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USGP of Cyclocross Planet Bike Cup 2009

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September 26, 2009

September 26, Elite men: Madison, Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin

Powers solos to USGP lead

By:
Kirsten Frattini
Published:
September 27, 2009, 4:14 BST,
Updated:
September 27, 2009, 15:54 BST

Another podium for Page

Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale) takes the win over Vervecken.

Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale) takes the win over Vervecken.

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Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.com) left nothing to chance when he attacked a star studded front row of cyclo-cross talents from the gun and continued on to a solo win at the Planet Bike Cup, round one of the US Grand Prix of cyclo-cross series held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Technical setbacks marred the race for favourites Erwin Vervecken (Revor-Baboco) and Jonathan Page (Planet Bike), who clawed their way back into second and third place respectively.

"I always hope for this and I'm ecstatic," said Powers, who attributes his winning form to the tough road season that recently ended at the Tour of Missouri. "This is the biggest win in my career. This wasn't the easiest way to win and I told Jamey that I was going to go ballistic at the start and to just hang on."

Powers' win granted him the early lead of the USGP series.  He was honoured to pick up the slack for the series' defending champion and teammate Tim Johnson who could not start due to a separated shoulder sustained following a crash one week ago.

Powers leads the overall ahead of Vervecken and Page; the trailing two riders won't contend the series beyond round two on Sunday after which their contracts take them back to the European calendar for the start of the UCI World Cup series which kicks off in October.

"It's so early and a lot of these races come down to November and December," said Powers. "I want to have a consistent season at the beginning and have a good season later on through the World Championships. It's great to do well here and having the jersey is cool but it's definitely not my top priority.

"I think it is something that if we get, we are psyched but if we don't then we are really happy to be on the podium every weekend."

Powers makes his own luck

Some 60 riders took their places on the tarmac eager to kick off the USGP's newest addition to the series. Title sponsor Planet Bike threw its top dog into the mix with the 2007 World Championship silver medalist Jonathan Page.

The drum roll continued as front row call-ups included three-time world champion Erwin Vervecken, US National Champion Ryan Trebon (KONA), recent Cross Vegas winner Jamey Driscoll (cyclocrossworld.com) along with notable European talents Christian Heule (Rendementhypo) and his teammate Tim van Nuffel.

"I'm the best I've ever been at the beginning of the season and these guys are very good competitors," said Page. "It's good bike racing and the same as any race would be in Europe right now. I love racing in front of my sponsors, Madison is a great town. I want to thank Planet Bike and everyone else who came out to support this race."

Powers took matters into his own hands from the gun by launching a cagey attack. He opened up a large advantage over the first lap that forced everyone else to play catch-up. Only two reconnected to include Page and Vervecken and the rest were left to ride their own race, out of contention for the victory as early as the third lap.

Trebon's relentless efforts to regain contact with the leaders was not enough and he remained in fourth place, roughly 15 seconds behind.

"When Jonathan and I were away, I thought, 'This is going to be hard and I'm going to need to sit on for a couple of laps and get more fuel back in the tank,'" said Powers, who rode the first two laps alone before the two chasers caught up. "I definitely overcooked that first lap a little bit but that was my plan. I wanted to go as hard as I could and isolate the guys that I knew would be trying to sit on. That was my goal to go as hard as I could at the start."

Page headed the train hard enough to cause Vervecken to struggle behind. His work kept the trio at a safe distance from the ever-chasing Trebon and the continuing line behind containing Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain), Chris Jones (Champion System), Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) and Jesse Anthony (Jamis) and Driscoll.

The short end of the straw

A slight bobble through a technical corner caused Vervecken to lose valuable time to the two leaders. He pulled out all the stops to try to catch back up however, Page looked over his shoulder around each corner and turned up the heat forcing Powers hanging on for the ride. The Belgian displayed just why he has rainbow stripes on this sleeves and regained contact with five laps to go.

