Trebon turns the tables with victory over Powers

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) reminded a strong field on Sunday at the UCI C2 Gran Prix of Gloucester in Gloucester, Massachusetts that he is a force to be reckoned with. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) settled for 2nd place on the day in front 3rd place finisher Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement). 

While Sunday’s weather forecast had called for clear skies and only a slight chance of rain in the afternoon, torrential downpours began shortly after 8 o’clock in the morning and didn’t cease until late afternoon. The rain and 800 returning amateur races from the previous day’s events left the course a soupy, sloppy, muddy mess for the UCI Elite Men and Women.

It wasn’t less than half a lap into the Men’s race that a lead group of nine riders was established and distanced itself from the rest of the field. To the surprise of many, it was the amateur rider Dylan McNicholas who led the charge up the stairs for the first time. In his wake were Trebon, Berden, Powers, Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus), Ian Field (Hargrove Cycles/Specialized), Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat - Auber 93), and Tristan Schouten (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies).

"I was following Trebon on the backside of the course the first time through and when he bobbled I just held my line and the next thing I knew I was leading the race. I didn’t want to be there, necessarily, but I wasn’t going to not pedal up there."

Ben Berden repeatedly applied pressure to the initial group of nine but it was eventually the pair of Powers and Trebon who pulled away on the third lap of the six lap event. Driscoll, Johnson, and Berden were left behind. Further back, McDonald chased on his own while a fading McNicholas, Bazin, Field and Schouten tried to limit their losses another 10 seconds behind McDonald.

At the end of the 3rd lap, Trebon attacked Powers coming past the pits heading into a tricky section of off-camber turns that required the riders to dismount and run in certain sections. Coming out of this section, Trebon had a 5 second gap over a deflated Jeremy Powers.

By the end of the fourth lap, Trebon extended his lead to 30 seconds and Johnson and Berden made contact with Powers. Powers took the better part of the next lap to regain his composure and with one lap remaining he countered an attack from Ben Berden. While Berden was able to maintain contact with Powers, the acceleration detached Johnson from the trio.

Trebon crossed the line alone for the win 24 seconds ahead of Powers who was eventually able to rid himself of Berden in the race’s final 300 meters. Johnson finished the day in 4th place, 15 seconds behind Berden and McDonald rounded out the top five, another 20 seconds behind Johnson.

When asked how he was able to get away from Powers, Trebon said, "I think I was just more comfortable through the turns and the mud. This is the kind of cross racing I like to do, you know? I like the muddy, technical courses."

Powers admitted he still has some work to do on his racing in the mud, saying, "I’ve been working on my skills in the mud, but it’s still my weakness. I’ve shown that I’ve made some improvements last year and hopefully this year."

