Cyclocross is popularly regarded as the hardest, most painful, accident-wrought, technical and psychologically challenging discipline in all of bike racing, an all-out, balls-to-the-wall, oxygen debt-inducing gladiator fest held off-road in the heaviest winter conditions imaginable—snow, mud, rain, hail, fog. There is no relenting. There’s no relief. There’s lots of crashing. Your bike will fail. And you will fall—countless times. But man, it’s really fun. It started out more than a century ago, an overseas phenomenon that has since given rise to generations of cycling strongmen—many of whose names are unpronounceable even for the most dexterous of Western tongues—and today it is the fastest-growing interest among two-wheelers in the U.S.A.
Jonathan Page is the most decorated cyclocross racer America has ever produced and he is the ultimate icon around which SPY hinges its global ‘cross program and related product development.
As a six-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion and UCI Cyclocross World Cup one-to-beat, Jonathan consistently goes head-to-head with the best in the world and holds the honor of being the highest-placing American ever to finish the elite UCI World Championships (12TH in 2011, and as high as 2nd in 2007). Page’s podium results coupled with his affable, down-to-Earth persona, makes him a fan favorite across Europe and the in The States. He’s got a massive heart, in every sense.
Jonathan started out as a road cyclist at the end of the ‘80s. He won back-to-back U.S. National Road Cycling Championships as a junior, 1992 (15/16 yr. olds) & 1993 (16/17). He transitioned to off road life the following year, claiming the 1994 U.S. National Cyclocross Championship Juniors title, repeating the feat in 1996 and 1997 in the U23 divisions. He went on to win back-to-back-to-back U.S. National Cyclocross Elite Men’s Championships from 2002 through 2005.
With an innate desire to test his mettle at the highest levels of his sport, Jonathan relocated about seven years ago to Oudenaarde, Belgium, to pursue his cyclocross racing dream in Europe, the birthplace of the sport. The Land of Beer and Chocolate organized its first National Cyclocross Championship in 1910 and continues to be known as a hotspot of cyclocross racing with some of the most treacherous and demanding courses on the planet. It is here where Page continues to earn his stripes and impress his peers under series contracts for the Superprestige, GVA Trofee and the Fidea Cup.
Page has battled like a warrior, and experience and the good people around him continue to be the secret for his incredible constitution (especially his wife and three kids). A literal trailblazer in the sport of cyclocross for Americans, Jonathan is an inspiration for up-and-coming racers looking to make a run on the European scene, and for anyone who wants to see what “never give up” looks like in person. Jonathan is the Man.