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Archive for September, 2011

#CXCLASH, taking it to the people!

We had so much fun with the Cross Clash: Vengeance in Vegas, that we thought we’d go big and bring it to everyone! Let’s face it, there’s nothing that feels better in ‘cross than crushing your friends. We’ve teamed up with crossresults.com to make crushing your friends even more rewarding and threw in some great prizes from the Rapha Cyclocross Collection.

If you’re on twitter, make sure to use #CXCLASH with all your trash talk!

Full details: http://rapha-focus.cx/crossclash/ and http://www.crossresults.com/raphafocusclash/

Behind the Barriers, Season 2 Episode 1

USGP Opening Weekend Recap

We got a taste of two very different course conditions this weekend at the opening weekend of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross series in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Jeremy got the weekend off to an excellent start by winning the Avid Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot. And eventually getting away with Bart Wellens and Ryan Trebon, the three animators would go head to head lap after lap and in the end Jeremy earned a new nickname.

Watch the entire 60 minute men’s elite race on cyclingdirt.

More photos and video after the break.
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USGP Planet Bike Cup Preview

We’re set to begin the 2011 Exergy USGP of Cyclocross Series this weekend in Sun Prairie, WI. Defending series champion, Jeremy Powers, and the Team’s young gun, Zach McDonald, will represent the Team at the Planet Bike Cup. Traditionally the weekend is raced under warm temperatures and dry conditions, but similar to the 2011 edition of Cross Vegas, the competition will take place under cool, cloudy conditions with a threat of rain. While the weather is uncertain, there is no doubt about Jeremy or Zach’s racing form at the moment. Both riders have posted solid results so far this season, with Jeremy notably taking the victory at this week’s Gateway Cup in St. Louis, MO. Jeremy and Zach will be supported by team staff: Brian Dallas, Tom Hopper, and Jeff Rowe.

Be sure to stop by the Rapha-FOCUS area this weekend to cheer the boys on and pick up their new rider cards.

For those of you not able to make it to the Angell Park Race Track, catch the races streaming LIVE on cyclingdirt.org.

The guys race at 4:00 PM CDT (UTC -5, 5:00PM EDT, 2:00PM PDT).

Julie Krasniak joins team Rapha FOCUS

The Rapha-FOCUS professional cyclocross team announces the addition of Julie Krasniak for the 2011-12 season. Ms. Krasniak will be the first woman on the Rapha-FOCUS cyclocross team, joining Jeremy Powers, Chris Jones and Zach McDonald.

Ms. Krasniak, a French National rider, is representing France at the Road World Championships this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before becoming a professional on the road, Ms. Krasniak competed at a World-level on the mountain bike. This will be her first full-season of cyclocross as a professional, but her palmares on both the road and mountain give her a strong foundation for racing this winter.

“We’ve come to know Julie this year as she has been a key member of a European women’s road team that Rapha is involved with,” commented Slate Olson, General Manager of Rapha, NA. “That Julie is coming slightly out of nowhere to ‘cross is exciting, we expect that she might surprise some people this season.”

Planning a short break after Road World Championships, Ms. Krasniak will begin her cyclocross season in the Czech Republic, racing the UCI World Cup events in Plzen and Tabor. Holding a base in Portland, OR for most the season, her first US races will be at the Boulder Cup (Oct 28-29) in Boulder, CO. From there she will target the remaining Exergy USGP of Cyclocross series races in Louisville, KY and Bend, OR.

“Focus Bicycles is excited to have Julie on the team for a number of reasons; for starters we think that Julie epitomizes the sort of talent that is coming into the fields of women’s cyclocross”, said Scott Rittschof, CEO Of Focus Bicycles, USA. “Her nationality emphasizes the importance for Focus and Rapha to be recognized as global performance brands.”

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