Like chicks from the nest, these baby birds have spread their wings and joined the pro ranks.
JAM Fund Cycling Alumni
Hometown: Feeding Hills, Mass.
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 it up. ;)
Photo by Vicky Sama.
Hometown: Westhampton, Mass.
Cycling Strengths: punchy, fast cx courses
Hobbies: golfing, gardening and hanging out with his chickens and cat Sir James
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."
Hometown: Fitchburg, Mass.
Strengths: muddy courses and road races
Social Media: @vpgracing
Victoria Gates studied 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."
Hometown: Milton, Fla.
Strengths: cyclocross, technical courses
Hobbies: Country music, swimming holes and bike camping
Social Media: @stephenhyde
Stephen Hyde is a two-time U.S. National Cyclocross Champion racing for Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld. He graduated from the JAM Fund in 2015 to join the Astellas Pro road team before getting picked up by Cannondale. He credits JAM Fund with helping fulfill his dream.
"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."
Photo by Meg McMahon.
Hometown: Tiburon, California
Cycling Strengths: Technical riding
Hobbies: Playing banjo and sax
Jack Kisseberth graduated JAM Fund in 2018 to join Garneau Easton Cyclocross alongside Canadian National Champion Michael Van Den Ham. Kisseberth's move to the pro ranks followed an incredible 2017 cross season where he landed 11 podiums, including winning HPCX day one and finishing third at the KMC Crossfest and Northampton International. His breakout career ride was at the 2017 Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut where he finished fourth in the elite men's field stacked with outstanding talent on a technical course of frozen, cement-hard ruts covered in slick snow. Kisseberth represented Team USA at the World Championships in Luxembourg later that month. His impressive race record also includes winning his first UCI race at Supercross Cup in November 2016 (pictured). His undying volunteer spirit was evidenced during the Cycle-Smart International where he stood for hours in the cold cooking sausages for all the racers. He hardly got to warm up but raced and still got 10th.
Photo courtesy of Supercross Cup.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Cycling Strengths: Tenacity, high stoke level and max effort.
National Championship Title: 19-29 Marathon Mountain Bike National Champion
Real Life Skills: Runs her own jewelry and metal-smithing business Rhys May Jewelry.
After two seasons with JAM Fund, Rhys graduated in 2018 to share her passion and rad bike-handling skills to start her own team, RMJ Cycling, which includes mentoring junior and beginner women riders. She came to JAM in 2016, driving from Georgia to Western Massachusetts with all of her belongings stuffed in her 1997 Volvo. One month later, she won the Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in the 19-29 category. She was a bartender in Athens, Georgia when she started racing bikes on a singlespeed steel Univega and quickly fell in love with cyclocross. Later, she drove 1000 miles to attend Cycle-Smart Cross Camp, started a shop team, moved up the categories, and eventually migrated north to dedicate herself to the sport. She believes in daily wheelies.
Read more about Rhys May.
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 a highly decorated cyclocross champion, having won national, world cup and Pan Am championship titles. Noble graduated from JAM Fund in 2016 to race with Jeremy Powers on his pro Aspire Racing Team. She now races for Trek. 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.
Photo by Vicky Sama.
Hometown: Agawam, Massachusetts
Cycling Strengths: Technical riding, BMX and jumps
Hobbies: pump tracks, Korean food and collecting records
After five years with the JAM Fund, Scott Smith graduated from the program in 2018 to start his own cycling team. Some highlights of his JAM/NCC career include winning NBX in 2017, finishing 4th at the 2015 U23 Cyclocross Nationals in Asheville, North Carolina, racing at World Championships in Zolder, Belgium and World Cups in Hoogerheide, Netherlands and Las Vegas in 2016. He scored his first UCI elite podium finish-- 3rd place-- at Supercross Cup in Stony Point, New York and won the U23 title at the Verge New England Cyclocross Series in Nov. 2015.
Smith received a JAM grant and joined the program in 2013 after shredding with Anthony Clark on mountain bikes at Robinson State Park. Smith has mad technical skills and can jump garbage cans on his bike. You can read more on his history here.