR News 1

December 15, 2012 Updated Dec 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM CDT

Wrenshall, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Josey has been a Cyclocross racer for three years, and has traveled across the United States for competitions, but he didn't think he would be going across the world.

"This year I wanted to shoot for something bigger, so I put a lot of focus into my training and trying to get to qualify for EuroCamp, I didn't actually think I would," said Josey Weik.

Josey was selected to go to EuroCross Camp, in Belgium. The camp is for Americans who want to gain international experience in cyclocross.

He found out about his acceptance Thanksgiving Day and leaves on Tuesday for his trip.

Josey is most excited to ride on the courses.

"The courses over there are just insane, the first race we do, you star up a tar stretch and then you turn a corner and do a half mile long hill that's this steep, and muddy and you turn around and you go straight back down. And there is a corner at the bottom.." said the 16 year old.

Cyclocross is a form of bicycle racing done on a narrow track which has a variety of terrain ranging from grass, mud, ice, and snow.

Living in Minnesota has been a definite advantage.

"I think I'll definitely have an advantage there, in already knowing what its like to be 30 degrees and still raining and sleeting and yeah the weather is usually cold and wet," said Weik.

There are also many obstacles on a cyclocross track forcing competitors to get off their bikes.

"What you do is, you get off your bike while you're going 15–20 mph and then you hop over the barriers...you carry your bike over and then get back on."

His father Matt Weik has been his major support system in helping Josey in his cyclocross training and career.

“He's the youngest kid they have ever taken to this camp cuz his birthday is so late in the year, and it's a huge opportunity for him and I know he will come back a different person," said Matt.

Josey raises pigs on his family’s farm to help fund his love for the sport.

He also has t–shirts up for sale on his blog site with the money going directly to the cause.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.