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Your Time: Junior Cyclocross Training Camp, Florence

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jeremy Powers

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Alexander Hunkins

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Kevin Kerwood, left, Simon Dostal

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Kevin Kerwood, left, Simon Dostal

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jack Coscia

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jack Coscia

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Gus Lellman

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mathieu Johnson

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Mathieu Johnson

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Maura O'Connor

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Gus Lellman

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jeremy Powers

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Brady Kerwood

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Brady Kerwood

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jeremy Powers

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mass start for final run

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Mass start for final run

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield ascends a hill at Look Park in Florence on Monday, May 5, 2014, during a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

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    Maura O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield ascends a hill at Look Park in Florence on Monday, May 5, 2014, during a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jack Coscia

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jack Coscia

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Brady Kerwood

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>One rider takes a run-up of the grassy hill at Look Park without dismounting during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    One rider takes a run-up of the grassy hill at Look Park without dismounting during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield needs little help from Northampton Cycling Club member Kevin Kerwood a she barrels through the sand pit of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Maura O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield needs little help from Northampton Cycling Club member Kevin Kerwood a she barrels through the sand pit of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick, passes his father, NCC board member Chris Mapel, on the run-up portion of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick, passes his father, NCC board member Chris Mapel, on the run-up portion of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick and Gus Lellman, 10, of Florence hone their balancing skills in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick and Gus Lellman, 10, of Florence hone their balancing skills in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Bikes ready for the shotgun start of a final run in week five of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Bikes ready for the shotgun start of a final run in week five of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers takes questions from Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program riders near the run-up on the course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers takes questions from Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program riders near the run-up on the course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Finnegan O'Connor, 14, of Deerfield descends on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Finnegan O'Connor, 14, of Deerfield descends on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>J.J. Moore, 7, of Northampton prepares to descend a hill at Look Park during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    J.J. Moore, 7, of Northampton prepares to descend a hill at Look Park during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins, 10, of Florence runs the back of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Alexander Hunkins, 10, of Florence runs the back of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Benjamin O'Connor, 7, of Florence crosses over a log on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Benjamin O'Connor, 7, of Florence crosses over a log on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Victoria Gates, left, 16, of Southampton and Mira Fowler, 10, of Northampton lead a group off the line for the final run of the day in the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Victoria Gates, left, 16, of Southampton and Mira Fowler, 10, of Northampton lead a group off the line for the final run of the day in the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mira Fowler assesses a run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Mira Fowler assesses a run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers of Easthampton demonstrates a short jump for riders in the Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers of Easthampton demonstrates a short jump for riders in the Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Northampton Cycling Club board member and Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program leader Jeff Fowler gives a preview of what the participants will be learning in the fourth week of the five week program at Look Park. From left, are Mira Fowler, 10, Victoria Gates, 16, and Simon Dostal, 9.