"I made a little mistake and I had to chase with everything I had," said Vervecken. "I was like 50 metres behind the race and I almost never closed that gap again. We were both really tired and the two others were 10 seconds behind. Jeremy was strong, he could always ride the stairs and I couldn't, I ran them. I lost ten meters each lap so after ten laps that's a hundred metres. Jeremy was the strongest today.

In the meantime, all eyes were on Page to win the debut event and he looked to be in complete control. The crowds roared as he lead Powers into the ‘stranglers' run-up, a steep set of stairs followed by a 50m incline. The cheers turned to gasps as a rolled tire caused Page to go down at the base of the stair. Powers continued on alone.

"It was my race to lose," said Page who took three bike changes during the following laps. "I just had to keep my calm and try not to over do it or under do it. I did my best today and the way the circumstances were, at least I got third place and this is my fourth race of the season so four times on the podium is nice."

Valuable seconds passed as both Vervecken and then Trebon passed Page who struggled to put his tubular back on the wheel. He passed through the pit lane snagging a second bike before setting off on a high-speed chase for a podium place. Powers remained the man of the hour fighting to maintain a slim cushion over Vervecken, now riding in second place. Trebon and Page rode through at an evenly matched tempo, three-second apart and neither gaining any ground on the next place.

"I tried to get the tire back on but I couldn't do it with my hands so I kicked it back on with my foot," said Page. "When you have bad luck, you have bad luck. I felt good today but bad luck happens."

Vervecken clawed his way back in the game, passing Powers over the barriers with two laps to go and the race was on for the victory. Powers made his winning move when he attacked the Belgian on the run-up and holding a mere three-second lead into the final straight ahead of Vervecken. Page, who caught and passed Trebon on the last lap muscled his way into third place.

"This is my fourth time coming to America and the level has certainly improved," said Vervecken who competed in his first US cyclo-cross race in 2001. "I had a pretty good day today. I fought for what is worth and the guys were very strong. At the moment I fell, I just couldn't go anymore and then Jonathan had bad luck but otherwise the two were very strong. It's always fun to be able to ride here at the beginning of the season. I like the atmosphere and to see that it grows every year and I hope someday in the future it will be as big as in Belgium."

Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremy Powers (Cannondale / CyclocrossWorld.com)    
2 Erwin Vervecken (Team Revor-Baboco-Champion System)    
3 Jonathan Page (Planet Bike)    
4 Ryan Trebon (KONA)    
5 Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain)    
6 Christopher Jones (Team Champion System)    
7 James Driscoll (Cannondale / CyclocrossWorld.com)    
8 Jesse Anthony (Team Jamis Bikes)    
9 Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell Pro Cycling)    
10 Tim Van Nuffel (Rendement-Hypo Cycling Team)    
11 Mark Lalonde (Planet Bike)    
12 Ryan Knapp (BikeReg.Com)    
13 Brian Matter (Team Geargrinder)    
14 Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar)    
15 Tristan Schouten (Planet Bike)    
16 Barry Wicks (Kona)    
17 Chance Noble (California Giant-Specialized)    
18 Mike Sherer (Alderfer Bergen)    
19 Molly Cameron (Portland Bicycle Studio)    
20 Joseph Schmalz (KCCX/Verge)    
21 Justin Robinson (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)    
22 James Lalonde (Planet Bike)    
23 Travis (Tj) Woodruff (Pioneer Racing)    
24 Will Black (Moots)    
25 Scott Mclaughlin (SRAM Factory)    
26 Dave Hackworthy (Bianchi/Grand Performance)    
27 Mitchell Kersting (Rapid Transit Racing)    
28 Shannon Skerritt (Vanilla Bicycles)    
29 Kevin Hulick (The Vanilla Workshop - Speedvagen Racing)    
30 Adam Mcgrath (Thule/Van Dessel)    
32 Nicholas Weighall (Rad Racing NW)    
33 Pat Lemieux (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)    
34 Jason Siegle (Bear Valley Bikes)    
35 Bjorn Selander (Ridley Factory Team)    
36 Kyle Fry (MCOR)    
37 Jesse Rients (Nature Valley/Penn Cycle)    
38 Bryan Fawley (Park Place Dealerships)    
39 Kevin Klug (Courage Cycles Inc)    
40 Michael Kennedy (Barbasol/ Rapid Transit)    
41 Robert Kendall (Barbasol)    
42 Andrew Reardon (Starbrite Carwash / MOAB)    
43 Lyle Hanson (Great Dane Velo Club)    
44 Luca Lenzi (The Pony Shop)    
45 Jack Hinkens (Ridley team)    
46 Matthew Allen (behind bars/ lgr)    
47 Jason Lowetz (Team Bearclaw)    
48 Spencer Haugh (Behind Bars/LGR)    
49 Logan Vonbokel (Mesa Cycles Racing Team)    
50 William Street (Sisu Custom Cycles)    
51 James Holmes    
DNF Jordan Roessingh (ISCorp Cycling Team/Nova Cycle Sports Fo)    
Singlespeed men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Daniel Casper (GrandStay Hotels)    
2 Wallace Alexander (Goodrich Cyclocross Team)    
3 Michael Curtes (Fuel Cafe/Milwaukee Bicycle/Garage 864)    
4 Travis Braun (Gravy Train)    
5 Carl Ham (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
6 Colm Flannery (Proctor Cycling Team)    
7 Russell Jobs    
8 Grant Coisman (Mad City Velo)    
9 Timothy Bates (Bare Knuckle Brigade)    
Junior men 10-14
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ian Mcshane (Red Zone Cycling)    
2 Gavin Haley (Red Zone Cycling)    
3 Everett Jones (Baraboo Sharks)    
4 Garrett Roth (is corp)    
5 Samuel Huang (Planet Bike)    
6 Jedidiah Fritzinger (Red Zone Cycling)    
7 Edward Fritzinger (Red Zone Cycling)    
8 Sam Beste    
9 Luke Johnson (Alderfer/Burgan)    
10 Caleb Swartz    
11 Matt Mcburney (Team Angell Park)    
Junior men 15-16
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jordan Cullen (Planet Bike)    
2 Mitchell Bogardus    
3 Nathan Labecki (Expo Racing)    
4 Gage Rodriguez    
5 Alexander Riva (Kenosha Velosport)    
