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Powers too strong for Johnson and Trebon

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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) takes day one in Gloucester

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) takes day one in Gloucester (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) at the starting line

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) at the starting line (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) with one lap to go

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Adam Myerson (Smartstop-Mountain Khakis) battling Erik Tonkin at the steps

Adam Myerson (Smartstop-Mountain Khakis) battling Erik Tonkin at the steps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Justin Lindine (Bikereg) racing along the ocean

Justin Lindine (Bikereg) racing along the ocean (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale) dangling just behind the leaders

Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale) dangling just behind the leaders (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) being marked by Powers in the sand pit

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) being marked by Powers in the sand pit (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale) attempting to reach the leaders after suffering a mechanical

Tim Johnson (Cannondale) attempting to reach the leaders after suffering a mechanical (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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John Burns (Burns Racing) passing by the ocean

John Burns (Burns Racing) passing by the ocean (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Chris Jones (Rapha Focus) racing in the top ten

Chris Jones (Rapha Focus) racing in the top ten (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale) keeping pace with Trebon and Powers

Tim Johnson (Cannondale) keeping pace with Trebon and Powers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) leading the race at the second set of barriers

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) leading the race at the second set of barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Cannondale team-mates Ryan Trebon and Tim Johnson racing for 2nd place on their last lap

Cannondale team-mates Ryan Trebon and Tim Johnson racing for 2nd place on their last lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Trebon and Johnson below the “Big Rock) on the final lap

Trebon and Johnson below the “Big Rock) on the final lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Dan Timmerman (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) with one lap to go

Dan Timmerman (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) finishing before a massive crowd in Fort Point Park

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) finishing before a massive crowd in Fort Point Park (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers showing off his Rapha Focus jersey

Jeremy Powers showing off his Rapha Focus jersey (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) re-mounting after a section of uphill stairs

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) re-mounting after a section of uphill stairs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) re-mounting after a section of uphill stairs

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) re-mounting after a section of uphill stairs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) leading Trebon on the pavement with two laps to go

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) leading Trebon on the pavement with two laps to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) riding the sand section of course

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) riding the sand section of course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) chasing Trebon

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) chasing Trebon (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) sandwiched between Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon mid-race

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) sandwiched between Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon mid-race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Despite having a mechanical, Tim Johnson still made the podium

Despite having a mechanical, Tim Johnson still made the podium (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Racers run over the second set of barriers

Racers run over the second set of barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Racers run over the second set of barriers

Racers run over the second set of barriers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Adam Myerson (Smartstop-Mountain Khakis) keeping pace with Joachim Parbo

Adam Myerson (Smartstop-Mountain Khakis) keeping pace with Joachim Parbo (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Adam Myerson (Smartstop-Mountain Khakis) keeping pace with Joachim Parbo

Adam Myerson (Smartstop-Mountain Khakis) keeping pace with Joachim Parbo (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Barry Wicks (Kona) racing in the top ten

Barry Wicks (Kona) racing in the top ten (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Nicholas Bazin (Team Auber 93) running the stairs behind Tim Johnson

Nicholas Bazin (Team Auber 93) running the stairs behind Tim Johnson (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) found himself chasing on the first lap

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) found himself chasing on the first lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ian Field (Hargrove Cycles) is coming off a win on Wednesday night at Midnight Ride of Cyclocross

Ian Field (Hargrove Cycles) is coming off a win on Wednesday night at Midnight Ride of Cyclocross (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Berden (Raleigh Clement) leading the race at the run-up

Berden (Raleigh Clement) leading the race at the run-up (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) on the front row

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) on the front row (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) has won several times at Gloucester

Ryan Trebon (Cannondale) has won several times at Gloucester (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Chris Jone (Rapha Focus) is coming off spectacular outings in Wisconsin

Chris Jone (Rapha Focus) is coming off spectacular outings in Wisconsin (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale) alone in the maze

Jamie Driscoll (Cannondale) alone in the maze (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Mary McConneloug & Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Mary McConneloug & Michael Broderick (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) takes the holeshot

