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Johnson leads clean sweep for Cyclocrossworld

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The snow was melting rapidly on the Front Range

The snow was melting rapidly on the Front Range
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) has been improving steadily

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) has been improving steadily
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Brandon Dwight & wife (Boulder Cycle Sport)

Brandon Dwight & wife (Boulder Cycle Sport)
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Joachim Parbo (Leopard Cycles) gets the hole shot

Joachim Parbo (Leopard Cycles) gets the hole shot
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Matt Pococha (Hudz-Subaru) riding aggressively at the start

Matt Pococha (Hudz-Subaru) riding aggressively at the start
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) shot out to an early lead

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) shot out to an early lead
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) trying to stay with his team-mate Johnson

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) trying to stay with his team-mate Johnson
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Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher-Subaru) got a fabulous start in his first cross race of the season

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher-Subaru) got a fabulous start in his first cross race of the season
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Jesse Anthony (Jamis) is always swift of foot.

Jesse Anthony (Jamis) is always swift of foot.
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Jake Wells (Mafia Racing) rode like a man possessed today

Jake Wells (Mafia Racing) rode like a man possessed today
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Adam Craig and Carl Decker (Team Giant) had the coolest Halloween costumes

Adam Craig and Carl Decker (Team Giant) had the coolest Halloween costumes
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Jesse Anthony (Jamis) running the steps

Jesse Anthony (Jamis) running the steps
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Carl Decker (Team Giant) riding the steps with ease

Carl Decker (Team Giant) riding the steps with ease
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Mountain biker Adam Snyder (Team Jamis) can ride anything

Mountain biker Adam Snyder (Team Jamis) can ride anything
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Jamey Driscoll and team-mate Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) working together

Jamey Driscoll and team-mate Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) working together
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Danny Summerhill looked strong today.

Danny Summerhill looked strong today.
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) in some trees

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) in some trees
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Adam Craig (Team Giant) was turning himself inside out to catch the cyclocrossworld riders

Adam Craig (Team Giant) was turning himself inside out to catch the cyclocrossworld riders
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) having a podium ride

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) having a podium ride
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Joachim Parbo (Leopard Cycles) having another top ten ride

Joachim Parbo (Leopard Cycles) having another top ten ride
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Jesse Anthony (Jamis) leading some riders through the mud

Jesse Anthony (Jamis) leading some riders through the mud
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Davide Frattini (Fuji) riding side-by-side with Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (Gary Fisher)

Davide Frattini (Fuji) riding side-by-side with Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (Gary Fisher)
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) dumps some champagne on Driscoll's head

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) dumps some champagne on Driscoll's head
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Riders line up to take on the barriers

Riders line up to take on the barriers
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The men started hard and fast.

The men started hard and fast.
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Things started to dry up a little bit later in the day.

Things started to dry up a little bit later in the day.
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)
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Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (Subaru / Gary Fisher)

Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (Subaru / Gary Fisher)
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) stayed in the top 5.

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) stayed in the top 5.
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Carl Decker (Giant) enjoying the hard riding and sunny weather.

Carl Decker (Giant) enjoying the hard riding and sunny weather.
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Danny Summerhill (Garmin) leads a group on the back side.

Danny Summerhill (Garmin) leads a group on the back side.
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Jerremy Horgan Kobelski (Subaru / Gary Fisher)

Jerremy Horgan Kobelski (Subaru / Gary Fisher)
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Adam Craig (Giant) held onto 4th even after mechanical issues.

Adam Craig (Giant) held onto 4th even after mechanical issues.
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) flies past after dropping the rest of the field.

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) flies past after dropping the rest of the field.
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The back side of the course gets a little drier.

The back side of the course gets a little drier.
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Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) held on today for the podium sweep.

Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) held on today for the podium sweep.
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Pete Weber (Boulder Cycle Sport) finishing off a hard day in the mud.

Pete Weber (Boulder Cycle Sport) finishing off a hard day in the mud.
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) leads what is left of the field.

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) leads what is left of the field.
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Danny Summerhill (Garmin) makes it through a tricky section.

Danny Summerhill (Garmin) makes it through a tricky section.
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) on his way into the last lap.

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) on his way into the last lap.
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Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)

Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)
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Jesse Anthony (Jamis) stayed up front to come in 6th place.

Jesse Anthony (Jamis) stayed up front to come in 6th place.
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) on his last lap.

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) on his last lap.
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) coming into his last lap.

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) coming into his last lap.
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Adam Craig (Giant) with only a couple turns left.

Adam Craig (Giant) with only a couple turns left.
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) gets congratulated by fans as his comes in for the win.

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) gets congratulated by fans as his comes in for the win.
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) leads in teammate Jamie Driscoll for second and third.

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) leads in teammate Jamie Driscoll for second and third.
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) happy after his win.

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) happy after his win.
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) celebrates the win.

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) celebrates the win.
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) riding to another win

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) riding to another win
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Tim Johnson on his way to the win in Boulder.

Tim Johnson on his way to the win in Boulder.
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New Englander Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) displayed his expert mud skills with a winning performance at the Blue Sky Velo Cup in Longmont, Colorado. He crossed the line nearly a minute ahead of his teammates Jeremy Powers and Jamey Driscoll.

The Blue Sky Velo Cup marks round seven of the North American Cyclo-cross Trophy series. Johnson's win, combined with previous wins at the Gloucester Grand Prix and the Toronto International Cross, gave him the point-advantage needed to over take the previous leader Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) in the overall standings.

"This is pretty wild," said Johnson, who brought his team its 12th victory of the season. "We never thought it would be like this at all. 'Cross racing' is 'cross racing' and you can never count on anything being the way you hope because it's such a crap shoot all the time."

