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Powers earns second straight victory at Jingle Cross Rock

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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) wins it on the last lap

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) wins it on the last lap
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Allen Krughoff and Ben Berden warming up on the course

Allen Krughoff and Ben Berden warming up on the course
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Jeremy Durrin (Optum Pro Team) having a good race

Jeremy Durrin (Optum Pro Team) having a good race
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) starting the big climb of the day with Adam Craig

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) starting the big climb of the day with Adam Craig
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Robert Marion (American Classic) riding in the top ten

Robert Marion (American Classic) riding in the top ten
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Carson Miller (Jamis CX) leading a big group up the climb

Carson Miller (Jamis CX) leading a big group up the climb
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leads five other riders into the woods

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) leads five other riders into the woods
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading the race with two laps to go

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading the race with two laps to go
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) biding his time before attacking

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) biding his time before attacking
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) chasing Johnson with Craig, Powers, and Owen

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) chasing Johnson with Craig, Powers, and Owen
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Logan Owen (Cal Giant Berry Farm) having another top five race

Logan Owen (Cal Giant Berry Farm) having another top five race
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) chasing Johnson late in the race

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) chasing Johnson late in the race
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Lewis Gaffney and American Classic teammate Robert Marion coming through the start/finish with one lap to go

Lewis Gaffney and American Classic teammate Robert Marion coming through the start/finish with one lap to go
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading with one lap to go

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading with one lap to go
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Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) came up just a bit short but took second place

Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) came up just a bit short but took second place
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading out the men in wet conditions

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading out the men in wet conditions
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Adam Craig (Team Giant)

Adam Craig (Team Giant)
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A new section of course today has the riders descending switchbacks

A new section of course today has the riders descending switchbacks
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Jeremy Durrin (Optum Pro Team)

Jeremy Durrin (Optum Pro Team)
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) chasing on lap two

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) chasing on lap two
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) riding with the leaders on lap two

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) riding with the leaders on lap two
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Kevin Bradford-Parish was having a great race

Kevin Bradford-Parish was having a great race
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Logan Owen (Cal Giant Berry Farms) leading the race on lap three

Logan Owen (Cal Giant Berry Farms) leading the race on lap three
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Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) crossing the new bridge on lap three

Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) crossing the new bridge on lap three
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Shawn Milne (Keough Cyclocross) riding in a chase group on lap three

Shawn Milne (Keough Cyclocross) riding in a chase group on lap three
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Logan Owen (Cal Giant Berry Farms) was going for the win today

Logan Owen (Cal Giant Berry Farms) was going for the win today
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Coming off the bridge section

Coming off the bridge section
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading a select group on the last lap

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) leading a select group on the last lap
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Men’s Podium (L to R): Adam Craig (Team Giant) 3rd; Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) 1st; Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) 2nd

Men’s Podium (L to R): Adam Craig (Team Giant) 3rd; Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) 1st; Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) 2nd
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) cooling down after the race with Curtis White

Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) cooling down after the race with Curtis White
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Curtis White (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) in the second row

Curtis White (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com) in the second row
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Adam Craig (Team Giant) made good use of his bike handling skills to take third place

Adam Craig (Team Giant) made good use of his bike handling skills to take third place
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) won day two of the Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock with a final lap attack that held off a strong contingent of challengers including Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), Adam Craig (Giant Bicycle), Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), and Logan Owen (California Giant – Specialized).

Despite forecasts of rain the men raced in dry conditions but several muddy sections, and the steep switchback decent down Mt. Krumpit, proved decisive in determining the races.

“Today was good, it was just a matter of being patient,” said Powers.

“Tomorrow (Sunday) is obviously the big day, and I definitely felt last night in my legs a little. I said to myself, if I could be at the front still with 10 minutes left, I’d put it all in.”

Tim Johnson shook things up at the start, leading the field through the first half of the course, until Adam Craig took over on the ascent up Mt. Krumpit. Craig, one of the strongest riders on the climb, was masterfully navigating the tricky descent that claimed several riders each lap. But Even Craig’s ninja-like handling skills were challenged by the descent.

“The finish down to the barn was scary,” said Craig. “I almost bought the farm there on one of the laps.”

Johnson found himself at the front of the race in the early laps duelling with US cyclo-cross prodigy, Logan Owen. The two continuously found each other at the front of the race and drove the lead group for most of the race.

“Throughout the race somehow, Tim and I would both get a gap,” said Owen. “Finally I started capitalizing on it, started to attack, and put the sting into them.”