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) takes the holeshot (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Erik Tonkin (Kona)

Erik Tonkin (Kona) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Christian Favata (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) followed by Troy Wells (Cliff Bar)

Christian Favata (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) followed by Troy Wells (Cliff Bar) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Zach MacDonald (Rapha Focus) on his way to the U-23 victory

Zach MacDonald (Rapha Focus) on his way to the U-23 victory (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Joachim Parbo (Challenge Tires) hammering uphill

Joachim Parbo (Challenge Tires) hammering uphill (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) riding some off-camber grass

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) riding some off-camber grass (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leading early in the race

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leading early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leading early in the race

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leading early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jean-Phillipe Thibault-Roberge (Trek-Bontrager) re-mounting after the run-up

Jean-Phillipe Thibault-Roberge (Trek-Bontrager) re-mounting after the run-up (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The men’s field had 160 racers

The men’s field had 160 racers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leads the men’s field as they exit the pavement

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leads the men’s field as they exit the pavement (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Barry Wicks (Kona) getting his tire pressure dialed in

Barry Wicks (Kona) getting his tire pressure dialed in (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)

The much anticipated opening round of the Shimano New England Pro CX Series’ Gran Prix of Gloucester on Saturday did not disappoint with Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) coming out with the win ahead of Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld).

While the rain did finally stop in time for the starts of both men's and women's events, the damage to the course was already done from two days of heavy rain and some 800 racers on course during the morning events.

Powers (Rapha-Focus) turned a few heads early on when he crossed the line to start the first lap outside the top ten. A sizable lead group comprised of Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement), Nicolas Bazin (Big Mat – Auber 93), Ian Field (Hargrove Cycles/Specialized), Dylan McNicholas (CyclocrossWorld.com), Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Brian Matter (Kenda – Geargrinder), and Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) recognized Powers’ absence and pushed the pace early, but by the end of the first lap Powers was able to make contact.

“I was looking at the official on the start, waiting for the whistle,” said Powers after the race, “and they ended up blowing it from the back, New England-Style. I was caught a little off-guard.”

While Johnson, Berden and Field pushed the pace at the front of the group, Powers methodically moved his way up through the group and by halfway through the 60 minute race, it was eventually Powers and the two Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld riders, Trebon and Johnson, who were able to lash out at the lead group, finally breaking free.

While the lead trio of Americans took turns attacking each other at the front, a European trio of Bazin, Berden, and Field assembled and gave chase. Chasing on their own, a mere 15 to 20 seconds behind the second threesome were Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) and current U23 US National Champion Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus).

Berden, who was taking chances in the technical, off-camber sections of the course, was able to bridge with four laps remaining in the race, but it wasn’t long until an attack from Trebon was countered by an attack from Powers and Berden was again sent backwards. Johnson, meanwhile, fell victim to a flat front tire and after making a bike change, he returned to the course in 6th place, behind a lonely Ian Field.

Johnson said of his flat tire, “It was just a really crappy time to get a flat tire, because that was when the race was just getting going. I feel like, if I didn’t get a flat, I would have been in there, at least with a chance to win.”

With two laps to go, after multiple attacks from both Trebon and Powers, the Rapha-Focus rider was finally able to open up a small gap. Shortly after losing contact with Powers’ wheel, however, Trebon also fell victim to a front flat tire and was forced to limp around the course for close to a half lap. It was this mechanical that would eventually end Trebon’s chances of victory.

“I noticed coming past the finish line with two laps to go that my front tire was going soft and I nearly rolled it off the rim. I just couldn’t turn and I had to take it really easy just to save my bike,” said a disappointed Trebon about his bad luck. “The pits are just in a bad place out there, it’s just really fast and, you know, you take a bike change, you lose 20 seconds and it’s hard to make it up.”

Jeremy Powers rode the last two laps of the race flawlessly and crossed the line alone, 15 seconds ahead of Ryan Trebon. Johnson was able to limit his losses after the flat tire and worked his way back around Berden and Field to finish 3rd, just seven seconds behind his lanky teammate. Berden crossed the line 4th and Field finished the day in 5th.

