Born: June 12, 1985
Hometown: Beverly, Massachusetts
Residence: Boulder, Colorado
Weight: 146 lbs
Turned pro: 2006
Jesse enters his second season with the Kodak Gallery Pro Cycling Team having just dominated the 2006 US National Cyclocross U23 Championship race to earn his seventh national title since 1999.
At the 2006 Ford Tour de Georgia, Jesse was Kodakgallery.com/Sierra
Nevada's revelation, finishing in the top 20 during four of six
stages and earning the GE Best Young Rider jersey after the first
In 2004 and 2005, Jesse was a member of the US U-23 National Team
during the road season and both the Cyclocrossworld.com and Clif
Bar cyclocross teams during the fall. During that time, he won the
overall U-23 titles of both the US Grand Prix of Cyclocross and
the New England Cyclocross Championship Series.
At this point, Jesse can still balance both racing commitments.
“I’ve always tried to keep road and ‘cross equal
in my goals. I’ve had more success in cyclocross, but I enjoy
road racing and I want to see how far I can go.”
Since 2000, Jesse has been coached by veteran pro, former USPRO
Champion, and fellow Massachusetts native Mark McCormack. “I
want to do this for the long-term, and I’d love to be in a
position like Mark is now,” Jesse says, noting that, “Mark
started as a pro when I was four years old.”
After starting out as a mountain biker, Jesse followed his older
brother, Josh, into cyclocross racing in the fall 1998 and won his first national title only a year later. Building on his cross success, Jesse began
road racing in 1999.
In 2001, 16 year old Jesse was picked up by the Saturn Development Team. He and stayed with the program through 2003, his last year as
a junior. During this time, Jesse earned three top-five finishes
in internationally rated juniors stage races – 4th in the
2002 Tour de l’Abitibi, 2nd in the 2003 Trophee du Centre
Morbihan, and 2nd at the 2003 Junior Tour of Ireland.
Of his role with Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada in 2007, Jesse says,
“now that I've got my first season behind me and I know better what to expect and how hard it is, I can come better prepared and look for some results when the opportunity presents itself.”
Jesse has moved to Boulder, Colorado to train at elevation and to be closer to several teammates who also live in Boulder. When not on two wheels, Jesse enjoys
skiing and cooking, and has a growing interest in photography. In
the off-season, Jesse works at Bay Road Bikes, in Beverly, MA - the same shop that
helped him get started racing at age 13.