Jake Wells of Vail, one of the top cyclocross racers in the country, is putting on a two-day cyclocross clinic in Vail on August 5-7 that will introduce beginner and intermediate riders to cyclocross and help refine techniques. Jake took some time to share some information with 303Cycling about his season, his business, and the upcoming clinic.
Photo Credit: Joe Sales
[303cycling] It seems that you are having a good 2011 season. How do you feel this year is shaping up and how are you feeling as the fall cross season rapidly approaches?
Yes, my season has been going well so far. I’ve had a few changes this year with sponsors and I have changed my focus some for the season, which has been successful and ended in some good results.
I am approaching the cross season a little differently than in the past because the first part of the season is looking to be super competitive and nationals has moved back to the first week in January, but so far everything is going as planned. So, I am really looking forward to the start of the season.
[303cycling] What is your big race of the year?
Nationals is the biggest race of the year in the U.S. My goal is always to be on top form for that race. Also, the USGP in Ft. Collins and the Boulder Cup are also high priority for me. Although these are very high priorities, there is some racing that is a notch above Nationals in priority for me in 2011.
This year I am hoping to attend the Eurocross Camp in December. Those races will be the highest priority because of the level of competition and it’s a great opportunity that I want to experience the best I can.
[303cycling] Are you still doing carpentry as your day job?