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Deschutes Brewery Cup 2013

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December 7, 2013

December 07, Elite Men:

Johnson wins Deschutes Brewery Cup

Pat Malach
December 08, 2013, 10:27 GMT,
December 08, 2013, 11:33 GMT

Kabush takes second in bitterly cold conditions

Anything liquid froze quickly Saturday in Bend.

Anything liquid froze quickly Saturday in Bend.

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Tim Johnson ( fought off the bitter cold and a powerful start from Canadian Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) Saturday in Bend to win the Deschutes Brewery Cup, the final UCI C1 race on USA Cycling's Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar.

With temperatures at race time hovering near zero Fahrenheit and the familiar venue in Bend's Old Mill District covered in about six inches of fine powdery snow, riders needed a combination of skills, fitness and just-plain grit to push through an hour of racing as the sun began to set over Central Oregon.

The frozen, slippery conditions suited Johnson, who won a national title in Bend in 2009 under similar conditions.

“I enjoy the technical part,” Johnson said. “It's always a test. You have to go as fast as you can without going too fast, so it's a finesse thing and you kind of find these lines. But like everyone else out there – I'm sure – I crashed a couple of times and I scared myself a couple of times.”

Kabush struck first with a powerful first lap that only Yannick Eckmann (California Giant-Specialized) could follow. Johnson trailed just a little ways behind about halfway through the opening lap, with Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) right behind him. Other pre-race favorites, including Bend resident Ryan Trebon (, Pro CX Calendar leader Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) and Raleigh-Clement's Jamey Driscoll, were bunched up in traffic and still fighting their way to the front.

As Eckmann started to fade off Kabush's pace at the front, Johnson was clawing his way back to the leaders, first catching Eckmann and then dropping the Cal Giant rider. He caught Kabush a lap later and surged ahead of him as they passed though the start/finish about a third of the way through the race.

“Geoff was riding so fast at the beginning of the race that it was really tough to get him,” Johnson said. “And then once we were riding together, I was just trying desperately to get around him. He was flying.”

Once past Kabush, Johnson pressed the pace for the first third of the next lap and established what would eventually be his winning gap. Kabush chased Johnson by himself throughout the remainder of the race but could only get within 20 seconds of the winner by the finish.

Behind the two leaders, Eckmann continued to fade and dropped to sixth as Driscoll and Trebon poured it on. Powers, with his entire face covered with a mask, started to warm up and was also slowly moving forward. The series leader had just enough juice to get past Trebon by end of the race, finishing fourth behind Driscoll, 1:40 off Johnson's pace. Trebon settled for fifth, another 14 seconds back.

After the race, Johnson praised the spectators who braved the cold to come out and watch the race, and he noted that the riders weren't the only people at the venue looking for clever ways to beat the cold.

“I saw some groups of people who would go to their car and then come back out, then go to the car and come back out every time I was coming around,” he said. “It was awesome, awesome riding out there. So much fun.”

Cyclo-cross continues Sunday in Bend with the final race of the 2013 Cross Crusade series.


# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tim Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b 1:01:57  
2 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 0:00:20  
3 James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh-Clement 0:00:31  
4 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:00:40  
5 Ryan Trebon (USA) 0:00:54  
6 Yannick Eckmann (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:01:15  
7 Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh Clement 0:01:27  
8 Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement 0:02:13  
9 Danny Summerhill (USA) K-Edge/Felt Bicycles 0:02:27  
10 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:02:36  
11 Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:38  
12 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:03:00  
13 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Bicycle 0:03:02  
14 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 0:03:07  
15 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Clif Bar 0:03:11  
16 Logan Owen (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:03:27  
17 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:03:35  
18 Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Set Coaching-Specialized 0:03:37  
19 Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart    
20 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:04:25  
21 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 0:04:43  
22 Kevin Noiles (Can) Bicycle Blue Books-HRS 0:05:19  
23 Scott Chapin (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS 0:05:28  
24 Mike Wilk (USA) 3D Racing 0:05:32  
25 Joachim Parbo (USA) Challenge Tires 0:05:48  
26 Sean Babcock (USA) Team S&M 0:07:06  
27 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:08:59  
28 Shawn Mitchell (USA)    
29 Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team    
30 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona    
31 Josh Johnson (USA) Giant Bicycle    
32 Andre Sutton (Can) Hardcore Bikes    
33 Josh Kelley (USA) Bailey Bikes Spy    
34 Wodtli (USA) Speedvagen Racing Machines    
35 Patrick Means (USA) Team S&M    
36 Andrew Juiliano (USA) Bicycle Blue Book/hrs/rock Lobs    
37 Chris Bagg (USA) Athletes Lounge Cycling Team    
38 Nick Schaffner (USA) Marc Pro-Strava    
39 Brad Winn (USA) Team S&M    
40 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona    
41 Kailin Waterman (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS    
42 Kaler Marshall (USA) Allegro Cyclery    
43 Derek Yarra (USA) Mash SF    
DNF Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus    
DNF Ryan Knapp (USA) Pony Shop Cyclocross    
DNS Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling    
DNS Scott Gray (USA) Team Oregon    
DNS Colin Dunlap (USA) Hutches Bend