Boulder Cup goes to a patient Powers

Jeremy Powers' ability to wait delivered him a victory at the UCI C2-ranked Boulder Cup on a dry and fast track at Boulder's Valmont Bike Park.

Through much of the race Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing), Danny Summerhill (K Edge/Felt), and yesterday's Colorado Cross Classic winner Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b fought to take control in a large leading group. Powers of Rapha-Focus lurked right behind them and pounced with three laps to go when Trebon crashed in a sandpit. Wells and Powers escaped quickly from the mess and then Powers pulled away for the win.

After a dusty, fast start, Berden claimed the holeshot. The hilly venue and turns narrowed the field into single-file with Summerhill, Eckmann (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized), and Trebon next in line.

Wells made his way forward through the top of the field. The great form he displayed over the weekend, he later explained, was due to a recent break and subsequent preparation for the upcoming La Ruta de Los Conquistadores.

With four laps down, Berden, Summerhill, and Wells had become the main attraction as they traded punches to take the lead ahead of an attentive Trebon. Eckmann held a strong fifth in the leaders' group which also included Mitch Hoke (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Raleigh-Clement's Jamey Driscoll and Allen Krughoff, and California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized teammates Logan Owen and Tobin Ortenblad. Powers and Zach McDonald of Rapha-Focus patrolled the back of the pack.

In the fifth lap, Trebon drilled past a handful of riders on the long gradual hill in the first section of the course. His attack in the next lap started to dissolve the big group.

Then Powers revved up just in time to take advantage of Trebon's crash in the sand with three laps remaining. While Powers and Wells took flight, the incident held up others as Trebon sorted out his bike. A charley horse that set in after the crash eroded Trebon's pedaling power and took him out of contention. He eventually finished 11th.

As Wells tried to shake Powers and he sped under the finish banner with two laps remaining, he mistook it for the bell lap.

"I was on my limit that whole time and then once we came through the start/finish and I saw we had another lap I was just mentally dejected," Wells said post-race as sweat spilled from his face. "So I was happy just to hold on for third place." Berden got by him for second. Summerhill held off Driscoll for fourth.

Powers described his approach to the day as a game of chess and patience. "At altitude doing the big efforts lap after lap, they catch up with you. And so while those guys were blowing off shots I stayed patient and I saved myself until the end."

Fourth place Summerhill didn't feel great on Sunday. The climbing and out of the saddle efforts on the circuit had aggravated his back. He left disappointed about not achieving his podium goal. "It's not the best way to finish a weekend," he said. "But still, racing with a hometown crowd is always fun. So I'm trying to keep my head up, I guess."

Powers also enjoyed the enthusiastic spectators. "Obviously the community here is incredible, just the cheering automatically it brings a level to the race." Pleased with his result, he added, "I was really happy with how the track was today and it definitely suits me. There was plenty of pedaling to get away so the strongest guy will win."

Being the strongest at Valmont in October doesn't presage a victory at cyclo-cross nationals in January, Powers indicated, when the weather could bring snow or sun. Even so, he said, "I'd love to do it again there for sure."

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Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus0:58:38
2Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:00:06
3Todd Wells (USA) Specialized0:00:07
4Daniel Summerhill (USA) K-Edge/Felt Bicycles0:00:22
5James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:00:23
6Yannick Eckmann (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:12
7Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:01:15
8Mitchell Hoke (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
9Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:25
10Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus0:01:29
11Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:32
12Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:36
13Justin Lindine (USA) Redline-NBX0:01:37
14Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:02:16
15Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:24
16Robin Eckmann (USA) California Giant Cycling Team0:02:39
17Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder
18Chris Baddick (GBr) The Gear Movement0:02:40
19Ken Benesh (USA) Evol Elite Racing0:02:44
20Christopher Case (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:03:06
21Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony0:03:19
22Taylor Carrington (USA) Feedback Sports0:03:22
23Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports - Foundry Cycles0:03:23
24Rotem Ishay (Isr) Boo Bikes0:03:29
25Bryan Alders (USA) Marin Bikes Factory Team0:03:37
26Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:54
27Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:57
28Ian McPherson (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team0:04:00
29Samuel Morrison (USA) The Gear Movement0:04:30
30Kevin Noiles (Can) Bicycle Bluebook-HRS-Rock Lobster0:04:36
31Greg Krause (USA) Groove Subaru Alpha Cycles0:04:42
32Steven Stefko (USA) First City Cycling Team0:04:43
33Skyler Trujillo (USA) Boo Bikes0:05:00
34Brad Cole (USA) KCCX0:05:03
35Josh Whitney (USA) Evol Elite Racing0:05:46
36Brad Neagos (USA) Natural Grocers0:05:50
37Logan Owen (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:05:51
38Mark Flis (USA) Squadra Flying Tigers p/b Jamis Bicycles
39William Nabours (USA) Boulder Running Company
40Chad Young (USA) Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team
41Spencer Downing (USA) Horizon Organic
42Joseph Clemenzi (USA)
43Michael Friedberg (USA) People for Bikes-Service Course
44Josh Yeaton (USA) Horizon Organic-Panache
45Kolben Preble (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team
46Oliver Vrambout (USA)
47Shawn Harshman (USA) Harshman Wealth-Boulder Cycle Sport
48Brett Pirie (USA) Groove Subaru Alpha Cycles
49Skyler Mackey (USA) Team Soundpony
50Dean Haas (USA) Fort Lewis College Cycling
51Sam Chovan (USA)
52Doug Schuler (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport
53Earl Gage (USA) Scalo Veloce
54David Sheek (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRT
55Sam Weinberg (USA)
56Anthony Wilhelm (USA)
57Drew Christopher (USA)
58Tyler Schwartz (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRT
59Grant Holicky (USA) Evol Elite Racing
60John Wilmeth (USA) ProActive
61Colin Dunlap (USA) Hutches HD-Bend Dental
62Nathan Brown (USA)
63Brian Lehman (USA)
64Andrew Clemence (USA) Cycleton

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