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Ben Duke: the beginning of something great
By Celine Tytgadt
Date: 8/23/2003
Ben Duke: the beginning of something great
On Christmas day

This week, the first back-bone guys went home, that's a sign the season is reaching the end soon now.  Some more very hard and respected races are coming up. This week is a 'French' week so to speak. Thursday the Cycling Center did a Paris-Roubaix-alike 1.12 UCI race in Vieux-Condé where Ben showed his present fitness by finishing 12th after bening in the leading brake all day.  

Winter training - 31st Jan 2003
The selection process - 5th January 2003

Cycling Center: The New Year - 25th December 2002
Interview with Bernard Moerman - 6th September 2002
A day at the races: Antwerpen-Tielen - 15th August 2002
How it all began: Introduction to the Cycling Center - 22nd May 200

Or you can also visit the Cycling Center website for more information.

Ben Duke
Ben Duke is a 25-year old from Boulder, Colorado and he came to the Cycling Center because he loves Europe and cycling and what better way to reach your potential as a cyclist in the Cycling Center under Bernard Moerman's wing.  On the Cycling Center website he explains what he likes about Belgium (except the obvious cycling) and that's the bakery!  he quotes "If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting Belgium, then you'd know what I'm talking about... YUM"   If you want to email him your encouragements, please do so at this address:

Time does fly and the season is comming towards its end. But our team is only in its beginnings. Its an exciting time here at the cycling center. Not only have the riders gotten stronger, but tactically we are racing smarter and less selfishly than ever... And its paying off! Several top finishes in the last few weeks have brought up the moral and set new standards here at the Cycling Center... not to mention more interest from sponsors and media.

Bernard has several offers from potentially big sponsors which could really set his program "on fire"! Personally, I'm stoked to be a part of it. I'm racing better and better each week and I am excited to finish out the season as strong as I can. Then there's next year... and YES, you better bet I'm comming back! I wouldn't miss this ship in a million years. For me, its an opportunity of a lifetime, and I will do everything in my power to make the best of it.

But, before I get too far ahead of myself, there's still some very important races in the near future. We hope to keep the trend alive and race our way further towards the top of the results sheet.

Thanks for Reading


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