Photo by Bart Raeymaekers
Six current or former cyclists from the JAM Fund Cycling program-- who all live, ride and train in Western Massachusetts-- will represent the United States at Cyclocross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on Jan. 30 and 31. Current JAM/NCC/Vittoria elite team members Ellen Noble and Scott Smith leave on Wednesday for their overseas trip. Noble won her second consecutive U23 Cyclocross National Championship last week in Asheville, North Carolina. Smith finished 4th in the U23 men.
"I've said it before, and I'll say it again, JAM Fund Cycling Team makes dreams come true," Noble said after hearing that Smith qualified for the World's team.
Fresh off his fourth Cyclocross National Championship is JAM Fund Co-founder Jeremy Powers (Southampton, Mass./Aspire Racing), who is already in Europe racing as a warm-up for Worlds. JAM alumni Stephen Hyde (Easthampton, Mass./Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld), Anthony Clark (Feeding Hills, Mass./Squid/Feeding Hills) and Jeremy Durrin (Westhampton, Mass./Neon Velo) will be racing for Team USA along with Powers in the men's elite race on Sunday, Jan. 31. Clark and Durrin were selected for Worlds this week after two other riders declined their bid on the U.S. team.
Thirty-one riders from the U.S. will race in the Cyclocross World Championships. Noble will race on Saturday, Jan. 30 with the U23 women. Smith will race with the U23 men on Sunday.