Jeremy Powers of Easthampton wins cyclo-cross national title

Jeremy Powers won the 2014 cyclo-cross national championship, the second elite men’s title for the Easthampton cyclist. Fellow Massachusetts racer Tim Johnson (Topsfield) took bronze in the race on Sunday at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colo.

Powers immediately sprinted beyond the field at the start of the race along with runner-up Ryan Trebon, and with each lap Powers rode farther away from the competition.

His victory extends a winning streak to three years for cyclo-cross racers with ties to New England in the national men’s race. Jonathan Page, who grew up in New Hampshire, won the stars and stripes last year. A New Englander has won 12 of the past 20 elite men’s championship races.

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The sport—a cross between road and off-road cycling—has grown steadily around the country, and some of the country’s largest races are held in New England.

It was a busy week on the podium for some of the region’s other top cyclo-cross racers. Crystal Anthony (Beverly) finished fourth in the elite women’s race. Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine) won the women’s U23 championship; Elizabeth White (Bedford, NH ) took fifth in that race. Peter Goguen (Hopedale) won the men’s Junior 17-18 title; Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn.) took bronze in that race. Julie Lockhart (Dunstable) won the women’s 70-74 masters race, and Maureen “Mo” Bruno Roy (Arlington) won the women’s single speed championship.