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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

Behind the Barriers, Season 2 Episode 8

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

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