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First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, January 7, 2012

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January 07, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Trebon returns to 'cross racing in Chicago

    Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) leading Jeremy Powers with less than a half lap to go
    Article published:
    December 30, 2011, 21:33 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    Knee injury kept LTS-Felt rider out of competition for nearly 7 weeks

    After being sidelined for nearly seven weeks with a knee injury, Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) will return to 'cross racing on Saturday in Chicago, Illinois for a weekend of competition at Chicago Cyclocross Cup New Year's Resolution.

    The last time Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) was racing at the top of his game was Saturday, November 12 on the first day of the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup in Louisville, Kentucky where he finished a close second to Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus). The next day, however, Trebon crashed heavily while warming up for the Sunday's round of the Derby City Cup and it was questionable whether he'd be able to even start. Hoping to remain in the overall lead of the USGP series, Trebon raced in considerable pain and managed to finish 10th, but it wasn't enough to defend the jersey which passed onto Powers' shoulders.

    The knee injury turned out to be more serious than originally thought, which kept Trebon from racing until now, including contesting the final weekend of racing in the USGP series held in his hometown of Bend, Oregon plus an anticipated European racing block with the Euro 'Cross Camp.

    "I'd say I'm about 85 percent there with my knee," Trebon told Cyclingnews. "It still has some residual swelling, but I'm getting there. I had about 12 days off the bike and started to be able to train again. I feel pretty good."

    After resuming training at his home in Bend, Trebon recently concluded approximately two weeks of training in sunny San Diego, California which included a day of riding with Chris Horner.

    "I did a ton of training...

  • Powers, Van Gilder clinch USICX titles

    The duel is on between Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) and Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt)
    Article published:
    January 02, 2012, 22:52 GMT
    Cycling News

    Dillman holds insurmountable lead in junior men's ranking

    Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) and Laura Van Gilder (C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom) have clinched the overall United States International Cyclo-cross Calendar (USICX) standings for their respective elite men's and elite women's categories. Andrew Dillman (Bob's Red Mill) had already clinched the junior men's season standings.

    This past weekend's Chicago Cyclocross Cup New Year's Resolution races on December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012 were the only USICX events taking place before the final round next weekend - the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships.

    After being sidelined with a knee injury for nearly seven weeks, Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) returned to racing and swept both of the elite men's races. Powers finished second each day and Powers' Rapha Focus teammate Chris Jones secured a third place finish each day. With the points earned in Chicago, Powers continues as the USICX leader for elite men with 887 points, while Trebon moved into second overall with 795. Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) has already returned to his native Belgium, but still holds third overall with 729 points.

    With only one race remaining, the elite men's championship worth 60 points for a victory, Powers has clinched the USICX standings regardless of his finish in Madison, although the Rapha Focus rider is certainly motivated to notch his first national championship.

    Sally Annis ( p/b JRA Cycles) won Saturday's elite women's race in Chicago and Susan Butler (River City Bicyles-Ridley) was victorious on Sunday. USICX leader Laura Van Gilder notched 5th and 6th place finishes and boosted her points total to 750. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) trails by 40 points in second...

  • Albert struggling ahead of Belgian cyclo-cross championships

    Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus)
    Article published:
    January 03, 2012, 12:23 GMT
    Cycling News

    Defending champion feeling effects of heavy cold

    Defending champion Niels Albert's bid to retain his Belgian national cyclo-cross championship title in Hooglede-Gits has hit a potential stumbling block after he confirmed that he is suffering from a heavy cold ahead of next weekend's event.

    Albert won last year's title with victory in Antwerp, stepping up on podium finishes in 2008 and 2009. But after winning last week in Loenhout, he pulled out of an event in Leuven on December 30. The 25-year-old then visited the doctor on Monday and has been diagnosed with mild pneumonia.

    "On Monday, the doctor told me that I was suffering from a viral infection," Albert said. "It's actually the beginning of pneumonia, as I have mucus in my lungs and my sinuses are inflamed. This is probably the result of too little rest during the Christmas period and I need to rest this week. Hopefully I can get better and I will start on Sunday."

