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Rochester victory for Powers on opening weekend of American 'cross season

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Men's Podium (L to R) Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) 2nd, Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) 1st, Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)

Men's Podium (L to R) Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) 2nd, Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) 1st, Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), Stephen Hyde (Cannondale), and Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) have a laugh at the starting line.

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), Stephen Hyde (Cannondale), and Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) have a laugh at the starting line.
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Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport) leading the race during the first lap.

Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport) leading the race during the first lap.
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Racers make their way around a steep, dusty corner.

Racers make their way around a steep, dusty corner.
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) trying to work his way to the front during lap one.

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) trying to work his way to the front during lap one.
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) slowly picked off riders during the first lap

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) slowly picked off riders during the first lap
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Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) running in a cloud of dust.

Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) running in a cloud of dust.
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Curtis White (Cannondale) taking the outside line on one of the steep run-ups.

Curtis White (Cannondale) taking the outside line on one of the steep run-ups.
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Lance Haidet (Raleigh Clement) and Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) on a long run-up

Lance Haidet (Raleigh Clement) and Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) on a long run-up
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Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo) riding a twisty section of the course in the forest.

Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo) riding a twisty section of the course in the forest.
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) leading the race with three laps to go.

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) leading the race with three laps to go.
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Andrew Dillman (Cyclocross Alliance) on a steep run-up

Andrew Dillman (Cyclocross Alliance) on a steep run-up
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Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo) jumping a two-step barrier

Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo) jumping a two-step barrier
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One of the mechanics headed to the pits with spare bikes.

One of the mechanics headed to the pits with spare bikes.
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) with a chainring on his calf.

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) with a chainring on his calf.
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Jonathan Page (Fuji) at the start

Jonathan Page (Fuji) at the start
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Elite Men's start at Genesee Valley Park

Elite Men's start at Genesee Valley Park
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Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport) leads the Elite Men onto the course.

Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport) leads the Elite Men onto the course.
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Travis Livermon (Maxxis Shimano) leading on the grass during lap one.

Travis Livermon (Maxxis Shimano) leading on the grass during lap one.
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) was in 14th place during lap one

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) was in 14th place during lap one
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) with Tobin Ortenblad, Allen Krughoff, and Stpehen Hyde with two laps remaining

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) with Tobin Ortenblad, Allen Krughoff, and Stpehen Hyde with two laps remaining
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Jeremy Martin (Focus) with two laps to go

Jeremy Martin (Focus) with two laps to go
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With one lap to go Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) checks to see how close Powers was

With one lap to go Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) checks to see how close Powers was
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) passes Driscoll at the beginning of the final lap

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) passes Driscoll at the beginning of the final lap
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) crosses the finish line

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) crosses the finish line
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Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) stretching before the race

Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) stretching before the race
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) wins the UCI-1 race in Rochester.

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) wins the UCI-1 race in Rochester.
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) erased a 15 second deficit to Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) to win the UCI C1 race at Genesee Valley Park. Driscoll finished in second place, while Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) rounded out the podium in third place.

Racing took place at a new venue in Genesee Valley Park. Half of the course was grassy fields where speeds were very high, but the other half was twisty wooded trails with some steep run-ups.

Temperatures around 90-degrees with very high humidity proved to be a major obstacle for most of the racers. Powers was in 14th place during the first lap and seemed content to just pick off riders one at a time.

He explained his strategy, "It was a very fast race, so much faster than in years past…there was a group of 20 at the start. I knew it was going to be bunched up and there was no reason to be forcing things with the heat. Heat management was my number one goal today since I don't typically do well in the heat."

With two laps to go, Driscoll had turned a small gap into 15 seconds. Powers explained the closing laps, "I knew Jamie looked pretty fit when I saw him this morning…so I wasn't going to let him go much longer. I did what I call a Hail Mary effort and went as hard as I could go...and with one (lap) to go I got him. That was enough to take the win."

Racing will continue on Sunday at Genesee Valley Park. Cooler temperatures are expected which will be welcomed relief for the riders.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing)0:57:38
2James Driscoll (Raleigh Clement)0:00:05
3Stephen Hyde (Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.)0:00:12
4Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing)0:00:26
5Jeremy Martin (Focus CX Team Canada)
6Yannick Eckmann (Boulder Cycle Sport/ Yogaglo)
7Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)0:00:40
8Andrew Dillman (Cyclocross Alliance)0:00:54
9Jonathan Page (Fuji)0:01:26
10Spencer Petrov (Cyclocross Alliance)0:01:35
11Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes)
12Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.)0:01:53
13Travis Livermon (Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross)0:02:02
14Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek)0:02:03
15Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo Cycling Team)0:02:16
16Jens Vandekinderen (Kalas-H.Essers-Nnof Cycling Team)0:02:22
17Derrick St John (VanDessel p/b HyperThreads)0:02:31
18Aaron Schooler (Focus CX Team Canada)0:02:36
19Kerry Werner Jr. (Kona Endurance Team)0:02:47
20Dan Chabanov (House Ind/Withings/Simplehuman)0:02:51
21Troy Wells (Team CLIF BAR)0:02:58
22Jack Kisseberth (JAM / NCC)0:03:01
23Samuel O'Keefe (House Ind/Withings/Simplehuman)0:03:10
24Tom Chapman (Focus Attaquer CX)0:03:20
25Scott Smith (JAM / NCC)0:03:41
26Lance Haidet (Raliegh Clement)0:03:50
27Jordan Snyder (C3-Twenty20 Cycling)0:03:56
28Christopher Aitken (Focus Attaquer CX Team)0:04:07
29Osmond Bakker (Wheels Of Bloor)0:04:18
30Antonin Marecaille (AVC Aix en Provence)0:04:29
31Nicolas Catlin (Sherpa)0:04:56
32Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette (Pivot Cycles on the Edge Canada)0:05:10
33Dan Timmerman (Stan's NoTubes Elite CX)0:05:47
34Robert Marion (American Classic Pro CX Team)0:06:21
35Matt Surch (Tekne Cycle Club)0:06:46
36Adam St. Germain (Apex / NBX / Trek)0:06:53
37Abe Goorskey (American Classic Pro CX Team)0:07:00
38Nathan Underwood (Euro-sports.ca)0:07:10
39Matt Perreault (Colonial Bicycle Company)0:07:30
40Gregg Griffo (Park Ave Bike Shop)- 2 laps
41Andrew Lints (Bicycle Express Racing)
42Tim Willis (Bicycle Quarterly Elite Technic)- 3 laps
43Danny Summerhill (Maxxis-Shimano)
DNFScott Fitzgerald (Mariposa Bicycles)
DNSBenjamin Sonntag (Team Clif Bar)

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