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Northampton Cycling Club board member and Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program leader Jeff Fowler gives a preview of what the participants will be learning in the fourth week of the five week program at Look Park. From left, are Mira Fowler, 10, Victoria Gates, 16, and Simon Dostal, 9.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>A mass start for the final run of the course during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    A mass start for the final run of the course during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Schuyler Trapani, 8, of Florence gets an assist in the sand pit from Northampton Cycling Club member Kevin Kerwood.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Schuyler Trapani, 8, of Florence gets an assist in the sand pit from Northampton Cycling Club member Kevin Kerwood.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Simon Dostal, 9, of Northampton takes the run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Simon Dostal, 9, of Northampton takes the run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alec Donahue, who along with Mukunda Feldmen and Jeremy Powers co-founded the JAM Fund, rides the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Alec Donahue, who along with Mukunda Feldmen and Jeremy Powers co-founded the JAM Fund, rides the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Ella Lamee, 11, of Northampton dismounts for the run-up where Alex Sirois, 8, of Florence is getting an assist from Northampton Cycling Club board member Chris Mapel of Southwick.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Ella Lamee, 11, of Northampton dismounts for the run-up where Alex Sirois, 8, of Florence is getting an assist from Northampton Cycling Club board member Chris Mapel of Southwick.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins, 10, of Florence vaults over a log on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Alexander Hunkins, 10, of Florence vaults over a log on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman, 10, of Florence powers by NCC board member Chris Mapel of Southwick near the top of the run-up at the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Gus Lellman, 10, of Florence powers by NCC board member Chris Mapel of Southwick near the top of the run-up at the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Nava Chevan and Mathieu Johnson, both 11 and of Florence, practice their starts under the direction of U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers, standing at left.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Nava Chevan and Mathieu Johnson, both 11 and of Florence, practice their starts under the direction of U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers, standing at left.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alex Sirois, center, 8, of Florence approaches a balance beam during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Alex Sirois, center, 8, of Florence approaches a balance beam during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Aiden Mapel, left, 11, of Southwick and Finnegan O'Connor, 14, of Deerfield fly down the straightaway of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Aiden Mapel, left, 11, of Southwick and Finnegan O'Connor, 14, of Deerfield fly down the straightaway of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers of Easthampton gives some start line advice to riders in the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers of Easthampton gives some start line advice to riders in the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Victoria Gates, 16, of Southampton jumps a barrier while helping out at the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Victoria Gates, 16, of Southampton jumps a barrier while helping out at the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Victoria Gates, left, 16, of Southampton, Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick,  and others wait to descend a hill at Look Park during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Victoria Gates, left, 16, of Southampton, Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick, and others wait to descend a hill at Look Park during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>A practice start during the fourth week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    A practice start during the fourth week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Second to eighth graders work on their balance during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Second to eighth graders work on their balance during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Marua O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield takes the run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Marua O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield takes the run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Riders practice hill descents in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Riders practice hill descents in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Riders line up to practice their descents on a Look Park  hill in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Riders line up to practice their descents on a Look Park hill in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mira Fowler, center, 10, of Northampton watches Jack Coscia, 9, of Holyoke take a spill off the balance beam in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Mira Fowler, center, 10, of Northampton watches Jack Coscia, 9, of Holyoke take a spill off the balance beam in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>One rider takes a hill descent at Look Park in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    One rider takes a hill descent at Look Park in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.

