U.S. Olympic mountain biker and Exeter native Adam Craig has resumed competing on the International Cycling Union’s World Cup circuit after recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Craig, 28, placed 17th among 190 riders Saturday in the UCI stop in Val di Sole, Italy. He finished 5 minutes, 10 seconds behind the race winner, current world champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland.
That race came just six days after Craig made his season’s World Cup debut in with a 14th-place finish in Champery, Switzerland. In that race he started slowly but rebounded to get as high as 11th place before settling for his top-15 finish.
After that race, Craig told Cycling News that his repaired knee held up well.
“The worst pressure was when I came off on a rooty descent and had to jump over my bike,” said Craig. “I could feel that the flexibility still isn’t all there, but otherwise it was just fine.”
Craig, who rides for the Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team, will spend much of coming month preparing for the next World Cup event at Windham Mountain, N.Y. on Aug. 28-29, followed the next weekend by the 2010 UCI World Championships at what he calls his home course on the international circuit, Mont-Ste.-Anne, Quebec.
Craig injured the knee in early February when he slipped while walking across a parking lot in Bend, Ore., where he now resides.
He underwent surgery on Feb. 9 before beginning rehabilitation.
Craig returned to competitive mountain biking earlier this summer, placing fourth in the elite men’s cross country race at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Granby, Colo., in mid-July.