Powers prevails in Bend battle with Johnson

Summerhill gains first elite USGP podium

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) sewed up the overall Exergy USGP series with a déjà vu battle against his former teammate Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) in Bend.

While the race is the penultimate round in the series, Powers accrued enough points to make it impossible for Geoff Kabush to overtake him in the standings. Currently second place in the standings, Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) is sitting out the final weekend with a leg injury.

It's the first time this year that Powers and Johnson, who were the main two protagonists of last season, have gone head to head at the front of a race, and Johnson very nearly got the better of his foe. In the final lap, Powers was able to close down a small gap to Johnson and out-sprint the former US champion for his fourth win in the series.

Danny Summerhill (Chipotle) took the final podium spot from a chasing group over Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld).

Powers knew to watch out for Johnson, who has had a slower than normal start to the season but who won his first two races of the year in the past two weeks.

"Tim's been riding good, and I never discount him," Powers said. "He's been trying hard all season. I let my form go a little after Koksijde - I needed to take a break before building up for nationals. I haven't been in race mode every weekend, and the other guys have been coming up. I expected Tim to be catching up, and I definitely saw it today."

Powers made a mistake on the second to last lap which very nearly ended his time at the front with Johnson, but when Johnson didn't capitalize on the opportunity, Powers was ready to pounce.

"I had a bobble with two to go when I was off the bike and had a mis-shift. I should have been in a different gear. I was in too big a gear when I went to accelerate, and had to get off the bike. Tim got a few seconds and I had to bring him back. That was his opportunity to win the race, and he didn't. So then I knew I had to try and be as aggressive as I could. I took the front in the last lap and didn't let him take it back.

"Tim wants to win, he hasn't won a GP yet, we have one more race to go and I expect he'll be there tomorrow."

Johnson was aiming for today's race as his opportunity to win one of the Exergy USGP rounds and was disappointed to miss out especially considering Sunday's final round is the last domestic UCI race before the national championships.

"I'm bummed the domestic scene is over already, but hopefully I can win tomorrow. But today was the day I wanted the most," Johnson said.

Johnson chalked up his loss to his unwillingness to be "cut-throat".

"Going into the last lap I was content to let [Powers] stay in the lead for the majority of the lap. I knew I could out-run him on the stairs, and I came inside in the final corner and when I stood up to accelerate I was in too small a gear.

"I could have shut the door on him - it was probably my biggest mistake not doing that. If I wanted to be cut-throat I would have, but shoving someone into the barriers is no way to win a race."

Yet Johnson was satisfied to see that he had pushed his former teammate to his limits. "There wasn't a whole lot left in either of us," Johnson said. "I felt like I had good legs and could punch it - and do a lot of the things that Jeremy has been doing to us this year, I felt like I could answer for the first time this year. I'll take that as a big plus."

Unlike last year's national championships, which took place on the same course covered in snow and mud, the recent dry weather left the circuit dry, dusty and rocky making the off-camber gravel corners treacherous. 59 riders lined up under sunny skies, but with a chilly wind blowing down the finishing straight.

Berden claimed the hole shot over Summerhill, who is racing his final cyclo-cross events of the year, but after an aggressive opening lap, the Chipotle rider faded back to fourth place as Rapha-Focus rider Chris Jones went to the front and opened up a lead with Powers and Johnson.

However, a crash soon dropped Jones out of the leading group which began to separate itself from the rest of the field. Johnson and Powers soon began to pull away from Kabush, Summerhill, Chris Shepperd (Rocky Mountain/Shimano), Berden and Driscoll as Jones was left chasing with his young teammate Zach McDonald.

Powers and Johnson proved to be equally matched, with only a few minor mistake by each rider allowing small gaps to form from time to time. Johnson opened up a lead in the penultimate lap, but Powers was able to close it and the Rapha-Focus rider once again unleashed his punchy sprint to take his first victory in Bend.

As the chasing five played cat and mouse, Jones and McDonald made the juncture in the penultimate lap, but a last-lap crash from Jones split the group, allowing Driscoll and Summerhill to gain an advantage. Summerhill easily out-sprinted Driscoll to take third.