When asked if Jeremy Powers was beatable, Johnson said, “Jeremy’s got good form, but he’s definitely not unbeatable. You know, we’re just trying to get there, that’s all.”

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus1:00:13
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:15
3Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:22
4Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:00:39
5Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:00:46
6James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:10
7Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus0:01:37
8Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Big-Mat Auber 930:01:54
9Brian Matter (USA) RACC p/b Geargrinder0:01:59
10Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:00
11Dylan McNicholas (USA) cyclocrossworld.com0:02:06
12Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:27
13Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus0:02:53
14Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:02:58
15Dan Timmerman (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix0:03:02
16Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada0:03:12
17Anthony Clark (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:03:14
18Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross0:03:37
19Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes0:03:43
20Justin Lindine (USA) Redline0:03:46
21Jeremy Durrin (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:03:54
22Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:03:58
23Craig Richey (Can) SponsorConnected.com0:04:00
24Christian Favata (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix0:04:03
25Manny Goguen (USA) C.F. Racing p/b Trek Portsmouth0:04:21
26Daniel Chabanov (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix0:04:54
27Nicholas Keough (USA) www.keoughcyclocross.com0:05:07
28Adam Myerson (USA) Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis0:05:33
29Eric Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M0:05:38
30Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:06:07
31Thomas Sampson (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:06:13
32Andrew L'Esperance (Can) Norco Factory Team
33Joël Desgreniers (Can) Ride with Rendall
34Mike Garrigan (Can) stagerace0:06:15
35Sheldon Miller (USA) Bikeman.com0:06:17
36Adam St. Germain (USA) NBX Bikes/Quadfire Racing/Narragans0:06:24
37Marc-Andre Daigle (Can) Garneau-Quebecor0:06:25
38Michael Broderick (USA) Team Kenda-Seven-NoTubes0:06:45
39Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team0:10:17
40Jesse Keough (USA) www.keoughcyclocross.com
41Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar
42Garrett McLeod (Can) Team H&R Block
43Joshua Thornton (USA) St. Pete Bike and Fitness
44Jonathan Schottler (USA) Cannondale
45Synjen Marrocco (USA) CyclocrossWorld.com
46Joachim Parbo (Den) Hammel CK
47Luke Demoe (USA)
48Mark McCormack (USA) Clif Bar/Pactimo
49Patrick Chartrand (Can) Les Yables/Rocky Mountain
50Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Can) Trek-Bontrager
51Benjamin Padilla (USA)
52Felix Wilberg (Can)
53Sylvain Jean (Can)
54Jonathan Hamblen (USA) Mock Orange Bikes
55Geoffrey Bouchard (USA) NBX Bikes/Narragansett Beer p/b Apex
56John Herrick (USA)
57Evan Huff (USA) BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage
58John Burns (USA) Burns Racing
59Charles Schubert (USA) Bikes Not Bombs / Circle A Cycles
60Maksym Shepitko (Ukr) Hudson Furniture Racing Team
61Jeffrey Elie (USA) Riverside Racing
62Matteo Dal-Cin (Can) Ride with Rendall
63Johannes Huseby (USA) Cannondale
64Thierry Laliberté (Can) Xprezo-Borsao
65Alex Cox (USA) CCB Racing
66Pierre-Olivier Boily (Can) Siboire
67Colin Reuter (USA) pedalpowertraining.com
68Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal
69Ian Schon (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco
70Donny Green (USA)
71Timothy Durrin (USA) NYCross
72Cary Fridrich (USA) Mad Alchemy/Verge Rider Cooperative
73Evan Murphy (USA) NYC Velo
74Noah Tautfest (USA) Bicycle Express/Kona Bikes
75Eric Lundgren (USA) JBV Coaching
76Michael Green (USA) Bicycle Therapy / Melitta
77Kiernan Orange (Can) Ride with Rendall
78Donald Snoop (USA) Essex County Velo
79Andrew Lysaght (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco
80Michael Garrett (USA) MIT-FXDD
81Michael Wissell (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco
82Gordon Daniell (USA) CRCA/W+D Racing
83Alex Grabau (USA)

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