“We’re all really hungry to win”
Jeremy Powers is back with an all new video project, The Book of Cross, produced by Motofish. Never shy to face the camera and speak his mind, this is a follow up to his popular documentary series Behind the Barriers. Chapter One is a look at Cross Vegas 2015, which this season became a UCI World Cup race, the first to be held in the USA and the first ever to be held outside Europe.
Always ahead of the curve, JPow’s says of the project: “The Book Of Cross will tell a different, unique story, focusing on some key elements from a few events over the course of the season.”
As you’d expect, JPow is hyped on cross all the way through the show and the quick-draw edit, with Go-Pro footage taken from Jeremy’s bike and lots of other angles of events in Vegas, reflects the exciting pace of the athlete’s professional life. And JPow talks candidly about all aspects of his training, diet, performance, his rivals, race tactics and personal life. There are also cameos from Sven Nys, Gary Fisher and one of his number one fans, Jeremy’s uncle. Watch it.
Cross Tricks & Treats with JPow and Hopper
After gaining his best ever World Cup result with 6th place at Cross Vegas, we asked Jeremy Powers and his mechanic Hopper a few questions regarding the tips and tricks of racing, riding and maintaining cyclocross bikes.
On riding sand: Use tires with zero tread nd very low pressure. Keep your weight farback. Use your momentum: if you’re not making it through the obstacle and you’ll have to run, get off while you still have momentum so you can get off at a run.
On high speed cornering: Use the entire course, the longest line possible to carry your speed—that’s the most important thing you can do for yourself. You have to scrub speed and reaccelerate, so you want to lose as little as possible and in the long line, you can carry more speed.On bunny hopping planks: Practice at a lower height. Start with a 2×4, then a 2×6 or 2×8. Like the Beastie Boys’ song says, start “slow and low, that is the tempo”. Also practice with two, but keep them further apart, but as you get better, move them closer together. Once you have the height and distance, speed up and practice at race pace.
On his favorite training drill: My favorite is to loop things together, like stairs or hills, running with my bike, then a long ride after. So I do high intensity and then ride it out of my legs, once I’ve used up a lot of that energy.
On what to pack for a race: Two of everything. Anytime you go to a race, you have to warm up so you know what the race will be like, and then you have to race, so you need two sets. I’d never leave without my Rapha hardshell jackets. The jacket is super versatile and really has a lot of warmth in all conditions. I always have it with me.
Tom Hopper ( JPow’s mechanic)
On tire pressures/treads: We have two treads, dry and wet, so that’s a pretty easy decision. Tire pressure depends on how soft or how hard the ground is. We have a baseline PSI, around 23. If it’s muddy and soft, we’ll go lower, 20-22PSI. If we know there are rocks, curbs or roots, the number goes up. On bike setup: Basically, every bolt is checked. That might seem like a lot but there aren’t that many bolts. The most important are stem and handlebar, skewers, seatpost, saddle, rotor bolts on the discs, shifters, pedals, cranks—it’s really easy to use a torque wrench on the bolts once a weekend. All that stuff can jar loose while riding.
On discs verses cantilever brakes: The initial setup for discs is a bit harder than cantis because you’re cutting lines and bleeding brakes, but once that’s done and dialed, the maintenance is much lower than cantis. You’re not replacing pads and housing constantly. With hydraulic discs, if you stay on top of checking the pads and making sure they don’t get worn down too far, then the system will run forever.