Season Opener

Photo above by Tom Burrows

JAM Fund Cycling Team kicked off the 2015 cross season with races in the sticky mud of Eastern Pennsylvania and the slightly drier and sunnier campus grounds of Manchester Community College in Connecticut. Ellen Noble, Scott Smith and Jack Kisseberth raced Saturday and Sunday in the UCI elite fields at Nittany Lion Cross in Breinigsville, Penn. The three elite members of JAM Cycling Team sported their new kits, each with a unique color, made by Pactimo. 

"Felt good to get the first muddy race of the season under my belt this weekend," Noble said. "I feel strong and motivated for Cross Vegas on Wednesday."

 Ellen Noble showing off her pink power skin suit at Nittany Lion Cross. 

Ellen Noble showing off her pink power skin suit at Nittany Lion Cross. 

 Scott Smith (left) and Jack Kisseberth (right) breaking in their mud-splashed kits at Nittany. Smith finished 5th and Kisseberth 7th in Sunday's elite race.  Photo by Ellen Noble.

Scott Smith (left) and Jack Kisseberth (right) breaking in their mud-splashed kits at Nittany. Smith finished 5th and Kisseberth 7th in Sunday's elite race.  Photo by Ellen Noble.

Check out the races at Nittany in this video from In The Crosshairs.

Meanwhile further north, Chris Neisen, Caitlin McCarthy, Mira Fowler, Dylan Lerner and Braedan Weller competed at Silk City Cyclocross on Saturday. Fresh off his UCI races in China, Neisen had the legs for an eighth place finish in the pro 1/2/3 race. Fowler, who just this month received one of the coveted JAM Grants, took second in the junior girls 10-12 year-old race. McCarthy finished second in the women's 3/4. 

"It's my first big-girl race of the season," McCarthy said. "Time to cat up!"

 Caitlin McCarthy finished a strong second place at Silk City Cyclocross. Photo by Steven Yau.

Caitlin McCarthy finished a strong second place at Silk City Cyclocross. Photo by Steven Yau.

 Chris Neisen finished eighth in the pro 1/2/3 race at Silk City Cyclocross on Saturday. Photo by Steven Yau.

Chris Neisen finished eighth in the pro 1/2/3 race at Silk City Cyclocross on Saturday. Photo by Steven Yau.

 Mira Fowler has the right attitude! She got second place at Silk City. Photo by Jeff Fowler.

Mira Fowler has the right attitude! She got second place at Silk City. Photo by Jeff Fowler.