After much speculation, it was finally announced that Jeremy Powers will be returning to Rapha-Focus for another season of cyclocross. However, the team will experience a shift, since Powers will be one of only three returning members. Gabby Day (Gabby Durrin as of next weekend) and Zach McDonald will also be remaining on the team. Mike Heenan will also be coming back, this year as the Team Director.
“Team Rapha-FOCUS thrills me year after year and I expect this season to top them all,” said Slate Olson, Chief Marketing Officer, Rapha. “We saw breakthrough rides from Gabby, Jeremy and Zach last season but they’ll each be the first to tell you they want even more.”
Rapha/Focus will also be getting serious about race promotion with the StarCrossed race and the Rapha Super Cross Series. Olsen added, “I’m equally as excited to present the Rapha Super Cross Series as a complementary effort to grow the sport of cyclocross globally. Seven events in four countries will challenge novice to elite with the best race day elements we’ve learned from each region.”
Team riders will race FOCUS Mares CX 1.0 bicycles with the choice of rim brake or disc brake models. Stay tuned for more info, and make sure that you’re subscribed to Cyclocross Magazine for Issue 22′s in-depth feature on Zach McDonald.