Mid-way through the season and it’s time for American cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) to change his focus from the United States the Europe.
The 29-year old rider has had an amazing start to the season, winning decisively all the six C1 races that he entered and also claiming five C2 victories. But he did not get the desired finish at the second World Cup in Tabor when a crash at the start derailed his goal for a top 5 finish; a goal that seemed possible after his seventh place – the best ever for an American elite male rider – at the Plzen World Cup the weekend before.
As part of my new role as Press Officer for the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships to he held in Louisville, KY, I chatted with Powers on his season so far and his
He will now focus his energy on the World Cups to get those valuable points to put on the front row at Louisville in February, 2013. The pressure is immense for him to do well, but he prepared for it.
“I’ve been working on my head game because I need that. Every athlete has to look at what is that thing that I missed? What is that thing that I don’t have versus someone else? For me, it’s been how do I go into a race and focus on just the task, not what’s he doing? What’s this guy thinking? How’s he feeling? It’s ride your own race. A lot of people say it but what does it mean? Ride your own race is do the best you can and focus on having your absolute best day. Not all this other crap that’s out there in your peripheral, written on your little board on your brain.” Powers laughed. “So I just clear if off and just go out there and do my thing and that’s the only thing I can do, I can only focus on my race.”
And in a way, his heartbreak at US Cross Nationals year after year have prepared him well to handle it.
Read the whole interview on Louisville2013.com