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December 31, Elite Men:

Trebon crushes competition on first race back

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 31, 2011, 21:26 GMT,
Updated:
December 31, 2011, 23:20 GMT

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Ryan Trebon jumped straight back into racing with a commanding victory in the Chicago Cyclocross Cup, attacking from the first lap and holding off second placed Jeremy Powers and his teammate Chris Jones by nearly two minutes.

The LTS/Felt rider powered through the thick, muddy course showing that his leg injuries, which have kept him from competition since the middle of November, have not hampered his training over the past six weeks.

"I didn't really want to ride that last five laps by myself, but it was a hard course and I just seemed to have a little bit more when I was sitting down and smashing through everything," said Trebon. "I actually really like this kind of course. It's just a slog the whole way around, it's like a tractor pull. For me, that's fun."

While Trebon smashed his way through the hour long race ahead, Powers and Jones were kept busy by Brian Matter (Gear Grinder), who eventually finished fourth.

Powers rode clear from Jones by a slim margin, while Matter lost contact and finished not far from the podium with the next rider, Travis Livermon (Smart Stop/Mock Orange) two minutes back.

After claiming the overall USGP series and a total of 10 victories since the beginning of September, Powers wasn't quite at the top of his form, just one week ahead of the national championships.

"I think [Trebon] is feeling fresh and he's got a lot to prove right now, having been off the bike with his injury," said Powers. "It was a little disappointing for me to just not have enough power in the legs to go with him when he went." 

Full results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS/Felt 1:04:40  
2 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:01:42  
3 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:01:51  
4 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder 0:02:00  
5 Travis Livermon (USA) Smart Stop-Mock Orange p/b Ridl 0:04:00  
6 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:04:17  
7 Adam Myerson (USA) SmartStop / Mock Orange Bikes p 0:05:26  
8 Jerome Townsend (USA) Smart Stop-Mock Orange p/b Ridl 0:05:36  
9 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 0:07:33  
10 Justin Lindine (USA) BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / Sc 0:09:16  
11 (-2 laps) Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com    
12 (-3 laps) Anthony Clark (USA) J.A.M. Fund / NCC    
13 Kerry Werner (USA) BMC Mountainbike Development    
14 Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team    
15 Andrew Reardon (USA) Swiftwick Factory Racing p/b Cu    
16 Daniel Miller (USA) Walt's Bike Shop    
17 Isaac Neff (USA) KCV Cycling Club    
18 Robert Marion (USA) Carpediem Racing    
19 (-4 laps) Colin Reuter (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles    
20 Scott Mclaughlin (USA) SRAM Factory    
21 Richard Bardwell (USA) Cycle-Smart Inc.    
22 William Street (USA) KUHL    
23 Andre Sutton (Can) Hardcore Bikes    
24 Michael Hemme (USA) CHICAGO.CX    
25 Thomas Mackay (USA) Charm City Cycling LLC    
26 Patrick Blair (USA) Adventures for the Cure    
27 (-5 laps) Eric Drummer (USA) Alberto's Sport    
28 John Proppe (USA) Team Lake Effect    
29 Alex Dayton (USA) SmartStop / Mock Orange Bikes    
30 Alexander Vaughan-Ruiz (USA) The TEAM - SoCalCross    
31 (-6 laps) Teodoro Ramos (USA) Iron Cycles    
DNF Corey Stelljes (USA) Willy Bikes    
DNF Kevin Klug (USA) The Pony Shop    
DNS Dylan Mcnicholas (USA) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld    
DNS Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona