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Up Next: UCI World Cup #3 in Koksijde, BEL and Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa City, IA

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fans, this weekend we have a split team schedule; Jeremy Powers returns to Europe for Round 3 of the UCI CX World Cup in Koksijde, BEL where he looks to continue his strong performances (10th at the 1st WC in Plzeň, CZE, and 15th at the 2nd WC in Tábor, CZE). Zach McDonald will be joining Jeremy in Koksijde for round 2 of the Espoir World Cup series, in the first race of the Espoir series in Tábor Zach was in contention for a podium spot for much of the race, ultimately finishing 10th.

Stateside, we have Chris Jones and Julie Krasniak in Iowa City, IA at the The Johnson County Fairgrounds for the three day Jingle Cross Rock.

More info: World Cup, Jingle Cross Rock

Chris and Julie sweep at #SSCXWC!

With no “official” team races this past weekend, Chris Jones and Julie Krasniak swung on over to San Francisco to take on the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (#SSCXWC) in matching “I ❤ Weiners” costumes. The guys at Rapha brought the H-Van and Instagram’d the sweep!

photos by: @rapha_n_america

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

Powers Steady and McDonald Top Ten with full Team Rapha Focus attendance in Tábor

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

Full Squad for World Cup Round 2 in Tábor, Czech Republic

With Zach‘s latest status update: “Hmm, Europe for 70 hrs? Why not…” we are all hands on deck for Round 2 of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup this Sunday on the site of last year’s Cyclocross World Championships in Tábor, Czech Republic. Jeremy and Julie will be looking to improve upon their phenomenal rides last week, and will this week be joined by Chris and Zach.

This will be the first time this 2011-2012 season the team has fielded the entire roster at a race and we could not have picked a better, faster, or more international field to do it in. Zach will be racing at 11:10am, Julie at 1:30pm, and Jeremy and Chris go at 3pm (all times Local, GMT+2).

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