On CXMagazine.com: Danny Summerhill Opens Up About his New Team and his Future in Cyclocross
Danny Summerhill is a little young to be considered a cyclocross legend, but as one of the few Americans to ever make a World Championship podium, he does have that legendary air about him, especially since it seemed like he was hanging up his cyclocross bike forever, trading it in for a road bike and a chance to make it as a pro roadie. However, this season, we started spotting the two-time U23 National Champion in and around the cyclocross scene: a local race here, a USGP there, and before we could register what was happening, he was making it onto the podium at the USGP in Louisville on Day 1.
Summerhill and I have been planning an interview for a long time. Six months, to be precise. But it wasn’t until the USGP in Bend when we finally got a chance to sit down and really talk about everything that’s been happening in his cycling career, from a new team to a new attitude about racing.
Cyclocross Magazine: You’ve been having a good season! We didn’t expect to see much of you; were you expecting to take racing cyclocross seriously?
Danny Summerhill: Honestly? The less stress, and the less pressure I put on myself and focus on just racing, the better off I’ve been this season. So not having that stress is really what’s been making my season so good this time around. Because it’s just fun. There’s no pressure, I’m not putting nearly as much pressure on myself as I have done in the past, and I think not having that to deal with is yielding much better results.