The lead group expanded and contracted, but a core set of riders including Johnson, Craig, Owen, Powers, and Berden remained close for the remainder of the race. After chasing with Jeremy Durrin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) for a lap, Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement) successfully latched onto the lead group with one lap to go.

Shortly after passing the start-finish section on the bell lap, Powers attacked and began to grow a gap, which he would hold to the end of the race.

“Last lap I hit it as hard as I could, and went as hard as I could before the climb,” said Powers. “That was enough to break the rubber band.”

Berden, Johnson and Craig took up the chase, but were unable to make up the difference. Powers cleared the top of the climb with a four-second gap on Ben Berden and kept his lead all the way to the finish. Berden held off Craig for second, followed by Johnson in fourth, and Logan Owen in fifth.

“This is definitely a Belgian-style, or Euro-style course, where you have some significant climbs,” said Powers.

“A lot of the tracks that we do have small hills but they don’t have sustained climbs like this. This is definitely strong man territory.”

Day three of racing at Carousel Volkswagen Jingle Cross Rock continues on Sunday November 17 when the Elite men take the line for the marquee C1 UCI race at 2:45 CST.

Full Results
1Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha-Focus1:00:09
2Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh-Clement0:00:01
3Adam Craig (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:00:08
4Tim Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:15
5Logan Owen (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:00:26
6James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:00:55
7Justin Lindine (USA) Redline-NBX0:01:34
8Brian Matter (USA) RACC-Trek CXC0:01:52
9Isaac Neff (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:01:58
10Yannick Eckmann (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:02:19
11Jeremy Durrin (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:22
12Curtis White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:02:36
13Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:02:49
14Eric Thompson (USA) Mt. Borah Epic Team0:03:04
15Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:03:19
16Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:03
17Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA)
18Sven Baumann (Ger) Wolverine Racing-Trek
19Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro CX Team0:04:19
20Rotem Ishay (Isr) Boo Bikes0:04:24
21Lewis Gaffney (USA) American Classic Pro CX Team0:04:30
22Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:04:37
23Carson Miller (USA) Jamis CX0:04:46
24Benjamin Jacques-Maynes (USA) Jamis CX0:04:53
25Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona-Team S&M0:04:57
26Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services-Team Wisconsin0:05:50
27Taylor Carrington (USA) Feedback Sports0:06:05
28Travis Braun (USA) Magnus Cycling Jersey Squad0:06:08
29Adam York (USA) Wolverine Racing-ACFStores.com0:06:10
30Nicholas Lemke (USA) Scalo Veloce p/b JBV Coaching0:06:39
31Kevin McConnell (USA) Mercy-Specialized0:06:53
32Skyler Trujillo (USA) Boo Bikes0:07:07
33Ian McPherson (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team0:07:09
34Innokenty Zavyalov (USA) MCT-Basso0:08:24
35Ryan Travelstead (USA) Scalo Veloce p/b JBV Coaching0:08:42
36Jordan Cullen (USA) Crossniacs0:09:45
37Matthew Allen (USA) LGR-Behind Bars0:10:03
38Brian West (USA) Cycle City Racing Team-2laps
39Brett Pirie (USA) Groove Subaru Alpha Cycles
40Spencer Whittier (USA) HUB Endurance Chattanooga
41Maxwell Ackermann (USA) ISCorp Cycling Team
42Sam Cerruti (USA) Jamis CX
43Bryan Fosler (USA) KS Energy Services-Team Wisconsin
44Alexander Martin (USA) KS Energy Services-Team Wisconsin-3laps
45Eric Christ (USA) Bicycle Heaven-4laps
46John Thompson (USA) Mt. Borah Epic Team
DNFShawn Milne (USA) Keough Cyclocross
DNFKevin Fish (USA) Team Super Squadra
DNFBraden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar
DNFJosh Bauer (USA) THC
DNFJeff Kluck (USA) Queen City Cycling
DNFPhil Mooney (USA) Jamis CX
DNFSkyler Mackey (USA) Team Soundpony
DNFNathan Brown (USA)
DNSSteve Tilford (USA) TradeWind Energy-Eriksen Cycles
DNSJeffery Frost (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective
DNSOlivier Vrambout (USA) Solidsurface fueled by Waffle Power
DNSChristopher Smith (USA) The Fix Studio
DNSRyan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com
DNSAllen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh-Clement
DNSTroy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar
DNSMitchell Hoke (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNSJohn Meehan (USA) Bissell
DNSChris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt
DNSCorey Stelljes (USA) RACC-Gear Grinder

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