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October 08, Elite Men: Fort Collins

Trebon stamps authority in Fort Collins

By:
Kirsten Frattini
Published:
October 09, 2011, 2:09 BST,
Updated:
October 09, 2011, 15:57 BST

Kabush and Powers complete podium

Ryan Trebon (LTS- Felt) put forth a commanding performance during a muddy and technical cyclo-cross race to secure a second UCI C1 victory of the season at the New Belgium Cup p/b Poudre Valley Health in Fort Collins, Colorado. He soloed to the finish line for the win ahead of Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) in second and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in third.

“I’ve finally had some good races after a long stretch on not winning much last year,” Trebon told Cyclingnews. “At C1s the points are double and the money is a lot more, so it makes these wins a lot more attractive, but it’s nice to win anything.”

The event marked round three of the Exergy Cyclo-cross US Gran Prix series. Former double world champion Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was the series leader after strong performances during the two opening rounds at the Planet Bike Cup in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. However, he returned to Europe leaving the series overall competition wide open for Trebon to take back the leader’s jersey.

“I was only about 10 points behind Bart,” Trebon said. “I think I have a good lead now. I had two solid races at Planet Bike and then today. My fitness is good right now. I skipped Gloucester Grand Prix last weekend and came here pretty fresh and rested.”

The Elite men’s field lined up well prepared to contest desirable weather conditions for a cyclo-cross race with rain, high winds and cool temperatures. A good start was a high priority considering the wet, slippery and muddy conditions on the course and it was Powers who took the hole shot onto the grass.

Other contenders to follow Powers on the opening lap included Trebon, Ben Berden (Stoemper), Jamey Driscoll and Christian Heule (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Troy Wells (Clif Bar), Barry Wicks (Kona-FSA) and defending champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

Powers used his top-notch technical skills to gain a 15-second advantage ahead of his nearest competitors. He pushed a quick pace through the mud and gained additional time by bunny hopping the barriers and ride the challenging run up.

A bobble in a slick mud section force Powers to slow down and resulted in Trebon catching up to him on the second lap. The pair stretched their lead to 10-seconds ahead of third placed rider Kabush, who used his strong technical skills to work his way back into contention for the race win.

“I felt good on the bike and that makes it a lot easier to handle it,” Trebon said. “I was more relaxed and just let the bike slide around instead of fighting it in the mud the whole time.”

“Jeremy starts fast every weekend and he had a good gap,” he said. “I didn’t see the course too much because it was really nasty outside in the morning and I didn’t feel like going out there to freeze. I elected to stay on the trainer and ride. I took the first two laps easy to see the course and then applied the pressure after that.”

Trebon opened up a small gap ahead of Powers on the third lap. He used his large frame to power through the mud on the straightaway sections and tried to hold off Powers through the technical areas. “My fitness is my strong point,” Trebon said. “My bike handling has never been the best but I’m one of the good bike handlers, just not the best. I have to win races by fitness. I take the wins when they come.”

Riding slightly further back, Kabush rode a strong final two laps and caught and passed Powers to take second place. A cluster of riders pushed through the mud roughly two minutes back that included Driscoll, Yannick Eckmann, Wells, Chris Sheppard (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Berden, Wicks, Zac McDonald (Rapha-Focus) and Heule. One rider of note was former US mountain bike champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski who strong performance moved him into a respectable placing on the day.

