Day 1 of Providence’s KMC Cyclocross Festival displayed some of the best cyclocross conditions that we’ve had all season: with rain starting for the women’s race and the skies opening during the men’s race, the course got muddy and slick as puddles formed. Jeremy quickly moved into the lead early in the men’s race, and almost immediately created a gap on the sizable men’s field.
For the next hour, a battle for second was waged, but no one came close to closing the 10 second gap that Jeremy created, and he comfortably took the win in the C1 race. Behind him, Tim Johnson took second while Lukas Winterberg sailed in for third over Ben Berden.
Jeremy explained, “Coming into this weekend, with rain in the forecast and a new course design, I was really excited and a little nervous to find out what would come from the weather and the course features. Neither disappointed!”
He added, “The track was hard, steep inclines, off camber descends, big power sections and some risk/reward stuff that really made the course category 1 worthy. And when the rain started falling, it turned up the volume on all of that.”
As for his gap on the field, he said, “I felt really good straight away and feel I’m continuing to build form. As the rain came down I had Tom—my mechanic—make some changes to the tire pressure during the race, which helped a lot… The FMB tires were amazing today. I’m really loving these tires.”
Compared to a normal US ’cross race, the winning time was long: Jeremy finished in an hour and eight minutes, while other racers were on course for ten minutes after that. But unlike some of the racers who complained of the length, Jeremy says, “The race was long, about World Cup length, so it was a great opportunity for me.”
He took Day 2 off of racing, but will be back next weekend for Rochester’s C1 race at Ellison Park.
Check out Jeremy’s interview with The Boston Globe here.
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