THE ASPIRE TEAM
Jeremy Powers is the four-time US National Cyclocross Champion. He has been racing cyclocross since 2004, racking up over 90 UCI victories in the past decade of racing. In addition to his career as a racer, he created an online day in the life show, "Behind The Barriers" in 2010 to give fans a peek into his life, he later formed BTBtv in order to bring live US cyclocross racing to fans around the world. He also helped create the development team, the JAM Fund, with longtime friends Alec Donahue and Mukunda Feldman. Most recently, he formed Aspire Racing, a team devoted to growing top-tier talent in the US, and brought back Behind THE Barriers to follow along the team and it's riders.
- 2004-2016 90+ UCI Victories
- 2015 Pan American Cyclocross Champion
- 2015 9th in the World Cup Overall
- 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012 USA Cycling National Champion
- 2009-2016 #1 USA Cycling Ranked Rider
- 2013 USA Cycling PROCX Series Champion
- 2010-2012 U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Champion
Ellen is 21 years old, a student at the University of Massachusetts, the four-time National Champion in cyclocross. She’s also one of the few Americans to stand on a podium at World Championships, which she did in 2017 when she took second in the U23 Women’s Race. Originally from Maine, she moved to Western Massachusetts to attend college while simultaneously focusing on her career as a racer. She began her pro career on Jeremy’s developmental team, the JAM Fund, before joining Aspire Racing in 2016, where she racked up wins on the road as well as in the cyclocross season, becoming the first U23 Woman to wear the leader’s jersey in the World Cup series, and finished fifth overall in the elite women’s field.
- 2nd at U23 Women’s World Championships 2017
- 3rd at Waterloo World Cup 2017
- 5th at JingleCross World Cup 2016
- 4x Cyclocross National Champion (U23 Women, 17-18 Women)
- 1x Cyclocross Pan-American Continental Champion (U23 Women)
- 6th place UCI Cyclocross World Championships, 2016 (U23)
- 10x UCI Cyclocross Race Winner
- Cover of Cyclocross Magazine, Issue 29
Spencer has essentially grown up on a cyclocross bike. He’s been racing since 2009 at the age of 13. Now, the 19-year-old joins Aspire Racing as a U23 Elite racer. Petrov has both National Champion and Pan American Cyclocross champion titles as a junior. He's also made it to a World Cup Podium in Europe as a junior, and has won top junior races all over the world. In his first year as an elite, he was on the podium five times, won twice, and placed in the top 10 at 11 UCI races. After an 18th place in U23 World Championships in Luxembourg earlier this year, he’s ready for a fast-paced season of racing in the pro men’s field domestically and as a U23 Elite in Europe. He just finished high school this summer and joined his Aspire Racing teammates in Western Massachusetts for the fall.
Molly is the Aspire Racing team manager and a writer for Bicycling magazine. She’s also the author of “Mud, Snow and Cyclocross” (with a chapter on Jeremy Powers!), “Saddle, Sore: A Women-Only Guide to You and Your Bike,” and “Fuel Your Ride.” When not traveling with the Aspire crew, she and her husband Peter Glassford travel the country in search of good riding and new adventures while running their podcast, The Consummate Athlete.
Tom is head of all equipment at Aspire Racing and Jeremy’s mechanic since 2011, when he was the Master Mechanic for Rapha-Focus racing. He’s been a pro cycling mechanic for over a decade, even working in Europe with the Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team, and when he’s not fine-tuning Jeremy’s bikes, he can be found at home in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. (He also won Cyclocross Mechanic’s Nationals in 2016 in Asheville! ) In his downtime, he can be spotted running or shooting hoops—or riding bikes, of course!
Brandon is a racer, a coach, mechanic and without question, a big cog in the Aspire Racing machine. Brandon joined Aspire in 2015 and in 2016, he primarily supports Ellen and takes care of her machines. When not traveling with the team, he can be found at home with his wife and son in North Carolina, where he manages his coaching business, Wattage Cottage. Or, he can be found at the start line of mountain bike epics, including Leadville in 2016.