|Date of Birth||6/29/83|
As the current U.S. Cyclocross champion and top-ranked American rider in the world, Jeremy Powers strives to be an ambassador for the sport. “It’s an honor to ride in the Stars and Stripes jersey,” explains Jeremy. “It helps create more exposure for my sponsors, and as national champion I can 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 looking to take on the best races in the world with his own team, Aspire Racing. This coming season he will focus exclusively on cyclocross and will race a full European schedule, focusing on UCI World Cup events, and will attend select events on the ProCX calendar in 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.
Powers 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. Powers 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. Jeremy 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 across Europe.
BEHIND THE BARRIERS
In 2010, Jeremy Powers and longtime friend Sam Smith, created a ground breaking online video series titled ‘Behind THE Barriers.’ The series followed Jeremy as he traveled to races across the U.S. and around the world. The goal of ‘Behind THE Barriers’ was for fans to experience the life of a professional cyclist through Jeremy Powers’ eyes. After several successful seasons of ‘Behind THE Barriers’, Jeremy and Sam decided to expand into broader coverage of the U.S cyclocross racing scene, and BTB TV was born.
Starting in September, BTB TV releases daily content and runs for the entire U.S cyclocross season. BTB TV offers professional quality race coverage, commentary, rider interviews, and a behind-the-scenes look into the teams and personalities of cyclocross. In its first season, BTB TV was broadcast to over 250,000 unique viewers and generated over 3.5 million impressions. The weekly show line-up includes:
- BTB TV Presents: A rebroadcast of the weekend’s biggest races
- Who’s #1: Host Colt McElwaine ranks top cyclocross racers
- How The Race Was Won: An in-depth look at key racing strategy with host Cosmo Catalano
- Cross Talk: Sit-down interviews with cyclocross’ most interesting racers, coaches, and personalities
- What’s Good: Gear, equipment, and technology analysis
- Roundtable: Expert discussion of hot topics and racing
Cyclocross is the fastest growing racing segment in the United States. Mixed terrain, urban courses provide the perfect setting for both participation, and spectating. Events start with amateur races in the morning and finish with the professional men’s and women’s races later in the day. The family friendly atmosphere, easy to understand racing format, and accessibility to the top riders in the sport makes cyclocross an excellent sport for fans of all ages and abilities.
BTB TV is a project born out of passion and determination, aimed at growing the cyclocross community through stories, images, and personalities. At its core BTB TV is a cyclocross media company, comprised of like-minded employees and partners seeking to support the event promoters, athletes, and to ultimately grow the sport through high-quality video coverage.
Jeremy is the founder of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Developed with his longtime friends, Alec Donahue and Mukunda Feldman, the JAM Fund was created to enrich the lives of young cyclists from the New England cycling community. The JAM Fund strives to develop young cyclists in all aspects of their lives both on the bike and off. The JAM Fund raises money through many different avenues and then issues grants to riders under 25 who’ve applied to the program and have displayed commitment and enthusiasm to cycling. Over time, JAM transitions those young cyclists into a fully supported cyclocross program where the riders further develop and hone their skills as racers and people. In 2012, JAM Fund sent its first rider to a professional team when Jeremy Durrin was asked to join the Optum Professional Cycling and in 2013 JAM sent Steven Hyde to the newly formed Astellas Professional Cycling team.