Danny Summerhill talks about his third place

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha/Focus1:05:20 
2Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com  
3Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team0:00:35 
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com0:00:37 
5Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale - Stoemper0:00:45 
6Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain0:00:49 
7Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles/Shimano0:00:53 
8Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha/Focus0:01:03 
9Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha/Focus0:01:30 
10Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:01:58 
11Mitchell Hoke (USA) Tokyo Joe'S0:02:02 
12Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com0:02:12 
13Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:02:15 
14Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:02:27 
15Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder / Clif Bar0:02:45 
16Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized Mtb0:02:47 
17Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi/Shimano0:03:13 
18Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue Bicycles0:03:14 
19Kevin Noiles (Can) Sportique0:03:34 
20Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:50 
21Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:04:36 
22Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant Cycling0:04:44 
23Russell Stevenson (USA) Raleigh0:04:48 
24Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M0:04:49 
25Steve Fisher (USA) Revel Consulting / Rad Racing Nw0:05:22 
26Donald Reeb (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue0:05:23 
27Jake Wells (USA) Stan'S Notubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:05:28 
28Carl Decker (USA) Giant0:05:33 
29Mark Mcconnell (Can) Synergy Racing0:05:57 
30Scott Tietzel (USA) Plains To Peaks Racing0:06:03 
31Damian Schmitt (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside Sports0:06:32 
32 (-3 laps)Chris Mackay (USA) Realcyclist.Com  
33Gian Dalle Angelini (USA) Rio Blanco  
34 (-4 laps)Josh Whitney (USA) Rocky Mounts Izze  
35Aaron Bradford (USA) Bay101/Hrs/Rocklobster  
36Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team  
37John-Christian Flack (USA) Olympia Orthopaedic Associates  
38Paul Lacava (USA) Giant Cycling Club/ Giant Cycling Team  
39Jason Holbrook (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport  
40Nathan Bannerman (USA) Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue Competitive Cycles  
41Brent Gorman (USA) Speedway Cycles  
42Chris Jackson (USA) Rambuski Law  
43Matthew Fox (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside  
44 (-5 laps)John Behrens (USA) Bailey Bikes  
45John Bailey (USA) Bailey Bikes  
46Matt Lyons (USA) University Of Denver  
47John Mundelius (USA) Cal Giant/Specialized  
48 (-6 laps)Cole Sprague (USA) Reed College  
49Evan Renwick (USA) Cycle U-Pop Cap  
50Henry Kramer (USA) Cal Giant / Specialized  
51 (-9 laps)James Gentes (USA)  
DNFJerome Townsend (USA) Smartstop / Mockorangebikes/Ridley  
DNFAaron Tuckerman (NZl) Corsa Concepts Cyclocross Team  
DNFDrew Mackenzie (Can) Condo Group/Shimano/Marin  
DNFJustin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.Com / Joe'S Garage  
DNSMolly Cameron (USA) USA  
Elite men - Exergy USGP series standings after 7 rounds
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha Focus282pts
2Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt226 
3Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain192 
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld166 
5Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld154 
6Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper133 
7Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea90 
8Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha Focus77 
9Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar73 
10Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team66 
11Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano66 
12Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld66 
13Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Bicycles65 
14Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha Focus63 
15Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar63 
16Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus60 
17Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea60 
18Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing53 
19Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles50 
20Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar43 
21Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport31 
22Barry Wicks (USA) Kona28 
23Sean Babcock (USA) Kona23 
24Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized23 
25Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.com-Joe's Garage15 
26Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C1010 
27Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team10 
28Evan McNeely (Can) EMD Serono-Specialized9 
29Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)9 
30Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team7 
31Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team6 
32Travis Livermon (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley5 
33Jerome Townsend (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley5 
34Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized5 
35Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block3 
36Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada3 
37Kevin Noiles (Can) Sportique2 
38Bryan Alders (USA) Epic Endurance2 
39Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar1 
40Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized1 
41Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross1 
U23 men - Exergy USGP series standings after 7 rounds
1Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha Focus308pts
2Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus298 
3Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized248 
4Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires140 
5Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires76 
6Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.com73 
7Evan McNeely (Can) EMD Serono-Specialized63 
8Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines-Acfstores.com61 
9Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team60 
10Lukas Müller (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School56 
11Jared Stafford (Can) Ride With Rendall53 
12Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo52 
13Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team42 
14Thomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & Sprocket40 
15Weston Luzadder (USA) NUVO-Cultural Trail-Marian University31 
16Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano Team31 
17Steve Fisher (USA) Revel Consulting - Rad Racing NW30 
18Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing24 
19Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue Sky24 
20Matt Lyons (USA) University of Denver23 
21Cole Sprague (USA) Reed College20 
22Evan Renwick (USA) Cycle U-Pop Cap17 
23Gunnar Bergey (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes17 
24Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Competition Cycles17 
25Clayton Omer (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross14 
26Mitch Nordahl (USA) MNJRC12 
27Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions9 
28Alex Dayton (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley6 

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