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Full Results
1Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:04:06
2Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus0:00:24
3Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:00:30
4Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:45
5Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus0:01:05
6James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:21
7Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:02:07
8Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big-Mat Auber 930:02:18
9Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:48
10Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:03:54
11Dylan McNicholas (USA) cyclocrossworld.com0:04:03
12Joachim Parbo (Den) Hammel CK0:04:18
13Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:04:45
14Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder0:04:56
15Mike Garrigan (Can) stagerace0:05:36
16Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross0:05:37
17Justin Lindine (USA) Redline0:05:41
18Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes0:05:46
19Christian Favata (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix0:05:51
20Craig Richey (Can) SponsorConnected.com0:06:03
21Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada0:06:29
22Anthony Clark (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:06:34
23Dan Timmerman (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix0:07:02
24Jeremy Durrin (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:07:24
25Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Norco Factory Team0:07:32
26Manny Goguen (USA) C.F. Racing p/b Trek PortsmouthRow 25 - Cell 2
27Adam Myerson (USA) Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis0:07:33
28Marc-Andre Daigle (Can) Garneau-Quebecor0:07:40
29Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&MRow 28 - Cell 2
30Joël Desgreniers (Can) Ride with Rendall0:07:50
31Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:08:00
32Nicholas Keough (USA) www.keoughcyclocross.com0:08:05
33Daniel Chabanov (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix0:08:43
34Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Big-Mat Auber 930:08:54
35Derrick St John (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery0:09:10
36Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team0:09:35
37Michael Broderick (USA) Team Kenda-Seven-NoTubes0:10:18
38Thomas Sampson (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:10:34
39Patrick Chartrand (Can) Les Yables/Rocky Mountain0:11:03
40Jesse Keough (USA) www.keoughcyclocross.com0:11:14
41Maksym Shepitko (Ukr) Hudson Furniture Racing Team0:11:32
-1lapColin Reuter (USA) pedalpowertraining.comRow 41 - Cell 2
-1lapMark McCormack (USA) Clif Bar/PactimoRow 42 - Cell 2
-1lapGarrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R BlockRow 43 - Cell 2
-1lapRobert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
-1lapAdam St. Germain (USA) NBX Bikes/Quadfire Racing/NarragansRow 45 - Cell 2
-1lapJoshua Thornton (USA) St. Pete Bike and FitnessRow 46 - Cell 2
-1lapSynjen Marrocco (USA) CyclocrossWorld.comRow 47 - Cell 2
-1lapConor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the CycleryRow 48 - Cell 2
-1lapFelix Wilberg (Can)Row 49 - Cell 2
-2lapsEvan Huff (USA) / Joe's GarageRow 50 - Cell 2
-2lapsBenjamin Padilla (USA)Row 51 - Cell 2
-2lapsMichael Wissell (USA) B2C2 p/b BolocoRow 52 - Cell 2
-2lapsJesse Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 53 - Cell 2
-2lapsIan Schon (USA) B2C2 p/b BolocoRow 54 - Cell 2
-2lapsJean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) Trek-BontragerRow 55 - Cell 2
-2lapsJohannes Huseby (USA) CannondaleRow 56 - Cell 2
-2lapsEric Lundgren (USA) JBV CoachingRow 57 - Cell 2
-2lapsJohn Burns (USA) Burns RacingRow 58 - Cell 2
-2lapsThierry Laliberté (Can) Xprezo-BorsaoRow 59 - Cell 2
-2lapsKristopher Dobie (USA) Cycle-SmartRow 60 - Cell 2
-2lapsPierre-Olivier Boily (Can) SiboireRow 61 - Cell 2
-2lapsEvan Murphy (USA) NYC VeloRow 62 - Cell 2
-2lapsCary Fridrich (USA) Mad Alchemy/Verge Rider CooperativeRow 63 - Cell 2
-2lapsJoshua Lehmann (USA) Boston Bicycle SchoolRow 64 - Cell 2
-2lapsJoshua Friedman (USA) The Devil's Gear Bike ShopRow 65 - Cell 2
-2lapsAdam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling JournalRow 66 - Cell 2
-3lapsKiernan Orange (Can) Ride with RendallRow 67 - Cell 2
-3lapsTimothy Durrin (USA) NYCrossRow 68 - Cell 2
-3lapsAndrew Lysaght (USA) B2C2 p/b BolocoRow 69 - Cell 2
-3lapsGordon Daniell (USA) CRCA/W+D RacingRow 70 - Cell 2
-3lapsKevin Wolfson (USA) Mad Alchemy-Verge Rider CooperativeRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) Rapha-FocusRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFTroy Wells (USA) Team Clif BarRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFMatteo Dal-Cin (Can) Ride with RendallRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFGeoffrey Bouchard (USA) NBX Bikes/Narragansett Beer p/b ApexRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFJeffrey Elie (USA) Riverside RacingRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Cox (USA) CCB RacingRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Garrett (USA) MIT-FXDDRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFNoah Tautfest (USA) Bicycle Express/Kona BikesRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Grabau (USA) Spin Arts CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2

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