Kerry Werner Victorious at Baystate Cyclocross

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December 2nd | Minneapolis, MN
Fresh off his first-ever UCI cyclocross victory last weekend at the Super Cross Cup, Kerry Werner topped another UCI podium Sunday at day two of the 2014 Baystate Cyclocross in Sterling, MA. After finishing 10th in the first day of racing after an ill-timed crash, Werner was determined to find the podium. He used the wet and muddy conditions to his advantage, staying upright in key moments on an incredibly technical course, while his top competition’s hopes for the win were derailed by mechanical issues and crashes late in the race. Werner stayed poised throughout the hectic final lap, winning a tightly contested battle with Dan Timmerman (House Industries/Simplehuman).
“With 1 lap to go I knew I needed a perfect and fast lap. I was riding the first half of the lap great and maybe put a second or two into Dan. Two long straights separated by a 180º hairpin remained, so I pinned it into the corner and went foot-out. Back in my pedals, I didn’t look back until I hit the finishing straight, realizing Dan was on my heels. I had just enough in the tank to hold him off, but he sure made me work for it!”

In his own words, Werner explains what it took to achieve victory on such a grueling course.
Crystal Anthony Concluded First World Cup Campaign of Season With Top-20 Finish

Meanwhile in Britain, Crystal Anthony landed another top-20 in the Milton Keynes World Cup. This race closed out her first trip to Europe. Crystal will return for a second trip later this season as she attempts to make the US World Championship team for the second year in a row.

Kerry Werner Claims First UCI Victory at Super Cross Cup

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November 25th | Minneapolis, MN
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies rider Kerry Werner claimed his first-ever UCI victory on day two of the Super Cross Cup in Stony Point, NY, improving on his 3rd place finish from day one. Coincidentally, Werner outkicked Dan Timmerman (House Industries/Simplehuman) and newly signed Optum p/b KBS road rider Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) who finished 3rd. Kerry claimed his first-ever UCI podium two weeks ago at Iowa’s Jingle Cross.

 

“My fitness level is beginning to come around after a tough start to the season. I earned my first UCI podium last weekend, and now my first UCI victory, so I’m excited to continue my good form heading into my big late season goals,” said Werner.

 

After bridging across to Timmerman and White with three laps to go, Werner made his “now or never” attack midway through the last lap and held his advantage to the finish.

 

Read Werner’s own words on a memorable weekend of racing in New York.

DRISCOLL, NASH DOUBLE UP AT CXLA DAY 2

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It’s not often that pro cyclocross riders get to work on their tans between race days. Then again, it’s not often that pro ‘cross racers get to collect their pay and UCI points in SoCal. Day 2 of CXLA was another day in paradise for those who elected to head southwest this weekend; a warm, dry, dusty and sometimes wildly gusty day at the famed Greek Theatre in Griffith Park. Sunday in the heart of the country’s second largest city was in many ways much like the day before. Some of the obstacles on this climb-heavy 2.5km course were moved, some were rearranged, traction was diminished, but it made little difference to the big winners.

The highly decorated Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) produced a Hollywood sequel by charging past early leaders Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic), Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) and Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy) on the second of six laps and then riding into the sunset. Just like the day before, the four-time Olympian and World Cup winner built on her lead every time around to eventually win by 42 seconds. The rest of the Elite Women’s field was spread out all over the park, with McFadden holding on for second, Miller third at one minute, Duke fourth and local heroine Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema Peanut Butter) rounding out the podium.

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In the Men’s Elite event, Saturday winner Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement) appeared to be a box-office bust after completing the first lap in eighth place with a very uncomfortable look on his face. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team), meanwhile, sporting a stylish Tom Sellick-like ‘stache, looked ready to improve his previous day’s runner-up position by moving into the spotlight alone for for several laps. But Belgian transplant Ben Berden was having none of that, chasing down and then capturing Craig at the halfway mark.

Third at this point was—plot twist!—Driscoll. He had found his legs and with four to go and had clawed his way not only into the picture, but to the top of the credits. Like Nash, once at the fore he was smoothly and decisively gone. Unlike the day prior, this time Berden was able to turn the tables on Craig for second at 36 seconds. Craig’s teammate Carl Decker scored a podium in fourth, with Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015) completing the final scene.

