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Trebon wins Colorado Cross Classic

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Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) takes the win. Colorado Cross Classic.

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) takes the win. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) always gets the girl. Colorado Cross Classic.

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) always gets the girl. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Krughoff (Raleigh Clement) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.

Krughoff (Raleigh Clement) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Skyler Trujillo (BOO) riding towards the sandy beachfront. Colorado Cross Classic.

Skyler Trujillo (BOO) riding towards the sandy beachfront. Colorado Cross Classic.
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The front row after the call up. Colorado Cross Classic.

The front row after the call up. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Riders during a small crash and after Powers (Rapha Focus) dropped a chain and fell off the front of the race during teh opening lap. Colorado Cross Classic.

Riders during a small crash and after Powers (Rapha Focus) dropped a chain and fell off the front of the race during teh opening lap. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Even pros pin their own numbers on. Colorado Cross Classic.

Even pros pin their own numbers on. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Berden (Raleigh Clement) and Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) with Caroline Mani (Raleigh) and Nicol Duke (Marin). A little sportsmanship after the race. Colorado Cross Classic.

Berden (Raleigh Clement) and Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) with Caroline Mani (Raleigh) and Nicol Duke (Marin). A little sportsmanship after the race. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Summerhill (K-Edge) followed by Krughoff (Raleigh Clement) on a short descent. Colorado Cross Classic.

Summerhill (K-Edge) followed by Krughoff (Raleigh Clement) on a short descent. Colorado Cross Classic.
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A small lead group of riders try to real in Trebon.Colorado Cross Classic.

A small lead group of riders try to real in Trebon.Colorado Cross Classic.
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Summerhill (K-Edge) along the waterfront and golden aspen leaves. Colorado Cross Classic.

Summerhill (K-Edge) along the waterfront and golden aspen leaves. Colorado Cross Classic.
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The start of the mens race. Colorado Cross Classic.

The start of the mens race. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Danny Summerhill (K-Edge) leads the field. Colorado Cross Classic.

Danny Summerhill (K-Edge) leads the field. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Powers taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.

Powers taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Big Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.

Big Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Powers (Rapha) always makes time for autographs. Colorado Cross Classic.

Powers (Rapha) always makes time for autographs. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Trebon (Cannondale) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.

Trebon (Cannondale) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Powers (Rapha) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.

Powers (Rapha) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Yannick Eckmann (California Giant) makes his way into the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.

Yannick Eckmann (California Giant) makes his way into the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Summerhill (K-Edge) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.

Summerhill (K-Edge) taking a sweeping turn. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Summerhill (K-Edge) making his way fron the beachfront to the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.

Summerhill (K-Edge) making his way fron the beachfront to the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Summerhill (K-Edge) making his way fron the beachfront to the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.

Summerhill (K-Edge) making his way fron the beachfront to the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) making his way fron the beachfront to the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) making his way fron the beachfront to the sand pit. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Powers (Rapha Focus) along the waterfront and golden aspen leaves. Colorado Cross Classic.

Powers (Rapha Focus) along the waterfront and golden aspen leaves. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) makes his way up from the waterfront to the sand pit at Boulder Reservior. The sand pit would prove devisive for Ben during the final lap where a mishap may have cost Berden the race. Colorado Cross Classic.

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) makes his way up from the waterfront to the sand pit at Boulder Reservior. The sand pit would prove devisive for Ben during the final lap where a mishap may have cost Berden the race. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Berden (Raleigh Clement) along the waterfront and golden aspen leaves. Colorado Cross Classic.

Berden (Raleigh Clement) along the waterfront and golden aspen leaves. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Danny Summerhill (K-Edge) leads the field. Colorado Cross Classic.

Danny Summerhill (K-Edge) leads the field. Colorado Cross Classic.
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Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com) won his first UCI race of the cyclo-cross season at the Colorado Cross Classic in Boulder, Colorado in a contest which was decided during a two-man sand duel with 500 meters left in the race. Third place finisher Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), trying to gain the lead in the sandpit, crashed after hitting Trebon's wheel. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) took advantage of Berden's misfortune by passing him to come in second place.

Powers worked his way through the entire field to get there after sliding out and dropping his chain not thirty seconds after taking the holeshot. The sixty-seven starters tackled a different course than in previous editions. Heavy September rains and flooding raised the level of the Boulder Reservoir, forcing a compact, twisty design. Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) later attributed the formation of a large group of leaders that stuck for much of the race to the circuit's multiplied corners.

"There were so many corners you couldn't get away," McDonald said. "It was just corner, after corner, after corner, so we were all just sitting up, waiting for someone to do something. But no one wanted to do something because then there's just another loose corner…and none of us have been at altitude so no one wants to attack and so everyone just waits."

