Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 29, 2014) — The 2014-15 edition of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) begins on Sept. 6 and runs through Jan. 4, and will once again feature a $40,000 prize purse to be split between the top riders in each of the men’s and women’s standings at the conclusion of the season. The 2014-15 edition of the Pro CX calendar features 44 dates on the domestic schedule, including the addition of two C1 events which brings that total to eight for the coming year.
Along with the prize money offered, two new initiatives are in place for the 2014-15 campaign:
All riders who finished in the top 20 in last year’s Pro CX have been given the option to have a permanent number. Numbers range from 2-99, with #1 being reserved for race directors to assign as they wish. Riders may keep their numbers as long as they remain in the top 20 of the Pro CX following each season.
In addition, there are new qualifications to enter into the elite categories at Cyclo-cross National Championships. Invites for the elite divisions will ONLY be offered to:
1. Any rider ranked in the top 90 in the Pro CX standings following the Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Ore., on Dec. 6-7; or
2. Any rider with UCI points
Also, riders will NOT be able to compete in BOTH Elite and Masters categories at the Cyclo-cross National Championships. They can only race in one of those two divisions, but may also enter a single speed and/or non-championship division.
Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha-Focus/#29), Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized/#22) and Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn./Race CF) topped the men’s, women’s and juniors men’s standings after the 2013-14 Pro CX calendar concluded.
This year’s calendar features at least one event in 18 different states around the country, beginning on Sept. 6with the first of two consecutive days of Nittany Lion Cross in Breiningsville, Pa. It continues under the stars in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sept. 10 with Clif®Bar CrossVegas, the first of the calendar’s C1 races. The spotlight quickly moves to Colorado as riders vie for points in the Colorado Cross Classic and the Boulder Cup in Boulder, Colo., on Sept. 13-14. The Trek Cyclo-cross Collective Cup in Waterloo, Wis., and Charm City Cross in Baltimore, Md., will each be held Sept. 20-21. The action remains in the northeastern United States the following weekend as riders will compete in the Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester 1 and 2 in Gloucester, Mass., Sept. 27-28 before the focus shifts to Providence, R.I., Oct. 4-5, when riders will compete in the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival.
The following weekend, Rochester, N.Y., will be the site of Ellison Park Cyclo-cross Festival on Oct. 11-12. The Pro CX circuit continues in the east with the HPCX in Jamesburg, N.J., Oct. 18-19, before heading west to St. Louis, Mo., for the Oct. 25-26 Gateway Cross Cup. On Oct. 31, the focus will be in Fairfield, Ohio, where riders will compete in Cincy3 @ Harbin Park before traveling to Mason, Ohio, to contest the Cincy3 @ Kings CX After Dark on Nov. 1. The action that weekend concludes in Covington, Ky., where riders will compete in the Cincy3 @ Devou Park on Nov. 2. Covington will also be the site of the Pan Am Continental Cyclo-cross Championships that day, a non-Pro CX event that features races for elite women, U23 men and juniors men. Also on that weekend, riders can compete on the east coast at the NEPCX- Cycle-Smart International on Nov. 1-2 in Northampton, Mass.
From there, the riders return to the site of the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Louisville, Ky., to contest the Derby City Cup on Nov. 8-9. In the middle of November, the Pro CX action will be in Iowa City, Iowa, as the 3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross is slated for Nov. 14-16. Riders will then travel to Stony Point, N.Y., to compete in Supercross Cup 1 and 2 Nov. 22-23. The following weekend, riders can burn off those Thanksgiving calories on either coast with the CXLA Weekend in Los Angeles or the Baystate Cyclocross in Sterling, Mass. Both races are slated for Nov. 29-30.
The week after Thanksgiving, Dec. 6-7, will feature more bi-coastal action as riders can score points in Warwick, R.I., at the NBX Gran Prix of Cross and Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, Ore. The calendar includes a pair of races in Hendersonville, N.C., on Dec. 13-14, the North Carolina Grand Prix, before concluding in the New Year with the Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup in Kingsport, Tenn., on Jan. 3, and the Resolution Cross Cup on Jan. 3-4 in Dallas (Garland), Texas. Both those races will serve as final tune-ups for the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Austin, Texas, Jan.7-11. The national championships are a non-Pro CX event.
