Powers makes it five straight in Bend

American also claims second consecutive series

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) claimed his fifth consecutive Exergy USGP victory at the Deschutes Cup in Bend, Oregon, putting in another flawless performance to best Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) and Canadian Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain).

Unlike the previous day's head-to-head battle with Tim Johnson where the strongest man won, this time Powers prevailed by capitalizing on the mistakes of his opponents, which on a dry, dusty and rocky course, were plentiful.

It was the second consecutive overall series win for Powers, but the contrast mirrored the day's race, as last year's epic battle with Johnson morphed into a display of consistency that demonstrated a level of maturity in Powers.

"Last year's series was really down to the wire with Tim and it was more dramatic, but it's different. This year I had my second race in the series go really badly. I had bad legs and it was in really nasty mud," Powers said. "Louisville went a lot better for me, and I've been trying to stay as consistent as I can all season. To win back to back to back USGP titles is great. I'm really proud of it.

"I've been working hard at it so long, and if I hadn't won here today I would have still be fine, but today it just felt right. It felt really good to win here. It's something special that I'll look back on."

While conditions were considerably colder than the previous day in Bend and the skies clouded over, the course remained bone dry and rocky, and the dusty surface proved the undoing of a number of top riders.

Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Clement) took the hole shot, but a crash on the second lap knocked him out of the leading group, and Kabush claimed the race lead with a handful of seconds over Johnson, Powers and an impressive Danny Summerhill (Chipotle).

Summerhill bridged across to Kabush, leaving Powers, Driscoll and Rapha-Focus rider Chris Jones chasing as Johnson too suffered a crash on the third lap which jammed his chain and left him half a minute behind.

The chasing group had just made the juncture to the two leaders when Summerhill went down in a sharp bend, holding up Kabush and allowing Driscoll a gap that he tried to capitalize on.

"I was on the front so I had a gap and I had to take advantage of it," Driscoll said. "Jeremy was the only one able to get through the carnage and get up to me."

While Powers sat on in hopes that his teammate Jones would join him at the front, Driscoll was forced to set the pace, using up valuable energy as the cold winds began to stiffen.

Despite having to tow Powers around a bit, Driscoll was happy with his performance on the day. "I was riding well today, but Jeremy's stronger than me in addition to being able to sit on my wheel for a couple laps. I was doing everything I could do to only lose so much time, but I'm still very happy with my race."

Powers made his bid for victory in the penultimate lap, and was able to pull out enough of a gap that Driscoll was forced to focus on fending off the push from Kabush, who was riding away from Jones to take the final podium spot and third overall in the USGP series.

"I ran right into Summerhill, and that's when the gap opened up," Kabush explained. "After the crash I had to deal with Jones. But I'm really happy with the podium, and I guess I'm second overall. I really had a good day."

After being pushed to his limit by Johnson on the previous day, Powers said he didn't have the snap to make an impression on the early laps, but that he knew to stay calm and avoid making the kinds of mistakes that were the undoing of Summerhill, Johnson and Berden.

"I felt the others were going over their heads a little and ended up making mistakes. That's one of the things on a course like this one, and in cyclo-cross in general. If they're over their limit they can slide out or crash, and that's when you have to pounce. I was being conservative, certainly, I was trying to be smart as well and use what I had to my best advantage."

While he admitted to waiting for Jones for a time, Powers knew that with the amount of pressure coming from Driscoll, he would have to become the aggressor, and he timed it perfectly.

"I attacked him with two to go and put a little time into him, then I did one last lap as hard as I could. It felt really good to sew this up with two wins in Bend and two in Louisville, it's just awesome."

Full results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha/Focus 1:00:41  
2 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com    
3 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain 0:00:23  
4 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha/Focus    
5 Christian Heule (Sui) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com    
6 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale Pb Cyclocrossworld.Com    
7 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:01:08  
8 Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue Bicycles    
9 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles/Shimano 0:01:12  
10 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha/Focus    
11 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi/Shimano 0:01:57  
12 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder / Clif Bar 0:02:04  
13 Aaron Bradford (USA) Bay101/Hrs/Rocklobster 0:02:16  
14 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team 0:02:33  
15 Kevin Noiles (Can) Sportique    
16 Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 0:02:51  
17 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 0:02:56  
18 Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant Cycling    
19 Jerome Townsend (USA) Smartstop / Mockorangebikes Pb Ridley 0:03:09  
20 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:03:34  
21 Mark Mcconnell (Can) Synergy Racing 0:03:39  
22 Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar    
23 Chris Jackson (USA) Rambuski Law 0:03:43  
24 Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M 0:03:48  
25 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized Mtb    
26 Chris Mackay (USA) Realcyclist.Com    
27 Josh Whitney (USA) Rocky Mounts Izze 0:05:33  
28 Jake Wells (USA) Stan'S Notubes Elite Cyclocross Team 0:05:34  
29 Scott Tietzel (USA) Plains To Peaks Racing 0:05:38  
30 Damian Schmitt (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside Sports    
31 Matt Lyons (USA) University Of Denver 0:06:18  
32 Brent Gorman (USA) Speedway Cycles 0:06:20  
33 Cody Peterson (USA)    
34 Drew Mackenzie (Can) Condo Group/Shimano/Marin  -2 laps  
35 John-Christian Flack (USA) Olympia Orthopaedic Associates  -2 laps  
36 John Behrens (USA) Bailey Bikes  -3 laps  
37 Jason Holbrook (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport  -3 laps  
38 Nathan Bannerman (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue Competitive Cycles  -3 laps  
39 Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team  -4 laps  
40 Scott Chapin (USA) Bay 101/Hrs/Rocklobster  -4 laps  
41 Evan Renwick (USA) Cycle U-Pop Cap  -4 laps  
42 Chris Ellis (USA) Cycling North West  -5 laps  
43 Matthew Fox (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside  -6 laps  
44 James Gentes (USA)  -7 laps  
DNF Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale - Stoemper    
DNF Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.Com / Joe'S Garage    
DNF Gian Dalle Angelini (USA) Rio Blanco    
DNF Carl Decker (USA) Giant    
DNF Donald Reeb (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue    
DNF John Bailey (USA) Bailey Bikes    
DNS Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar    
DNS Molly Cameron (USA)    
DNS Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony    
DNS John Mundelius (USA) Cal Giant/Specialized    
DNS Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Corsa Concepts Cyclocross Team    
DNS Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized Mtb    
DNS Alex Wentz (USA) Team Oregon P/B Laurelwood Brewing    
DNS Cole Sprague (USA)    


Exergy USGP final series standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus 332  pts
2 Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 226  
3 Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt 226  
4 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 206  
5 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 177  
6 Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper 133  
7 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha Focus 107  
8 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 93  
9 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 92  
10 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 90  

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