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December 08, Elite men:

Trebon out-sprints Johnson in USGP thriller

By:
Pat Malach
Published:
December 09, 2012, 4:00 GMT,
Updated:
December 10, 2012, 15:08 GMT

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) Team Result
1 Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 1:01:21  
2 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:00:01  
3 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:00:54  
4 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle-First Solar Development Team 0:00:58  
5 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 0:01:01  
6 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized    
7 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:01:02  
8 Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement 0:01:16  
9 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized 0:01:36  
10 Justin Lindine (USA) Redline    
11 Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement 0:01:49  
12 Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:02:01  
13 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 0:02:41  
14 Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder 0:02:55  
15 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 0:02:58  
16 Alex Candelario (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:03:05  
17 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona    
18 Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 0:03:37  
19 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:03:53  
20 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:03:54  
21 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar    
22 Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:03:57  
23 Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt 0:04:07  
24 Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team 0:04:09  
25 Kevin Noiles (Can) cyclocrossracing.com 0:04:16  
26 Aaron Schooler (Can) Norco Bicycles - SRI Importing 0:04:20  
27 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant 0:04:21  
28 Craig Richey (Can) SponsorConnected.com p/b Ridley Bikes 0:04:25  
29 Brennan Wodtli (USA) All Access Racing 0:04:32  
30 Zane Godby (USA) enCompass Racing 0:04:50  
31 Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:04:57  
32 Mike Sherer (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:05:01  
33 Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing 0:05:07  
34 Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M 0:05:15  
35 Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com 0:05:27  
36 Eric Thompson (USA) Plan C p/b Challenge Tires 0:05:30  
37 Mike Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart 0:05:32  
38 Gian Dalle Angelini (USA) Don Walker Cycles 0:05:33  
39 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 0:06:25  
40 (-2 laps) Patrick Means (USA) Team S&M    
41 Chris Brandt (USA) Honey Stinger/Bontrager    
42 Aaron Bradford (USA) Bicyle Blue Book/HRS/Rock Lobster Cycles    
43 Paul Lacava (USA) Giant Bicycles    
44 Damian Schmitt (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside Spo    
45 Josh Kelley (USA) Bailey Bikes SPY    
46 Phil Grove (USA) Hammer Nutrition    
47 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) BikeHausDurango    
48 Tyler Coplea (USA) BH-Hammer Nutrition    
49 Alex Work (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster Cycles    
50 Brandon Cross (USA) Cole Sport    
51 Bjorn Selander (USA) Plan C p/b Challenge Tires    
52 (-3 laps) Scott Chapin (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster Cycles    
53 Bjorn Fox (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team    
54 Kolby Preble (USA) Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team    
55 (-4 laps) James Williams (USA) Adventures Edge    
56 Erik Hamilton (USA) University Bicycles    
57 Sean Leader (USA) CycleWorks    
58 (-5 laps) Nathan Brown (USA) Superfly Cycles    
59 Brent Gorman (USA) Volkswagen Boise    
60 Donald Reeb (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue    
61 Chris Thibodeau (USA) SHO-AIR/S.E.R.T./ T.O.N.C    
62 Kendal Johnson (USA) Team Rambuski Law    
63 Drew Mackenzie (Can) Condo Group/Shimano/Marin    
DNF Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus    
DNF Shawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com    
DNF Shaun Adamson (Can) Velocity Cycling Club    
DNF Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles    
DNS Jason Siegle (USA) SDG/Felt p/b IRT Wheels    
DNS Graham Howard (USA)    
DNS David Reyes (USA) SRAM Factory    
DNS Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team    

Final USGP Series Standings - Elite Men

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus 284  pts
2 Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 233  
3 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 192  
4 Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement 192  
5 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus 144  
6 Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle-First Solar Development Team 136  
7 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 119  
8 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 91  
9 Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 86  
10 Lukas Flückiger (Swi) Trek World Racing 84  
11 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 74  
12 Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder 70  
13 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing 68  
14 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 67  
15 Justin Lindine (USA) Redline 39  
16 Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada 39  
17 Jonathan Page (USA) 37  
18 Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement 33  
19 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar 28  
20 Matt Shriver (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 24  
21 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 22  
22 Alex Candelario (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 16  
23 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 15  
24 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized 14  
25 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 14  
26 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 12  
27 Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross 12  
28 Dan Timmerman (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix 9  
29 Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 8  
30 Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes 8  
31 Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo 7  
32 Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team 7  
33 Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 7  
34 Bryan Fawley (USA) Dallas Bike Works 7  
35 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 6  
36 Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Team Müller Gartengestaltung/BH Bikes 6  
37 Alex Candelario (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 5  
38 Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 5  
39 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 4  
40 Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports 3  
41 Corey Stelljes (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com 3  
42 Shawn Milne (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com 2  
43 Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt 1  
44 Adam Morka (Can) 1  
45 Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 1  
46 Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team 1  

Final USGP Series Standings - U23 Men

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 300  pts
2 Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada 217  
3 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus 200  
4 Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 181  
5 Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant 158  
6 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 120  
7 Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo 90  
8 Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 77  
9 Zane Godby (USA) enCompass Racing 65  
10 Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires 63  
11 Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 62  
12 Andrew Dillman (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team 40  
13 Jesse Goodrich (USA) Evol Elite Racing 40  
14 Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverine Racing Elite CX 38  
15 Robin Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized 36  
16 Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team 32  
17 Adam Morka (Can) 30  
18 Tyler Coplea (USA) BH-Hammer Nutrition 29  
19 Skyler Trujillo (USA) Boo Bikes 29  
20 Kolby Preble (USA) Hammer Nutrition-CMG Racing Team 25  
21 Mike Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart 23  
22 Kerry Werner Jr. (USA) BMC U23 Development Team 22  
23 Bjorn Fox (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team 17  
24 Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin 17  
25 Dean Haas (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors 16  
26 Michael Sampson (USA) Team Alpine Clinic / POC 15  
27 Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team 14  
28 Adam York (USA) Cleveland Clinic Sports Health 14  
29 Lewis Gaffney (USA) Team FITaos 13  
30 Kendal Johnson (USA) Team Rambuski Law 12  
31 Richard Cypress Gorry (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized 11  
32 Connor Wilson (Can) Juventus Cycling Club 11  
33 Jesse Rients (USA) KUHL 10  
34 Tom Burke (USA) Lathrup Industries/Giant Bicycles 9  
35 Matt Lyons (USA) Primal 1st Bank 8  
36 Johnathan Freter (USA) Don Walker Cycles Racing 4  
37 Zeb King (USA) MOB p/b Ridley 4