Full Results

1 Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt 0:56:07  
2 Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:00:24  
3 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus 0:00:58  
4 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:02:08  
5 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus 0:02:17  
6 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano 0:02:25  
7 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:02:34  
8 Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper 0:02:49  
9 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:03:07  
10 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:03:18  
11 Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus 0:03:26  
12 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)    
13 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 0:03:59  
14 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 0:04:06  
15 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:04:41  
16 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:05:21  
17 Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport    
18 Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team 0:05:32  
19 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar 0:05:41  
20 Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team 0:06:16  
21 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-Focus 0:06:21  
22 Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block 0:06:32  
23 Tim Allen (USA) Niner Stan's Ergon 0:06:54  
24 Russell Stevenson (USA) Raleigh 0:07:28  
25 Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo 0:07:36  
26 Colton Andersen (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factor 0:07:55  
27 Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Bicycles 0:07:58  
28 Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires 0:07:59  
29 Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires 0:08:13  
30 Matthew Pacocha (USA) BikeRadar 0:08:27  
31 Russell Harding (USA) Natural Grocers Cycling Team 0:09:03  
32 Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Competition Cycles   -1lap  
33 Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar   -2laps  
34 Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing    
35 Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano Team    
36 Greg Lewis (USA) Directory Plus-Trek    
37 Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized    
38 Spencer Powlison (USA) Plains To Peaks Racing    
39 Zachary Edwards (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport    
40 Brendan Shafer (USA) Wooly Mammoth    
41 Bryan Alders (USA)    
42 Brennan Wodtli (USA) Hutch's Bicycles   -3laps  
43 Ken Benesh (USA) Feedback Sports    
44 Josh Whitney (USA) Rocky Mounts-Izze    
45 Bryan Mickiewicz (USA) Hammer Nutrition    
46 Shawn Harshman (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport    
47 John Phillips (USA) Team Rio Grande    
48 Nick Truitt (USA) Breckenridge    
49 Ted Willard (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRT    
50 Samuel Morrison (USA) Epic Endurance    
51 Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue Sky    
52 Caley Fretz (USA) Echelon Energy Cycling Team    
53 Chris Mackay (USA) Realcyclist.com    
54 Campbell Levy (USA) Yeti-Jett Pro XC Team    
55 David Sheek (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRT    
56 Eric Bennett (USA) JET Cycling    
57 Alex Wentz (USA) Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing    
58 Ross Holbrook (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport   -4laps  
59 Ray Smith (USA) Bob's Red Mill CX    
60 Jimmy Archer (USA)    
61 Chad Haga (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth    
62 William Iaia (USA) Groove Subaru    
63 Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing    
64 Grant Holicky (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing    
65 Brett Pirie (USA) ColoBikeLaw.com    
66 Scott Tietzel (USA) Peaks To Plains Racing    
67 Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions   -5laps  
68 Lane Miller (USA) Louisville Cyclery    
DNF Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross    
DNF Brad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team    
DNF Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony    
DNS Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized    
DNS Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross    
DNS Ian Holt (USA) Pretty in Pink    
DNS Mike Friedberg (USA) Service Course/World Bicycle Relief    
DNS Chris Brandt (USA) Honey Stinger-Trek    
DNS Taylor Carrington (USA) Turin Bicycles - TLR    
Elite men - Exergy USGP Cyclocross standings after round 3
1 Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt 134 pts
2 Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 90  
3 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus 82  
4 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 79  
5 Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 71  
6 Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea 60  
7 Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper 57  
8 Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 57  
9 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles 50  
10 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 41  
11 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus 39  
12 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld 31  
13 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano 23  
14 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar 22  
15 Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus 20  
16 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 16  
17 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar 12  
18 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona 11  
19 Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team 10  
20 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) 9  
21 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 8  
22 Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C10 8  
23 Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team 7  
24 Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Bicycles 6  
25 Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized 5  
26 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 5  
27 Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport 4  
28 Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada 3  
29 Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team 1  
30 Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized 1  
31 Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross 1  
U23 men - Exergy USGP Cyclocross standings after round 3
1 Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus 140 pts
2 Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus 124  
3 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 108  
4 Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires 83  
5 Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.com 49  
6 Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires 46  
7 Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines-Acfstores.com 43  
8 Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team 30  
9 Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo 26  
10 Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Competition Cycles 17  
11 Thomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & Sprocket 17  
12 Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano Team 14  
13 Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue Sky 12  
14 Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing 10  
15 Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions 9