Sunday’s Junior 17-18 UCI event had Bear Development Team’s Lance Haidet escaping breakaway partner Brennan Fix (Boo Bicycles/TrainingPeaks) on the last lap. Third went to Saturday’s winner, Liam Dunn (Clif Bar Development CX Team).

UCI Elite Women:

1. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)

2. Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic)

3. Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)

4. Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy)

5. Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema Peanut Butter)

6. Emily Kachorek (Squid)

7. Carolina Gomez Villafane (Vanderkitten CX)

8. Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M Sellwood Cycle Repair)

9. Lauren Rathbun (Raleigh/Clement)

10. Caroline Dezendorf (Marin Bikes)

UCI Elite Men:

1. James Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement)

2. Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement)

3. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)

4. Carl Decker (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)

5. Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015)

6. Michael van den Ham (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Home)

7. Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized)

8. Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)

9. Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck Racing)

10. Kevin Bradford-Parrish (SET Coaching/Specialized)

NASH, DRISCOLL SEIZE CXLA DAY 1

 

Pro ‘cross racing returned to Los Angeles this weekend, for the first time at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park. Day 1 of CXLA was conducted under blue skies and dry, short-sleeve conditions on a 2.5km course featuring considerable climbing and enough technical trickiness to keep even the most savvy bike handlers on their toes.

nashcxlasatKaterina Nash (Luna Pro Team) wasted little time jumping to the fore of the 20-rider UCI Elite Women’s field and was never headed in the 45-minute foray. At the conclusion of her six laps, Nash had more than a minute on Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo), who had gapped Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic). Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy) and Emily Kachorek (Squid) rounded out the podium.

driscollcxlasatJamie Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement) escaped a group of six that had formed at the front of the UCI Elite Men’s race around the halfway point of that hour-long event. Two laps later he was able to climb away to a solo lead on the course’s longest, hardest ascent. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) and Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement) got the better of Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) to form the final chase group. Craig dropped Berden on the final lap, but both were well behind Driscoll, who cruised in with a 20-second cushion. Milne held on for fourth, with Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized) completing the top five.

Saturday at CXLA also included a UCI-point-scoring Junior 17-18 event, captured by Liam Dunn (Clif Bar Development CX Team). Brannan Fix was runner-up, followed by Eric Brunner.

Photos by Philip Beckman/PB Creative

UCI Elite Women:

  1. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)
  2. Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)
  3. Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic)
  4. Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy)
  5. Emily Kachorek (Squid)
  6. Carolina Gomez Villafane (Vanderkitten CX)
  7. Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M Sellwood Cycle Repair)
  8. Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema Peanut Butter)
  9. Caroline Dezendorf (Marin Bikes)
  10. Ellen Sherrill (RockLobster Cyclocross)

UCI Elite Men:

  1. Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement)
  2. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)
  3. Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement)
  4. Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)
  5. (LangeTwins/Specialized)
  6. Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant/Specialized)
  7. Michael van den Ham (Trek Red Truck Racing)
  8. Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015)
  9. Carl Decker (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)
  10. Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck Racing)

 

UCI CXLA WEEKEND LIVE AT THE GREEK!

 

 

Altadena, California, Nov. 13, 2014 — World-class cyclocross returns to the Los Angeles’ largest park: Griffith Park at the Greek Theater in the Hollywood Hills! CXLA is back! Enjoy a full weekend of festivities leading into the Thanksgiving weekend! Highlights include the LA Bike Fest: CXLA Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet and Food Truck Festival, benefiting the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!

 

Athletes will be competing for points in several important race series, including California Cyclocross (CACX), the SoCalCross Prestige Series and, most vitally, UCI internationally-sanctioned elite racing as part of the USA Cycling PRO CX Tour! That’s right, UCI Elite Men, Women and Juniors 17-18 as well as factory teams from around the country will once again be going wheel to wheel in our own back yard.

 

JUST FOR THE LADIES: Equal prize money to the UCI Elite Women’s races from top to bottom will be provided thanks to Knobbe Martens IP Law. There will also be a Women’s Lounge hosted by the She Wolf Attack Team! Ladies Ride, as well as Women on Bikes web radio Q&A.

 

RIDE WITH THE PROs: On Friday at 3 p.m. we’ll be gathering at Golden Saddle Cyclery to ride with a few of the fast guys and gals in town, over to Griffith Park for a CX clinic. Everyone’s invited!