  • Nicole Duke: Success in 'cross a gift

    Nicole Duke (Cannodale) was certainly happy with her weekend
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    January 03, 2012, 22:50 GMT
    Pat Malach

    Mother of two targets nationals, Worlds

    In just her fourth season of racing cyclo-cross, Nicole Duke ( has quickly climbed to the upper echelon of US elite women, regularly finishing in the top five at national events and staking out a legitimate shot at grabbing an elite medal during nationals this week in Madison.

    But this isn't the first time the 38-year-old mother of two from Boulder, Colorado has occupied podiums at national and international races. More than a decade earlier, Duke forged a successful pro career in MTB downhill and dual slalom.

    Duke excelled in soccer while growing up in Florida, eventually earning a college scholarship, but she also spent a lot of her free time riding dirt bikes. Then she discovered mountain bikes in the mid-1990s.

    "I started out with cross country racing before I discovered downhill and dual slalom," she said. "And that's what I really excelled at, the technical side, because I'd grown up on the dirt bikes. That was more fun to me anyway. So I started doing downhill and slalom and went pro the next year."

    Racing as Nicole Grant, her maiden name, for teams such as Mongoose and Giant, Duke finished consistently among the top 10 in downhill events and among the top five in dual slalom before hanging up her bikes in 2001 to pursue a career as a hairstylist. She married Ben Duke in 2004 and gave birth to their first child, Ryder, in 2005. But the competition bug bit again and Duke tried her first cyclo-cross race in 2007.

    "When I was a downhill racer in the late-90s, there was a scene here in Boulder, we call it Wednesday worlds, where we'd get together and practice cyclo-cross on Wednesday mornings," Duke said. "I used to do that just randomly in the winter for training. But that was years ago, and I never raced."

    But a growing cyclo-cross racing scene in the US and support from some influential people in the local cycling community made it easy to get back into the sport.


  • Dombroski to miss US 'cross nationals

    Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) cracked the top-10 in Gavere.
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    January 04, 2012, 21:05 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    CrankBrothers rider sidelined by virus

    Amy Dombroski (CrankBrothers) announced today that she would not be returning Stateside from her European base in Belgium to contest the elite women's race at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, due to the effects of a virus.

    After opening her 'cross season with three races in the United States, the 24-year-old Dombroski has spent the rest of her racing campaign in Europe where she has been a consistent top-10 finisher in the elite women's field, highlighted by a sixth place finish in the opening UCI World Cup round in Plzen, Czech Republic.

    However, Dombroski revealed that she had been battling illness since November and was ultimately forced to miss the recent Christmas-time flourish of 'cross racing in Belgium.

    "When I became sick in November I never fully recovered and in December that turned into a sinus infection which the doctor remedied with a round of antibiotics," Dombroski said on her website. "The antibiotics ended the day before Zolder World Cup. Overall my energy seemed good, but living and racing are two different beasts. After 1 lap I felt like a steaming lump of rubbish and that race turned into a feat of merely surviving for the finish.

    "I returned to the Doc for a blood test which has revealed a virus of some sort. I was unable to start the manic week of Christmas races; they will need to wait for another year.

    "With health in question and while I wait for the results of a second, more specific blood test I will not be returning to the US for Nationals. For now, as my body attempts to fight a war without ammunition, I am trying to salvage something out the remainder of this season."

    Dombroski told Cyclingnews that she's hoping to contest the final two rounds of the World Cup in...

  • USA Cycling to provide live online video of elite 'cross championships

    Elite Women's start.
    Article published:
    January 04, 2012, 21:56 GMT
    Cycling News

    Watch all the women's and men's action from Madison, Wisconsin

    You don't have to brave the elements in Madison, Wisconsin this weekend to watch all the action from the elite/U23 women's and elite men's races at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships.

    USA Cycling is providing live streaming video coverage of both the elite/U23 women's and elite men's national cyclo-cross championships from Badger Prairie Park on Sunday, January 8.

