Last weekend, Jeremy finished out the season strong with a second place in CX Tokyo in Japan behind Steve Chainel. “CX Tokyo is one of my favorite events, a beautiful race in Odiaba, Tokyo,” Jeremy explains. He’s been racing there to finish the season for the last couple of years, and it’s one he looks forward to throughout the year.
“It’s just a 10 minute train ride outside of the city center. Ten of thousands of fans make the journey over to watch the race and the environment is electric and fun. In an emerging area of the cyclocross world, I think Japan has a bright future and I’m happy I can be a part of that growth.”
Jeremy has won the race there in the last couple of years, but this time around, France’s Steve Chainel was able to take the title. “The race was very challenging this year, and the sand had some interesting new features: a couple turns in the sand that made it very difficult to ride, in addition to some sand bags ‘moguls’ placed on the track that prevented some high speed line choices,” Jeremy says. “CX Tokyo and the organizers made a good show for the riders and fans!”
For Jeremy, the race was fast-paced and the energy of the crowd was palpable. “The Australian national champ fell in the first turn right in front of me and put me back into about 10th in the first lap,” he recalls. “Then, in lap two I was able to ride the sand sections cleanly and roll back onto the leaders, Yu Takenouchi and Steve Chainel. I was running very low pressure to be more comfortable in the sand and I was happy with that choice, but Steve was just stronger in the sand. In the forest, he also gained considerable time with higher pressure tires.”
The three continued dueling at the front of the race, and Jeremy adds, “I made one attempt with about three laps to go to get Chainel back and came close, maybe 15 seconds or so, but I couldn’t match his speed and line choice—that’s what happens when you’re riding in the sand at 100 percent. One mistake can add up to a lot of seconds, fast and I had to put the white flag up and start racing for second.”
As he reflected on the race and the season, Jeremy was happy with his decision to push through and race in Tokyo. “Overall, this result made me happy I soldiered on for the end of the season. Many told me to shut it down and stop racing after Nationals, get ready for next year. I pushed on, got a podium to end the year on, and I can now reset for next year.”
He concluded, “This year was a challenge for me a lot of ways—the lack of big wins and injury just took it out of me and I never got to the level I had in September again. I learned a lot, I’ve already started to make changes in my life to start my base season in April off correctly and I’m motivated to make this spring, summer and upcoming cross season one of my best.”
Stay tuned for more from Jeremy as we move into the off season and start prepping for next year!