For the first time this 2011-2012 Cyclocross Campaign, Team Rapha FOCUS fielded a full roster at the second round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup series in the centuries old city of Tábor in the Czech Republic.
Zach McDonald was the first to race in the U23 Men’s race wearing the US National Team kit. While this was the 2nd round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup series, this was the first round of the espoir (U23) series. The race was dominated by the current U23 World Champion, Lars van der Haar of the Netherlands, Zach was able to make good on a front row start and into a large chase group and was in contention for third place for the entire race. Zach ultimately finished in 10th on the day, his highest placing in a World Cup race yet!
Julie Krasniak was next to go, showing some strong form in her second race of the season. Julie finished 24th despite a crash at the start causing Julie to be separated from her shoe and having to chase back through the field.
Jeremy Powers and Chris Jones were the last to go in the Elite Men’s race. A race dominated by the current Elite Men’s World Champion Zdenek Stybar and Kevin Pauwels, Stybar seemed to be having the most fun on the day hitting the steep roller with plenty of style and flair. Jeremy spent much of the race with Bart Wellens (who ultimately was able to bridge the gap into the Top 10) riding strong and steady coming in 15th and top American finisher. Chris Jones continues to show good form coming back from his early season injury finishing 52nd on the day.
Next up, we have Julie coming state side for a few races and a small break for the guys. Look for the team next weekend in Boulder, Colorado at the UCI C2 Colorado Cross Classic and the UCI C1 Boulder Cup.
photos by: Balint Hamvas