Things are going great for the Aspire Racing team as Jeremy Powers, Ellen Noble and Spencer Petrov headed to Iowa to race the JingleCross World Cup. There’s lot of dancing, eating and bike racing, of course! The European racers are out in full force, Lars van der Haar and the Telenet-Fidea make their first appearance talking high-vis and a little bit of trash. The racing starts under the lights in Iowa with a Friday night race, and Ellen had the crowd going wild with her bunny-hopping skills over on the barriers (watch close for her huge smile after she nails the first set). Then, in almost total darkness, the elite men hit the course, and it is a brutal battle, with many of the top riders in the world duking it out at the front of the race. (Pro tip: “Anytime you don’t do well, call it something other than what it actually was,” Jeremy says after he refers to the night race as his openers.)
On Saturday, the crew learns how to take a good team photo… And Spencer practices his Euro posing for when he has a camper van with his photo on it.
And then, it was time for the World Cup on Sunday. After a fast start, Ellen continued to wow the crowd and make up time by hopping the barriers—even sitting in second for a while during the earlier parts of the race—but it was Katerina Nash who had the top ride of the day, followed by Katie Keough and Sanne Cant. Ellen Finished in a strong eighth place, and was really happy about her fitness and technical skills throughout the race. In the men’s race, it was a Belgian boxing match at the front, and the hot, bumpy conditions were tough on all the racers. Mathieu Van der Poel had the ride of the day, looking almost casual as he sailed around the course to the win. Spencer’s race started incredibly strong, but a nagging back ache caused him to drop back in the rankings…. but watching him climb Mount Krumpet, it’s easy to see how he’s been snagging podiums all season. Jeremy managed to move into 27th position after battling for spots all race.
Thanks for tuning in for our third episode of the season—we’ll see you at the races!