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Trebon over-Powered at Harbin Park

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) won his third consecutive title at the Harbin Park International, round three of the Cincinnati Cyclocros Festival held in Ohio. Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) rode in for second place several seconds behind Powers, after a hard-fought battle until the last lap. Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) captured a well-deserved third place on the podium.

“I had only ever used this tyre combination one time before, and I hated it,” said Powers who used a combination of Dugast Rhino and Typhoon tires. “But Tim [Johnson] uses it a lot and the gamble paid off. Parts of the course favoured me and parts favoured Ryan. I just took advantage of the parts that suited me and it worked out in the end.”

The elite men’s field rolled to the line in anticipation of the final and highest weighted event of the Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival three-round series at the C1 Harbin Park International on Sunday.

Trebon won the opening round at the Cyclo-Stampede on Friday while his compatible rival Powers topped the podium in round two at Java Johnny’s-Lionhearts Sunset Park on Saturday.

The pair were odds-on favourites and lived up to those expectations straight out of the gates, racing neck-and-neck for the hole shot. They were followed by Jones, Canadian champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Troy Wells (Clif Bar), Brian Matter (Geargrinder), Barry Wicks (Kona-FSA), Tristan Schouten (Cyclocrossracing.com) and Jake Wells (Hudz-Subaru).

Powers and Trebon put forth commanding efforts through the sections of the course that best suited their respective strengths in an attempt to shed the other. For Trebon it was the lengthy straights where he could capitalize off his powerful pedaling and for Powers it was the punchy technical sections. The result of each effort led to the formation of a four-man lead group, with Jones and Kabush in tow.

“They were just attacking each other from my vantage point,” Jones said. “All weekend they have been a bit above us. The rest of us have been riding for third. Today Kabush and I stayed with those guys for half the race, which was longer than most guys have been able to earlier in the weekend. Ryan would put in a good attack and Powers would put in another and Geoff and I were hanging on.

“Geoff and I stayed together for about a lap and I think he crashed,” he added. “I didn’t see it but I heard something happen. That was the little gap that I needed to hold it from the rest of the race.”

Powers and Trebon separated themselves from the others mid-race and continued to duke it out to the finish line. It was Powers who had the upper hand with a lap and half to go when he pulled away from Trebon and went on to capture his third consecutive victory on the Harbin Park course.

“It was good,” said Trebon. “He wasn’t giving me anything and I wasn’t giving him anything. I could catch him on some of the power sections but as soon as I did we would hit a technical section and he’d ride away from me again. I was sliding a lot today. I think the rear tyre pressure was one or two pounds too low. I was drifting all over the place.”

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona
3Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus Cyclocross Team
4Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain
5Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder
6Barry Wicks (USA) Kona
7Tristan Schouten (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team
8Jake Wells (USA) Hudz-Subaru
9Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar
10Mike Sherer (USA) Verizon u25 Team p/b ABD
11Bryan Fawley (USA) PARK PLACE DEALERSHIPS
12Derrick St John (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy
13Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
14Mitchell Kersting (USA) Fetzer Cycling Team
15Weston Schempf (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
16Joachim Parbo (Den) CCV Leopard Cycles
17Stephen Cummings (USA) Indiana Regional Medical Center
18Paul Martin (USA) Panther pb Competitive Cyclist
19Eric Wondergem (USA) Hup United
20Nathanael Wyatt (USA) Carolina Fatz pb Santa Cruz Bicycles
21Dave Weaver (USA) ALAN N. America Cycling Team
22Michael Mihalik (USA) Freddie Fu Cycling Team
23Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com
24John Minturn (USA) AXA Equitable - CRCA
25Mitchell Hoke (USA) Clif Bar Development Cyclo-Cross Team
26Erik Hamilton (USA) NUVO Cultural Trail
27Christopher Nevitt (USA) Fetzer Cycling Team
28Matthew Weeks (USA) Team Lake Effect
29Andrew Reardon (USA) Van Dessel / Real Design
30Michael Anderson (USA) North Country Cycle Sport
31Scott McLaughlin (USA) SRAM Factory
32Paul Mesi (USA) French Meadow Bakery / Fortistar
33Mark Broadwater (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
34Jason Karew (USA) Bishops Bicycles
35Robert Kendall (USA) Bob's Red Mill
37William Street (USA) Sisu custom cycles
38Jacob Virostko (USA) Shamrock Cycles
39Andrew Raab (USA) Carolina Cyclones Development Team
40Ryan Gamm (USA) KENDA Pro Cycling p/b GEARGRINDER
41Johnathan Freter (USA) Alan North America
42Joshua Johnson (USA) DRT Racing
43Zachary Edwards (USA) DRT Racing
44Michael Kennedy (USA) Fetzer Cycling Team
45Noah Metzler (USA) Team Globalbike

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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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