Age: 23 Hometown: Tiburon, California Cycling Strengths: Technical riding Job: Analytics and Marketing at New Balance Hobbies: Playing banjo and sax
Jack Kisseberth had one of the best races of his cycling career at the Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut in January 2017. Kisseberth finished fourth in the elite men's field stacked with outstanding talent on one of the most technical courses of the season--on frozen, cement-hard ruts covered in slick snow. Kisseberth represented Team USA at the World Championships in Luxembourg later that month. 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: 27 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.
With all of her belongings in her 1997 Volvo, Rhys May moved from Georgia to join JAM Fund's elite team in 2016. One month after joining JAM, 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 to the north to dedicate herself to the sport.
Age: 20 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 fifth season with JAM Fund in 2017 and it's his third year racing on the elite team. In his finale of the 2016 cross season, Smith finished 13th at Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut. He raced at World Championships in Zolder, Belgium in 2016 after placing fourth at U23 Cyclocross National Championships in Asheville, North Carolina. 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: 28 Hometown: Calls Vancouver, Seattle and Brooklyn home 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 joined JAM Fund's elite team in 2016. She is a highly disciplined athlete with a unique history as a ballet dancer. She started cycling in 2014 and has moved up quickly through the ranks. 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.
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