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His right arm raised, pointing to the sky, left hand trailing behind his saddle, with no one else in the frame — we saw Jeremy Powers in his go-to victory pose nearly every weekend during the 2010-11 cyclocross season.
Powers, long the disciple of 2010 Velo Rider of the Year Tim Johnson, broke out to win nearly everything worth winning last fall. The 28-year-old doubled up in the major national series, taking the titles in the U.S. Gran Prix and North American Cyclocross Trophy, and howled his way through a season of podiums to the overall points title in the USA Cycling standings.
Powers swept the USGP finale in Portland to secure the overall and took wins at the GP of Gloucester, Derby City and Planet Bike Cups and Harbin Park.
The one day he came up short was the most important — nationals. A midrace crash and mechanical took Powers out of the lead group with eventual winner Todd Wells, but the intensely positive and energetic king of U.S. ’cross joked about it a couple of hours later.
“That’s pretty serious, to have 10 wins,” Powers told Velo. “If I had won nationals, to beat this season would have been impossible. I shouldn’t get too greedy.”
At Velo we award podium greed, however, and Powers takes top honors without question.
Coming Thursday: North American Mountain Biker of the Year.