At the final day of this year's USA mountain bike national championships, there was a rumble echoing about the pits: 'Ryan Trebon is mad.' While his fellow racers may have been cracking jokes about his performance the day before (a DNF in the cross country race in which he was the defending champion), there was almost a foregone conclusion that the angered Trebon was going to win the short track race that day – And he did – Viciously. Jackson Weber spoke with the talented rider for Cyclingnews about his goals.
At 26 years old, Trebon is young, aggressive and does not even appear to have reached his complete potential. Perhaps fuelled by his scattered childhood in which he moved 15 times, Trebon is opinionated and passionate. When irritated or annoyed, he lets you know. "I try to control it, but sometimes I just lose it," explained Trebon in a moment of reflection. More importantly, he possesses a dogged determination to win everything in sight. "You gotta prove that you're the right person to be the national champion," stated Trebon with just a hint of emotion creeping into his voice.
Last 'cross season was "pretty good," according the rather humble Trebon. "I think I won like 80 percent of the races I did in the US and had my best European results too, with a 10th in a World Cup and ninth at a Super Prestige." Trebon won the mountain biking cross country national championship; he won the cyclo-cross national championship. For a guy who looks a bit like an emaciated scarecrow, he certainly acted like a steamroller when he was on two-wheels.
Read the full interview with Ryan Trebon.