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Cyclo-cross Legend Jeremy Powers – Meet The GCN Presenters

Cyclo-cross Legend Jeremy Powers – Meet The GCN Presenters

– Hello, everybody. I’m Jeremy Powers, the newest presenter on the Global Cycling Network. I’m really excited to
be a part of this crew. This is my presenter video. (triphop music) (metallic whooshing) – [Announcer] Jeremy Powers! (energetic EDM music ) Here in western
Massachusetts in the sandpit, the infamous sandpit, where I have spent many, many hours being a student of the sport. And I’ll tell you, this sandpit has taught me a lot about how to humble. (chuckling) Over the years, I have crashed
and eaten a lot of sand and dug a lot of it out of my shoes. (grunting) (hypnotic hiphop music) I’m 35 years old, I’ve got an awesome
wife, a two year-old son, and a pretty cool Labrador
Retriever named Moose, who, if you follow my Instagram, you have definitely seen a lot of swimming in the local rivers and streams and having a blast with me. So for the last 15 years, I’ve been traveling pretty
much all over the globe, racing World Cups, national-level races, and pretty much everything in between. I’ve won some races (grunting) but as much as I would like to make my videographer run
around this sandpit with me and get this whole video, we’re going to head over to my local shop and I’m going to tell
you guys more about me. We’re here in my adopted hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts at our local shop, Northampton Bicycle so I can tell you all a little bit more about who I am and where I came from. – Here you go. (hypnotic hiphop music) – So I got into riding because
I was a complete nut job when I was a kid. My mom tells me stories of
crying in the shower often because of how much energy I had. She put me into basically
every type of sport I could ever have played, baseball, soccer, football,
traditional American sports, but the bike was the thing
that I always had a love for. I would always ride to all
of these practices on my bike and really I found the individualism and the ability to just
get all that energy out, the bike was the thing that was for me. (exhaling) My favorite place to ride is probably where I call home now, which is western Massachusetts. It’s a pretty place, a small town feel, but has a lot of beautiful
roads, no traffic, and really just a great cycling community so I’d have to say western Massachusetts is my favorite place to ride. All of the tricks and skills and different things that
I’ve been doing over the years I think had just been from, y’know, from when you’re a kid
and you’re ripping around. I always used to ride
my road bike off-road. Then I’d ride my cyclocross bike when I would be out on the mountain bikes with other friends. So I think for me, all those
tricks and things like that, jumping over stuff, was just because I was a young kid that had a lot of energy,
that was super bored and I’d practice and
practice and practice. Can I wheelie? Can I ride backwards? Can I jump over this thing? Can I bunny-hop? Can I ride my bike on my trampoline? Whatever it was. I always was trying weird stuff and so I think obviously
the technical skills are probably a little
bit of maybe genetics, I don’t know, practice, but probably just being
exposed to all that stuff when I was younger and loving mountain bike downhill racing and trick videos and all that
stuff when I was growing up I think had a lot of influence on that. But I find it fun and it’s definitely a cool thing
to have in your back pocket when you’re, y’know, trying
to make a cool video. Outside of riding these days
is a lot of family stuff. I like to hang with my family. I like to hang with my friends. I love going out to eat, cooking, kind of normal stuff. I would say that travel is
obviously a big part of my life, especially here at GCN, and
even before I was a pro. Anytime I get to take my
family or friends with me, I’m really psyched. I love music so anytime
I get to listen to music. I like listening, podcasts, books on tape. Not a big reader so anything I
can listen to and absorb from is something that I’m into. Generally just probably my
number one thing at this point is spending time with my family and trying to not be as crazy as I was when I was a full-time rider. The JAM Fund is a non-profit that I started with my two
good friends, Alec and Mukunda, and JAM is just the acronym, so it’s Jeremy, Alec, and Mukunda. At this time, JAM Fund has
an elite cyclocross team, which has turned a handful
of riders into professionals that still live in our
little area of Massachusetts and make a living from the sport and contribute to it in
a lot of different ways. But we also have events
that support JAM Fund that we raise funds through by design. We did a lot of video over the years. I would say probably the
project that everyone knows really well if they followed cyclocross would be the Behind the Barriers and then Behind the Barriers TV. Behind the Barriers was
a day-in-the-life show that I started in 2010 and followed my life pretty
much all over the world. Kind of showed all the good, all the bad, the everything in between and we had a lot of fun with it. I feel like it’s something cool that in 40 years I’ll
be able to look back on and maybe my kids will
be able to look back on and see and know a lot
about who I was as a person, what mattered to me, and what
I was doing with my life. So technically, I turned
pro as a mountain biker my first year out of the juniors. So that would’ve been 2001 or 2002. I didn’t race a lot ’cause
I got really sick with mono. I guess the Europeans
call it Epstein-Barr. Anyway, I got really sick
and I didn’t end up racing for, like, six months but after that, I did a year on the road because all of my friends where
