Western Massachusetts resident Jeremy Powers won the 2012 U.S. Cyclo-Cross Championship a few weeks ago, and is now set as part of the U.S. team competing at the 2012 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships on January 28, 2012!
There is a good-sized cyclo-cross community here in the Pioneer Valley, with the Northampton Cycling Club sponsoring rider trainings, a kid series of races cyclo-cross races in the summer, and of course, the Cycle-Smart International race brings Elite and dedicated riders to Northampton, MA every November for a weekend of racing.
The world champs take place in Koksijde, Belgium. Jeremy leads the U.S. team on Sunday, January 29. You can read more about the U.S. Team at Bike World News.