Jeremy Powers

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Jeremy Powers
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Powers at the 2013 Tour of Alberta
Personal information
Full name Jeremy Powers
Born (1983-06-29) June 29, 1983 (age 31)
Niantic, Connecticut
Height 1.80 m
Weight 68 kg
Team information
Current team Jelly Belly (Road)
Rapha-FOCUS (Cyclocross)
Discipline cyclo-cross and road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2000–2002
2003
2004–2006
2007–2010
2007–2013
2011–
Team Devo (Mountain/Cyclocross)
NCC/Bikereg.Com (Road/Cyclocross)
Jelly Belly-Aramark (Road/Cyclocross)
Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com (Cyclocross)
Jelly Belly (Road)
Rapha-FOCUS (Cyclocross)
Major wins

1st, US Cyclocross National Championships – 2012
1st, Overall US Gran Prix of Cyclocross – 2011
1st, Overall US Gran Prix of Cyclocross – 2010
1st, Overall Green Mountain Stage Race – 2010

1st, Junior MTB World Cup, Napa Valley, CA – 2000
Infobox last updated on
December 25, 2013

Jeremy Powers (born June 29, 1983 in Niantic, Connecticut) is an American professional racing cyclist who has found success in cyclo-cross and road bicycle racing. Powers currently rides for the Jelly Belly team on the road and the Rapha-FOCUS Cyclocross team. Powers is one of America's most successful cyclocross riders in recent years, both in the United States and in Europe, netting 30 UCI victories since 2009. Powers broke into professional cycling with the Jelly Belly-Aramark team in 2004, initially riding both Road and Cyclocross, and has been an important member of the team ever since. At the end of the 2013 season, Powers announced that he would concentrate on cyclo-cross only.[1]

Starting in 2011, Powers moved to the Rapha-Focus professional cyclocross team where he continued to improve his results. Powers won his second straight USGP Overall championship, finished as the top ranked rider in USA Cycling's US International Cyclo-Cross Calendar standings, and won his first ever U.S. National Championship, making 2011 his most successful year in cyclocross to date. Powers is known for his attacking style of riding, frequently taking a race's holeshot and often establishing a winning gap on the first lap of a race. He is also well renowned for his abilities as a DJ.

Major accomplishments[edit]

2001–2013: Road[edit]

Powers achieved one of his most significant victories very early in his career, when he won the 2001 Mountain Bike World Cup Cross Country event in the Junior division in Napa Valley, California. Powers continued to race competitively in the Junior and Senior divisions of Mountain Biking before turning his eyes to the road full-time in 2004. Powers has a number of strong results on the road to his name. A pair of top five time trial results in the 2006 Vuelta de Bisbie[2] propelled him to a sixth place overall finish. Powers rode to prominence on the final stage of the 2008 Tour of Missouri,[3] making half of the day's breakaway that was narrowly captured at the end of the stage.

In September 2010, Powers won his first career stage race, winning Vermont's Green Mountain Stage Race by over two minutes ahead of UnitedHealthcare's Tim Johnson, Powers' Cannondale prepared by Cyclocrossworld.com teammate, and Trek-Livestrong's Gavin Mannion.

Powers had a very successful 2011 road season with the Jelly Belly team, participating in both of the United States' major tours – the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. At the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Powers got into the day's main break in stage 2,[4] eventually won by George Hincapie.

2004–2005: Cyclocross[edit]

Powers began his Cyclocross career racing in New England with the Northampton Cycling Club. Following his move to Jelly Belly in 2004, Powers made the decision to race an entire cyclocross campaign in Europe.[5] In the 2004 season, his last as a U23 rider, Powers returned briefly to the United States for the national championships, where he earned a silver medal. Powers returned to Europe to race full-time in 2005, his first year as an elite, again returning to the America to race the national championships.