 

PARTY TIME: Friday evening after riding with the Pros, let’s enjoy Happy Hour food and drinks at Mowhawk Bend. Saturday evening everyone is invited to an After Party Social at Golden Road Brewing.

 

Hope you can make it to CXLA Weekend at Griffith Park – Vermont Canyon – Greek Theatre! Saturday and Sunday November 22-23!

 

Register at BikeReg.com and all SoCalCross events at: www.SoCalCross.org/register. Complete race info at: www.SoCalCross.org http://socalcross.org/events/cxla-weekend/

 

Special thanks to the following parties for helping to make it all happen: Voler Team Apparel, Jenson USA, Knobbe Martens, Clif Bar, TRP Brakes, CENTRICsport, Castex, American Classic, Union Sport, Squareone, Montrose Bike Shop, H&S Bicycles, Golden Saddle Cyclery, Rock N Road Cyclery, Bike Effect, The Mob Shop, SoCalCycling.com, 10 Speed Coffee, Pedalers Fork, Empire Bikes, Craig Abrams, D.C., SoCalCycling.com, Sock Guy, Pasadena Cyclery, The Mob Shop, Cadence, The Bike Shop of Temecula Valley, Orange Bikes, Road Runner Bags, NUUN, Road Runner Bags, American Classic, Magic Cycle Werks, Pro Gold, and Velo Allegro.

 

For more information, the weekend schedule and to stay up to date, visit Facebook.com/SoCalCross and follow us on Twitter: @SoCalCross. For complete details, check out SoCalCross.org/events/cxla.

 

ABOUT THE SERIES: Cyclocross is a historic form of bicycle racing that typically takes place in the autumn and winter. It is a timed event consisting of multiple laps of a 1.5- to 2-mile course consisting of pavement, wooded trails, grass, hills, sand, mud and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry their bike, and then remount. The SoCalCross Prestige Series was launched in 2006 and has grown over 500% in terms of participation since its inception to become one of the nation’s leading cyclocross racing organizations.

 

SPYCLOCROSS HEADS TO HODGES FOR SECOND ANNUAL UDOCROSS

SPY® is Happy to announce the second round of the SPYclocross Series will take place on Sunday, November 9 at San Dieguito River Park near Lake Hodges in Escondido, CA. The event will also serve as both the State/District Championships and the second annual edition of Udocross—an event created to celebrate the spirit of fallen San Diego cyclist Udo Heinz who was struck and killed near Camp Pendleton in 2013.

 

A crusty 2.6km spectator-friendly course, Udocross will feature dirt, sand, grass and pavement that’s fast and furious, difficult and delirious, with downhill and BMX like sections of varying speed and width, tight sandy turns, a unique “beach” section that runs along the shore of Lake Hodges, a sand mound and long, steady uphill sections with agonizingly placed barriers. This course will challenge every muscle in your body, every cubic inch of your lungs, and test just how good you are at handling your bike, and somewhere in the mix of it all, you will realize just how much fun pain and suffering can be.

 

To register for Udocross, go to www.usacycling.org/register/2014-3134. For additional details about the SPYclocross Series, log-on at www.usacycling.org and www.facebook.com/spyclocrossseries. For more information about SPY, go to www.spyoptic.com, www.facebook.com/spyoptic, @spyoptic on Twitter and @spyoptic on Instagram.

 

