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September 23, 2009

September 23, Elite men: Las Vegas - Las Vegas

Driscoll pops the bubbly, drowns the competition

By:
Greg Johnson
Published:
September 24, 2009, 6:47 BST,
Updated:
September 30, 2009, 16:05 BST

Duopoly out front, confusion behind

The elite men's podium (l-r): Christopher Jones, Jamey Driscoll and Jonathan Page.

The elite men's podium (l-r): Christopher Jones, Jamey Driscoll and Jonathan Page.

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The union was like one from a romantic Hollywood blockbuster, but it was under the bright lights of Las Vegas that Jamey Driscoll formed a winning partnership with road rider Christopher Jones (Champion System). 

The duo dominated the 10-lap race as their chasers were fighting over just how they'd lose it, with Erwin Vervecken (Revor-Kartazi Cycling Team) so determined not to lead the chase he might as well have been queuing for free beers in the VIP section overlooking the course.

"This is huge, it's definitely one of the biggest ones of my career," said Driscoll. "We were having a discussion [before the race] in our team that we get beat up so much over in Europe and I think a big part of it is they grew up on those courses; they know every detail there is to know about them. But out here, we know our course a lot more."

A dejected Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) was clearly disappointed with his third place finish, and the behaviour of his chase group companions. Page has lead much of the group's chase of the leaders, but received only limited help from countryman Ryan Trebon (Kona).

"There was just a bunch of lamos sitting on and not doing anything," said Page. "The leaders got a gap, then that was it. It was smart racing on their part."

No tokens given, none taken

A hot pace was set on the opening parade lap, as Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld) stormed in to the lead with Todd Wells (Specialized) and teammate Tim Johnson in toe. The North Americans sent a clear message to the noteworthy European riders early in the race, indicating they weren't going to be upstaged on their home course.

The speed immediately put stress on the large field, with the race splitting in to three groups immediately while Drew Edsall (Scott/WTB) didn't make the second corner before withdrawing.

The crowed continued to warm up its vocal chords as the race settled into a rhythm, with one astute onlooker noting as the riders dismounted for the first set of stairs: "That's how I ride my mountain bike; find sh*t I can't ride over and hop off".

Trebon tested the waters on the second lap, putting in an attack while Tim Van Nuffel led the chasers. The lanky American's efforts were in vain, but the increase in speed did force the lead group to a selection of 11 that went on to become the race's key players.

With Trebon neutralised, Jones launched his successful attack, followed by Driscoll, leading into the second of two staircases on the course.

Jones and Driscoll set an impressive pace which further decimated the field behind the chasers. The tempo was set so high that when Aaron Tuckerman (Land Rover-Orbea) was pulled from the race by an official after being lapped, he responded "thank you".

The leading couple maintained their pace lap-in, lap out until finally Page enlisted the help of Trebon to launch a concerted chase over the final two laps. The damage, however, had already been done and Page was forced to settle, somewhat reluctantly, for third place.

While delighted with his efforts, Jones is under no illusions as to his future in cyclo-cross. The rider admitted the all-grass circuit was perfectly suited to his skills, but once the races hit muddier trucks the advantage will slide. "I knew that I had to get out in front of everyone and just use my strength, which is my power," said Jones. "I'm a roadie, I do this just because I love cyclo-cross."

