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October 10, Elite Men:

Trebon over-Powered at Harbin Park

Kirsten Frattini
October 10, 2010, 22:51 BST,
October 11, 2010, 17:58 BST

Jones speeds to podium spot

Jeremy Powers wins his second race of Cincinnati's three-day UCI3 Festival.

Jeremy Powers wins his second race of Cincinnati's three-day UCI3 Festival.

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Jeremy Powers ( won his third consecutive title at the Harbin Park International, round three of the Cincinnati Cyclocros Festival held in Ohio. Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) rode in for second place several seconds behind Powers, after a hard-fought battle until the last lap. Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) captured a well-deserved third place on the podium.

“I had only ever used this tyre combination one time before, and I hated it,” said Powers who used a combination of Dugast Rhino and Typhoon tires. “But Tim [Johnson] uses it a lot and the gamble paid off. Parts of the course favoured me and parts favoured Ryan. I just took advantage of the parts that suited me and it worked out in the end.”

The elite men’s field rolled to the line in anticipation of the final and highest weighted event of the Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival three-round series at the C1 Harbin Park International on Sunday.

Trebon won the opening round at the Cyclo-Stampede on Friday while his compatible rival Powers topped the podium in round two at Java Johnny’s-Lionhearts Sunset Park on Saturday.

The pair were odds-on favourites and lived up to those expectations straight out of the gates, racing neck-and-neck for the hole shot. They were followed by Jones, Canadian champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Troy Wells (Clif Bar), Brian Matter (Geargrinder), Barry Wicks (Kona-FSA), Tristan Schouten ( and Jake Wells (Hudz-Subaru).

Powers and Trebon put forth commanding efforts through the sections of the course that best suited their respective strengths in an attempt to shed the other. For Trebon it was the lengthy straights where he could capitalize off his powerful pedaling and for Powers it was the punchy technical sections. The result of each effort led to the formation of a four-man lead group, with Jones and Kabush in tow.

“They were just attacking each other from my vantage point,” Jones said. “All weekend they have been a bit above us. The rest of us have been riding for third. Today Kabush and I stayed with those guys for half the race, which was longer than most guys have been able to earlier in the weekend. Ryan would put in a good attack and Powers would put in another and Geoff and I were hanging on.

“Geoff and I stayed together for about a lap and I think he crashed,” he added. “I didn’t see it but I heard something happen. That was the little gap that I needed to hold it from the rest of the race.”

Powers and Trebon separated themselves from the others mid-race and continued to duke it out to the finish line. It was Powers who had the upper hand with a lap and half to go when he pulled away from Trebon and went on to capture his third consecutive victory on the Harbin Park course.

“It was good,” said Trebon. “He wasn’t giving me anything and I wasn’t giving him anything. I could catch him on some of the power sections but as soon as I did we would hit a technical section and he’d ride away from me again. I was sliding a lot today. I think the rear tyre pressure was one or two pounds too low. I was drifting all over the place.”

Full Results
1 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale/    
2 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona    
3 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus Cyclocross Team    
4 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain    
5 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder    
6 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona    
7 Tristan Schouten (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team    
8 Jake Wells (USA) Hudz-Subaru    
9 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar    
10 Mike Sherer (USA) Verizon u25 Team p/b ABD    
12 Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy    
13 Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes    
14 Mitchell Kersting (USA) Fetzer Cycling Team    
15 Weston Schempf (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes    
16 Joachim Parbo (Den) CCV Leopard Cycles    
17 Stephen Cummings (USA) Indiana Regional Medical Center    
18 Paul Martin (USA) Panther pb Competitive Cyclist    
19 Eric Wondergem (USA) Hup United    
20 Nathanael Wyatt (USA) Carolina Fatz pb Santa Cruz Bicycles    
21 Dave Weaver (USA) ALAN N. America Cycling Team    
22 Michael Mihalik (USA) Freddie Fu Cycling Team    
23 Ryan Knapp (USA)    
24 John Minturn (USA) AXA Equitable - CRCA    
25 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Clif Bar Development Cyclo-Cross Team    
26 Erik Hamilton (USA) NUVO Cultural Trail    
27 Christopher Nevitt (USA) Fetzer Cycling Team    
28 Matthew Weeks (USA) Team Lake Effect    
29 Andrew Reardon (USA) Van Dessel / Real Design    
30 Michael Anderson (USA) North Country Cycle Sport    
31 Scott McLaughlin (USA) SRAM Factory    
32 Paul Mesi (USA) French Meadow Bakery / Fortistar    
33 Mark Broadwater (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes    
34 Jason Karew (USA) Bishops Bicycles    
35 Robert Kendall (USA) Bob's Red Mill    
37 William Street (USA) Sisu custom cycles    
38 Jacob Virostko (USA) Shamrock Cycles    
39 Andrew Raab (USA) Carolina Cyclones Development Team    
40 Ryan Gamm (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling p/b GEARGRINDER    
41 Johnathan Freter (USA) Alan North America    
42 Joshua Johnson (USA) DRT Racing    
43 Zachary Edwards (USA) DRT Racing    
44 Michael Kennedy (USA) Fetzer Cycling Team    
45 Noah Metzler (USA) Team Globalbike