6 Christopher Osborne (ISCorp/Nova Cycle Sports Foundation)    
Junior men 17-18
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cody Kaiser (California Giant-Specialized)    
2 Yannick Eckmann (SV Kirchzarten)    
3 Robin Eckmann (SV Kirchzarten)    
4 Thomson Remo (Barabpoo Sharks)    
5 William Bain (Team Louisville)    
Cat. 2-3 Men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mark Parmelee (Cycletherapy)    
2 Tim Yuska (Iron Cycles)    
3 David Thomas (Team Magnus)    
4 Nate Woodman    
5 Andrew Coe (SKC Racing)    
6 Tim Pacholski (Velo Trocadro)    
7 Luke Batchelor-Clark (Team Magnus)    
8 Michael Hemme (Courage)    
9 Michael Hills    
10 Jesse Perreault (Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames)    
11 Joshua Roeser (Nature Valley/Penn Cycle)    
12 Andrew Dillman (Red Zone Cycling)    
13 Seth Eckert (Great Dane Velo Club)    
14 Christopher Mantel (velo trocadero cycling)    
15 Chad Salla (Alderfer Bergen)    
16 Peter Hurst (Rapha Racing)    
17 Henry Loud (Team Pegasus)    
18 Garrison Riegel    
19 Mark Norton    
20 Ross Cerniglia (My Wife Inc)    
21 Chad Tucker (My Wife Inc.)    
22 Matt Light (Alderfer Bergen)    
23 Bryan Fosler (Team Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare)    
24 Luke Holtan (velo trocadero cycling)    
25 Jon Suyko (Amgen Cycling Club)    
26 Paul Belknap (Hudz/Subaru)    
27 Cale Wenthur (Team Pegasus)    
28 Ronald Knutowski (Fuel Cafe / T6)    
29 Nicholas Vetter (Bianchi/Grand Performance)    
30 Casey Masterson (velo trocadero cycling)    
31 Kelson Danielson (5Nines Cycling)    
32 Ron Knaflic (Kettle Moraine Flyers)    
33 Trevor Koss (IS Corp)    
34 Ted Burger (Flatlandia)    
35 Jeffrey Austin - Phillips (Behind Bars / Little Guy Racing)    
36 James Buddenbaum (SilverCycling)    
37 Maxwell Riordan (Chicago Cuttin Crew)    
38 Zack Rielley    
39 Nathaniel Swanberg (Birchwood/GIS)    
40 Chris Kinonen (XXX Racing-AthletiCo)    
41 Paolo Urizar (xXx Racing-AthletiCo/The Bonebell)    
42 Dan Ellerkamp (Magnus)    
43 Daniel Cleary (Loon State Cyclists)    
44 Matthew Johnson (Alderfer Bergen)    
45 Tim Hayes (Behind-Bars/LGR)    
46 Jeff Abel (DICE)    
47 Nick Fochtman (Leadout Racing/Chicago Dr. Cycling)    
48 Chris Padfield (Team Pegasus)    
49 Chad Dean (5Nines Cycling)    
50 Patrick Flannery (5Nines Cycling)    
51 Jason Svaldi (Great Dane Velo Club)    
52 Vincent Galatro (Flying Penguins)    
53 Brent Keller    
54 Michael Wakeley (Blue Competition Cycles)    
55 Ryan Lindsay (Zephyr Wheel Sports/Cyclesport)    
56 Kerry Drake    
57 Robert Thomas (Half Acre Cycling)    
58 Christopher Kreidl (Planet Bike)    
59 Craig Harding (My Wife Inc.)    
60 David Pilotto (Flatlandia)    
61 Rick Walls (TwinSix)    
62 Jacob Sisson (Wildthyme/Hampton Velo presented by IF)    
63 Kyle Williams (Iowa City Cycling Club)    
64 Scott Neperud (Team Magnus)    
65 Adam Birr (Velo Rochester)    
66 Helge Pedersen (Half Acre Cycling)    
68 Michael Benedek (Team Lake Effect)    
69 Timothy Hotchkiss (Team 53X11 Coffee)    
70 Nils Gibson (Team Magnus)    
71 Timothy Strege (Half Acre Cycling)    
Cat. 4 Men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Micah Fritzinger (Scheller's)    
2 Brian Lark    
3 Christopher Sherpitis (xXx Racing)    
4 Spencer Cone    
5 Michael Plymale (5Nines Cycling)    
6 Brandon Leach (Johnny Sprockets)    
7 Thomas Hooyer (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
