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Cannondale trio sweeps NACT podium

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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) is winning virtually every weekend this season

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) is winning virtually every weekend this season
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) crosses the line first as his team sweeps the race today

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) crosses the line first as his team sweeps the race today
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) is returning to racing after missing last week due to illness

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) is returning to racing after missing last week due to illness
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Sunset at the course in Southampton

Sunset at the course in Southampton
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Ryan Trebon (Kona) gets the hole shot and leads the Elite Men straight uphill

Ryan Trebon (Kona) gets the hole shot and leads the Elite Men straight uphill
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) and Chris Jones (Champion Systems) take up the chase

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) and Chris Jones (Champion Systems) take up the chase
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The Elite Men's field heads up a grassy slope

The Elite Men's field heads up a grassy slope
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Tyler Trace (Trek Red Truck) descends on some singletrack

Tyler Trace (Trek Red Truck) descends on some singletrack
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The entire Cannondale team is hot on Trebon's heels

The entire Cannondale team is hot on Trebon's heels
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) likes strength in numbers

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) likes strength in numbers
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Michael Garrigan (La Bicicletta/Jetpower) put in a solid ride

Michael Garrigan (La Bicicletta/Jetpower) put in a solid ride
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Derrick St. John (Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy) on the steepest climb

Derrick St. John (Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy) on the steepest climb
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Carl Decker (Team Giant) climbing into the woods

Carl Decker (Team Giant) climbing into the woods
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Josh Dillion (Richard Sachs/RGM Watches) on the steep climb

Josh Dillion (Richard Sachs/RGM Watches) on the steep climb
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Chris Jones (Champion Systems) riding singletrack ahead of Adam Craig

Chris Jones (Champion Systems) riding singletrack ahead of Adam Craig
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) running the barriers with a lead over Powers

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) running the barriers with a lead over Powers
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Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) racing in third place

Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) racing in third place
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The Belgian style waffles were a big hit with both the fans and racers

The Belgian style waffles were a big hit with both the fans and racers
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Ryan Trebon (Kona) had a slight mechanical that put him back in fourth place

Ryan Trebon (Kona) had a slight mechanical that put him back in fourth place
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Trebon out of the woods

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Trebon out of the woods
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Tyler Trace (Trek Red Truck) exiting the singletrack

Tyler Trace (Trek Red Truck) exiting the singletrack
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Ryan Trebon (Kona) leading at the barriers

Ryan Trebon (Kona) leading at the barriers
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The entrire Cannondale squad led by Powers in pursuit of Trebon

The entrire Cannondale squad led by Powers in pursuit of Trebon
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Valentin Sherz (Procycles-Scott--Newwork) is a U-23

Valentin Sherz (Procycles-Scott--Newwork) is a U-23
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Adam Craig (Team Giant) descending through tall grass

Adam Craig (Team Giant) descending through tall grass
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) drilling it home for the victory

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) drilling it home for the victory
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Ryan Trebon (Kona) riding some sweet singletrack

Ryan Trebon (Kona) riding some sweet singletrack
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Shannon Skerritt (Vanilla Workship/Speedwagon) is one of Portland's top racers

Shannon Skerritt (Vanilla Workship/Speedwagon) is one of Portland's top racers
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A happy Tim Johnson after his win

A happy Tim Johnson after his win
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Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com swarm Ryan Trebon (Kona)

Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com swarm Ryan Trebon (Kona)
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Close racing the the elite men's event

Close racing the the elite men's event
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James Driscoll rides to third in elite men.

James Driscoll rides to third in elite men.
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Men's elite podium: a clean sweep for Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com

Men's elite podium: a clean sweep for Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com
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Jeremy Powers leads his Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com teammate Tim Johnson

Jeremy Powers leads his Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com teammate Tim Johnson
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Ryan Trebon (Kona) took the lead early on

Ryan Trebon (Kona) took the lead early on
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)
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The vibrant green of Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com riders filled the podium at the Whitmore's Landscape Super Cross cup held in Southampton, New York as Tim Johnson pulled off a solo victory ahead of teammates Jeremy Powers in second and Jamey Driscoll in third.

US National Cyclo-Cross Champion, Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) rolled in for fourth place after he struggled with a mechanical on the last lap.

"We really did benefit from the crazy circumstance where Ryan crashed, Geoff [Kabush] got sick and Todd [Wells] is injured," Johnson said respectfully. "These guys who would normally be around us weren't. We are very fortunate."

The Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup double header marks the final stop on the North American Cyclo-Cross Trophy (NACT) series. Johnson leads the NACT standings as the race heads into its final round #10 tomorrow.

"We still have one more day," said Johnson while enjoying a splash of 1996 Brunello di Montalcino courtesy of the series' co-founder Myles Romanow. "I think I have enough points but we'll see after tomorrow."

BMX style ‘cross circuit suits Johnson

The warm autumn sun shone over the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup, a sharp contrast to last year's frigid early winter air that kept many of the racers from finishing. The race kicked off with a parade lap, half the size of the race circuit. The course is well-known for showcasing a mixture of lengthy straightaways combined with heavily rooted trails, grueling dirt run ups and tricky off-camber sections.

Noticeably missing from the race were Canadian National Cyclo-Cross Champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) who was ill and Todd Wells (Specialized) who is suffering from an injury.

"It was sweet," Johnson said. "One thing that was clear was that you could go as hard as you wanted but you couldn't get that big of a gap. Everyone was going similar speeds because of the way the course was. If you got a gap you really had to work hard to solidify in it and not mess up the tricky corners that followed it. It was a lot of single track stuff and lots of elevation gain."

Trebon led the first lap followed by 19 year-old Swiss talent Valentin Sherz (Procycles-Scott-Newwork) along with Powers, Johnson and Chris Jones (Champion System). The leaders fired one attack after another however, the circuit's unruly terrain made it difficult to gain much ground.

Trebon surged ahead of his leading companions on the second lap however, Johnson and Powers were the only two that could respond. Later in the lap, Jones reconnected with the three leaders. Driscoll was noticeably missing from the front on the first lap and muscled his way through the field before the end of the second lap.

"Ryan was drilling us and he kept the pace high because when you are out numbered like that, on a course that is tight and twisty, if you can control it you would have a better chance," Johnson said. "If he let us control it we would have been able to do what we wanted. He kept the race really high."

Continuous surges forced the pace to more than five minutes a lap, causing Jones to lose valuable seconds. He drifted back with mountain bike talent, Adam Craig (Giant) and the two would battle for fourth place for the remainder of the race. A second group of chasers included Sherz, Carl Decker (Giant) and Derrick St. John (Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy).

Up front, Johnson made his winning move with six laps to go. On the final lap, he added to an advantage of nearly 20 seconds. An untimely mechanical forced Trebon off his bike with two laps to go, over the circuit's steep ascent through the trees. Powers and Driscoll pushed onward riding in second and third place respectively. Trebon remounted his machine and rolled in for fourth place.

"On the first couple of lap, Powers and I hit him [Ryan Trebon] a couple of times but he kept responding" Johnson said. "Jeremy attacked and Jones was gone and Ryan caught up. We went into the hillside and Ryan over cooked the corner and crashed. Jeremy and I hit the gas and it was just us. I came over top of Jeremy and I hit it and I was alone."

The Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup will continue for the final round of the NACT series on Sunday. Winners of the elite women and men category will each receive a $1500 a trophy in the form of a heavy weight championship belt.

Full Results
1Timothy Johnson (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale0:59:24
2Jeremy Powers (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale0:00:29
3James Driscoll (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale0:00:40
4Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona-FSA Cyclocross Team0:01:19
5Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 10:01:37
6Adam Craig (USA)0:01:44
7Mike Garrigan (Can)0:02:27
8Derrick St John (Can) Stevens
9Carl Decker (USA)0:02:55
10Valentin Scherz (Swi) Pro Cycles-Scott-Newwork0:03:15
11Joshua Dillon (USA)0:03:51
12Tyler Trace (Can)0:04:20
13Shannon Skeritt (USA)0:04:37
14Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA)
15Michael Broderick (USA)
16Peter Bradshaw (USA)0:05:54
17Ryan Dewald (USA)
18Kevin Hulick (USA)
19Lisban Quintero Blandon (Col)
20Chris Hurst (USA)
21Patrick Bradley (USA)
22Kirt Fitzpatrick (USA)
23Kevin Noiles (Can)
24John Burns (USA)
25Pavel Gonda (Cze)
26Christopher Hamlin (USA)
27Andrew Crooks (USA)
28Rickey Visinski (USA)
29Gavin Mannion (USA)
30Colin Reuter (USA)
31Zachary Adams (USA)
32Myles Romanow (Can)

 

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