Powers takes victory in Kings CX night race

McDonald and Driscoll round out the podium

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) continued to dominate the U.S cyclocross circuit with his latest win at Saturday’s Kings CX After Dark. The second day of racing at the Toyota Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival is a UCI C1 event, and drew many of the top names of cyclocross including Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement), Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), and Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing.)

Powers took charge early with a fast start and clean first lap. Powers’ early efforts to separate himself from the field drew Danny Summerhill (K-Edge-Felt) into play, and the two riders proceeded to build a small gap. Berden, Johnson, and Logan Owen (California Giant-Specialized) led a sizeable chase group behind the leaders.

Zach McDonald (KCCX) rode across to Powers and Summerhill, and for the first time all season it appeared that Powers might have a challenge on his hands. To complicate matters Driscoll, fresh off a strong ride at Harbin Park, was also making his way to the lead group.

“Summerhill was really strong in the beginning and I thought he could potentially be a problem,” said Powers. “Zach was riding the corners, he rides these tight turns so good, that he was able to get 3-5 seconds per lap where I was able to take that back on the wide open power stuff.”

Summerhill lost contact with Powers and McDonald, and Driscoll ceased to make any progress in his pursuit, leaving the former teammates with a wide margin over the rest of the field. McDonald looked like he might be content to sit on Powers wheel, but went on the offensive through the technical sections of the course.

In the closing laps of the race McDonald finally pushed the limits of adhesion too far, and crashed in a corner before a long sand pit.

“I wanted to go into the sand first,” said McDonald. “I figured we could keep it interesting and have some fun going in there, and in doing so I cleaned myself out.”

McDonalds efforts at the front of the race were tactically driven to keep the chase group at bay. “I could see that group back there,” said McDonald. “It was big enough that I knew somebody would get a little antsy and try to come up, so I was like ‘Okay, I’ll go to the front and put pressure down to see what I can do, and how long I can do it.’”

It was all the opportunity Powers needed. The 2-time U.S champion stepped on the gas, took off, and finished the remainder of the race by himself. Despite breaking a shifter, McDonald recovered and maintained a steady gap on Driscoll to finish in second place.

Driscoll spent most of the race in no-man’s land in his pursuit of the final podium spot. “If I had to choose between being in a chase group with four other people for third, and being alone for third, I’d choose alone,” said Driscoll. “It’s a little more of a safety blanket there.”

Danny Summerhill won a tight battle to finish fourth ahead of Ben Berden in fifth, and Tim Johnson in sixth.

Racing at the Toyota Cincy3 CX Festival concludes Sunday November 2nd with a C2 Elite Men’s race at Devou Park in Covington, KY at 4:00 PM EST.


Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha Focus0:58:14 
2Zach Mcdonald (USA) KCCX0:00:53 
3James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh / Clement0:00:57 
4Daniel Summerhill (USA) K-Edge / Felt Cyclocross Team0:01:17 
5Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh / Clement  
6Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:18 
7Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF BAR0:01:48 
8Logan Owen (USA) California Giant / Specialized0:01:55 
9Justin Lindine (USA) Redline Factory / NBX0:02:02 
10Shawn Milne (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport/ Yoga Glo0:02:16 
11Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX0:02:23 
12Ryan Knapp (USA) Pony Shop Cyclocross0:02:26 
13Cody Kaiser (USA) LangeTwins/Specialized0:02:36 
14Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:02:37 
15Eric Thompson (USA) Mt. Borah Epic Team0:02:38 
16Yannick Eckmann (USA) California Giant / Specialized0:02:52 
17Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross0:03:28 
18Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant / Specialized0:03:30 
19Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team CLIF BAR0:03:33 
20Ben Frederick (USA) Hefler Performance Coaching pb B0:03:44 
21Tristan Cowie (USA) Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX0:03:50 
22Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:04:00 
23Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:04:02 
24Allen Krughoff (USA) Noosa Professional Cyclocross Te0:04:08 
25Andrew Dillman (USA) Cyclocross Network Racing0:04:37 
26Sam O'keefe (USA) C3 - Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:04:40 
27Cameron Dodge (USA) PURE ENERGY / SCOTT BICYC0:05:06 
28Greg Wittwer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:05:05 
29Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) SET coaching/Specialized0:05:34 
30Lewis Gaffney (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross0:05:51 
31Alex Ryan (USA) Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX Team0:06:16 
32Craig Etheridge (USA) Raleigh / Clement0:06:45 
33Maxx Chance (USA) The Pro's Closet CX0:07:33 
34Isaac Neff (USA) 5Nines/Motorless Motion Bicycles-2Laps 
35Philip Short (USA) Ken's Bike Shop - Hearts RC-2Laps 
36Joshua Thornton (USA) Giant Regional On Road Team-2Laps 
37Andrew Reardon (USA) Sonic Cycling-2Laps 
38Kyle Russ (USA) Brazen Dropouts Cycling Team-2Laps 
39Byron Rice (USA) Clemmons Bicycle-3Laps 
40John Francisco (USA) VO2 Multisport-3Laps 
41Spencer Whittier (USA) HUB Endurance Chattanooga-3Laps 
42Vance Fletcher (USA) Marian University-3Laps 
43Joe Mcdaniel (USA) Team Lake Effect-3Laps 
44Luke Haley (USA) VO2 Multisport-3Laps 
45Brandon Melott (USA) Soundpony-3Laps 
46Gunnar Bergey (USA) Champion System Cannondale-3Laps 
47Tanner Hurst (USA) Be Real Sports - Brecks Bike Shop-3Laps 
48Sean Germaine (Can) Juventus CC-4Laps 
50Eric Lundgren (USA) JBV Coaching-4Laps 
51Ryan Comeau (USA) Lake Effect Racing-4Laps 
52Jp Brocket (USA) Ethos Racing-4Laps 
53Ryan Gamm (USA) Ohio Valley Velo Sports-4Laps 
54Brandon Feehery (USA) astellas pro cycling-4Laps 
55Michael Mihalik (USA) Freddie Fu Cycling Team-4Laps 
56Jay Strothman (USA) Off the Front Racing-4Laps 
57Elliott Baring (USA) Ridley/Reality Bikes-5Laps 
58Jason Siegle (USA) SDG-Bellwether pb Krema Peanut-5Laps 
60Cameron Jackson (USA) WAS Labs-5Laps 
61Nathaniel Morse (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com Devo Team-5Laps 
62Craig Wohlschlaeger (USA) Giant Southwest Racing-5Laps 
63Jason Monk (USA) CrankWorks-5Laps 
64Adam Finck (USA) Team Velocity Bike Shop-5Laps 
65Mark Shannon (Irl) Seasucker/UNOVELO-5Laps 
66Ryan Ramirez (USA) The Pony Shop-5Laps 
67Luke Woodard (USA) Hometown Mfg p/b 611 Bicycles-5Laps 
DNFKerry Werner (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies  
DNFJacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony  
DNFCorey Stelljes (USA) 5Nines/Motorless Motion/Cannond  
DNFNick Waite (USA) Pro Tested Gear  
DNFGrant Ellwood (USA) BCS Elite Cross  
DNFJosh Johnson (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team  
DNFJordan Snyder (USA) C3 Twenty 20 Cycling  
DNFSkyler Mackey (USA) Soundpony  
DNFKailin Waterman (USA) Voler/HRS/Rocklobster  
DNSBrian Matter (USA) Momentum Endurance Coaching  
DNSBarry Wicks (USA) Kona  
DNSJean Wildler Dejean (Hit) Haitian National Team  
DNSJean Joel Janvier (Hit) Haitian National Team  
DNSDimitry Wis. Sanom (Hit) Haitian National Team  
DNSGethro Adam (Hit) Haitian National Team  
DNSMakervens Joseph (Hit) Haitian National Team  

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