Cross is a Dirty Business
When roadies are hanging up their wheels for a winter break, crossers are preparing for a winter spent racing through the mud. This year, we have two athletes in Rapha colours: Jeremy Powers, the undisputed king of American cyclocross, and his protégé Ellen Noble, the current U23 American champion. Fans can see both riders at elite American races, and mixing it up with the European pack at UCI World Cups.
It’s hard to miss Jeremy Powers’ presence in the US cyclocross scene. Between his racing supremacy (you can’t argue with winning four of the five past national championships) and his exuberant personality, he’s become both a crowd favourite and feared competitor. Jeremy’s style of racing is by turns frenetic and finessed, capable of out-powering and out-handling his opponents.
Ellen earned her stripes with the JAM Fund, a development team created by Powers and two of his closest friends. Her sights are set on UCI podiums and World Cups, after closing out last season by winning the US under-23 National Championship and taking sixth place at the U23 World Championships, all despite being just 19 years old.
The Cross Collection
The Rapha Cross collection is versatile enough for cross races, on the tarmac, or forays further afield.