I moved to in Massachusetts, which is where I call home
now, were riding on the road. I went from basically
a beginner road rider all the way up to a category two rider and then that year I got
signed by Jelly Belly. And so in 2004, I started
my season as a pro and I was 20 years old. And then stuck with
Jelly Belly for 10 years and raced cyclocross at the same time and now I guess I retired in 2019, so technically I was a pro for 19 years. Getting signed to a pro
road team at that time was quite a bit different
than it is nowadays. There were not as many programs and it was a division
three professional team. I think it was looked at
a little bit differently because there weren’t so
many big teams in cycling so the division three teams,
which is what Jelly Belly was, was part of a lot of the bigger races, especially the ones that
happened in North America. So we got to do Tour of Georgia, Tour of Missouri, Tour of
California, Tour of Alberta. Basically any of the big tours that were going on in North America, Jelly Belly was able to be a part of and then I was able to do those races. So lining up with the
biggest riders at that time was completely commonplace. And that was super fun and
a great experience for me and I felt like I never needed to aspire to go to the Tour de France
or to the bigger races ’cause that wasn’t something
that I was interested in. I was really focused on cyclocross and the road riding was, for me, something that I loved
doing and being a part of. The camaraderie of the team and hanging out with all my friends and kind of working
towards a goal as a crew was something that I valued and missed when I had to be so individualized
as a cyclocross rider. So racing on the road for
me and turning pro in 2004, quite a bit a different thing but something that I’m super grateful for and the opportunities
that it opened for me. And I think that if I look back at it all, I say to myself wow, that was
a really special opportunity and, like I said, I’m just
super grateful for it. Man, I rode for a ton of
teams over my years as a pro, and before it, too. I was on a great junior mountian bike team when I was young called Team Devo. I was on Jelly Belly, I was on Cannondale Cyclocrossworld, Rapha and Focus and then
my own team, Apsire Racing. So I was on quite a few teams with a lot of different jersey iterations, which we, uh, (clearing throat) had to try on a couple of earlier. I think it’s definitely
the amount of teams and the amount of organizations
that I got to work with was super fun and I have to say that I
learned a lot from all of them. Most notable results that I had would have to be my four
national championship titles from 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016 and those were in cyclocross. I was also Pan American national champion in 2015 in cyclocross. I did some pretty good World Cups. I think my best place was
sixth place in Las Vegas. I definitely had a seventh, an eighth, a ninth, a tenth (laughing) and pretty much all the
way up through there. I’m also really proud
of a ninth place overall when I raced the entire World Cup circuit in, I think it was, 2015 season. I was able to race the entire World Cup and my wife traveled with me and I was able to be inside the top 10, which I was really proud of because a big accomplishment
of consistency throughout the year. I think those would probably
be my personal favorites. There were a lot of victories in there. Gloucester, Massachusetts, I
was able to win that 10 times, which is super cool
because it’s my favorite, or one of my favorite races
that I ever got to do. And I guess, yeah, they
all meant something to me. I remember each of them
for a different reason but those would have to
be probably my favorites. Man, the hardest race that I remember has to be the Tour of Qinghai Lakes in the Tibetan highlands of China. I think the race still goes on but for me, I call that a life race. Probably the only race that I literally was glad to be done with. All the other races, I really looked forward to
the next day when I got up. But that race, I think
we were at 11,200 feet is sort of where we get to. The first stage, maybe 8,000 feet. Then it goes up to 11,000
and goes around this lake. And I remember some of the stages, the profiles were like this. So from 11,000 here, you
climbed 14,000 or 15,000 and then you go down. And I remember one time,
we’re on top of 15,000 feet and I said to the team
doctor who’s with us, I said my helmet is tight on my head and she told me that that was because my brain was quite possibly
swelling from the high altitude. I don’t think that I’m
going to miss the racing. Having done so many races, some years I did 90 race days a year, when I was combining road and cyclocross. I don’t think I’m going
to miss the racing. I will definitely miss
the people at the races but with GCN, I’m going to be
able to be at a lot of them and still interacting with them. Well the reason to retire
has a lot of layers to it (laughing) but I really
felt like it was something that I’d thought about
for the last two years and we had my son two years ago. That was a big driving factor towards wanting to be around more. So life changes, the circumstances change, and being able to give 100%
of myself to the sport, which is what I felt like I had to do to be able to compete
at the highest level, was something that I didn’t
think that I could do any longer and they started to feel like sacrifices. So I think once the sport starts to feel like it’s a sacrifice, then you have to start
to check up and see okay, is this something that
I should keep doing? (relaxed hiphop music) Thank you for hanging out with us, learning a little bit more about me, and watching my presenter video. I’m hoping that I get to see
you guys all at the races and out there and on your TV screens. Cheers!

