Trebon over-Powered at Harbin Park

Jones speeds to podium spot

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

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