8 Corey Stelljes (Chain Smokes)    
9 Daniel Schaefer (Team Fond du Lac Cyclery)    
10 Tyler Avery (Team Pegasus)    
11 Gustaf Juffer    
12 Gary Burkholder (SnakeBite Racing)    
13 Hoenisch Andy    
14 Derek Nussbaum Wagler (Mad City Velo Club)    
15 Colm Flannery (Proctor Cycling Team)    
16 Andrew Rosch    
17 Bryan Frazier (Wildside Velo Club)    
18 David Studner (Brazen Dropouts)    
19 Swartz Andy (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
20 Brandon Scheiner (Team Pegasus)    
21 Paul Loeper    
22 Mike Norman (Chicago Endurance Sports)    
23 Ben Marchewka (Team Pedal Moraine)    
24 Seth Haskell    
25 Mark Fasczewski (Krystal Cycling Team)    
26 Noah Marcus (Chain Smokers)    
27 Sean Kozak (xXx Racing)    
28 Dan Hendricks (UW-Milwaukee)    
29 David Blomme (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
30 Aaron Goldberg (My Wife Inc)    
31 Ben Schreiber (Fond du Lac Cyclery)    
32 Jeff Bernaeyge (A51 Racing)    
33 Wally Kunstman (sheboygan Bicycle company)    
34 Matthew Walker (Team Pegasus)    
35 David Johnson (Saturn of Toledo/Shell Cycling Team)    
36 Brandon Elliott (Iron Cycles)    
37 Chris Pappathopoulos    
38 Scott Ross    
39 Zachary Redding    
40 William Knudson (Planet Bike)    
41 Scott Larson (Super Awesome Party)    
42 Antonio Valenti (TEAM PEGASUS)    
43 John Mcneill (Team Pegasus/Bare Knuckle Brigade)    
44 Benjamin Van Couvering (Team Pegasus)    
45 Stephen Gaffield (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
46 Timothy Theobald (Cafe Hollander RDC)    
47 Matteo Bardelli (Krystal Cycling Team)    
48 Kendall Mcfarland    
49 David Price    
50 Phillip Stutz    
51 Christopher Quinn (Planet Bike)    
52 Nicholas Matecki    
53 Don Iwen    
54 Christopher Gabrielson (Wildside Velo Club)    
55 Michael Sohasky    
56 Dean Zigman    
57 John Curtinn (Headhunters)    
58 Joe Alligood (Ellsworth)    
59 Tyson Beck (Team Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare)    
60 Jeremy Lentz    
61 James Davis    
62 Ryan Bartelme (Team Pegasus)    
63 Chris Strahm (Roscoe Village Bikes)    
64 Joel Slezak    
65 Michael Eggen    
67 Robert Moreland (MAD CITY VELO CLUB)    
68 John Ryan (Alderfer Bergen)    
69 Bradley Tennis (Wild Side)    
70 Shawn Mcmahon (Team Magnus)    
71 Bruce Leblanc (Flying Rhino's Cycling Club)    
72 David Vogt (Flying Bobcats)    
73 Andrew Borell (Attitude Sports)    
74 Tim Skinner (Flying Bobcats)    
75 Brian Duncan    
76 Thomas Theisen (IS Corps)    
77 Timothy Bryan    
78 Robert Davies    
79 Kobus Rossouw    
80 Randy Koplin    
81 Matthew Newell (Hudz-Subaru)    
82 Daniel Boyles (Behind Bars/LGR)    
83 Stephen Bagwell    
84 Christopher Beaver    
85 Aaron Mcginnis (Gen X Cycling)    
86 Charles Aldous    
87 Colin Ehlert (Team Magus)    
88 Tyler Robbins    
DNF Sage Brown (Team Sports)    
Master men 35+
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ali Goulet (Church of the Big Ring/LOOK)    
2 Michael Wissink (Specialized)    
3 Jeff Weinert (Wolverine Sports Club)    
4 Richard Feldman (Durance - Colnago)    
5 Brian Conant (The Pony Shop)    
6 Jerry Long (emdesports.com/Fitness Fanatics)    
7 Ralf Warmuth (Westwood Velo)    
8 Andrew Messer (DRT Racing)    
9 Jonathan Card (Saturn of Toledo)    
10 Tim Butler (River City Bicycles)    
11 Jon Gallagher (Cole Sport)    
12 Philip Webb (Barbisol)    
13 Eric Sondag (Pony Shop)    
14 Arthur O'connor (ChurchofTheBigRing/RealCyclist)    