About SPY Inc.:
SPY® sponsors some of the nation’s most important cycling competitions and series including the SPY Belgian Waffle Ride, Crusher in the Tushar, Chino Grinder, Red Trolley Criterium, Orange County Cycling Classic, Adrenaline Cycling Promotions and Quick n Dirty MTB events. The brand sponsors the world’s most inspiring athletes, including 3-time U.S. Pro Cyclo-cross National Champion Jonathan Page, former U.S. Pro Mountain Bike and U.S. Pro Cyclo-cross Champion Ryan Trebon and top U.S. Pro Cyclocross racer Nicole Duke; Mountain Bike World Champion Troy Brosnan; Ironman Champion Chris McDonald, and Half Iron and Olympic Distance athletes Ian Mikelson, Chris Foster, Bill Jones and Keith Butsko. Additionally, the brand sponsors denizens of professional, amateur and collegiate teams nationwide, including SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI, Lux Pro, BMW Development Team, SquadraSF, Big Orange, Swami’s Cycling, Limitless Cycling, Metromint Women’s Cycling, Monster Media, Bahati Racing Team, Real Deal Cycling, Skyflash Racing, Team Undiscovered Cycling, San Diego Bicycling Club, UCSD Cycling Team, G2 Racing, SDSU Cycling, Squadra Flying Tigers, Adrenaline Cycling and Crosshairs Cycling. The SPY brand was born in the early 1990s during the renaissance of domestic cycling in a hotbed of U.S. bike culture—San Diego, California. SPY’s founders raced bikes, motorcycles, and they surfed, of course. They rode a lot because, unless the waves were good, it’s what you did in So Cal. SPY is founded on the idea that you can be innovative, technical and all about victory, but not look like a fool. With unsurpassed quality, innovative designs and unmatched style, SPY’s anti-fogging frame technology, and oleophobic and hydrophobic lens coatings were born of this passion for riding. Today, SPY is led by an array of expert racers, including active elite racers and former world champions in a variety of pursuits, inspiring the brand to serve the needs of cycling culture. Whether you’re rocking our Performance Series Screw—winner of Road Bike Action’s “2012 Eyewear of the Year Award,”—innovative Cutter, uber sleek Daft, Omen Goggles, or our revolutionary Happy Lens™, we hope you’re stoked with what SPY is up to on the roads, trails and faces of cyclists worldwide. There’s more to come. It’s what we do.
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Misbell@spyoptic.com

Miller, Nys Win Crossvegas

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Meredith Miller takes the win at Crossvegas

I’m as surprised as you are,” Miller said after the race. “I didn’t take a lot of pulls at the front, a lot of the credit goes to those girls.” Credit, yes, but victory? No.

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Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) Repeats as Cross Vegas Champion.

With one lap to go Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) hit the gas and gapped the remaining riders of his group by 200 meters and his horse power was more than any one could handle.

Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies Enters 3rd Cyclocross Campaign

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Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies Enters 3rd Cyclocross Campaign
Crystal Anthony returns following standout ’13 season. Kerry Werner flies Orange & Black flag for the men
September 10th | Minneapolis, MN
The Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team announced the lineup today for the 2014 Cyclocross Campaign. Leading the charge will be Crystal Anthony who returns following a standout season last year. Winner of the Cycle-Smart International and Baystate Cyclocross events in ’13, Anthony also claimed 8 other UCI podiums, 4th at the American National Championships, multiple top 20 results in World Cup races in Europe and earned a ticket to the World Championships in the Netherlands. Anthony looks to the 2014 season as one fully dedicated to cross as she takes a step away from her teaching position.
“I’m super excited to be representing Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies for a second season starting with Cross Vegas tomorrow.  Last year was a huge opportunity for me to have amazing team support all season, and this year, with my leave of absence from teaching, I’m thrilled to be able capitalize on that opportunity even more by being able to focus on racing.”
Joining Anthony will be a new addition on the men’s side, Kerry Werner. Werner comes with a strong mountain bike background but has successfully dipped his feet into the muddy side of cyclocross as well. The three time US Collegiate National D1 Cyclocross Champion also grabbed a silver medal in this year’s MTB US National Championships in Cross Country. A well rounded rider, Werner looks toward his first full season of cross to make further inroads to the discipline.
“This will be my first full season of cross and I couldn’t be more excited to be on board with Optum p/b KBS. The last two years of cross I have had some partial support, which was great while I was still in school pursuing a degree. However, this year with no collegiate requirements and full support from a great program like Optum p/b KSB, I am really excited to see how I match up against the top level of competition.”
Jesse Anthony and Leah Kirchmann signed up for limited cross duty
Jesse Anthony put his cyclocross ambitions on hold last season to focus solely on his road career. However his hometown race in Gloucester will pull him out of retirement, for just one race. The Rapha Supercross of Gloucester, September 27/28 is a race that Jesse has attended every year since it first began in 1999.
Meanwhile, the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships are in Leah Kirchmann’s hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba this year. The triple Canadian champion finds the proximity of the event and possibility of claiming 4 national championships in one season too good to pass up.
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2014 Cyclocross Schedule

September 10 – Clif Bar Cross Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