At the front of the large group were Danny Summerhill (K Edge/Felt), Trebon, Yannick Eckmann (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized), McDonald, and Raleigh-Clement's Jamey Driscoll, Allen Krughoff, and Berden. Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) made his way into the lead group after two laps.

Summerhill owned the pack's driver's seat, a position at times taken by Trebon, Krughoff, Wells, and Berden. Eckmann fell out of the group after he went down mid-way through the race.

At last with three laps to go the leader's group reduced to four. Summerhill, Berden, Wells, and Trebon opened a gap of ten seconds to chasers that included McDonald, Krughoff, Tristan Schouten (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized riders Logan Owen, Cody Kaiser, and Tobin Ortenblad.

In the meantime Powers steadily pedaled his way forward. Going from first to last hadn't erased the good feelings he had in the morning pre-ride. "It was pretty early, so you give yourself a chance. I don't know what's going to happen but I had to give it a shot," he said after the race.

With just over one lap remaining only a few bike lengths separated Powers, now in fifth position on course, from the lead group of four. Whether Power's presence motivated him or not Trebon didn't say, but with one lap to go he attacked in the sand. "I put an effort in, rode it clean, got a gap, and luckily Jeremy couldn't close it," he later said. "Ben was coming fast in the last lap."

Berden overtook Powers and closed what he called a seven second gap to Trebon, but the effort would only produce third place. Trebon seized a much-awaited win, finishing five seconds ahead of Powers. Summerhill crossed the line in fourth place.

Berden, last year's Colorado Cross Classic winner, said after the race: "It's racing…it's a bummer. I was hoping for a win."

The Raleigh-Clement Belgian will have another opportunity Sunday at the Boulder Cup, which he's won previously, at the 2014 national championship venue, Valmont Bike Park. Powers' effort didn't appear to take him out of contention there.

"One of the big things I didn't want to do today was go too deep," Powers said after the race. "I felt really comfortable today so I think tomorrow is the goal; I'd like to win tomorrow for sure."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld0:58:23
2Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus0:00:06
3Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:00:08
4Daniel Summerhill (USA) K-Edge/Felt0:00:13
5Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing0:00:21
6Logan Owen (USA)0:00:38
7Allen Krughoff (USA) Donnelly Sports0:00:40
8Tobin Ortenblad (USA)0:00:50
9Cody Kaiser (USA)0:00:53
10Tristan Schouten (USA)0:01:00
11Zach Mcdonald (USA)0:01:12
12Justin Lindine (USA) Redline / NBX0:01:24
13James Driscoll (USA)0:01:41
14Mitchell Hoke (USA)0:01:42
15Yannick Eckmann (USA) California Giant Cycling0:01:48
16Jake Wells (USA)
17Skyler Trujillo (USA)0:01:49
18Matt Shriver (USA) TargeTraining Cycling Team0:01:56
19Brian Matter (USA)0:02:01
20Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports Racing
21Isaac Neff (USA)0:02:12
22Rotem Ishay (USA)0:02:23
23Braden Kappius (USA) TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling0:02:40
24Kevin Noiles (Can)0:02:44
25Bryan Alders (USA) Marin Bikes Factory Team0:02:52
26Ken Benesh (USA) Evol Foods0:03:00
27Steven Stefko (USA) First City Cycling Team0:03:07
28Benjamin Sonntag (Ger)0:03:42
29Troy Wells (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team0:03:55
30Robin Eckmann (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:04:00
31Taylor Carrington (USA) Feedback Sports Racing0:04:05
32Christopher Case (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:04:18
33Greg Krause (USA) Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co0:04:27
34Chris Baddick (GBr)0:04:49
35Chad Young (USA)0:04:53
36William Nabours (USA) Boulder Running Company Cycling Team0:04:55
37Josh Whitney (USA) Evol Foods0:05:12
38Ian Mcpherson (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team0:05:15
39Oliver Vrambout (USA)
40Shawn Harshman (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:05:16
41Kolben Preble (USA)0:05:43
42Joseph Clemenzi (USA) Sports Garage Cycling0:06:02
43Michael Friedberg (USA) Whole Foods Market Giordana Scott Sports0:06:11
44Mark Flis (USA)0:06:23
45Colin Dunlap (USA)0:06:40
46Brett Pirie (USA) Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co0:06:41
47Bryan Mickiewicz (USA) Feedback Sports Racing0:07:04
48Grant Holicky (USA) Evol Foods0:07:59
49Tyler Schwartz (USA)
50Andrew Clemence (USA) Cycleton
51Edwin Bull (USA)
52Sam Weinberg (USA)
53Corey Piscopo (USA) Steamboat Velo p/b Moots
54Earl Gage (USA)
55Brad Neagos (USA) Natural Grocers Cycling Team
56David Sheek (USA)
57Skyler Mackey (USA)
58Anthony Wilhelm (USA)
59Nathan Brown (USA)
60Sam Chovan (USA) Cycleton

 

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