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Jeremy doubles up at the USGP Derby City Cup in Lousville, KY

Jeremy Powers took the double win in Lousiville, Kentucky; netting him wins in the last 3 out of 4 editions of the USGP Derby City Cup. Battling head to head w/ Ryan Trebon on Saturday and then Todd Wells on Sunday made for an exciting weekend dry-run of the site of the 2012 Master’s World Championships and 2013 Cyclocross World Championships.

Zach McDonald rode to a strong 9th place finish on Saturday and was the first U23 finisher, netting him the USGP U23 Series Leader’s Jersey on Sunday after taking the lead over Yannick Eckmann on Saturday, but lost it back to Yannick on Sunday.

Chris Jones returned to the races from brief family vacation following the UCI World Cups to take a strong 8th on Saturday and getting nipped at the line for 4th place on Sunday.

Julie Krasniak finished 22nd on Saturday and did one better on Sunday.

Full race reports on VeloNews: Saturday, Sunday

Strong lead up to USGP Rounds 5 and 6 in Lousville, KY

The team is looking very strong this past weekend leading into this coming weekend’s rounds 5 and 6 of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross series at the Derby City Cup in Louisville, KY. Jeremy Powers did the three days out in Cincinnati, OH at the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival. Leading the charge against one of Jeremy’s top rivals this season, Ryan Trebon. Jeremy walked away with a pair of wins, including a muddy and hilly first day that Ryan was actually tipped as the favorite for. Zach McDonald also joined Jeremy in Cincinnati on Sunday, and the pair went to work with one goal in mind, to win. Not only did they win, but Zach took his highest ever UCI C1 finish of his career with a third place finish just behind his winning teammate, Jeremy, and Ryan.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Julie Krasniak took the win at Cross Crusade #7. Speaking of 7, Julie is also ranked 7th in the Women’s Rankings on the cyclingdirt.org Who’s #1 for this week!

On the men’s side, Colt has Jeremy continuing his streak at Number 1, Zach in 10th, and Chris in 16th. Chris Jones will be coming back this weekend, to join the full team in Louisville, KY. This has been a fantastic run up for the team to rounds 5 and 6 of largest North American cyclocross series.

Bluegrass State, here we come!

photos: Lyne Lamoureux and Dave Roth

LeMond Revolution

The team has a new training equipment partner this year, LeMond Fitness. They make the LeMond Revolution Bike Trainer with its groundbreaking Direct Drive technology. Unlike many systems that push a roller up against the rear wheel for resistance (causing a mushy feel and worn out tires), the LeMond Revolution connects directly to a bike’s drive train, and along with a large fly wheel, provides the kind of progressive resistance that best simulates the feel of a real ride.

As the weather gets worse and worse (and better and better for cyclocross) getting a clean warmup is important. Also as we lose out on daylight, and we all move inside, the ability to be able to switch between any bike you have with minimal setup lowers the barrier between your equipment and your workout, no more squared off rear tires either!

“I’m really impressed w/ my lemond fitness trainer! I own other products that are twice and three times as expensive as these are and I can tell you, this is the best trainer I’ve ever used. As daylight gets more and more scarce a good trainer is so important.” – Jeremy Powers

“This is the first trainer I have ever been able a quality interval workout on. I have always hated riding the trainer until now.” – Chris Jones

“They are super smooth, I can throw my xc bike on them if I want, and they are stable and easy to level. Just ripped some intervals on them last night and it’s definitely a step above doing them on what I’ve done in the past.” – Zach McDonald

We’re very glad to be partnered with LeMond Fitness, providing the tools to help our team compete on the world stage!

Behind the Barriers, Season 2 Episode 7

Up Next: Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival

This weekend, the team will be at the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival in (and around) Cincinnati, OH. Jeremy will be there for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and Zach will join the fun on Sunday. Last year, Jeremy was able to win 2 out of 3 days at the 2010 edition of the Cincy3 going head to head each day against the current #2 spot on Cycling Dirt’s Who’s Number 1, this year’s races should be exciting!

more details: Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival

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