2006: Cyclocross[edit]

In 2006, Powers returned to full-time racing in the United States. Powers' full-time racing in Europe had prepared him well for racing in America, and he started to achieve good results in American competitions. Powers had podiums at two US Gran Prix of Cyclocross events, the Xilinx Cup[6] and the Stumptown Cup.[7] Powers also had some good results in his home region of New England, finishing on three podiums and finishing 4th in the Verge New England Cyclocross Championship Series.

2007: Cyclocross[edit]

In 2007, Powers joined Canadian Cyclocross Champion Lyne Bessette on the Cyclocrossworld.com cyclocross team and continued his improvement. Powers took his first USGP victory, the Derby City Cup[8] in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as wins at three Verge NECCS events.

2008: Cyclocross[edit]

2008 was Powers' first year with the Cannondale prepared by Cyclocrossworld.com team, and his first year teamed up with Tim Johnson. While Powers missed out on wins in the USGP series, he did stand on the podium at four of their events, and won the first race of the inaugural North American Cyclocross Trophy Series – Star Crossed[9] in Redmond, Washington. Powers won six races in 2008, including his first back-to-back-to-back wins at the UCI3 Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.[10][11][12]

2009: Cyclocross[edit]

Powers' career was truly in the ascendency in 2009, his second year with the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com program. Powers accounted for nine of the team's 22 UCI victories in the 2009 cyclocross season, winning the first and last stops in the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series – the Planet Bike Cup[13] in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and the Stanley Portland Cup[14] in Portland, Oregon. Powers finished up the season ranked second in the North American Cyclocross Trophy standings, behind teammate Tim Johnson, after winning day two of the Toronto International Cyclocross[15] and finishing on the podium at a further seven races. Thanks to his consistency and some big wins, Powers finished up the 2009 season as the #1 ranked rider on USA Cycling's Cyclocross Rankings.

2010: Cyclocross[edit]

Powers' 2010 cyclocross season was full of even more firsts. Powers continued his career progression, winning 10 UCI races in the United States, and secured victories in both the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross series and the North American Cyclocross Trophy Series, the first time this had ever happened. In the NACT series, Powers won four events, including a wire-to-wire victory at the first day of the Gran Prix of Gloucester[16] to take home his first ever elite series title.

In the USGP, Powers won the series, his first ever victory in the USGP at any level, in highly dramatic fashion. Powers trailed Johnson by 16 points entering the series final weekend in Portland, Oregon, but pulled even with his teammate following his win on the first day of the Stanley Portland Cup.[17] With the title on the line, Powers proceeded to outsprint Johnson on the second day to win his first ever series title.[18]

At the U.S. National Championships, Powers was part of the leading duo, when he was the victim of an untimely crash that saw him drop from the race lead to his eventual finishing spot of third.[19] Despite the disappointment, Powers rebounded to finish 16th at the World Championships in St. Wendel in January, his best-ever finish as an elite rider.[20] Powers again finished the season ranked #1 on the USA Cycling Cyclocross Rankings and finished 15th on the season's final UCI rankings.[21]

2011: Cyclocross[edit]

2011 was Powers' first season with the Rapha-Focus professional cyclocross team. Powers joined Chris Jones, Zach McDonald and, later, Julie Krasniak to create one of the most successful teams of the season in American cyclocross. The biggest of Powers' 11 UCI wins was his first ever U.S. Cyclocross National Championship, which he won by 17 seconds over former national Champion Ryan Trebon.[22]

In the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross, Powers completed consecutive overall victories, winning the series' final five races, and standing on all but one of the series' podiums. At the Deschutes Brewery Cup[23] in Bend, Oregon, Powers finally got his first victory on a course where he had had some bad luck in the past. 2011 saw Powers stand on 18 UCI podiums in the United States, making it onto all but two of the races that he entered. Internationally, Powers had his best ever finish at a UCI World Cup when he finished 10th at the World Cup in Plzeň, Czech Republic.[24] Powers was named Velonews's 2011 North American Cyclocross Rider of the Year.[25]

2012: Cyclocross[edit]