  • KEVIN GUTTINGS<br/>Riders practice on a paved section of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

    KEVIN GUTTINGS
    Riders practice on a paved section of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Daniel Rondeau practices his hill descents at Look Park in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Daniel Rondeau practices his hill descents at Look Park in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>NCC member Kevin Kerwood, left, helps one rider ply the sandpit in the fourth week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

    KEVIN GUTTING
    NCC member Kevin Kerwood, left, helps one rider ply the sandpit in the fourth week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jeremy Powers

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Alexander Hunkins

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Kevin Kerwood, left, Simon Dostal

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Kevin Kerwood, left, Simon Dostal

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jack Coscia

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Jack Coscia

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Gus Lellman

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mathieu Johnson

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Mathieu Johnson

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Maura O'Connor

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Gus Lellman

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Brady Kerwood

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mass start for final run

    KEVIN GUTTING
    Mass start for final run

  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Kevin Kerwood, left, Simon Dostal
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jack Coscia
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mathieu Johnson
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mass start for final run
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield ascends a hill at Look Park in Florence on Monday, May 5, 2014, during a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jack Coscia
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>One rider takes a run-up of the grassy hill at Look Park without dismounting during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield needs little help from Northampton Cycling Club member Kevin Kerwood a she barrels through the sand pit of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick, passes his father, NCC board member Chris Mapel, on the run-up portion of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick and Gus Lellman, 10, of Florence hone their balancing skills in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Bikes ready for the shotgun start of a final run in week five of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers takes questions from Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program riders near the run-up on the course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Finnegan O'Connor, 14, of Deerfield descends on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>J.J. Moore, 7, of Northampton prepares to descend a hill at Look Park during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins, 10, of Florence runs the back of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Benjamin O'Connor, 7, of Florence crosses over a log on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Victoria Gates, left, 16, of Southampton and Mira Fowler, 10, of Northampton lead a group off the line for the final run of the day in the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mira Fowler assesses a run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers of Easthampton demonstrates a short jump for riders in the Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Northampton Cycling Club board member and Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program leader Jeff Fowler gives a preview of what the participants will be learning in the fourth week of the five week program at Look Park. From left, are Mira Fowler, 10, Victoria Gates, 16, and Simon Dostal, 9.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>A mass start for the final run of the course during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Schuyler Trapani, 8, of Florence gets an assist in the sand pit from Northampton Cycling Club member Kevin Kerwood.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Simon Dostal, 9, of Northampton takes the run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alec Donahue, who along with Mukunda Feldmen and Jeremy Powers co-founded the JAM Fund, rides the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Ella Lamee, 11, of Northampton dismounts for the run-up where Alex Sirois, 8, of Florence is getting an assist from Northampton Cycling Club board member Chris Mapel of Southwick.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins, 10, of Florence vaults over a log on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman, 10, of Florence powers by NCC board member Chris Mapel of Southwick near the top of the run-up at the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Nava Chevan and Mathieu Johnson, both 11 and of Florence, practice their starts under the direction of U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers, standing at left.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alex Sirois, center, 8, of Florence approaches a balance beam during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Aiden Mapel, left, 11, of Southwick and Finnegan O'Connor, 14, of Deerfield fly down the straightaway of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers of Easthampton gives some start line advice to riders in the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Victoria Gates, 16, of Southampton jumps a barrier while helping out at the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Victoria Gates, left, 16, of Southampton, Aiden Mapel, 11, of Southwick,  and others wait to descend a hill at Look Park during week three of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>A practice start during the fourth week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Second to eighth graders work on their balance during the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Marua O'Connor, 12, of Deerfield takes the run-up on the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Riders practice hill descents in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Riders line up to practice their descents on a Look Park  hill in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mira Fowler, center, 10, of Northampton watches Jack Coscia, 9, of Holyoke take a spill off the balance beam in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>One rider takes a hill descent at Look Park in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program.
  • KEVIN GUTTINGS<br/>Riders practice on a paved section of the Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program course at Look Park.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Daniel Rondeau practices his hill descents at Look Park in the third week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>NCC member Kevin Kerwood, left, helps one rider ply the sandpit in the fourth week of a five-week Spring Junior Cyclocross Training Program at Look Park sponsored by the Northampton Cycling Club and the Northampton Recreation Department.
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jeremy Powers
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Alexander Hunkins
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Kevin Kerwood, left, Simon Dostal
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Jack Coscia
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mathieu Johnson
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Maura O'Connor
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Gus Lellman
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Brady Kerwood
  • KEVIN GUTTING<br/>Mass start for final run

Cyclocross is a fast-growing sport that combines the technical skills of mountain biking and the intensity of traditional road racing. The races — often likened to steeplechase for bicycles — take place over a short loop of a mile or two, offering spectators up-close accessibility and excitement.

On five recent afternoons in April and May, about 30 kids gathered at Look Park in Florence to learn skills like jumping logs, powering through sand, and ascending and descending hills in grass and dirt.

Jeff Fowler and other Northampton Cycling Club members organized the program, which is offered through the Northampton Recreation Department.

Last Monday, the participants, ages 7 to 13, were treated to a visit from Jeremy Powers of Easthampton, the current and two-time U.S. national cyclocross champion who dropped by to help them up their game.

Each session ends with a full ride around the course where the kids time themselves for personal improvement — and generate plenty of their own enthusiasm.

“I’ve always loved the outdoors — and being daring,” said Ella Lamee, 11, of Northampton, after a lap through the woods. Alexander Hunkins, 10, of Florence, added, “Next week I’m lookin’ forward to the mud!”

To suggest a subject for Your Time, email Suzanne Wilson at swilson@gazettenet.com.

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