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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

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

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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