15 Matt Williams (GrandStay Hotels)    
16 Matthew Scott (Team ICO)    
17 Tim Boundy (Verdigris Cycling)    
18 Matt Silvia    
19 Craig Faulkner (crossniacs)    
20 David Peters (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
21 Jay Moncel (Wolverine Sports Club)    
22 Shawn Meinke (Colavita Racing)    
23 Jeff Curtes (Fuel Café / Vanilla Workshop)    
24 Brian Koeneman (Team Wheel & Sprocket)    
25 Marty Netzel (Specialized)    
26 Erik Enyedy (Kraft / Velo Club Roubaix)    
27 Charles Erndl (Team DRV/Deathrowvelo-clothing)    
28 Walid Abu Ghazaleh (Van Wagner)    
29 Michael Phillips (Curt Goodrich Racing Team)    
30 Lorne Anderson (La Bicicletta)    
31 Matt Jordan (HRS/Rock Lobster)    
32 Wade Loberger (Team Wheel & Sprocket)    
34 Jeffrey Craig (Team Wheel & Sprocket)    
35 Jason Crago (Yakima Bike Vigilantes)    
36 Chris Goehrig (Stoton Velo Club)    
37 Jared Roy (Cyclocross Magazine)    
38 Thomas Macdonald (Curt Goodrich Racing Team)    
39 Paul Roltgen (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
40 Scott Robertson (Curt Goodrich Racing)    
41 James Cullen (MBRC/Flanders)    
42 Mark Dolin (Lakes Area Physical Therapy)    
43 David Greenblatt (Brazen Dropouts / Cronometro)    
44 Jason Meshberg (Flatlandia Cycling)    
45 Thomas Kenny (Team Extreme)    
46 Mark Badger (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
Master men 45+
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Mcshane (Calistoga Racing Team)    
2 Christian Zauner (Verdigris Cycling)    
3 Wayne Simon (Verdigris Cycling)    
4 Troy Krause (Lincoln Industries - Highgear)    
5 Bob Bergman    
6 Jeffrey Appeltans (Mambo Kings Racing)    
7 Gregory Ferguson (MadCity Velo Club)    
8 Paul Mckinney (Curt Goodrich Racing Team)    
9 Scott Arrigoni (Verdigris Cycling)    
10 Mark Wolowiec (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)    
11 J Devon Alvarez (Cole Sport)    
12 John Iltis (Mi Duole)    
13 Waldek Stepniowski    
14 Kenneth Smith (okc velo)    
15 Thomas Hooyer (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
16 Mathew Baroli (Wolverines/Michigan Youth Cycling)    
17 Joseph Brown (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)    
18 Steel Bokhof (Turin Bicycle)    
19 Christopher Berge (Team Magnus)    
20 Scott Bond (Speedway Wheelmen)    
21 William Kuster (Loon State Cyclists)    
22 Rick Meloff (La Bicicletta/ J. Lindeberg)    
23 Allan Thom (Half Acre Cycling)    
24 James Linn (Turin Bicycle/Barker+Nestor)    
25 Brian Petted (Fuel Cafe /Team Extreme)    
26 Darryl Mataya (Mad City Velo)    
27 Jay Mongillo (Keltic Construction / Zanes Cycles)    
28 Michael Anderson    
29 Michael Cisek (Ridley Factory Team)    
30 Paul Warloski (My Wife Inc)    
31 Robert Schueler (Hampshire Cycle Club)    
32 Paul Schoening (Team Plan C)    
33 David Simmermon (Planet Bike)    
34 Patrick Rasmus (Spring Street Sports)    
35 David Mccollum    
36 David Bartol (MBRC/Flanders)    
37 Roy Hough (Fugi)    
Master men 55+
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Gregory Pautsch (Planet Bike)    
2 Landon Beachy (Bike Tech Racing Club)    
3 Gordon Paulson (Planet Bike)    
4 Glen Jones (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
5 Tom Palmer (Brazen Dropouts/Cronometro)    
6 John Craychee    
7 John Duncker    
8 Albert Weigel (Velo Club Roubaix - VCR)    
9 Bill Kennedy    
10 Julian Coupland (Velo Club Roubaix - VCR)