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Archive for October, 2011

Oakley Auction – Updated

Now’s your chance to get in on a very limited edition piece of Team Rapha Focus team issue gear. Oakley only made enough for the team and this auction, so, until Friday, October 14th, Rapha will hold a daily auction two pair of the Rapha-FOCUS Oakley Jawbone via a private email bid system. All of the money raised by the auction will go directly to support the Rapha-FOCUS professional cylocross team. The glasses come in a unique carry-bag and three sets of interchangeable lenses, with the Rapha logo etched into the primary set.

Winning bids for the first pair were $650 each!

For details and how to place your bid, go to the Oakley Auction Page at Rapha.

Update — these glasses are hot! Check out what the winning bids have been:

  • Monday, October 10, 2011 – $650, $650
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2011 – $676, $800
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – $700, $811
  • Thursday, October 13, 2011 – $735, $751
  • Friday, October 14, 2011 – $TBD, $TBD

Powers Conquers New Belgium Cup

What a weekend in Fort Collins, CO! USGP Rounds 3 and 4 did not disappoint, with two days of exciting action. We had the full men’s squad for the first time this season with the return of Chris Jones, recovered from a crash last month at the Tour of Britain.

Day 1 saw temperatures in the low 40s and rain, but that didn’t slow Jeremy Powers from winning the Avid Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot and putting the hammer down, opening up a gap on the field. Mid-race, Ryan Trebon was able to bridge and put in time into Jeremy at 3 laps to go as Jeremy bobbled in the slick conditions. 2 laps to go saw Geoff Kabush come across from the field to battle it out with Jeremy for the 2nd and 3rd steps on the podium. At the end of the day, we saw Jeremy in 3rd, Zach in 11th, and Chris in 21st. “Today was crazy because it was altitude, in conditions that I don’t love. It was not my perfect ideal scenario, and I did the best I could,” Jeremy said reflecting on the sloppy conditions, “I have to be happy with third.” Zach was 2nd on the day in the U23 competition.

Day 2 saw temperatures 10 degrees higher in the low 50s and a welcome lack of rain. Jeremy once again took the Avid Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot. 2nd place finisher from the day before, Geoff Kabush, took the early lead in the first lap as the field started to sort itself out. Chris started things off for the day by putting in a strong attack to get away from the field causing the previous day’s winner, Ryan Trebon, to lead the chase with Jeremy in tow, “[Chris] got a big, big gap and Ryan had to close that down,” said Jeremy. “It’s nice to have a teammate to mess things up.”

By the half way point, it was Trebon and Powers at the front with Kabush chasing not far behind. A group fighting for 4th had formed that included Chris and in the next group behind that was Zach. Jeremy was able to put a gap into Trebon on a section that he was able to ride and Ryan had to run, from there Jeremy quickly opened up a gap. At about the half way point, the lead changed hands as Jeremy bobbled at the top of the course, over the next four laps, Jeremy chased hard eventually making contact entering the last lap of the race. Half way through the last lap, Jeremy makes his move and puts some time into Ryan and is able to come across the line with a comfortable gap.

Chris and Zach roll in 8th and 10th, respectively; Zach was also the top U23 finisher.

USGP New Belgium Cup Preview

For the first time this season the Rapha FOCUS Cyclocross Team feature all three of its male riders this weekend at rounds 3 and 4 of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series at the New Belgium Cup in Fort Collins, CO. The USICX’s number one ranked cyclocross rider, Jeremy Powers, is looking to continue his winning ways from last weekend in Gloucester, MA and one-up his 2nd place finish last year, while Zach McDonald is set to defend his overall lead in the U23 competition in the USGP of Cyclocross Series as well as his number 1 position in the USICX U23 ranking. Chris Jones will be returning to cyclocross competition for the first time this season after sustaining an injuring while racing the Tour of Britian.

If the weather predictions hold true for snow and rain, Fort Collins, CO will be the scene of some memorable racing. The Elite Mens’ race is scheduled to start at 3:30pm both days. Team Rapha Focus will also be representing in the Mens’ Masters 35+ race with Slate Olson!

For those that can’t make it to the Drake Centre in Fort Collins, CO; follow along live online with streaming video at cyclingdirt!

Jeremy and Zach are Number 1 in USICX Rankings

The team is on fire at the moment, coming off a big win at Day 2 of Gloucester we find Jeremy and Zach sitting at the top of the U.S. International Cyclo-cross Calendar (USICX) in the Elite Men and U23 categories!

In the other series around North America: Jeremy and Zach are also currently leading New England Pro Cyclocross Series. Zach is currently 2nd and Jeremy is in 6th in the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

Look for the team next week at rounds 3 and 4 of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Fort Collins, CO at the New Belgium Cup.

sources: Cycling News, USA Cycling [pdf]

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