Rapha Focus Cyclocross

LeMond Revolution

The team has a new training equipment partner this year, LeMond Fitness. They make the LeMond Revolution Bike Trainer with its groundbreaking Direct Drive technology. Unlike many systems that push a roller up against the rear wheel for resistance (causing a mushy feel and worn out tires), the LeMond Revolution connects directly to a bike’s drive train, and along with a large fly wheel, provides the kind of progressive resistance that best simulates the feel of a real ride.

As the weather gets worse and worse (and better and better for cyclocross) getting a clean warmup is important. Also as we lose out on daylight, and we all move inside, the ability to be able to switch between any bike you have with minimal setup lowers the barrier between your equipment and your workout, no more squared off rear tires either!

“I’m really impressed w/ my lemond fitness trainer! I own other products that are twice and three times as expensive as these are and I can tell you, this is the best trainer I’ve ever used. As daylight gets more and more scarce a good trainer is so important.” – Jeremy Powers

“This is the first trainer I have ever been able a quality interval workout on. I have always hated riding the trainer until now.” – Chris Jones

“They are super smooth, I can throw my xc bike on them if I want, and they are stable and easy to level. Just ripped some intervals on them last night and it’s definitely a step above doing them on what I’ve done in the past.” – Zach McDonald

We’re very glad to be partnered with LeMond Fitness, providing the tools to help our team compete on the world stage!

Behind the Barriers, Season 2 Episode 7

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

Cycling Dirt’s Who’s Number 1 – November 2, 2011

Jeremy Powers maintains his spot at Number 1 and Julie Krasniak makes her first appearance on Who’s Number 1 after a strong 5th place finish in Boulder!

This weekend, we’ve got some of the team out in Cincinnati, OH for the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival! Jeremy will be there all three days battling it out with Zach McDonald coming to town on Sunday.

Krasniak Strong in US Debut

Julie basically jumped off the deep end into this cyclocross season, coming off of a short break after the UCI Road Racing World Championships in Copenhagen, DEN by going straight into the first and second rounds of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup series, netting top 25s each day. Julie continued her success this weekend in her North American Cyclocross debut in Boulder, Colorado. Julie had a little bit of a false start on Saturday at the Colorado Cyclocross Classic, crashing out of Top 5 contention, but came through on Sunday with a 5th place finish at the Boulder Cup getting nipped at the line in a two up sprint with Meredith Miler!

Julie reflected on the weekend on Facebook:

Boulder cup: after an horrible crash yesterday and an horrible night, sunny weather and good warm up make me ready for the first good race of my life on cyclo cross!!! Place 5, finish on sprint with meredith miller and… Lost (what surprise!) Hope few nice race again with Rapha focus team

The guys took it easy this weekend recovering from a strong early season campaign, the team will be represented next week at the Cincy3 three day in Cincinnati, OH next weekend, and will once again be all hands on deck the following week at Rounds 5 and 6 of the USGP of Cyclocross at the Derby City Cup in Lousville, KY.

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