Cyclocrossers: A Bande à Part
We are a bande à part.
We enjoy racing bicycles as much as the next person, but we are also very different from the roadies that focus on results, gear and prize-money. We want to do well at our races, but we also know that it isn’t the end of the world when we have a mishap, or we get out sprinted by the enemy. We strive to make fun of our peers in ways that many are uncomfortable with at first. In short, we have fun.
We also have a sense of humor and a sense of humbleness about what we do on weekends every Fall and Winter.
Our current National Champion is Jeremy Powers (Rapha/Focus) is no different. He is one of the top ranked racers in the world and has a great shot at a top five placing at the World Championships in Louisville this February. This past weekend he won the first day of the GP Gloucester in Massachusetts, considered by many to be the biggest and best race of them all.
Along the way he had a date with the ground:
J-Pow Hits The Deck At Gloucester (Photo: Eric Silverberg)
When the picture began to float around the internet Powers was quick to chime in and point out that this wasn’t the best crash photo of his that he has seen. He directed the world to this:
J-Pow Crash Sequence (Photo: Steve Z)
The best cyclocross racer in the country is still willing to poke fun at himself. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think we would see many roadies willing to do the same. This is because cyclocross is different from every kind of bicycle racing out there and it is taking the country over.
We exist outside of the realm of the usual.