100 comments on “Cyclo-cross Legend Jeremy Powers – Meet The GCN Presenters

  1. I'm pretty certain that J-Pow is my favorite sports figure of all-time. His energetically positive attitude has been fantastic for our sport. I'm so glad that he'll still be in our lives post racing retirement.

  2. You rode for Focus. My fork snapped and I’m having a hard time finding a replacement. Mares 1 1/8 – 1 1/4. 😂

  3. Jeremy, you are a much cooler dude than I realised and can’t wait for GCN to have you in more videos and more content from USA.

    When do we see an Aussie part to the GCN equation?

  4. So glad this guy joined, he seems like a natural fit. He knows all the cross guys, he's good in front of a camera, he's great on a bike and he lives in the US giving the channel a bit more international flavor. Also, as a former Western Mass native I heartily concur with JPow's opinion of the riding around there. It's nice to see the local NoHo scene on GCN!

  5. Reppin' NECX! I'm a couple of years older and just getting into CX (3rd season coming up!). Hope you make it out to some of the local events and terrorize masters fields!

  6. Well said JP. Welcome and glad to see “MERCA” representing, look forward to seeing more of your stuff, RIDE ON WARRIOR!

  7. Indeed a really good break from the norm of European and British Riders presenting content in GCN. Possibly, someday you might lead for GCN USA.

  8. Incase there’s somebody who doesn’t know…If you enjoyed this with Jermey Powers (JPow) check out Behind the Barriers/Behind the Barriers Aspiring Racing here on YouTube

  9. Jeremy, you sound extremely honest and passionate. Thanks for bringing some “refreshments “ to the channel (and new accent too). And bringing cyclocross that is so between road and MTB shall be welcome as well. All the best and try to make your videos NOT BORING. Cheers

  10. Perfect guy for the job. Congrats on everything in racing, in life and in not just inspiring people to get into cyclocross but how to be as a human being. 🐄🔔

  11. Man. This guy is just positivity writ large, but not in some hippy dippy bullshit way. I am really looking forward to seeing all the stuff he puts out. He’s different from the Brit GCNers but in a great way. Love them, love him, love everything.

  12. Oh come on he has custom decal vinyls and the man can scratch?! As if i couldn't love this guy more, what the fuck.

  13. Throughout most of the video I was staring at the glass and getting seriously worried that Jeremy would get dehydrated. Where is Dan when his colleagues need him?

  14. Can anyone please tell me which wheels are on his bike? I want to get a pair of zips for my cyclocross/gravel bike but don’t know which ones are capable of such stuff

  15. I hope that was cider because it was a lousy looking beer and it was poured too fast. I’m sure Lloydy will back me up on this!

  16. That poor, lonely beer just sitting there waiting to be drank! Relax and drink your beer Jeremy 🙂 Glad to have an American join the GCN crew

  17. Glad Jeremy's mom didn't put him on Ritalin. Would have been Powers Accounting instead of JPOW cycling legend.

  18. "not as many programs then," huh.. North American pro cycling is currently running on fumes, USAC is near useless and there is a fraction of the races, club/pro teams and attendance there used to be. Powers came into the sport at peak of Armstrong groundswell that LeMond had started a decade earlier.

  19. I think some of the “old” presenters may be rethinking their “meet the presenter” videos… JPow just raised the bar!

  20. Now we have on GCN someone who can run and jump on a bike. LOL Welcome JP. Greets from the cyclocross nation BELGIUM

  21. Awesome vid! Glad to have JP on the team! Finally, soneone to properly represent us gravel/CX riders that prefer dirt than pavement. Now, if he only had a GMBN shirt on…

    So, how hard can JP shred?

  22. Jeremy Powers is an awesome guy, and no doubt he will quickly become a GCN favorite for many viewers. I like the way that he takes his job seriously without taking himself too seriously! #pro

  23. I grew up in Northampton and spent over a decade drinking at that bar every night when it was still "Hugos". Now I'm balancing out those years on my bikes. Good times 🙂

  24. I have been a long time admirer of Jeremy. He exudes a kindness that is refreshing in competitive cycling. Not short of tough racing spirit during competitions though 🙂

  25. Welcome Jeremy! Love that we have an American GCN presenter. I was hoping it would be me…. but you are probably a better candidate🤪. Cheers.

  26. So pleased J-Pow is on the GCN team, and is it me, or does he make the GCN leisure wear look far cooler than most of the Brit presenters? 😜

  27. Good work, a presenter who is experienced and with a passion for all things 2 wheels(with no motor). The Global Cycling Network is finally becoming GLOBAL

  28. Great guy and awesome addition to the channel! But he's really going to have to start talking in proper units – the feet stuff is confusing…

  29. What an inspiration you have been to not only myself but hundreds if not thousands of people throughout the years. I was sad for you to retire but I am glad that you are now in the GCN family and will continue to make great videos to share with the rest of us.

  30. I love Jeremy's passion and enthusiasm, not just for cycling but for life in general. Such a great addition to the GCN team!

  31. Welcome, Jeremy, to GCN. I've been watching the show for years now, and I look forward to hearing more from you on our side of the pond. Your palmarès are certainly impressive, but clearly your warm and friendly personality will be a great addition to the team. If ever you have the opportunity, please convince GCN to do some features on cyclocross from out here in the Pacific Northwest, where we have some exciting racing happening. –Michael (Vancouver, Washington).

  32. That was a great introduction. Thanks for putting it together! Welcome to the team, J POW. Going to go look up BTB.

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