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CXLA Weekend

Some good racing this weekend as UCI racing returns to Southern California. Chris gets 3rd place twice, Julie goes 3rd and 4th, and Zach gets 8th and 9th. Excellent writeup of the weekend over on the Rapha Blog.

Next weekend we’ve got all hands on deck again for the USGP of Cyclocross finals in Bend, OR!

Koksijde World Cup and Jingle Cross Rock

Split squad this weekend, with big racing on both sides of the pond once again. Over in Europe we had Jeremy Powers and Zach McDonald at World Cup #3 in Koksijde, BEL at what is possibly the sandiest race we’ve ever seen. Located on the northern coast of West Flanders, the town of Koksijde is actually built into the side of a sand dune… which explains the sand.

Jeremy rode strong for 32nd and Zach held it down for 17th in the U23 race (Round 2 of the U23 UCI World Cup), but it was not easy, “I’m not going to say that I can’t wait to do that again,” was heard more than once.

Stateside, Chris Jones and Julie Krasniak were in Iowa City, Iowa; tearing it up at 3 days of UCI races that played out like:

  • Day 1: Chris 2nd, Julie 8th
  • Day 2: Chris 2nd, Julie 6th
  • Day 3: Chris 5th, Julie 3rd

for a more indepth look, check out the post on the Rapha Blog.

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

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