    Tune in here to see if anyone can stop Katie Compton from claiming her eighth straight women's title or who among pre-race favourites Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson or Jonathan Page can capture the 2012 men's championship.

    The women's race begins at 12:00pm CST followed at 2:15pm CST by the men's championship.

    Cyclingnews will also have complete results, reports and photos from the five days of championship action in Madison.

  • Nys well prepared for Belgian cyclo-cross championship

    The GP Sven Nys podium, topped by Kevin Pauwels, Nys himself and Bart Wellens.
    Article published:
    January 06, 2012, 21:30 GMT
    Cycling News

    Albert calls Nys the man to beat

    After time relaxing on Mallorca, Sven Nys has declared that his preparations for the Belgian cyclo-cross championships couldn't have been better, and he is looking forward to a test of pure power in Hooglede-Gits on Sunday.

    "I am fully recovered from the Christmas period," Nys said to "This week has given me the mental peace to give the final percent toward the Belgian Championship. The program I completed this week was not hard, but the rest has done me well."

    In contrast to the warmth and sun on the Spanish island, the weather in Belgium has left the course in Hooglede-Gits muddy and heavy - a situation which Nys says will leave no room for tactical battles. "Whoever can ride the strongest will be the Belgian champion. There will be no use in tactical games. The rider with the most power will win and that's not to my disadvantage."

    "I know what level I can handle and I know how to approach such a race. I will ride my own race and ignore the others. I am prepared for any scenario."

    Meanwhile, defending champion Niels Albert is recovering from a chest infection, but has vowed not to give away his jersey easily to Nys, who he named as the man to beat.

    "I will be 100 per cent on Sunday," Albert said in a press conference. "After three days of antibiotics I feel better, though still not perfect. But I have two more days to recover."

    While his last race, the GVA Trofee round in Baal, saw the BKCP-Powerplus captain in sixth place, nearly two minutes behind, Albert says that Sunday will be different. "Nys will not put two minutes into me. That will not happen.

    "However, after his demonstration in Baal, Sven is the man to...

  • US cyclo-cross nationals: surprise January thaw creates muddy mess

    Shimano offers neutral support for the 2012 US cyclo-cross championships
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    January 07, 2012, 4:22 GMT
    Matt Pacocha

    Catches race promoter out, worries teams

    It wasn't supposed to be muddy for the 2012 US National Cyclo-cross Championships, held January 4-8 in Madison, Wisconsin. The championship has moved to Madison for 2012 and 2013, where the average high temperature is normally just 28°F (2°C) at this time of year. But three days of unseasonably warm weather, with highs in the 40s F (4.5°C), and the 4,500lbs of magnesium chloride ice melt the promoter dumped on the course to melt a slick layer of ice, warmed the top layer of the frozen ground to create a muddy mess.

    Yes, it's true 'cross conditions, but it overwhelmed the UCI regulated 15-stall pit and two power washers the promoter provided.

    After those two power washers ran out of water during the first lap of the master men's 55-59 race, the last of the day on Thursday, elite team managers took notice. "There's no reason we should be at a national championship with two pressure washers, and a pit that's completely inadequate," said Stu Thorne, of "You'll have us in there trying to fight over a pressure washer, and I don't want to deny the guy in 60th place from a pressure washer, but it wouldn't be an issue if they had enough. And we shouldn't be in the position that we have to go over there with our own stuff, but we're going to be ready for it."

    Mark Legg-Compton, Katie Compton's husband and one-man pit crew, hadn't seen the pit when we reached him, but the rumors of issues already had. "It's easy to complain," he said. "We just need to find a way to get them [USA Cycling and the promoter] to understand our needs so that it's fair for all."

    If the course doesn't dry out or the situation isn't remedied before Sunday, Compton, who is working out of a rental car and without her own power washer and water source, could face issues.

    The UCI rules mandate 8 pressure washers, minimum, for World Cup...