Rapha announces today the 2013-2014 roster for Team Rapha-FOCUS, a professional cyclocross racing team. The team will race an international schedule with emphasis on North American UCI events and select European World Cup races.
The team consists of three returning Team Rapha-FOCUS riders – Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA), Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA) and Gabby Day (Bourne, United Kingdom). Please note that as of August 24th, 2013 Ms. Day will be known as Mrs. Gabby Durrin.
Mike Heenan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the Team Director.
“Team Rapha-FOCUS thrills me year after year and I expect this season to top them all,” says Slate Olson, Chief Marketing Officer, Rapha. “We saw breakthrough rides from Gabby, Jeremy and Zach last season but they’ll each be the first to tell you they want even more,” he adds. “I’m equally as excited to present the Rapha Super Cross Series as a complementary effort to grow the sport of cyclocross globally. Seven events in four countries will challenge novice to elite with the best race day elements we’ve learned from each region.”
Tim Jackson, Marketing Manager, FOCUS Bicycles USA, adds, “We’re exceptionally proud of the team’s accomplishments over the years as Team Rapha-FOCUS has become synonymous with cyclocross success in the United States and Europe. Jeremy, Zach and Gabby are more than just exceptionally talented racers, though, and their off-the-bike attributes are another reason why FOCUS Bicycles is thrilled to have them returning for this season.”
The team will wear custom, team-edition Rapha Pro Team apparel during racing & training with off-the-bike selections from the Rapha City Wear collection. A range of team-inspired apparel will be available early September 2013. Team riders will race FOCUS Mares CX 1.0 bicycles with the choice of rim brake or disc brake models. The all-new disc brake Mares CX 1.0 from FOCUS is based off direct team feedback from the 2012-2013 season.
Team Rapha-FOCUS Sponsors & Supporters: Rapha, FOCUS Bicycles, SRAM, Easton Cycling, Giro, crankbrothers, fi’zi:k, WD-40 BIKE, Feedback Sports, LeMond Revolution.
USA – StarCrossed, A Rapha Super Cross Event September 14
JAPAN – Rapha Super Cross Nobeyama October 16 & 17
UNITED KINGDOM – Rapha Super Cross UK October 20, 27 & 28
AUSTRALIA – Rapha Super Cross Melbourne October 26