2012 started very successfully, as Powers won his first Cyclocross National Championship at Madison, Wisconsin.[26]

Jeremy Powers en route to his first CX National Championship

J.A.M. Fund[edit]

In 2010, Powers got together with his longtime friends Al Donahue and Mukunda Feldman to form the J.A.M. Fund. The J.A.M. Fund is an organization based in Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley whose goal is to promote and develop the area's young cyclists. The J.A.M. Fund and the local Northampton Cycling Club teamed up to form the J.A.M./NCC team, which allows cyclists younger than 25 to grow and develop as cyclists and as individuals.

Young cyclists in the area are encouraged to apply to the J.A.M./NCC team, which, if selected, will provide the rider with the tools to become a better cyclists, and ease some of the financial burden that comes with bike racing. The program was inspired by Powers' own experience growing up in the area, as he rose from a young novice rider to a national level professional thanks to the help he received from the local cycling community, and it is Powers' way to give back to the local youth.

Behind THE Barriers[edit]

During the 2010 cyclocross season, Powers teamed up with famed cyclocross documentarian Sam Smith to produce a mini-documentary series known as Behind THE Barriers. The 14-part series followed Powers' 2010 cyclocross season from his first race in Las Vegas to his bronze medal winning performance at the National Championships in Bend, Oregon. The documentary series garnered rave reviews and was seen in more than 150 countries. In 2010, Behind THE Barriers was produced with assistance from Lake Shoes and Boa Technology.

In 2011, the series expanded its coverage, producing episodes from the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships, all eight stops of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross, CrossVegas, the Gran Prix of Gloucester and the Chicago New Year's Resolution. For the first time ever, Behind THE Barriers produced episodes from Powers' European racing experiences at the UCI World Cups in Plzeň, Czech Republic and Hoogerheide, The Netherlands as well as the UCI World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium. Behind THE Barriers produced a special episode from the headquarters of Easton and Giro, two of the series' 2011–2012 sponsors, as Powers toured the facility.

Palmares[edit]

