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USGP Opening Weekend Recap

We got a taste of two very different course conditions this weekend at the opening weekend of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross series in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Jeremy got the weekend off to an excellent start by winning the Avid Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot. And eventually getting away with Bart Wellens and Ryan Trebon, the three animators would go head to head lap after lap and in the end Jeremy earned a new nickname.

Watch the entire 60 minute men’s elite race on cyclingdirt.

More photos and video after the break.
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USGP Planet Bike Cup Preview

We’re set to begin the 2011 Exergy USGP of Cyclocross Series this weekend in Sun Prairie, WI. Defending series champion, Jeremy Powers, and the Team’s young gun, Zach McDonald, will represent the Team at the Planet Bike Cup. Traditionally the weekend is raced under warm temperatures and dry conditions, but similar to the 2011 edition of Cross Vegas, the competition will take place under cool, cloudy conditions with a threat of rain. While the weather is uncertain, there is no doubt about Jeremy or Zach’s racing form at the moment. Both riders have posted solid results so far this season, with Jeremy notably taking the victory at this week’s Gateway Cup in St. Louis, MO. Jeremy and Zach will be supported by team staff: Brian Dallas, Tom Hopper, and Jeff Rowe.

Be sure to stop by the Rapha-FOCUS area this weekend to cheer the boys on and pick up their new rider cards.

For those of you not able to make it to the Angell Park Race Track, catch the races streaming LIVE on cyclingdirt.org.

The guys race at 4:00 PM CDT (UTC -5, 5:00PM EDT, 2:00PM PDT).

Strong results on both coasts

Jeremy and Zach had a strong weekend detoxing from Vegas, the team was split on both coasts this past weekend. On the East Coast, Jeremy took a strong 2nd place finish at the Catamount Grand Prix UCI C2 in Williston, VT.

Zach was representing on West Coast at the Rapha FOCUS Gran Prix in Issaquah, WA. Zach was able to recover form some early diggers for an 8th place finish, “The crowd was great and it was nice to race in front of a local crowd, it’s been a while since that’s happend.”

Next up for the team is the Gateway Cross Cup UCI C2 in St Louis, MO tomorrow evening which will be the debut of Chris Jones for this season, fresh from the Tour of Britain. Jeremy will also be joining Chris in the “Gateway to the West” for this evening race.

photos: Todd Prekaski and Dave Roth

Jeremy and Zach throw down on the Strip

CrossVegas has served as the (inter)national season opener of cyclocross, coinciding with this hemisphere’s largest industry trade show means a strong international showing including the likes of two time world champion Bart Wellens and his teammates on Team Fidea.

Jeremy and Zach were clearly on-form for this year’s edition, with Jeremy finishing just off the podium in 4th, “[I] had a great race, played [my] cards right, was in it to win.” Zach finished just outside the top 10 in 11th, “I had a solid race and I’m quite content with how I did, I met my goals for the race and my performance on faster courses in improving.”

A really fantastic start to the season considering the firepower present in this year’s edition. The European racers of Team Fidea and Team Rabobank did not cross the pond to sit in the field, and the top tier of domestic racers from LTS/Felt, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, and current national champion Todd Wells all made for an exciting race. More videos and thoughts from Jeremy and Zach after the break.

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Team Signing Session at Interbike

For fans attending Interbike, stop by the Focus Bicycles Booth (#2043) tomorrow (Wednesday) for a signing session with our very own Jeremy Powers and Zach McDonald immediately following the Rapha Focus Circulus! Roughly 1:15pm local time. (Chris Jones is currently racing in the Tour of Britain and unable to attend)

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 (all times local, PST; UTC -7)

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