Trebon turns the tables with victory over Powers

Berden takes the final podium spot in Gloucester

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) reminded a strong field on Sunday at the UCI C2 Gran Prix of Gloucester in Gloucester, Massachusetts that he is a force to be reckoned with. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) settled for 2nd place on the day in front 3rd place finisher Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement). 

While Sunday’s weather forecast had called for clear skies and only a slight chance of rain in the afternoon, torrential downpours began shortly after 8 o’clock in the morning and didn’t cease until late afternoon. The rain and 800 returning amateur races from the previous day’s events left the course a soupy, sloppy, muddy mess for the UCI Elite Men and Women.

It wasn’t less than half a lap into the Men’s race that a lead group of nine riders was established and distanced itself from the rest of the field. To the surprise of many, it was the amateur rider Dylan McNicholas who led the charge up the stairs for the first time. In his wake were Trebon, Berden, Powers, Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus), Ian Field (Hargrove Cycles/Specialized), Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat - Auber 93), and Tristan Schouten (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies).

"I was following Trebon on the backside of the course the first time through and when he bobbled I just held my line and the next thing I knew I was leading the race. I didn’t want to be there, necessarily, but I wasn’t going to not pedal up there."

Ben Berden repeatedly applied pressure to the initial group of nine but it was eventually the pair of Powers and Trebon who pulled away on the third lap of the six lap event. Driscoll, Johnson, and Berden were left behind. Further back, McDonald chased on his own while a fading McNicholas, Bazin, Field and Schouten tried to limit their losses another 10 seconds behind McDonald.

At the end of the 3rd lap, Trebon attacked Powers coming past the pits heading into a tricky section of off-camber turns that required the riders to dismount and run in certain sections. Coming out of this section, Trebon had a 5 second gap over a deflated Jeremy Powers.

By the end of the fourth lap, Trebon extended his lead to 30 seconds and Johnson and Berden made contact with Powers. Powers took the better part of the next lap to regain his composure and with one lap remaining he countered an attack from Ben Berden. While Berden was able to maintain contact with Powers, the acceleration detached Johnson from the trio.

Trebon crossed the line alone for the win 24 seconds ahead of Powers who was eventually able to rid himself of Berden in the race’s final 300 meters. Johnson finished the day in 4th place, 15 seconds behind Berden and McDonald rounded out the top five, another 20 seconds behind Johnson.

When asked how he was able to get away from Powers, Trebon said, "I think I was just more comfortable through the turns and the mud. This is the kind of cross racing I like to do, you know? I like the muddy, technical courses."

Powers admitted he still has some work to do on his racing in the mud, saying, "I’ve been working on my skills in the mud, but it’s still my weakness. I’ve shown that I’ve made some improvements last year and hopefully this year."

Full Results
1 Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 1:04:06  
2 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:00:24  
3 Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement 0:00:30  
4 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:00:45  
5 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:01:05  
6 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:01:21  
7 Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized 0:02:07  
8 Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big-Mat Auber 93 0:02:18  
9 Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:48  
10 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:03:54  
11 Dylan McNicholas (USA) 0:04:03  
12 Joachim Parbo (Den) Hammel CK 0:04:18  
13 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:04:45  
14 Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder 0:04:56  
15 Mike Garrigan (Can) stagerace 0:05:36  
16 Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross 0:05:37  
17 Justin Lindine (USA) Redline 0:05:41  
18 Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes 0:05:46  
19 Christian Favata (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix 0:05:51  
20 Craig Richey (Can) 0:06:03  
21 Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada 0:06:29  
22 Anthony Clark (USA) JAM Fund / NCC 0:06:34  
23 Dan Timmerman (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix 0:07:02  
24 Jeremy Durrin (USA) JAM Fund / NCC 0:07:24  
25 Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Norco Factory Team 0:07:32  
26 Manny Goguen (USA) C.F. Racing p/b Trek Portsmouth    
27 Adam Myerson (USA) Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis 0:07:33  
28 Marc-Andre Daigle (Can) Garneau-Quebecor 0:07:40  
29 Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M    
30 Joël Desgreniers (Can) Ride with Rendall 0:07:50  
31 Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 0:08:00  
32 Nicholas Keough (USA) 0:08:05  
33 Daniel Chabanov (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix 0:08:43  
34 Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big-Mat Auber 93 0:08:54  
35 Derrick St John (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery 0:09:10  
36 Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team 0:09:35  
37 Michael Broderick (USA) Team Kenda-Seven-NoTubes 0:10:18  
38 Thomas Sampson (USA) JAM Fund / NCC 0:10:34  
39 Patrick Chartrand (Can) Les Yables/Rocky Mountain 0:11:03  
40 Jesse Keough (USA) 0:11:14  
41 Maksym Shepitko (Ukr) Hudson Furniture Racing Team 0:11:32  
-1lap Colin Reuter (USA)    
-1lap Mark McCormack (USA) Clif Bar/Pactimo    
-1lap Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R Block    
-1lap Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team    
-1lap Adam St. Germain (USA) NBX Bikes/Quadfire Racing/Narragans    
-1lap Joshua Thornton (USA) St. Pete Bike and Fitness    
-1lap Synjen Marrocco (USA)    
-1lap Conor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery    
-1lap Felix Wilberg (Can)    
-2laps Evan Huff (USA) / Joe's Garage    
-2laps Benjamin Padilla (USA)    
-2laps Michael Wissell (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco    
-2laps Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies    
-2laps Ian Schon (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco    
-2laps Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) Trek-Bontrager    
-2laps Johannes Huseby (USA) Cannondale    
-2laps Eric Lundgren (USA) JBV Coaching    
-2laps John Burns (USA) Burns Racing    
-2laps Thierry Laliberté (Can) Xprezo-Borsao    
-2laps Kristopher Dobie (USA) Cycle-Smart    
-2laps Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can) Siboire    
-2laps Evan Murphy (USA) NYC Velo    
-2laps Cary Fridrich (USA) Mad Alchemy/Verge Rider Cooperative    
-2laps Joshua Lehmann (USA) Boston Bicycle School    
-2laps Joshua Friedman (USA) The Devil's Gear Bike Shop    
-2laps Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal    
-3laps Kiernan Orange (Can) Ride with Rendall    
-3laps Timothy Durrin (USA) NYCross    
-3laps Andrew Lysaght (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco    
-3laps Gordon Daniell (USA) CRCA/W+D Racing    
-3laps Kevin Wolfson (USA) Mad Alchemy-Verge Rider Cooperative    
DNF Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus    
DNF Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar    
DNF Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Ride with Rendall    
DNF Geoffrey Bouchard (USA) NBX Bikes/Narragansett Beer p/b Apex    
DNF Jeffrey Elie (USA) Riverside Racing    
DNF Alex Cox (USA) CCB Racing    
DNF Michael Garrett (USA) MIT-FXDD    
DNF Noah Tautfest (USA) Bicycle Express/Kona Bikes    
DNF Alex Grabau (USA) Spin Arts Cycling    
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