Curtis White, Logan Owen, Cody Kaiser, and Yannick Eckmann training in Tabor, Czech
When we last posted on Logan, he won Starcrossed, one of the biggest races of Cross Season in the Pacific Northwest. He’s in Europe now on the World Cup schedule and placed 5th at Tabor last weekend. That result puts him the front row in the next World Cup this Sunday in Plzen. Joe Holmes asked Logan, “how was that?!” and he said
We woke up to a foggy morning here in Tabor. After breakfast, we rode down to the course, pre-rode it and began to make decisions on tires and pressure. I changed my mind about running the Challenge Griffos as the course became much slicker than yesterday when we pre rode the course. I ended up switching to the Challenge Limus tire. Then I did my warm up and headed over to the start/finish stretch to do the usual ride up and down the straight and run a little. I was 4th call up and my teammate, Curtis White, was 5th call up. We started the race and I was 4th into the first turn and Curtis was 2nd. A third of the way through the first lap the reigning Junior World Champion, Mathieu Van Der Poel, attacked and put a gap on everyone else. I immediately tried to get around the 2 guys in front of me and tried to bridge the gap. By the time we got to the top of the course, 3/4 of the lap, I closed the gap back down to 3 seconds with 10 riders in tow. When we hit the start/ finish stretch he had opened it back up to 13 seconds on Quinten Hermans of Belgium and I. So I swung off to let him pull. He ended up riding me off his wheel at the end of the 2nd lap as I couldn’t recover from chasing Van Der Poel. Less then 1/4 of a lap later a group of 4 passed me and I ended up yo- yoing off the back of that group the rest of the race. I finally recovered enough to make contact again with that group with 400 meters left and was able to out sprint a Belgian and a Swiss kid for 5th place, only a bike length from getting on the podium. Curtis ended up finishing 29th after some bad luck. I was sort of happy with this result but realized that I am going to have to work even harder if I want to win Worlds in February. I would like to thank Tete de la Course Cycling, Redline Bicycles, Geoff Proctor, Michel and everyone at USA Cycling for making my road to Kentucky 2013 possible. – via Tete de la Course cycling.
Logan is working now for Kentucky and we’re planning on being there too. He’s on a 13 Redline Conquest. Mark V profiled the 2012 version last year.