Craig triumphs in Los Angeles

Griffith Park, just steps from the famous Greek Theater, was the spot for the second round of UCI 'cross racing this season in Southern California. It was the first cyclo-cross race to ever happen in the park and the course had plenty of twisting, technical turns as well as a lot of climbing since the park is located on the side of a hill.

Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team) took full advantage of his considerable bike handling skills to win the elite men's event, finishing 27 seconds ahead of Ryan Trebon (Kona) and nearly one minute up on third placed Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus).

Earlier in the day Ryan Trebon crushed the climbing straight at the start to lead the men's field through the first turn where he was hotly pursued by Sid Taberlay (Sho-Air), Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) and then Adam Craig (Giant Bicycles). Chris Horner (Team RadioShack), a crowd favourite, was caught up in a crash in the first corner which slowed him during the early laps of the race.

The pack was strong but like the women’s field the riders were spread out quickly. The first two laps were all Trebon and Taberlay, but Taberlay dropped back allowing Trebon to go it alone.

Jones moved into second place, but slipped in a corner on the third lap which provided Craig just what he needed to move up. It did not take long for Craig to find the leader as his skills proved to be the key to success in Los Angeles.

On the fourth lap Craig was able to pass Trebon and his smoothness through the course allowed him to continue to open 3-5 seconds on Trebon each lap. Eventually, Craig rolled in to take the win. Trebon took second with Jones close behind in third. Taberlay came around Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) to take fourth while McDonald finished fifth and the top U23 rider of the day.

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Full Results
1Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team0:59:25
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona0:00:27
3Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus0:00:56
4Sid Taberlay (Aus) Sho-Air/Specialized0:01:04
5Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus0:01:14
6Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:01:27
7Ryan Iddings (USA) Redline0:02:33
8Scott Chapin (USA) Bay101-Hrs-Rock Lobster0:02:34
9Christopher Horner (USA) Team RadioShack0:02:57
10Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:11
11Frank Spiteri (USA) Peninsula Velo-Pomodoro0:03:24
12Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:03:57
13Joshua Snead (USA) Bay 101-HRS-Rock Lobster0:04:00
14Jeremy Ferguson (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:04:06
15Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:04:16
16Steve Fisher (USA) Rad Racing Nw-Hagens Berman Llp0:04:20
17Benjamin Bostrom (USA)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Jason Siegle (USA) Bike Religion0:04:25
19Brent Prenzlow (USA) Celo Pacific - B&L0:04:59
20Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challen0:05:06
21Aaron O'Dell (USA) Bay 101-HRS-Rock Lobster0:05:07
22Morgan Ryan (USA) The Team So Cal CrossRow 21 - Cell 2
23Gary Douville (USA) Platinum PerformanceRow 22 - Cell 2
24John Behrens (USA) Bailey BikesRow 23 - Cell 2
25Kevin Smallman (USA)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Frederick Bottger (USA) SDG Factory TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Anton Petrov (USA) Bike ReligionRow 26 - Cell 2
28Brandon Gritters (USA) Rock N RoadRow 27 - Cell 2
29Anastasio Flores Jr (USA) California Giant StrawberryRow 28 - Cell 2
30John Bailey (USA) Bailey BikesRow 29 - Cell 2
31Bobby Langin (USA)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Eric Colton (USA) The TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Keith Batstone (Can) Rundle Mountain Cycling ClubRow 32 - Cell 2
34David Sheek (USA) Rock N' RoadRow 33 - Cell 2
35Alex Boone (USA)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Molly Cameron (USA) Portland Bicycle StudioRow 35 - Cell 2
37Grant Holicky (USA) Vic's/PeerlessRow 36 - Cell 2
38Ted Willard (USA) Rock n Road CycleryRow 37 - Cell 2
39Brandon Mart (USA)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Roger Rilling (USA) StollerRow 39 - Cell 2
DNFGeorge Barthel (USA) Team Helen'sRow 40 - Cell 2
DNFGerry Cody (USA)Row 41 - Cell 2

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