Trebon out-sprints Johnson in USGP thriller

Craig attacks to claim final podium place

After twice coming in as runner-up during the 2009 and 2010 national championships in Bend and then missing the inaugural Deschutes Brewery Cup because of injury last year, Ryan Trebon finally scored a big hometown win Saturday at the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

The Bend resident out-sprinted Tim Johnson down the finishing straight after the two Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com teammates separated themselves from an elite lead group of four about halfway through the 60-minute race.

“I'm stoked,” a shivering Trebon said after the race, which finished in near darkness and close-to-freezing temperatures. “Unfortunately, I wasn't able to race last year, and so it's nice to come out here and win this year. It's always nice racing at home. I always like being here, and I think we get the most rambunctious crowds all season here in Oregon and especially in Bend. It was awesome. It was a good race today.”

Day one of the USGP finale started off fast and furious as a youth movement led by Danny Summerhill (Chipotle Development Team) and Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) blasted off the start line to take the holeshot into turn one leading to the largely dirt and wooded section of the course.

As the riders emerged from the woods, Trebon had joined Summerhill, and the duo had a gap of about five seconds over Johnson, McDonald and Yannick Eckmann (Cal Giant-Specialized) as they started the second of nine laps. Half a lap later, Johnson and Eckmann had joined the leaders, while McDonald, Adam Craig (Rabobank), Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) dangled just behind.

Starting lap four, the lead quartet, which now included Summerhill, Trebon, Johnson and Eckmann, had a dozen seconds on Craig, Driscoll, Berden and McDonald. Summerhill continually attacked the lead group, hoping a couple of podium finishes in Bend could lift him from sixth overall onto the series podium. Trebon was impressed with Summerhill's aggressiveness, but not really worried.

“He was pretty good,” Trebon said if his younger opponent. “But I could tell he was going hard because he wasn't super smooth on the bike. He was making little mistakes.”

One of those mistakes cost Summerhill his spot with the leaders just as they were about to start lap five. Summerhill tangled with some course tape in an off-camber grass section just before the start/finish straightaway and fell hard, smashing his helmet on the ground with force.

“I was hoping for a win/podium today,” Summerhill said. “But that was obviously not gonna happen once I hit the deck that hard. I think I broke my helmet. I did a real good number. I'm just glad it was grass that I landed on and not pavement.”

Summerhill's crash prompted Trebon to attack, which also spelled the end of Eckmann's ride with the leaders. As they turned the corner to start lap six, Trebon and Johnson had a 13-second lead over Eckmann and another healthy gap back to Summerhill, Craig, Driscoll and Berden.

Seeing his opportunity for a podium spot riding just up the road in Eckmann, Summerhill pressed the pace again, eventually pulling Eckmann back into the chase group, while Johnson and Trebon worked well together to add another 20 seconds to their advantage.

“Once I made a big effort and Tim came up to me, we kind of just sat on each other and worked together little bit,” Trebon said. “But it's kind of one of those things where we wait until the gap is big enough and then we can race each other for the win.”

Trebon and Johnson had several conversations during the race as they motored over the smooth pavement of the start/finish straight, and it looked like Trebon was “encouraging” his teammate to take a turn on the front. But Johnson said they were both always on the same page.

“We were talking about sharing the load because we had a gap over third place,” Johnson said. “It's kind of one of those things where we help contribute to stay away so that we have a shot to win, and not have someone make a mistake and someone else comes up and messes with our party.”

While Johnson and Trebon made arrangements for their own party, the battle for the final podium spot was lighting off fireworks behind them. While Summerhill and Craig appeared to be the strongest riders in the chase group, another bobble by the Chipotle rider opened the gate for Craig to ride onto the podium.

“I let Adam go, stupidly, because I crashed into some fencing, and that was all she wrote,” Summerhill said. “Better luck next time, I guess. I'll be back tomorrow.”

With Craig now chasing solo about 45 seconds back, and the rest of the chasers spread out behind him, the battle for the top two podium spots shifted into high gear. Johnson tried to ditch Trebon in some of the tight turns of the wooded section, but his teammate adhered to him like a wet tongue to a frozen pole.

“I tried to get Ryan to make a mistake a couple of times in the woods,” Johnson said. “But he was riding really well in the technical stuff. In the straightaways he's obviously such a big, strong, powerful rider, it's always tough to match him like that.”

Trebon had the same idea and looked for his opportunity to jump around Johnson on the final lap so he could have the lead going through the final corner.

“I knew I needed to be in the front for the sprint, and so I kind of took the inside before the last little turn at the exit of pit 2,” Trebon said. “I just kind of kept the tempo up and tried to position myself well so I could lead out the sprint. It's so short, there's no way I could have come around.”

Trebon's strategy worked; he led through the final corner and easily held off Johnson for the win. Craig held on for third, coming in 54 seconds after the leaders. Summerhill came in fourth, followed by McDonald, the top U23 finisher. Craig's result marked his first podium appearance at the USGP, and it provided some extra motivation for the rest of the season.

“This was always the goal, to be in the mix,” Craig said. “It would have been nice to make the separation with [Johnson and Trebon] early in the race. I'll definitely try and do that tomorrow, because once you get a little taste. It would be good to keep the other local smokey honest, too. It's awesome to be on the podium, and I didn't expect this at all.”

Will the “other local smokey” to which Craig was referring be back for another taste of the winner's step on Sunday? Trebon wouldn't make any predictions.