The Pro CX tracks standings winners among elite men, elite women and juniors men. Riders in those categories accumulate standings points by placing within the top 15 of the races on the Pro CX. In 2014-15, there are eight races ranked by the UCI as C1 on the Pro CX where the standings points available to riders are tripled.
Those eight races are listed below:
Clif® Bar CrossVegas
Las Vegas, Nev.
Trek CXC Cup
Providence Cyclo-cross Festival
Ellison Park Cyclo-cross Festival
Cincy3 Lionhearts International
Derby City Cup
3 Day Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross-2
Iowa City, Iowa
Palmerton, Pennsylvania. August 26, 2014 – Arley Kemmerer announces the launch of a new cyclocross team, PB2 Pro Cycling, headlined by Bell Plantation’s PB2 powdered peanut butter. Kemmerer, coming off a banner season last year which included a World Championship team selection, partners with Bell Plantation, Milton Cat, Focus Bicycles, and nine other companies to create a program that will support domestic and international competition this season, with a focus on returning to the World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic.
“I’m really excited to have assembled such a great selection of sponsors this season” says Kemmerer. “I’ve been using PB2 in my recovery shakes for a long time, so it seemed like a natural fit to approach them about sponsorship. Milton Cat has been a perennial supporter of women’s cyclocross, and Focus released the extra small Mares 0.0 this season. Everything has come together and is a great fit. I’m looking forward to racing hard and representing my sponsors”.
Bell Plantation, maker of PB2, is a family-owned company out of Tifton, Georgia, and is new to the cycling industry. “We’re really excited to partner with Arley and get our brand out into the cycling community” says Debbie Layfield, Chief Operating Officer of Bell Plantation. “Arley approached us as a consumer of PB2 to pitch the idea, and we were immediately intrigued by her talent and passion for the sport. Arley’s enthusiasm and reach within the community presents a great opportunity for our brand, and we’re really excited to support her this season.”
Kemmerer’s partnership with Milton Cat, supporter of New England development team LadiesFirst Racing, allows Arley to pair with development riders to provide mentorship throughout the season. “I think giving back to the sport is so important” says Kemmerer. “I’ve had a lot of help along the way, and am happy to return that support in any way that I can. Working with LadiesFirst Racing is a great opportunity, and I’m very thankful that Millie Milton approached me with the idea.”
Kemmerer will be riding the Focus Mares 0.0 this year, on the newly-released 48cm frame. “Focus Bicycles is excited to have all new geometry on the 2015 Mares CX line” says Jeff Rowe, Operations Manager of Focus Bicycles USA. “Arley is a rider that we’ve been watching for a few years, and with the introduction of the 48cm frame, we’re excited to help her take it to the next level.”
Kemmerer will be outfitted with Sram Force CX1, American Classic wheels, Challenge Tires, Fizik shoes, saddles, bars, stems and bar tape, and Squadra custom clothing. Also supporting PB2 Pro Cycling are Skratch Labs, Mad Alchemy, Swiftwick, ProGold Bikes and Sportif Coaching Group. Check out Arley’s new website, www.arleykemm.com for the latest news, schedules, and other info. Don’t forget to follow PB2 Pro Cycling and Arley on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. See you in the mud!
Fifteen Companies Have Joined Aspire Racing As Partners
Easthampton, Massachusetts August 11th, 2014 – Today U.S. National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers announced the creation of Aspire Racing – a new cyclocross team that aspires to be the United States’ first professionally registered cyclocross program in the coming years. Initially headlined with Powers as a team of one for the 2014-2015 season, Aspire Racing will participate in both domestic and international races with the goal of providing the same high visibility that sponsors have come to expect from Powers.
“Launching this team is something I’m really excited about” said Powers. “I have always been passionate about cyclocross - The JAM Fund, BTB TV, and now Aspire Racing are my way of giving back to the sport that has given me so much. I am looking forward to integrating Aspire with my non-profit JAM Fund Cycling program. By creating both a development program and a professional racing team, my dream is to create a path of support for young riders to fully develop and succeed in American cyclocross. Bases of support like development programs and professional teams are the way we will grow this sport in the US.”
Powers is one of America’s most successful cyclocross riders, with over 50 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) victories in both the United States and Europe. He broke into professional cycling with the Jelly Belly Pro cycling in 2004, initially riding both road and cyclocross. Also joining the Aspire Racing team are fifteen corporate sponsors, including Focus Bicycles, Rapha cycling and casual apparel, Giro helmets and shoes, Oakley sunglasses, Zipp wheels, bars, stems and seatposts, SRAM components, Quarq power meters, Park Tools, FMB tires, Fizik saddles, crankbrothers pedals, WD-40 Bike Lube and Cleaners, ICEdot crash sensors, Eco-Products and MotoFish Coffee. This year’s title sponsors are Rapha and Focus Bikes.
“Jeremy captures the imagination of fans with the way he rides and through his personality,” said Slate Olson, Chief Marketing Officer from Rapha. “Jeremy has long shown that he can compete at the highest global level, we’re excited to be alongside him this season as he ramps up a focused ‘cross campaign.”
“Focus Bicycles has had three years of success with Jeremy Powers on German-Engineered Mares CX race bikes. Focus is proud to be Jeremy’s choice as a partner in this new venture. The 2015 Mares CX incorporates more than a little bit of Jeremy’s input. Now let’s see where he takes it!” said Jeff Rowe of Focus Bicycles USA.
Aspire Racing will reveal the newly designed national champion racing kit at Cross Vegas on September 10th. Visit the newly launched jpows.com to see the full details on Aspire Racing’s upcoming season and schedule.
In many ways, it’s another version of a classic Hollywood western movie with the young challenger calling out the legendary veteran in a dusty western town. Before the world’s #1 and #2 ranked men’s cyclocross racers start their European race schedules they have a duel in the Nevada desert to contend with.
Lars Van der Haar of the Netherlands, currently the #1 ranked cyclocross racer in the world, will be facing #2 ranked Sven Nys of Belgium at CrossVegas, the season opening cross race scheduled Wednesday September 10 in Las Vegas.
Van der Haar is a CrossVegas veteran who has raced the event 3 times, including a victory in the 2011 edition. The Shimano-Giant racer will be opening his season after the overall win of the World Cup Series last year. Van der Haar commented on his CrossVegas plans, “I will be racing CrossVegas now for the 4th time, I won it once and now I want a second win.”
Nys is also a former winner of CrossVegas. The Crelan-AA Drink racer took the victory in 2013 while wearing the World Champion’s rainbow-striped jersey. Said Nys of his plans, “I had a great time racing CrossVegas last season, I was pleased to win but more than that - I enjoyed the exciting atmosphere and the big crowds. It is a great spectacle for our sport and an important early season race on the world calendar ”
On meeting Nys in Las Vegas, Van der Haar said, “Racing against Sven will be hard, but it’s cool to meet him for the first race in America. We are both far away from home, so anything can happen.”
Racers from 14 nations competed in CrossVegas 2013, a night time UCI C1 race held under the lights in the shadows of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Additional rider announcements will be made in the coming weeks in both the men and women’s fields.
When the sun sets on the edge of the vast desert sky on the eve of September 10, thousands of fans will que up at CrossVegas to watch the 2014 version as Van de Haar and Nys duel for the right to claim the cyclocross season’s first win. Van der Haar had the final word on the Las Vegas race saying, “When Elvis sings, you know the season has started!”
Clif® Bar CrossVegas is organized by Watts Marketing Inc. of Longmont Colorado and has become a fixture on the U.S. cyclocross calendar. It is the largest cyclocross race outside of Europe attracting 10,000 spectators to Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas. Complete information including schedule, hotel information, sponsorship and admission is available at crossvegas.com. Follow on Twitter @CrossVegas.