Trent Blackburn joins JAM Fund's development team in 2016 after winning a JAM Fund Grant in 2015.
Case Butler continues on the JAM Fund development team for a second year in 2016 and has moved up a notch this season, racing strong in the elite field.
Hometown: Gilsum, New Hampshire Cycling Strengths: XC mountain and cross Favorite Race: His next Windham, New York World Cup XC Hobbies: Fly fishing and hanging out with his golden retriever Angel
Ian Gielar joins the JAM Fund development team in 2016 after winning a JAM Fund Grant in 2015. He started racing while attending college at Rochester Institute of Technology. Now graduated, Ian is focused on bike handling and power, and he's already off to a good start. He got third in the pro XC at Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival on June 12. He hopes to finish in the top 15 at UCI races this fall and perhaps collect a UCI point.
[Photo by Ted Anderton]
Age: 22 Hometown: Tiburon, California Cycling Strengths: Technical riding Full-time job: Analytics and Marketing at New Balance in Boston Hobbies: Playing banjo and sax
In his first season on the JAM/NCC/Vittoria elite team, Jack got his first UCI podium finish, crossing the line in third place at the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Warwick, R.I. He had eight top-ten finishes in 2015 but probably his most impressive race result was finishing 11th in the elite field at Cyclocross National Championships in Asheville, North Carolina. Jack's impressive race record is topped by his volunteer spirit as 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. Jack balances a corporate job in Boston while maintaining a professional level of cycling.
Age: 26 Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Cycling Strengths: Cyclocross and singlepeed National Championship Title: W 19-29 Marathon Mountain Bike National Champion Real Life Skills: Designs and creates custom metal jewelry and bike badges
Rhys May returns to her birthplace of Northampton, Massachusetts to join JAM Fund's elite team in 2016. One month after joining JAM, she won the Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in the women's 19-29 category. She started racing cross in 2012 on a singlespeed steel Univega and has been full gas ever since. She raced in just about every event she could at the U.S. National Cyclocross Championships in Asheville including the single speed, non-championship, industry and donut races. Fun fact: she has chain rings tattooed from her left hip to her shoulder with different sized cogs all with the same number of teeth. Whoops! Read more about Rhys May.
Chris Niesen continues on the JAM Fund develop team for a second year in 2016. He raced in China last year and enjoyed the experience of travel and racing afar. That trip pretty much busted his bank account, but he's back at it.
Age: 19 Hometown: Agawam, Mass. Cycling Strengths: Technical riding, BMX and jumps Favorite Race: Hoogerheide, Netherlands (a/k/a the major leagues) Hobbies: Building pump tracks, eating Korean food and record collecting
Scott Smith is in his fourth season with JAM Fund in 2016 and it's his second year racing on the elite team. In his finale of the 2015 cross season, Smith qualified for World Championships in Zolder, Belgium after placing fourth at U23 Cyclocross National Championships in Asheville, North Carolina on Jan. 10, 2016. He got his first taste of European cross at Hoogerheide, Netherlands, the week before Worlds and ended his season by racing three more times in Belgium. 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 in 2013 after shredding with Anthony Clark on a mountain bike ride at Robinson State Park. He has mad technical skills and can jump garbage cans on his bike.
Age: 26 Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Cycling Strengths: Persistence. First long bike ride she hit a pothole and fell over the handlebars and then kept going. Athletic Background: Ballerina.
Natalie Tapias joins JAM Fund's elite team in 2016. She is a highly disciplined athlete with a unique history as a ballet dancer. She started cycling two years ago and immediately fell in love with cyclocross. In 2015, she raced her first cross event at Gloucester and then raced almost every weekend afterward including the elite women's race at Cx National Championships in Asheville, North Carolina. She also races on the road. Her short-term goal is to become a tactically proficient racer domestically. Her long-term goal is to compete in Europe.
JEREMY POWERS, JAM Co-Creator & Team Ambassador
Jeremy Powers is the co-founder of JAM Fund and four-time U.S. Cyclocross National Champion. As the top-ranked American rider in the world, he is an inspiration to so many young riders and races for his own team, Aspire Racing.
Alec Donahue, Captain & Coach
Mukunda Feldman, Team Manager
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