DCCX brings pro cyclocross to our region every year. Held on the bucolic grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Northwest DC, it’s an event that attracts thousands. This year was no different. The…

Shot in 2016, this is a three-quarter profile headshot photo of a smiling Jeremy Powers, post-ride with a dirty face. (Photo Credit: Wil Matthews, courtesy of Aspire Racing)

Jeremy Powers, the thoughtful, driven, ebullient, four-time and current U.S. National Cyclocross Champion talks with us about rider development, paving a path, and what constitutes success.
(Photo Credit: Wil Matthews, courtesy of Aspire Racing)

 

When I contacted Jeremy about sitting down with me for the podcast, I thought deeply about our potential conversation. I wanted not to focus on his upcoming season. I’m not big cycling media. Let Velonews handle that.

 

Aspire Racing Logo (Courtesy Aspire Racing)

Jeremy’s Aspire Racing aims to be the first U.S.-registered cyclocross team. In 2016 Aspire added Ellen Noble–current U.S. Women’s U23 National Champion and JAM Fund Cycling alumna–to the squad.

Rather, I wanted to talk with him about rider development…clinics, camps…Jam Fund Cycling and his pivot into Aspire Racing.

And that’s what we did.

 

I caught up with Jeremy during a small time window just before his August Cross Camp in Washington, DC. (For some great photos, an entertaining video, and solid commentary, visit our friends at In The Crosshairs.)

Fulcrum Coaching‘s Dan Tille hosted us in his basement office (thanks, Dan!). We were visited upon by a few rug rats, who sought shenanigan permission. Jeremy and I dutifully displayed our parenting skills. Mercifully, no one got hurt while recording this podcast!

 

There’s more backstory to our conversation. To keep these show notes manageable, I’ll save that material for a supplementary blog post.

 

About Jeremy

What can I add to the column-inches already written about Jeremy Powers?

  • You already know that he’s a four-time and current U.S. National Cyclocross Champion.
  • You already know him as a new-media cyclocross ambassador.
    (Watch Behind the Barriers, Study The Book of Cross. Go! Now! We’ll wait!)
  • You already know that he is committed to developing young riders through Jam Fund Cycling and other initiatives.
  • You already know that his ebullient personality wins fans on both side of the Atlantic and the Pacific.

So, what is it that you may not know about Jeremy Powers?

That he’s a mensch.

Mensch (Yiddish: מענטשmentsh, cognate with the German word Mensch meaning a “human being”) means “a person of integrity and honor”.

“Integrity.”

“Honor.”

As you listen to this podcast, I invite you to consider those words.

 

Show Notes

2:08 – The Pina Colada Song
3:30 – DC Cross Camp
5:00 – 2012 Tacchino CX
8:15 – Helping people…it’s a part of who he is
10:10 – That ADD moment
11:00 – JAM Fund Cycling (Part I)
12:55 – Killer with empathy…zen warrior…no pedestal…mensch…
15:50 – JAM Fun Cycling (Part II)
20:55 – Invaded!
22:00 – Nourish, Balance, Thrive shout-out “insanely hard to make it”
25:00 – BYC shout-out!
26:00 – JAM Fund wants enthusiasm
27:40 – Grand FUNdo…adding value
31:10 – DC heat index!
32:20 – Regional/International development differences
33:10 – Jim Brown shout-out! RAD Racing
36:40 – Mental strength (building on foundation of Mom and Dad)
41:00 – Power of visualization
42:00 – “Were you always at 110%?”
44:00 – Aspire Racing
46:25 – JAM Fun alumni and defining success?
47:20 – Stephen Hyde
49:00 – Ellen Noble
52:00 – Success
53:30 – Legacy

 

Everything JPow!

 

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Joe Nalley stands and presents to a group of Baltimore Youth Cycling participants at the Out of Bounds Cross race site.

Joe Nalley coaching The Swarm at a Baltimore Youth Cycling reconnaissance of Out of Bounds Cross, a new race to be held on September 24th at Mt. Vista Park in Kingsville, MD.

We’re kicking off DMV Cycling with Joe Nalley, of Baltimore Youth Cycling!

Over the course of our conversation we talk about BYC, its origins, what’s going on today, and its future.

We also talk about Out of Bounds Cross, a new cyclocross race in Baltimore County that incorporates a new race day concept, focusing on Junior and Beginner racers.

The inaugural Out of Bounds Cross is September 24th, 2016. You can register on BikeReg through September 21st, 2016.

 

Show Notes

2:00 – Origins of BYC
7:15 – Joe’s Background
14:10 – “I’m a road rider, but I’m a cyclocross racer.”
16:20 – “Cross is perfect” (Cyclocross’s appeal to juniors)
23:40 – The kids lead
24:40 – First year, first practice
28:30 – Overcoming barriers to entry, and credit to the seven shop partners
30:00 – Practices and curriculum
34:00 – Race day experience
35:45 – Teamwork…to “Swarm”…and beyond
40:00 – Rookie camp
41:45 – “Success”
45:00 – Out of Bounds Cross
53:45 – How does Out of Bounds fit into the scene?
57:00 – Dedicated cyclocross facilities and partnership with Baltimore County Recreation and Parks
58:30 – Future of BYC and impacts to the region

 

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