2000 – Team Devo
  • (Junior) 4th  United States Cyclo-cross National Championships – Providence, RI
2001 – Team Devo
  • (Junior) 5th  United States Cyclo-cross National Championships – Providence, RI
  • (Junior) 1st MTB World Cup #1 Cross Country – Napa Valley, CA
2004 – Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team
  • (U23) 2nd  United States Cyclo-cross National Championships – Providence, RI
2005 – Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team
  • 4th MRC Sterling Classic Road Race – Sterling, MA
  • 5th Blount Seafood Fall River Criterium – Fall River, MA
2006 – Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team (Road)
  • 6th Overall, La Vuelta de Bisbie
    • 2nd Prologue – Mule Pass Time Trial
    • 3rd Stage #2 – Warren Time Trial
2006 – Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team (Cyclocross)
  • 5th  United States Cyclo-cross National Championships – Providence, RI
  • 6th Overall, Crank Brothers US Gran Prix of Cyclocross
    • 2nd USGP #3 – Xilinx Cup – Longmont, CO
    • 3rd USGP #6 – Stumptown Cup – Portland, OR
  • 4th Overall, Verge New England Cyclocross Championship Series
    • 2nd NECCS #6 – W.E. Steadman Gran Prix – South Kingstown, RI
    • 3rd NECCS #5 – Bay State Cyclocross – Sterling, MA
    • 3rd NECCS #2 – Downeast Cross #2 – New Gloucester, ME
  • 1st Lower Allen Classic – Camp Hill, PA
  • 2nd Wissahickon Cross – Ludwig's Corners, PA
  • 3rd Catamount Gran Prix – Williston, VT
2006 – Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team (Road)
  • 2nd New York Capital Region Road Race – Ravena, NY
2007 – Cyclocrossworld.com
  • 4th Overall, Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross
    • 1st USGP #1 – Derby City Cup #1 Louisville, KY
    • 3rd USGP #4 – Mercer Cup #2 West Windsor, NJ
    • 3rd USGP #2 – Derby City Cup #2 Louisville, KY
    • 4th USGP #3 – Mercer Cup #1 West Windsor, NJ
  • 5th Overall, Verge New England Cyclocross Championships Series
    • 1st NECCS #7 – Caster's Cyclocross – Warwick, RI
    • 1st NECCS #5 – Bay State Cyclocross – Sterling, MA
    • 1st NECCS #1 – Gran Prix of Gloucester #1 Gloucester, MA
  • 1st Wissahickon Cross Ludwig's – Corners, PA
  • 2nd Granogue Cross – Wilmington, DE
  • 3rd Boulder Cup – Boulder, CO
  • 3rd Whitmore's Supercross Cup #2 Southampton, NY
  • 3rd Cross Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
2008 – Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com
  • U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross
    • 2nd USGP #5 – Portland Cup #1 Portland, OR
    • 3rd USGP #4 – Mercer Cup #2 West Windsor, NJ
    • 3rd USGP #2 – Derby City Cup #2 Louisville, KY
    • 3rd USGP #1 – Derby City Cup #1 Louisville, KY
    • 4th USGP #6 – Portland Cup #2 Portland, OR
    • 4th USGP #3 – Mercer Cup #1 West Windsor, NJ
  • 4th Overall, North American Cyclocross Trophy
    • 1st NACT #1 – Star Crossed – Redmond, WA
    • 2nd NACT #7 – Whitmore's Super Cross Cup #1 Southampton, NY
    • 3rd NACT #2 – Rad Racing – Lakewood, WA
    • 4th NACT #6 – Boulder Cup #2 Boulder, CO
    • 4th NACT #5 – Boulder Cup #1 Boulder, CO
    • 5th NACT #8 – Whitmore's Super Cross Cup #2 Southampton, NY
  • 1st Toronto International Cyclocross #1 Toronto, ON
  • 1st Wissahickon Cross – Ludwig's Corners, PA
  • 1st Harbin Park International Cyclocross – Cincinnati, OH
  • 1st Java Johnny's Lionheart's International – Middletown, OH
  • 1st Cyclo-Stampede – Burlington, KY
  • 2nd Toronto International Cyclocross #2 Toronto, ON
  • 2nd Granogue Cross – Wilmington, DE
2009 Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team
  • 1st Paris-Ancaster – Paris, ON
  • 3rd Men's Pro-Am International Challenge – Downer's Grove, IL
2009 – Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com
  • 1st Overall, USA Cycling Cyclocross Rankings
  • 5th  United States Cyclo-cross National Championships – Providence, RI
  • U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross
    • 1st USGP #8 – Portland Cup #2 Portland, OR
    • 1st USGP #1 – Planet Bike Cup #1 Sun Prairie, WI
    • 2nd USGP #7 – Portland Cup #1 Portland, OR
    • 3rd USGP #4 – Derby City Cup #2 Louisville, KY
  • 2nd Overall, North American Cyclocross Trophy
    • 1st NACT #6 – Toronto International Cyclocross #2 Toronto, ON
    • 2nd NACT #10 – Whitmore's Super Cross Cup #2 Southampton, NY
    • 2nd NACT #9 – Whitmore's Super Cross Cup #1 Southampton, NY
    • 2nd NACT #8 – Boulder Cup #2 Boulder, CO
    • 2nd NACT #7 – Boulder Cup #1 Boulder, CO
    • 2nd NACT #3 – Gran Prix of Gloucester #1 Gloucester, MA
    • 2nd NACT #1 – Star Crossed – Redmond, WA
    • 3rd NACT #4 – Gran Prix of Gloucester #2 Gloucester, MA
  • Verge New England Cyclocross Championship Series
    • 1st NECCS #12 – Bay State Cyclocross #2 Sterling, MA
    • 1st NECCS #11 – Bay State Cyclocross #1 Sterling, MA
    • 1st NECCS #9 – Cycle-Smart International #1 Northampton, MA
  • 1st Harbin Park International Cyclocross – Cincinnati, OH
  • 1st Lionheart's International – Middletown, OH
  • 1st Cyclo-Stampede – Covington, KY
  • 4th Cross Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
2010 – Jelly Belly Pro Cycling
  • 1st Overall, Green Mountain Stage Race
    • 2nd Stage #3 – Mad River Road Race – Appalachian Gap, VT
2010 – Cannondale prepared by Cyclocrossworld.com
  • 3rd  United States Cyclo-cross National Championships – Bend, OR
  • 1st Overall, US Gran Prix of Cyclocross
    • 1st USGP #8 – Portland Cup #2 Portland, OR
    • 1st USGP #7 – Portland Cup #1 Portland, OR
    • 1st USGP #3 – Derby City Cup #1 Louisville, KY
    • 1st USGP #1 – Planet Bike Cup #1 Sun Prairie, WI
    • 2nd USGP #6 – New Belgium Cup #2 Fort Collins, CO
    • 2nd USGP #2 – Planet Bike Cup #2 Sun Prairie, WI
    • 3rd USGP #4 – Derby City Cup #2 Louisville, KY
  • 1st Overall, North American Cyclocross Trophy
    • 1st NACT #8 – Baystate Cyclocross #2 Sterling, MA
    • 1st NACT #7 – Baystate Cyclocross #1 Sterling, MA
    • 1st NACT #5 – Colorado Cross Classic, Boulder, CO
    • 1st NACT #3 – Gran Prix of Gloucester #1 – Gloucester, MA
    • 2nd NACT #4 – Gran Prix of Gloucester #2 – Gloucester, MA
  • 1st Java Johnny's -Lionhearts International Cyclocross Middletown, OH
  • 1st Bio Wheels / United Dairy Farmers Harbin Park International Cincinnati, OH
  • 3rd Dark Horse Cyclo-Stampede Covington, KY
2011 – Rapha-FOCUS
  • 1st  United States Cyclo-cross National Championships – Madison, WI
  • 1st Overall, US Gran Prix of Cyclocross
    • 1st USGP #8 – Deschutes Brewery Cup #2 Bend, OR
    • 1st USGP #7 – Deschutes Brewery Cup #1 Bend, OR
    • 1st USGP #6 – Derby City Cup #2 Louisville, KY
    • 1st USGP #5 – Derby City Cup #1 Louisville, KY
    • 1st USGP #4 – New Belgium Cup #2 Fort Collins, CO
    • 3rd USGP #3 – New Belgium Cup #1 Fort Collins, CO
    • 3rd USGP #4 – Planet Bike Cup #1 Sun Prairie, WI
  • NE Pro CX
    • 1st NEProCX #4 – Gran Prix of Gloucester #2 Gloucester, MA
    • 2nd NE Pro CX #2 – Catamount Grand Prix Williston, VT
    • 2nd NE Pro CX #3 – Gran Prix of Gloucester #1 Gloucester, MA
  • 1st Bio Wheels / United Dairy Farmers Harbin Park International Cincinnati, OH
  • 1st Dark Horse Cyclo-Stampede Covington, KY
  • 1st Nittany Lion Cross – Breinigsville, PA
  • 1st Gateway Cross Cup – St. Louis, MO
  • 2nd Chicago Cyclocross Cup New Year's Resolution #2 – Bloomington, IN
  • 2nd Chicago Cyclocross Cup New Year's Resolution #1 – Bloomington, IN
  • 3rd Java Johnny's – Lionhearts International Cyclocross Middletown, OH
  • 4th Cross Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
  • 10th WC#1 – UCI World Cup of Cyclocross – Plzeň, CZE
2012 - Rapha-FOCUS
    • 1st US National Cyclocross Championship - Madison, WI

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Todd Wells
US Cyclocross Elite Men's National Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent