Jeremy Powers at Worlds. Bart Hazen

Jeremy Powers at Worlds. © Bart Hazen

Current U.S. Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha/Focus) is coming to the D.C. metro area to help you hone your cross skills and get the upper hand on the competition. Jeremy is teaming up with JBV Coaching and Fulcrum Coaching for a two day cyclocross boot camp. This two-day cyclocross indoctrination—sponsored by Bike Doctor of Waldorf and Skratch Labs—is the perfect way to kick off a successful 2012 ‘cross campaign. Ideal for new and experienced cyclocross racers, Jeremy and top-notch instructors Dan Tille and Chris Mayhew will give you the inside scoop on everything you need to know to step up your game.

New for 2012, Fulcrum Coaching and JBV Coaching have teamed with Squadra Coppi to offer attendees individualized instruction by Jeremy and the other coaches at the Tacchino Cyclocross. That’s right, you get the National Champ walking you through the course and giving the low down on the best lines the day of the race. You also get access to a team tent, mechanics and complimentary trainers for warming up. By signing up for the camp, your entry fee to the race is covered. A code for free entry to the race will be provided which means that Super 8 “race to registration” remains your responsibility, but there is no additional cost.

The 2012 event kicks off September 7 at 7 p.m. with a free Jeremy Powers Meet & Greet and Q&A at Bike Doctor of Waldorf. The clinic takes place the next day, September 8, at Rosaryville State Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. A short drive from Washington, D.C., and the site of Tacchino Cyclocross, Rosaryville’s varied terrain gives clinic participants the opportunity to learn and hone their skills on most surfaces found in cyclocross racing.

Attendees can look forward to a jam-packed day of technique, tactics and skills, as well as one-on-one instruction from JPow and professional coaches. “Everyone learns something which is my number one goal with a clinic,” Powers said. “The coaches make our best effort to get everyone nailing the techniques the correct way,” he added. “We hit on the fundamentals of cyclocross so all participants have the tools to get a result in their upcoming races.”

This clinic is designed to help the beginner and accomplished cyclocross racer. With four coaches in addition to Jeremy, every attendee will receive individual instruction tailored to improve their technique, tactics and training. Participants will be divided into groups by experience so beginners are not left behind and experienced racers are constantly challenged to improve their skill set. All coaches, including Jeremy, will work with each group several times as the day progresses.

Where most clinics give you a couple hours or a half-day of instruction, the Fulcrum Coaching and JBV Coaching clinic goes all out. Not only do you receive a full day of instruction on all facets of ’cross racing, a Chipotle lunch, and an end-of-the-day mock race to put all your new skills into practice, and the opportunity to pick Jeremy’s brain at the Friday night ‘cross talk session at Bike Doctor of Waldorf, but you also get an additional day of instruction at one of the biggest cyclocross races in the Mid-Atlantic.

The coaches and Jeremy will be on hand first thing Sunday morning to help attendees with course reconnaissance, pre-race fueling, race strategy and warm-up. They will remain throughout the day to offer encouragement, advice and possibly some mild, good-humored heckling during every race.

Friday night’s ’cross talk event at Bike Doctor is 7 to 9:30 p.m. Although the cross talk event is free, you still need to register to attend. Saturday’s clinic at Rosaryville will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camp price is $300. To register, please visit here. Space is limited to 50 attendees and these clinics sell out fast. So register now.

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