Mudders start your engines...

Unexpected winter storms and freezing temperatures two days prior left a five-foot blanket of snow and ice on top of the Xilinx Campus circuit located in Longmont, a short distance outside of Boulder's cycling hotspot. The conditions drew smiles from the likes of Johnson, who excels under such extreme variables. However the sun broke the morning of the race and melted much of the snow leaving behind a hodgepodge of mud.

"I raced in snow like 10 years ago," Johnson said. "I was hoping that at least it was going to stay really muddy because I think tomorrow is going to be really fast. It's a sandier course. This course did dry up a little as the race went on. The mud was getting thicker and we were getting slower. It was nice to get a good start so I didn't have to worry about it."

Johnson rolled to the line with a decorated front row that included his teammates Driscoll and Powers along with Chris Jones (Champion Systems), Davide Frattini (Team Fuji), Danish National Champion Joachim Parbo (CCV Racing) and Jesse Anthony (Jamis). Noticeably absent from the event was the Canadian National Champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis - Rocky Mountain) and the US National Champion Ryan Trebon who suffered head trauma and back pain from a crash at the Derby City Cup held in Louisville, Kentucky.

"He had a bad crash last weekend," Johnson said. "I though he was coming up until this morning when I heard that he wasn't. I hope he is all right."

US Mountain Bike National Champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) put his skills to the test over a course that was mildly technical compared to the mountain bike courses he is familiar with. His palmares includes four national titles, 97 national podiums, a representing the US at the Olympic Games and top 10 finishes at the World Cup level.

As the race kicked off, Johnson quickly moved to the front on the backside of the circuit's lengthy straightaway. The section of the course was deceivingly difficult because of a false flat uphill loaded with thick mud. Johnson displayed his skills in and out of the technical turns and in particular when riding the off-camber mud pit that had most riders slipping and sliding to the ground. A five-second advantage quickly turned into 15 and then 50 before the last lap.

"I was still trying to race at the end because you can crash any time," Johnson said. "This course was very slippery and it wasn't easy at all. It was a mess."

Powers trailed Johnson for the first two laps but fell off the pace as the race progressed. Further back, Driscoll bridged across and the pair worked together to gain a sizable lead ahead of the chase group of some five riders.

"I didn't have the best start on the pavement here," Driscoll said. "It was kind of funny because I knew it was going to be downhill weaving in and out of the trees that it was going to be dicey and sure enough it was. I didn't crash but I had to make up some time. It might have been a mixed blessing because it took me a little while to start breathing again. With the altitude it hurt like heck but I'm hoping it hurt like heck for everyone else too."

Mountain bike specialist Adam Craig (Giant) slowly muscled his way back up to Powers and Driscoll. His effort winded him for a short time but he soon found his rhythm. An inopportune mechanical forced him off his bike to fix his brakes, losing the valuable time he had gained earlier.

"Getting back on my bike, I hit my brakes into my spokes and I had to get off," Craig said. "I don't want to sound like a jerk or anything but it wasn't too hard to work my way up to them. I was going to pull through and press on to see if I could ride them off my wheel but I had the mechanical. This course is cut and dry and you can only ride as hard as you can ride."

The race from fifth through 10th heated up as Troy Wells (Clif Bar) displayed an impressive performance to hold off Anthony and the reshuffling pair, Horgan-Kobelski and Dan Summerhill (VMG/Felt).

Results
1Timothy Johnson (USA)1:07:02
2Jeremy Powers (USA)0:00:52
3James Driscoll (USA)
4Adam Craig (USA)0:01:13
5Troy Wells (USA)0:02:45
6Jesse Anthony (USA)0:02:47
7Daniel Summerhill (USA)0:03:09
8Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)0:03:44
9Zach McDonald (USA)0:04:27
10Brandon Dwight (USA)0:04:34
11Joachim Carbo (Den)0:05:00
12Aaron Schooler (Can)0:05:01
13Peter Webber (USA)0:05:08
14Jake Wells (USA)0:05:28
15Matt Pacocha (USA)0:05:59
16Carl Decker (USA)0:06:49
17Ryan Iddings (USA)0:07:12
18Eric Tonkin (USA)0:07:30
19Brady Kappius (USA)0:08:37
DNFSpencer Paxson (USA)
DNFAllen Krughoff (USA)
DNFAdam Snyder (USA)
DNFMitch Hoke (USA)
DNFBradley White (USA)
DNFTim Allen (USA)
DNFJoshua Berry (USA)
DNFBrad Cole (USA)
DNFAndrew Barker (USA)
DNFJeremy Ferguson (USA)
DNFAaron Bouplon (USA)
DNFMartin Guess (USA)
DNFConor Mullervy (USA)
DNFTroy Heithecker (USA)
DNFChris Hurst (USA)
DNFChad Melis (USA)
DNFColin Cares (USA)
DNFCharles Coyle (USA)
DNFBryan Mickiewicz (USA)
DNFRussell Finsterwald (USA)
DNFMichael Friedberg (USA)
DNFBrent Steinberg (USA)
DNFJan Koles (USA)
DNFJohn Salskov (USA)
DNFDaniel Matheny (USA)
DNFKatriel Statman (USA)
DNFRussell Stevenson (USA)
DNFAndrew Llewellyn (USA)
DNFJoe Taddeucci (USA)
DNFGeoffrey Nenninger (USA)
DNFDarian Founds (USA)
DNFLogan Vonbokel (USA)
DNFChad Wells (USA)
DNFDerek Loudermilk (USA)
DNFRobert Sonora (USA)
DNFLane Miller (USA)

 

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