Results
1 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com 1:00:59  
2 Christopher Jones (USA) 0:00:04  
3 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike 0:00:16  
4 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com 0:00:17  
5 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Revor Cycling Team    
6 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 0:00:20  
7 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:00:25  
8 Christian Heule (Swi) Rendementhypo Cycling Team 0:00:35  
9 Ben Berden (Bel) Revor Cycling Team 0:01:05  
10 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:01:08  
11 Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:01:13  
12 Jake Wells (USA) Mafiaracing.Com 0:01:15  
13 Jesse Anthony (USA) 0:02:09  
14 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Bicycles 0:02:18  
15 Joseph Thompson (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Cycling Team 0:02:32  
16 Chance Noble (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:02:37  
17 Jonathan Baker (USA) 0:02:53  
18 Adam Craig (USA) Giant Bicycles 0:03:04  
19 Bram De Groot (Ned) Rabobank 0:03:06  
20 Craig Richey (Can) Blue Competition Cycles P/B Neverblue 0:03:09  
21 Molly Cameron (USA) Portland Bicycle Studio 0:03:22  
22 Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart 0:03:47  
23 Matt Shriver (USA)    
24 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Monaviecannondale.Com 0:03:51  
25 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) Rendementhypo Cycling Team 0:03:54  
26 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder 0:03:58  
27 Mark Lalonde (USA) Planet Bike 0:04:07  
28 Bart Gillespie (USA) Monaviecannondale.Com 0:04:32  
29 Matthew Pacocha (USA) Hudz-Subaru Cyclocross Team    
30 Carson Miller (USA) Landrover-Orbea Cycling Club 0:04:35  
31 Michael Broderick (USA) Team Kenda/Seven/Notubes    
32 Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:04:39  
33 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Monaviecannondale.Com 0:04:43  
34 Matt Ankney (USA) Kccx-Verge 0:04:49  
35 John Curry (USA) Gas/Intrinsik Cycling Team 0:04:51  
36 Greg Wittwer (USA) Alan North America Cycling Team 0:04:54  
37 Aaron Bouplon (USA) Rocky Mounts / Izze 0:05:01  
38 Brent Prenzlow (USA) Celo Pacific / B&L 0:05:19  
39 Spencer Powlison (USA) Mafiaracing.Com 0:05:25  
40 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar Cycling 0:05:36  
41 Aaron Bradford (USA) Onsite Ultrasound And Enduro 0:05:46  
42 Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:05:47  
43 Shadd Smith (USA) Tradewind Energy/Trek Midwest 0:05:59  
44 John Bailey (USA) Bailey Bikes    
45 Jeremy Ferguson (USA)    
46 Scott Mclaughlin (USA) Sram Factory Team    
47 Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket Bicycles/Trakkers    
48 Jason Siegle (USA) Bike Religion 0:06:11  
49 Joachim Parbo (Den) Ccv Leopard Cycles 0:06:16  
50 James Lalonde (USA) Planet Bike 0:06:19  
51 Brandon Dwight (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 0:06:29  
52 Neil Schiemann (Can) Tall Tree Cycles 0:06:43  
53 Benjamin Popper (USA) Hrs / Rock Lobster 0:06:52  
54 Chuck Coyle (USA) Hudz-Subaru Cycling Team 0:06:58  
55 Brady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar Cycling 0:07:40  
-1 lap Morgan Ryan (USA) Major Motion Development    
-1 lap Sam Krieg (USA) I.C.E Rocky Mtn Surgery Center    
-1 lap Thomas Skinner (Can)    
-1 lap Stephen Cummings (USA) Indiana Regional Medical Center / Big Bang Bikes    
-1 lap John Behrens (USA) Bailey Bikes    
-1 lap Robert Marion (USA) Kenda/Kmc/Hayes    
-1 lap Kamden Reedy (USA) Four Unity    
-2 laps Benjamin Bostrom (USA) Shoair Specialized    
-2 laps Jay Strothman (USA) Fulcrum Coaching    
-2 laps Dana Weber (USA) Trek / World Bicycle Relief    
-2 laps Donny Carroll (USA) Bailey Bikes    
-2 laps Anton Petrov (USA) Profile Design    
-2 laps Gregory Keller (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport    
-2 laps David Yeater (USA) River City Bicycles    
-3 laps David Andrew Quist (USA) Team Clif Bar Cycling    
-3 laps Andy Bestwick (USA) Allegiant Air Team Pain    
-3 laps Lyle Hanson (USA) Great Dane Velo Club    
-3 laps Alexandre Lussier (Can) Gas/Intrinsik    
-3 laps Kevin Attkisson (USA) Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team    
-3 laps Bill Marshall (USA) Kccx-Verge    
-3 laps Kyle Reedy (USA) Four Unity    
-3 laps Scott Keller (USA) Schampa/Form/Bikebean    
-4 laps Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Landrover-Orbea Cycling Club    
-4 laps Cort Cramer (USA) Svelte Cycles    
-4 laps Ernesto Marenchin (USA) Speedgoat.Com    
-4 laps Bryan Alders (USA) Monaviecannondale.Com    
-4 laps Pat Lemieux (USA) Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team    
-4 laps Derek Loudermilk (USA) Horizon Organic P/B Prerace.Com    
-4 laps Andrew Crooks (USA) Kona    
-4 laps Matthew Mcnamara (USA) Sterling Sports Group    
-4 laps Jeff Prinz (USA) Cynergy Cycles Race Team    
-4 laps Hunter Pronovost (USA) Cheshire Cycle Racing    
-5 laps Matt Freeman (USA) Pass Pt    
-5 laps Noah Holcomb (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing    
-5 laps Ted Willard (USA) Team Bearclaw    
DNF Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com    
DNF Nicholas Keough (USA) Gauntlet Productions / Williams Wheel Systems    
DNF Antonio Cruz (USA) BMC Cycling Team    
DNF Ben Raby (USA) Kccx-Verge    
DNF Cody Peterson (USA) Hutchs Bicycles    
DNF Travis Mcmaster (USA) Mafiaracing.Com    
DNF Brandon Mart (USA) Team Kinetic Cycles    
DNF Bryan Harwood (USA) Blue Sky Velo    
DNF Nicholas Stevens (GBr) Walkworks/Fuentesdesign    
DNF Drew Edsall (USA) Scott / Wtb    
DNF Derek Hermon (USA) Bear Valley Bikes    
DNF Christopher Ragusa (USA) Ccb Volkswagen    
DNF Gannon Myall (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized    
DNF Jens Schwedler (Ger) Stevens Racing Team    
DNF Guillaume Nelessen (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team    
DNS Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona    
DNS Adam Mills (USA) Kccx-Verge    
DNS Will Gault (USA) Kccx-Verge    
DNS Brad Cole (USA) Kccx-Verge    
DNS Greg Lewis (USA) Directory Plus/ Trek    
DNS John Tzinberg (USA) Bike Religion    
DNS Jimmy Archer (USA)    
DNS Vince Roberge (USA) Trails Edge    
DNS Max Plaxton (Can) Shoair Specialized