Like chicks from the nest, these baby birds have spread their wings and joined the pro ranks.
JAM Fund Cycling Alumni
Squid Bikes Pro Cycling
Hometown: Feeding Hills, Mass.
Strengths: hill climbs and road races
Hobbies: skateboarding, skim boarding, driving fast and "wananana."
Social Media: @tweakn101
Jeremy Powers found a young Anthony Clark on the road one day and couldn't drop him on a tough climb, despite the fact that Clark was in cutoff shorts and riding a 35-pound bike with platform pedals. Clark talked the whole way up the hill, and even though Powers kept pedaling harder and harder, he couldn't shake Clark off his wheel. These days, Clark is a seasoned pro with Squid Bikes and still talking non-stop while tearing up the climbs. ;)
Neon Velo Cycling Team
Hometown: Westhampton, Mass.
Cycling Strengths: punchy, fast cx courses
Hobbies: golfing, gardening and hanging out with his chickens
Social Media: @jeremydurrin
Jeremy Durrin was of our first JAM Fund grant recipients. He now races for the professional cycling team Neon Velo that he and his lovely wife Gabby started.
"JAM Fund was more of a family for me than a bike racing team," he said. "The team provided me with mentors who pointed me in the right direction. They not only helped me get good at bike racing, they really worked with me on anything I needed with my daily life. The team provided me with opportunities I could have never dreamed of, and I owe a lot to Jeremy, Alec and Mukunda for shaping my life to be what it is today. If it wasn't for them, I would have never raced cyclocross and eventually met my wife Gabby. These guys are great friends and great people and the JAM Fund will always be a huge part of my life."
King University Cycling Team
Hometown: Fitchburg, Mass.
Strengths: muddy courses and road races
Social Media: @vpgracing
Victoria Gates is majoring in marketing at King University in Bristol, Tennessee. She received an athletic scholarship to race with the university's collegiate cycling team.
While racing for two years with JAM, she finished second place at the Junior Cyclocross National Championships and fourth at the Kingsport Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Cup, which earned her points for an international ranking.
"It's the craziest and best feeling ever," Gates said. "I started racing with the pro women and knew I always wanted to get these points. Getting these points, racing at nationals and signing to compete in college -- I wanted to go out of high school with a bang, and that's kind of what I did."
Gates says the JAM program prepared her for elite competition.
"The team took my racing to a whole new level. The one-on-one coaching allowed me to break into the elite CX field and do pretty well for a 17 year old! The grant helped me get to nationals too."
Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com Pro CX
Hometown: Milton, Fla.
Strengths: cyclocross, technical courses
Hobbies: Country music, swimming holes and bike camping
Social Media: @stephenhyde
Stephen Hyde is now the top U.S. cyclocross pro racing for Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld. He graduated from the JAM program in 2015 to join the Astellas Pro cycling road team before getting picked up by Cannondale. He credits JAM Fund with helping him turn pro.
"JAM wasn't just a cycling development team, they didn't leave it at just that," he said. "I was never allowed to be average or just okay with being a good racer. JAM pushed me to be a better person every day. It was never about winning races, it was about leaving whatever situation we entered better than when we got into it. I learned how to trust my team and myself. I learned how to be responsible for myself and others, making hard decisions knowing that I had the best possible safety net. I learned to accept bad results on the premise that I learned from them and made the necessary changes to leave them in the past. I am confident in myself as a professional racer now and it's because JAM made me this way. I will forever be grateful for that."
Hyde won the U.S. National Cyclocross Championships in January 2017.
Photo by Meg McMahon.
Hometown: Kennebunkport, Maine
Strengths: Technical riding in mountain bike and cyclocross
Hobbies: Slack lines, surfing, baking vanilla-frosted cup cakes and puppies
Social Media: @ellenlikesbikes
Ellen Noble is the reigning U23 Cyclocross National Champion and World Cup Champion who moved from JAM Fund to the professional ranks in 2016 to race with Jeremy Powers on his pro team Aspire Racing. Noble is a four-time cyclocross national champion, winning the U23 national title three times and as a junior 17-18. In her second and final season with JAM Fund in 2015 she won the U23 Pan Am International Championships and Verge Cycle-Smart International Series U23 title. Her wins put her in the top 20 U23 women in the world and qualified her for World Championships in Zolder, Belgium, where she was the best finisher of all Americans, getting 6th in the inaugural women's U23 Worlds race in January 2016. The following year, Noble became the U23 World Cup Champion and won the silver medal at World Championships in Luxembourg. She is pursuing a degree in public health at UMass Amherst.