“Tomorrow is a different day,” he said.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:01:21 
2Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:01 
3Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:00:54 
4Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle-First Solar Development Team0:00:58 
5Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus0:01:01 
6Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized  
7James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:02 
8Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:01:16 
9Todd Wells (USA) Specialized0:01:36 
10Justin Lindine (USA) Redline  
11Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:01:49 
12Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:01 
13Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:02:41 
14Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder0:02:55 
15Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona0:02:58 
16Alex Candelario (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:03:05 
17Sean Babcock (USA) Kona  
18Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:03:37 
19Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:53 
20Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:03:54 
21Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar  
22Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:57 
23Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt0:04:07 
24Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team0:04:09 
25Kevin Noiles (Can) cyclocrossracing.com0:04:16 
26Aaron Schooler (Can) Norco Bicycles - SRI Importing0:04:20 
27Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant0:04:21 
28Craig Richey (Can) SponsorConnected.com p/b Ridley Bikes0:04:25 
29Brennan Wodtli (USA) All Access Racing0:04:32 
30Zane Godby (USA) enCompass Racing0:04:50 
31Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar0:04:57 
32Mike Sherer (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:05:01 
33Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing0:05:07 
34Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M0:05:15 
35Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:05:27 
36Eric Thompson (USA) Plan C p/b Challenge Tires0:05:30 
37Mike Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart0:05:32 
38Gian Dalle Angelini (USA) Don Walker Cycles0:05:33 
39Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona0:06:25 
40 (-2 laps)Patrick Means (USA) Team S&M  
41Chris Brandt (USA) Honey Stinger/Bontrager  
42Aaron Bradford (USA) Bicyle Blue Book/HRS/Rock Lobster Cycles  
43Paul Lacava (USA) Giant Bicycles  
44Damian Schmitt (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside Spo  
45Josh Kelley (USA) Bailey Bikes SPY  
46Phil Grove (USA) Hammer Nutrition  
47Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) BikeHausDurango  
48Tyler Coplea (USA) BH-Hammer Nutrition  
49Alex Work (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster Cycles  
50Brandon Cross (USA) Cole Sport  
51Bjorn Selander (USA) Plan C p/b Challenge Tires  
52 (-3 laps)Scott Chapin (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster Cycles  
53Bjorn Fox (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team  
54Kolby Preble (USA) Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team  
55 (-4 laps)James Williams (USA) Adventures Edge  
56Erik Hamilton (USA) University Bicycles  
57Sean Leader (USA) CycleWorks  
58 (-5 laps)Nathan Brown (USA) Superfly Cycles  
59Brent Gorman (USA) Volkswagen Boise  
60Donald Reeb (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue  
61Chris Thibodeau (USA) SHO-AIR/S.E.R.T./ T.O.N.C  
62Kendal Johnson (USA) Team Rambuski Law  
63Drew Mackenzie (Can) Condo Group/Shimano/Marin  
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus  
DNFShawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com  
DNFShaun Adamson (Can) Velocity Cycling Club  
DNFChris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles  
DNSJason Siegle (USA) SDG/Felt p/b IRT Wheels  
DNSGraham Howard (USA)  
DNSDavid Reyes (USA) SRAM Factory  
DNSLuke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team  

Final USGP Series Standings - Elite Men

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus284 pts
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld233 
3Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld192 
4Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement192 
5Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus144 
6Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle-First Solar Development Team136 
7James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld119 
8Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized91 
9Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies86 
10Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing84 
11Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team74 
12Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder70 
13Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing68 
14Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus67 
15Justin Lindine (USA) Redline39 
16Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada39 
17Jonathan Page (USA)37 
18Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement33 
19Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar28 
20Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective24 
21Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team22 
22Alex Candelario (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies16 
23Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona15 
24Todd Wells (USA) Specialized14 
25Barry Wicks (USA) Kona14 
26Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar12 
27Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross12 
28Dan Timmerman (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix9 
29Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized8 
30Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes8 
31Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo7 
32Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team7 
33Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective7 
34Bryan Fawley (USA) Dallas Bike Works7 
35Russell Finsterwald (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective6 
36Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes6 
37Alex Candelario (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies5 
38Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies5 
39Sean Babcock (USA) Kona4 
40Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports3 
41Corey Stelljes (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com3 
42Shawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com2 
43Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt1 
44Adam Morka (Can)1 
45Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing1 
46Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team1 

Final USGP Series Standings - U23 Men

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized300 pts
2Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada217 
3Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus200 
4Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized181 
5Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant158 
6Russell Finsterwald (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective120 
7Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo90 
8Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team77 
9Zane Godby (USA) enCompass Racing65 
10Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires63 
11Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing62 
12Andrew Dillman (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team40 
13Jesse Goodrich (USA) Evol Elite Racing40 
14Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverine Racing Elite CX38 
15Robin Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized36 
16Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team32 
17Adam Morka (Can)30 
18Tyler Coplea (USA) BH-Hammer Nutrition29 
19Skyler Trujillo (USA) Boo Bikes29 
20Kolby Preble (USA) Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team25 
21Mike Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart23 
22Kerry Werner Jr. (USA) BMC U23 Development Team22 
23Bjorn Fox (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team17 
24Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin17 
25Dean Haas (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors16 
26Michael Sampson (USA) Team Alpine Clinic / POC15 
27Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team14 
28Adam York (USA) Cleveland Clinic Sports Health14 
29Lewis Gaffney (USA) Team FITaos13 
30Kendal Johnson (USA) Team Rambuski Law12 
31Richard Cypress Gorry (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized11 
32Connor Wilson (Can) Juventus Cycling Club11 
33Jesse Rients (USA) KUHL10 
34Tom Burke (USA) Lathrup Industries/Giant Bicycles9 
35Matt Lyons (USA) Primal 1st Bank8 
36Johnathan Freter (USA) Don Walker Cycles Racing4 
37Zeb King (USA) MOB p/b Ridley4 

 

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