September 13 – US Open of Cyclocross, Boulder, CO

September 14 – Boulder Cup, Boulder, CO

September 20-21 – Trek CXC Cup, Waterloo, WI

September 27-28 – Gran Prix of Gloucester, Gloucester, MA

October 4-5 – Providence Cyclocross Festival, Providence, RI

October 11-12 – Full Moon Vista Cyclocross, Rochester, NY

October 25 – Canadian National Championships, Winnipeg, MB

October 31-Nov 2 – Cincy3 Harbin Park, Cincinnati, OH

November 8-9 – Derby City Cup, Louisville, KY

November 14-16 – Jingle Cross, Iowa City, IA

December 6-7 – NEPCX-NBX Gran Prix of Cross, Warwick, RI

January 3-4 – Resolution ‘Cross Cup, Dallas, TX

January 11 – USA National Championships, Austin, TX

SPY HAPPILY CROSSES INTO DIRT FOR SPYCLOCROSS SERIES

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CARLSBAD, Calif.—SPY®, a leader in performance eyewear known for its patent-pending Happy Lens™ technology, is happy to announce their entre into the world of cyclocross with the SPYclocross Series. The brand behind the world famous SPY Belgian Waffle Ride (BWR), SPY will promote five SoCal cyclocross events over seven days spread throughout Southern California.

“I’m both personally and professionally excited to be bringing a new cyclocross series to Southern California,” says Michael Marckx, SPY president and CEO. “As a cat 1 racer who is particularly happy in the dirt, I am excited SPY can be the conduit for this new collection of stellar events to unite under one banner, which will be the only series working with USA Cycling to allow SoCal ‘cross racers the opportunity to race for points towards National rankings and upgrades. Cyclocross is a fun and irreverent sport, yet it’s accessible to a wide range of riders. It’s really the perfect platform for SPY to deliver its HTFU (happy the funk up) approach to life. Also, our series will co-exist with the long standing Prestige Series, so riders will have many opportunities to race throughout the fall and winter.”

With a Happy disrespect for the usual way of looking at life (and racing bikes), the SPYclocross Series will embody SPY’s irreverent attitude and put happy smiles on faces with a series of unexpected antics and unusual courses. All races in the series will be USA Cycling sanctioned, therefore allowing racers to qualify for category upgrades and points towards National Championships rankings. Additionally, the Southern California/Nevada Cycling Association (SCNCA) will provide a SoCal Cup cash prize to be awarded at the end of the series to various categories.

“We have watched the rapid growth of cyclocross in SoCal and decided the time was right to introduce the SoCal Cup Cyclocross Series,” says Eric Smith, president of the SCNCA. “The SoCal Cup for our road events has helped to fuel the growth of road racing in SoCal and Southern Nevada, and we expect the same to happen with cyclocross. The series will not only offer some very solid races, but all of the races will provide upgrade points and the valuable seeding points used to secure better starting positions in UCI and USA Cycling Championships. We are excited to be partnering with SPY on this series.”

Series-wide sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Zach Sellers at zachary.sellers@spyoptic.com if you’re interested in partnering with SPY and exposing your brand to the fastest growing segment of the sport of cycling. Additional details on each event will be posted as they become available.

For more information about SPY’s cycling, multisport and endurance sports goings-on, log-on at www.facebook.com/spyperformance. For info about SPY products, athletes and events, log-on at www.spyoptic.com and www.facebook.com/spyoptic.

