Scotland's cyclo-cross sensation, Cameron Mason, expresses confidence in defending his British title after an impressive 2023, marked by a historic European silver medal. Mason, the first non-Dutch or Belgian man to podium in the European championship, aims to triumph in Callendar Park, Falkirk, just 10 miles from his hometown. Despite acknowledging added pressure with familiar faces in the crowd, Mason's strong season fuels his belief in delivering an excellent performance.
Having steadily improved in cyclo-cross, Mason diversifies his cycling pursuits, engaging in mountain biking and gravel racing. Looking ahead to 2024, he plans to shift more focus to road cycling. The British Championships, hosted in Scotland for the first time, serve as a crucial event for Mason, who, after defending his national title, targets the World Cyclo-cross Championships in the Czech Republic in February.
Acknowledging the achievements of riders like Tom Pidcock, Mathieu van der Poel, and Wout van Aert, who excel on both road and off-road, Mason views them as inspirations while recognizing the unique challenges they represent. He emphasizes the honesty of cyclo-cross, where the fastest rider prevails, and expresses a desire to maintain success across various disciplines as long as he continues winning races.