- October 18th, 2011
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New England World Championships is what people call the two days at the Gran Prix of Gloucester, at Stage Fort Park in historic Gloucester, MA.
Day 1 saw some fast racing with an elite group forming early including hole shot winnner, Mike Garrigan, with Tim Johnson, Ian Field, Barry Wicks, Jeremy Powers, Jamey Driscoll, Zach McDonald, and Christian Heule. Field would go on to animate the race until about two laps to go when Jeremy and Heule were able to get away. Jeremy would ultimately lead onto the paved finish and the Swiss Champion came around at the line. Zach came across the line not long after in 8th, 1st U23, and take the lead in the New England Pro Cyclocross Series.
Day 2 the guys both one-upped themselves from the day before. From the gun, Tim Johnson took off and got an immediate gap. A gap that he held on to until 2 laps to go when Jeremy was able to bridge across from a loosely organized chase and then in the next lap, put that gap right back into Tim to come across the finish line solo. Zach also was able to do one better from his race the day before, coming across the line in 7th place and once again the 1st U23 racer.
Jeremy and Zach are currently leading the Elite Men’s and U23 categories of the New England Pro Cyclocross Series.
Cyclingdirt.org got this interview w/ Jeremy immediately after crossing the finish line.
On the eve of the U23 World Championships, we catch up with Zach once again who has been over there this past week, contesting the final World Cup series race in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands; finishing 44th on the day. Zach reflects, “I don’t really think for me it mattered how hard the course was. Some days your legs feel good, some days they feel great, and some days they feel terrible. Yesterday was the latter. The course was definitely enjoyable to ride and I had quite a bit of fun warming up and racing with Kaiser. Hopefully next week will go better.” In his second trip to Europe this 2010-2011 Cyclocross season, Zach adds, “I would like to say thanks to everyone who helped me get over here on this trip. All the support this season has been wonderful and without the support and help from my fans, parents, Matt Hill (coach), Rapha-Focus and all of our wonderful sponsors it wouldn’t be possible for me to be over here so I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that they have made possible.”
Zach races U23 Worlds Saturday, January 29th at 2pm CET, 8am ET, 5am PT!
The elusive Zach McDonald was recently interviewed over at the Bicycle Story. Get to know Zach’s beginnings, influences, and aspirations.