As a 4-time National Cyclocross Champion and one of the top-ranked American riders in the world, Jeremy Powers strives to be an ambassador for the sport. “It’s always an honor to ride in the Stars and Stripes jersey,” explains Jeremy. “It creates more exposure for my sponsors, and as a national champion I was able to expose a larger group of people to the excitement and atmosphere of cyclocross racing.” Jeremy’s ambitions have grown and after several years at the top of the U.S. cyclocross rankings, Jeremy will be once again looking to take on the best at races across the U.S.
Jeremy’s love of cycling was apparent from an early age. Jeremy loved to tear around the house on his BMX bike, and it wasn’t long before he started turning heads at local mountain bike races. He soon found his way to the Team Devo junior mountain bike program, and with their support he won his first major race in 2000, the Junior Mountain Bike World Cup in Napa Valley.
He was introduced to cyclocross early in his cycling career as a way to stay fit at the end of the mountain bike season. It was the only time of the year when roadies and mountain bikers would converge in once place, and test each other’s skills and fitness. In his native New England, cyclocross has been a regular part of each season for decades, and Jeremy excelled at the short, fast, technical races. Jeremy discovered that the frenetic pace and camaraderie of cyclocross suited his high energy and outgoing personality.
Jeremy earned a reputation as a strong rider, and success in New England earned him an invite to the Cyclocross Junior World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic in 2001. He finished 17th in Tabor, and his first international cyclocross race gave him a taste for world-class competition.
Encouraged by several friends and his coach Adam Myerson, Jeremy moved to Massachusetts, and changed his focus to road racing. “The crew in Western Massachusetts were key to my development,” Jeremy recalls. “Cyclocross was just starting to grow in the US, and I decided that road racing was the best path for growing my career as a professional cyclist.”
While attending classes at Westfield State University, Jeremy tackled road racing with the positive energy and focus he’s become known for. Jeremy moved from a Category 5 to a Category 1 racer in a few short months, and closed out his road-racing season by signing a contract with Jelly Belly Pro Cycling. He was only 20 years old.
Jeremy would go on to race with Jelly Belly at the biggest races in the U.S including the Tour of California and Tour of Missouri. Despite his growing success on the road, every fall he would return to his true passion, cyclocross.
In 2007 Stu Thorne signed Jeremy to his Cyclocrossworld.com team, one of the first professional cyclocross teams in the U.S. The support enabled Jeremy to tackle the U.S. Grand Prix of Cyclocross with renewed fervor, and he won his first major event in Louisville, KY that fall. Jeremy went on to win the USGP overall title in 2010, and it wasn’t long before he started to finish in the top 10 at World Cup events in Europe.
Jeremy’s rise to the top of the sport was completed in January of 2012 with his first U.S. National Cyclocross Championship in Madison, Wisconsin. After dominating the U.S. circuit in 2012-13, and again in 2013-14, Jeremy won his second national championship in Boulder, Colorado in January of 2014.
Since rising to the top of the sport Jeremy has been involved in many different media and education projects aimed at growing the popularity of cyclocross in the U.S. Jeremy and his team have produced several projects including the ‘Jeremy Powers Cross Camp’ DVD, and the original “Behind THE Barriers” video series.
Starting in 2013 ‘Behind THE Barriers’ expanded into the groundbreaking Behindthebarriers.tv (BTB TV) video production company, which covered a full season of U.S. cyclocross racing. Jeremy puts on several cyclocross clinics in the summer months, and is a founding member of the JAM Fund which supports developing riders. He has also collaborated on several cyclocross books including “Skills Drills and Bellyaches” and “Mud Snow and Cyclocross.”
Look for Jeremy Powers this fall at select UCI events in the U.S. and Europe.
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