Powers prevails in Providence

A week straight of rain finally ceased Friday afternoon, just in time for Saturday’s UCI C1 Providence Cyclo-cross Festival race, the 2nd round of the Shimano New England Pro Cyclo-cross Series race at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

In the Men’s event, it was Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) who emerged victorious yet again, narrowly beating Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) to the line. Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement) rounded out the podium.

The Men’s race started fast with Ian Field (Hargroves Cycles - Specialized) taking the $250 hole shot bonus. While the field remained somewhat intact for the first lap, an attack by Berden at the start of the second lap established a lead group of four containing Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), Berden, Field, and Dylan McNicholas (CyclocrossWorld). Trebon and Powers were caught out of the move and spent the better part of the second lap bridging to the leaders.

Trebon and Powers were able to connect with the front four by the start of lap three at which point Trebon immediately pushed the pace. During Trebon’s acceleration, McNicholas suffered a dropped chain heading into the section of concrete stairs that saw him lose contact with the group for good, putting the number of riders in the lead group at five.

The five leaders traded attacks but it wasn’t until Trebon’s acceleration coming across the line with 5 to go that Johnson was gapped by a few seconds. Shortly after Johnson, Field also fell victim to the speed being set by Trebon. Making matters worse for Johnson, he crashed two corners later in what would be a race-ending crash.

The lead group was then down to just Powers, Trebon, and Berden and they hit out at one another repeatedly for the next two laps. Berden was the first to show signs of weakness opening small gaps and with three laps to go, he finally succumbed to the abuse.

"I had a bad week, I didn’t feel really good," said Berden after the race. "I was good in the beginning of the race but I found that every lap my power was going slower and slower. I held on as long as I could," he added, "but the last three laps was too much.

Powers and Trebon spent the next three laps attacking one another with neither one showing any sign of weakness, always being able to respond to the other’s attack. In the end, however, it was a failed attempt to pass Powers on the inside of a steep, downhill corner that led to a steep ride-up with stairs on the last lap that would cost Trebon the win.

"I was always going faster than [Powers] going into them so on the last lap I’m like, hey, I’m gonna go all for it on the inside, you know, and see if I can just come through him to make him mess up," said Trebon of the mistake. "It backfired and I had to get off my bike and run up, you know, and he got a little gap there and I spent a little energy chasing back up on the long uphill on the back side."

With very few opportunities left to make a pass, Powers was able to keep the lead from Trebon through the final sections of the last lap and onto the final, paved 100 meters where he was able to hold off Trebon for the win.

"He tried to come underneath me and so I had to protect that line," Powers said of the decisive move heading into the ride-up. "That’s racing 'cross. There was nothing really dirty going on, no bumping or shoving, but that was just me saying, ‘No, no, no.’ I had to close the door, as they say, and that forced him off his bike."

Full results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus1:00:11
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b CyclocrossworldRow 1 - Cell 2
3Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:01:08
4Ian Field (GBr) Hargroves Cycles-Specialized0:01:25
5Zach MacDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus0:01:33
6Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Cal Giant Berry Farms/SpecializedRow 5 - Cell 2
7Dylan McNicholas (USA) cyclocrossworld.comRow 6 - Cell 2
8Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-FocusRow 7 - Cell 2
9Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:01:47
10Justin Lindine (USA) BikeReg0:01:52
11Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:02
12James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:16
13Jeremy Durrin (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:02:26
14Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada0:02:32
15Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross0:02:37
16Derrick St John (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery0:02:43
17Craig Richey (Can) SponsorConnected.comRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dan Timmerman (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - RadixRow 17 - Cell 2
19Anthony Clark (USA) JAM Fund / NCCRow 18 - Cell 2
20Mike Garrigan (Can) Blacksmithcycle/Stage-Race0:03:27
21Joachim Parbo (Den) Challenge Tires0:04:09
22Adam Myerson (USA) Team SmartStop/Mountain KhakisRow 21 - Cell 2
23Daniel Chabanov (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - RadixRow 22 - Cell 2
24Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/SpecializedRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jesse Keough (USA) www.keoughcyclocross.comRow 24 - Cell 2
26Christian Favata (USA) Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix0:04:26
27Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team0:04:36
28Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team0:04:41
29Michael Broderick (USA) Team Kenda-Seven-NoTubesRow 28 - Cell 2
30Josh Thornton (USA) St. Pete Bike and Fitness0:05:04
31Jérémy Martin (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory Team0:05:11
32Jake Wells (USA) No Tubes Elite Cross Team0:05:18
33Thomas Sampson (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:05:24
34Adam St. Germain (USA) NBX Bikes/Quadfire Racing/Narragans0:05:29
35Jonathan Hamblen (USA) Mock Orange Bikes0:05:49
36Conor O'Brien (Can) Stevens Racing p/b the Cyclery0:06:02
37Mark McCormack (USA) Clif Bar/Pactimo0:06:12
38Joël Desgreniers (Can) Ride with Rendall0:06:31
39 (-1 lap)Donny Green (USA) Cycle-SmartRow 38 - Cell 2
40Charles Schubert (USA) Bikes Not Bombs / Circle A CyclesRow 39 - Cell 2
41Geoffrey Bouchard (USA) NBX Bikes/Narragansett Beer p/b ApexRow 40 - Cell 2
42Kevin Sweeney (USA) B2C2 p/b BolocoRow 41 - Cell 2
43Benjamin Padilla (USA)Row 42 - Cell 2
44John Burns (USA) Burns RacingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Maksym Shepitko (Ukr) Hudson Furniture Racing TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46 (-2 laps)Kevin Wolfson (USA) Mad Alchemy-Verge Rider CooperativeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling JournalRow 46 - Cell 2
48Mathew Green (USA) Bicycle ExpressRow 47 - Cell 2
49Cary Fridrich (USA) Mad Alchemy/Verge Rider CooperativeRow 48 - Cell 2
50 (-3 laps)Manny Goguen (USA) C.F. Racing p/b Trek PortsmouthRow 49 - Cell 2
51Joseph O'Brien-Applegate (USA) Bicycle RootsRow 50 - Cell 2
52Ian Schon (USA) B2C2 p/b BolocoRow 51 - Cell 2
53Donald Snoop Jr. (USA) Essex County VeloRow 52 - Cell 2
54Patrick Bradley (USA) Philadelphia Cyclocross SchoolRow 53 - Cell 2
55 (-4 laps)Cameron McCormack (USA) Hot Tubes Development TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56 (-5 laps)John Herrick (USA) UVM CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2


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