SPYCLOCROSS SERIES CALENDAR

DATE EVENT LOCATION
September 20 SPYclocross Lake Hodges/Rancho Bernardo
October 12 Velocity Cross Chino
November 9 Udo Cross – State Championships Lake Hodges
November 15 and 16 SLO Cross San Luis Obispo
December 6 SCNCA Cup Finals Bakersfield
December 7 NoCal/SoCal Showdown Bakersfield
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About SPY Inc.:
SPY® sponsors some of the nation’s most important cycling competitions and series including the SPY Belgian Waffle Ride, Crusher in the Tushar, Chino Grinder, Red Trolley Criterium, Orange County Cycling Classic, Adrenaline Cycling Promotions and Quick n Dirty MTB events. The brand sponsors the world’s most inspiring athletes, including 3-time U.S. Pro Cyclo-cross National Champion Jonathan Page, former U.S. Pro Mountain Bike and U.S. Pro Cyclo-cross Champion Ryan Trebon and top U.S. Pro Cyclocross racer Nicole Duke; Mountain Bike World Champion Troy Brosnan; Ironman Champion Chris McDonald, and Half Iron and Olympic Distance athletes Ian Mikelson, Chris Foster, Bill Jones and Keith Butsko. Additionally, the brand sponsors denizens of professional, amateur and collegiate teams nationwide, including SPY GIANT RIDE p/b MRI, Lux Pro, BMW Development Team, SquadraSF, Big Orange, Swami’s Cycling, Limitless Cycling, Metromint Women’s Cycling, Monster Media, Bahati Racing Team, Real Deal Cycling, Skyflash Racing, Team Undiscovered Cycling, San Diego Bicycling Club, UCSD Cycling Team, G2 Racing, SDSU Cycling, Squadra Flying Tigers, Adrenaline Cycling and Crosshairs Cycling. The SPY brand was born in the early 1990s during the renaissance of domestic cycling in a hotbed of U.S. bike culture—San Diego, California. SPY’s founders raced bikes, motorcycles, and they surfed, of course. They rode a lot because, unless the waves were good, it’s what you did in So Cal. SPY is founded on the idea that you can be innovative, technical and all about victory, but not look like a fool. With unsurpassed quality, innovative designs and unmatched style, SPY’s anti-fogging frame technology, and oleophobic and hydrophobic lens coatings were born of this passion for riding. Today, SPY is led by an array of expert racers, including active elite racers and former world champions in a variety of pursuits, inspiring the brand to serve the needs of cycling culture. Whether you’re rocking our Performance Series Screw—winner of Road Bike Action’s “2012 Eyewear of the Year Award,”—innovative Cutter, uber sleek Daft, Omen Goggles, or our revolutionary Happy Lens™, we hope you’re stoked with what SPY is up to on the roads, trails and faces of cyclists worldwide. There’s more to come. It’s what we do.

JEREMY POWERS UNVEILS NEW PROFESSIONAL CYCLOCROSS TEAM “ASPIRE RACING”

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Fifteen Companies Have Joined Aspire Racing As Partners
Easthampton, Massachusetts August 11th, 2014 – Today U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers announced the creation of Aspire Racing – a new cyclocross team that aspires to be the United States’ first professionally registered cyclocross program in the coming years. Initially headlined with Powers as a team of one for the 2014-2015 season, Aspire Racing will participate in both domestic and international races with the goal of providing the same high visibility that sponsors have come to expect from Powers.
“Launching this team is something I’m really excited about” said Powers. “I have always been passionate about cyclocross – The JAM Fund, BTB TV, and now Aspire Racing are my way of giving back to the sport that has given me so much. I am looking forward to integrating Aspire with my non-profit JAM Fund Cycling program. By creating both a development program and a professional racing team, my dream is to create a path of support for young riders to fully develop and succeed in American cyclocross. Bases of support like development programs and professional teams are the way we will grow this sport in the US.”
Powers is one of America’s most successful cyclocross riders, with over 50 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) victories in both the United States and Europe. He broke into professional cycling with the Jelly Belly Pro cycling in 2004, initially riding both road and cyclocross.
Also joining the Aspire Racing team are fifteen corporate sponsors, including Focus Bicycles, Rapha cycling and casual apparel, Giro helmets and shoes, Oakley sunglasses, Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts, SRAM components, Quarq power meters, Park Tools, FMB tires, Fizik saddles, crankbrothers pedals, WD-40 Bike Lube and Cleaners, ICEdot crash sensors, Eco-Products and MotoFish Coffee. This year’s title sponsors are Rapha and Focus Bikes.
“Jeremy captures the imagination of fans with the way he rides and through his personality,” said Slate Olson, Chief Marketing Officer from Rapha. “Jeremy has long shown that he can compete at the highest global level, we’re excited to be alongside him this season as he ramps up a focused ‘cross campaign.”
“Focus Bicycles has had three years of success with Jeremy Powers on German-Engineered Mares CX race bikes. Focus is proud to be Jeremy’s choice as a partner in this new venture. The 2015 Mares CX incorporates more than a little bit of Jeremy’s input. Now let’s see where he takes it!” said Jeff Rowe of Focus Bicycles USA.
Aspire Racing will reveal the newly designed national champion racing kit at Cross Vegas on September 10th. Visit the newly launched jpows.com to see the full details on Aspire Racing’s upcoming season and schedule.

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