Trebon stamps authority in Fort Collins

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, 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

1Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt0:56:07 
2Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:24 
3Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:00:58 
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:08 
5Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus0:02:17 
6Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano0:02:25 
7Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:02:34 
8Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper0:02:49 
9Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:07 
10Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:03:18 
11Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:03:26 
12Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)  
13Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:59 
14Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:04:06 
15Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar0:04:41 
16Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:05:21 
17Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport  
18Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:05:32 
19Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar0:05:41 
20Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team0:06:16 
21Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:06:21 
22Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block0:06:32 
23Tim Allen (USA) Niner Stan's Ergon0:06:54 
24Russell Stevenson (USA) Raleigh0:07:28 
25Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo0:07:36 
26Colton Andersen (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factor0:07:55 
27Tristan Schouten (USA) p/b Blue Bicycles0:07:58 
28Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires0:07:59 
29Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires0:08:13 
30Matthew Pacocha (USA) BikeRadar0:08:27 
31Russell Harding (USA) Natural Grocers Cycling Team0:09:03 
32Eric Emsky (USA) p/b Blue Competition Cycles  -1lap 
33Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar  -2laps 
34Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy Racing  
35Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano Team  
36Greg Lewis (USA) Directory Plus-Trek  
37Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized  
38Spencer Powlison (USA) Plains To Peaks Racing  
39Zachary Edwards (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport  
40Brendan Shafer (USA) Wooly Mammoth  
41Bryan Alders (USA)  
42Brennan Wodtli (USA) Hutch's Bicycles  -3laps 
43Ken Benesh (USA) Feedback Sports  
44Josh Whitney (USA) Rocky Mounts-Izze  
45Bryan Mickiewicz (USA) Hammer Nutrition  
46Shawn Harshman (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport  
47John Phillips (USA) Team Rio Grande  
48Nick Truitt (USA) Breckenridge  
49Ted Willard (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRT  
50Samuel Morrison (USA) Epic Endurance  
51Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue Sky  
52Caley Fretz (USA) Echelon Energy Cycling Team  
53Chris Mackay (USA)  
54Campbell Levy (USA) Yeti-Jett Pro XC Team  
55David Sheek (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRT  
56Eric Bennett (USA) JET Cycling  
57Alex Wentz (USA) Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing  
58Ross Holbrook (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport  -4laps 
59Ray Smith (USA) Bob's Red Mill CX  
60Jimmy Archer (USA)  
61Chad Haga (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealth  
62William Iaia (USA) Groove Subaru  
63Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing  
64Grant Holicky (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing  
65Brett Pirie (USA)  
66Scott Tietzel (USA) Peaks To Plains Racing  
67Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions  -5laps 
68Lane Miller (USA) Louisville Cyclery  
DNFRyan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross  
DNFBrad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team  
DNFJacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony  
DNSNicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized  
DNSMitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross  
DNSIan Holt (USA) Pretty in Pink  
DNSMike Friedberg (USA) Service Course/World Bicycle Relief  
DNSChris Brandt (USA) Honey Stinger-Trek  
DNSTaylor Carrington (USA) Turin Bicycles - TLR  
Elite men - Exergy USGP Cyclocross standings after round 3
1Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt134pts
2Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea90 
3Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus82 
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld79 
5Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain71 
6Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea60 
7Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper57 
8Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld57 
9Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles50 
10Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar41 
11Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus39 
12Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld31 
13Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano23 
14Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar22 
15Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus20 
16Barry Wicks (USA) Kona16 
17Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar12 
18Sean Babcock (USA) Kona11 
19Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team10 
20Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)9 
21Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized8 
22Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C108 
23Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team7 
24Tristan Schouten (USA) p/b Blue Bicycles6 
25Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized5 
26Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing5 
27Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport4 
28Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada3 
29Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team1 
30Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized1 
31Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross1 
U23 men - Exergy USGP Cyclocross standings after round 3
1Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus140pts
2Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus124 
3Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized108 
4Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires83 
5Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.com49 
6Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires46 
7Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines-Acfstores.com43 
8Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team30 
9Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo26 
10Eric Emsky (USA) p/b Blue Competition Cycles17 
11Thomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & Sprocket17 
12Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano Team14 
13Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue Sky12 
14Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing10 
15Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions9 
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