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UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup kicks off Sunday in Plzeň, CZE

The biggest and most prestigious international series in cyclocross kicks off Sunday in the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic, Plzeň. Jeremy was identified in the pre-race press release from the UCI as someone to watch out for, the results of the past few weekend speak for themselves: Gloucester, Fort Lewis. Joining Jeremy in the Czech Republic will be our newest member’s first race for the team, Julie Krasniak, Chris and Zach are representing in Irvine, California at the two days of Spooky Cross before crossing the pond and joining Jeremy and Julie at the second World Cup race in Tábor, Czech Republic the site of the 2010 Cyclocross World Championships.

Powers Conquers New Belgium Cup

What a weekend in Fort Collins, CO! USGP Rounds 3 and 4 did not disappoint, with two days of exciting action. We had the full men’s squad for the first time this season with the return of Chris Jones, recovered from a crash last month at the Tour of Britain.

Day 1 saw temperatures in the low 40s and rain, but that didn’t slow Jeremy Powers from winning the Avid Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot and putting the hammer down, opening up a gap on the field. Mid-race, Ryan Trebon was able to bridge and put in time into Jeremy at 3 laps to go as Jeremy bobbled in the slick conditions. 2 laps to go saw Geoff Kabush come across from the field to battle it out with Jeremy for the 2nd and 3rd steps on the podium. At the end of the day, we saw Jeremy in 3rd, Zach in 11th, and Chris in 21st. “Today was crazy because it was altitude, in conditions that I don’t love. It was not my perfect ideal scenario, and I did the best I could,” Jeremy said reflecting on the sloppy conditions, “I have to be happy with third.” Zach was 2nd on the day in the U23 competition.

Day 2 saw temperatures 10 degrees higher in the low 50s and a welcome lack of rain. Jeremy once again took the Avid Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot. 2nd place finisher from the day before, Geoff Kabush, took the early lead in the first lap as the field started to sort itself out. Chris started things off for the day by putting in a strong attack to get away from the field causing the previous day’s winner, Ryan Trebon, to lead the chase with Jeremy in tow, “[Chris] got a big, big gap and Ryan had to close that down,” said Jeremy. “It’s nice to have a teammate to mess things up.”

By the half way point, it was Trebon and Powers at the front with Kabush chasing not far behind. A group fighting for 4th had formed that included Chris and in the next group behind that was Zach. Jeremy was able to put a gap into Trebon on a section that he was able to ride and Ryan had to run, from there Jeremy quickly opened up a gap. At about the half way point, the lead changed hands as Jeremy bobbled at the top of the course, over the next four laps, Jeremy chased hard eventually making contact entering the last lap of the race. Half way through the last lap, Jeremy makes his move and puts some time into Ryan and is able to come across the line with a comfortable gap.

Chris and Zach roll in 8th and 10th, respectively; Zach was also the top U23 finisher.

USGP New Belgium Cup Preview

For the first time this season the Rapha FOCUS Cyclocross Team feature all three of its male riders this weekend at rounds 3 and 4 of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Series at the New Belgium Cup in Fort Collins, CO. The USICX’s number one ranked cyclocross rider, Jeremy Powers, is looking to continue his winning ways from last weekend in Gloucester, MA and one-up his 2nd place finish last year, while Zach McDonald is set to defend his overall lead in the U23 competition in the USGP of Cyclocross Series as well as his number 1 position in the USICX U23 ranking. Chris Jones will be returning to cyclocross competition for the first time this season after sustaining an injuring while racing the Tour of Britian.

If the weather predictions hold true for snow and rain, Fort Collins, CO will be the scene of some memorable racing. The Elite Mens’ race is scheduled to start at 3:30pm both days. Team Rapha Focus will also be representing in the Mens’ Masters 35+ race with Slate Olson!

For those that can’t make it to the Drake Centre in Fort Collins, CO; follow along live online with streaming video at cyclingdirt!

Jeremy and Zach are Number 1 in USICX Rankings

The team is on fire at the moment, coming off a big win at Day 2 of Gloucester we find Jeremy and Zach sitting at the top of the U.S. International Cyclo-cross Calendar (USICX) in the Elite Men and U23 categories!

In the other series around North America: Jeremy and Zach are also currently leading New England Pro Cyclocross Series. Zach is currently 2nd and Jeremy is in 6th in the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

Look for the team next week at rounds 3 and 4 of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Fort Collins, CO at the New Belgium Cup.

sources: Cycling News, USA Cycling [pdf]

Powers and McDonald go big at New England World’s

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.

photos by: David Chiu, video by: cyclingdirt.org

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