This past year, the JAM Fund/NCC team had an active cyclocross race season, with members of the development squad competing in 20 races from August to December including UCI events at Rochester Cyclocross, KMC Crossfest and Gran Prix of Gloucester. Topping off the season, the team took a big road trip in December to Louisville, Kentucky for Cyclocross National Championships. Our riders landed in the top ten on multiple occasions, gaining valuable UCI points and international ranking.
JAM/NCC's Natalie Tapias raced to earn the silver at the KMC Crossfest, gaining valuable UCI points to boost her international ranking.
Photo by Angelica Dixon.
Giving Back to the Community
Racing is only part of the work for JAM/NCC. The team put its race aspirations aside to help the cycling community, including volunteering for set-up and the sausage tent at the Verge Northampton International Cyclocross.
JAM/NCC members volunteered as mentors at the Northampton Cycling Club’s Kids Cross, organized the weekly Montague Criterium series and put on the annual JAM Fund Grand Fundo.
Honoring the Next Generation
At our 2018 Grand Fundo, the JAM Fund awarded a record 35 grants to deserving and passionate cyclists who show dedication to the sport.
Those grants were in the form of money, equipment and training and helped support the dreams of young riders. One of our grant recipients, Magnus Sheffield, will be representing the U.S. junior men’s team at the Cyclocross World Championships in Denmark in February.
Our Past and Our Future
Our JAM Fund alumni continue to impress the cycling world as well. Among them, Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld) won his third Cyclocross National Championships; Ellen Noble (Trek) had a streak of commanding victories and podiums; Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) had double victories in Japan; Scott Smith developed a new cycling program, the Dirt League, and raced to eight podium finishes including a win at Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross (pictured above); Rhys May created a cycling program that mentors young women; and Jack Kisseberth landed a pro contract with Garneau Easton p/b Transitions Life Care and has an impressive race season to show for it.
We are proud of our program participants current and past, but all of these accomplishments could not be achieved without the generous support of our friends and fans, and of course, our partners at Northampton Cycling Club, CycleSmart, Pactimo, Kask, Koo, Sram, Zipp, Crank Bros., Nuun, Clif Bar, BikeReg, Taylor Rental and Tart Baking Co.
If you would like to make a year-end tax deductible donation to the JAM Fund, you can do so here.
Jeremy, Alec and Mukunda