From learning to read again to racing Wout van Aert: Ben Frederick's journey to the top of cyclo-cross

The American suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2016, but has refound his love for cycling and has ridden some elite CX races this winter

Ben Frederick
(Image credit: Bastien Gason)

Seven years ago, things were going swimmingly for Ben Frederick. The then 25-year-old had just ridden to his best finish at the USA cyclo-cross National Championships, 12th, and he was on his way to fulfilling his dream of riding CX at an elite level, qualifying for World Cups and heading to the World Championships.

An innocuous crash on a training ride heading into the 2016 season changed all that; he hit his head in exactly the wrong place, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and was forced to put not just his career, but his whole life on hold.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.