Johnson gets the better of Trebon at Trek USGP

Sunday's podium at the Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross looked a lot like Saturday's, with one small difference. The faces were all the same and Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com still occupied the top two steps, but Saturday runner-up Tim Johnson moved into the top spot and previous winner Ryan Trebon slipped to second. Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant) matched his Saturday result, claiming third place with another entertaining ride that included his own handmade jump.

In the battle for the final series standings, Johnson's weekend results leap-frogged him over Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) into third place. Trebon held onto second overall, with an absent Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) having clinched the series crown at the previous USGP weekend in Kentucky.

Sunday's Central Oregon weather brought on blue skies and slightly warmer temperatures from the previous day, and the racers seemed to react to the slightly more favorable conditions. Danny Summerhill (Chipotle Development Team), who rode a strong race on Saturday but eventually tangled with a course marker late in the race and literally fell out of podium contention, won the holeshot for the second consecutive day and led Berden, Johnson and the rest of the field onto the mostly dirt section of the course.

Summerhill still led the race about halfway through the first lap and emerged from the wooded section with Johnson, Berden, Yannick Eckmann (Cal Giant-Specialized) and Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) in tow. That group had a small gap to Trebon, Craig and Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus), who chased desperately to make the front group of race favorites. The chasing trio made contact with the leaders a lap later to form a sizable front group of eight, while Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain Bicycles), Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) and Justin Lindine (Redline) dangled just behind the leaders but never made contact.

Summerhill continued taking a lion's share of the workload on the front of the race as the lead group would stretch out and come back together over the next lap and a half, occasionally shuffling rider order as the group transitioned from tight, technical corners and climbs onto long straightaways on grass or pavement.

Johnson stuck with the leaders and had just moved in front of Trebon in the lead when opportunity presented itself near the end of lap three. As the group made its way through the Brewery Bowl and up a series of climbs and descents beneath the beer factory at the top of the westernmost tip of the course, Trebon washed out his front wheel at the bottom of a long gravel descent that led onto a short, steep, slightly off-camber run up.

"I had gone around Ryan right at the top," Johnson said. "And he washed out a little bit in the gravel, so I just hit the gas as hard as I could."

Johnson's move about 20 minutes into the race came at a perfect time to catch the other riders sneaking an extra nanosecond for recovery.

"After 20 minutes of hard riding, everybody kind of likes to take a breath," Johnson said. "But that's when I got away, so I just kind of kept the hammer down. It's tough to start to go fast again right away, so I kind of took advantage of that little lull."

Johnson started the fourth of nine laps with a five-second lead over the seven chasers, who seemed to sense first place was riding away but were unable to match Johnson's pace. Craig and Summerhill took turns on the front but weren't able to bring Johnson back to terms.

"When that mistake happened and Tim got free, I knew that I needed to be there," Craig said. "I'm not strong enough to leave the group and go to Tim, even if he's only eight seconds away and you know that's the move and you know you have to be there."

Johnson had 15 seconds on the chase group a lap later, and he added another 10 seconds in the next half lap. He started lap seven with a 32-second gap on the chasing group, which had shed Kabush but was unable to dent Johnson's lead. Trebon, meanwhile, was staying near the front but not contributing to the chase as his teammate slowly built his lead.

"I was suffering quite a bit out there today," Trebon said. "I knew when Tim went that was it, and more or less second place was going to be the best I could do on the day. I started to feel a little bit better towards the end, and I wanted to make sure that the gap to Tim was secure enough before I started attacking the group."

Trebon's presence in the chase group also aided Johnson's lead by subtly scrubbing a bit of effort from the chase, as the other riders knew they needed to leave something in the tank to fend off his eventual attacks. Craig said they all knew what was coming.

"Once it becomes painfully obvious that [Johnson] ain't coming back," Craig said, "you have to kind of race for second, knowing that Ryan's in that group and is going to be going all kinds of fast for the last couple laps once Tim's place is secure."

Sure enough, with about two laps remaining Trebon hit the gas and blew the chasing group apart. Craig and Summerhill were the only riders who could stick with Trebon initially, but Jones eventually clawed his way back to the first chase group. Berden and Eckmann lost contact for good.

As the chasing quartet exited the grassy Brewery Bowl with a hard-right turn from an off-camber bank - nearly the exact same spot where Summerhill went down the day before - Craig accidentally rammed his rear wheel into Summerhill's derailleur and tore it from its hanger, knocking the Chipotle rider from the lead group and sending him on a jog to the pits.

"He was kind of coming back on a bad line, and I was going forward on a good line," Craig said. "And I just kind of got into his spokes and his derailleur."

It was a tough break for Summerhill, who had ridden two strong races over the weekend without the results to show for it. But he said there were no hard feelings toward Craig.

"It was just an accident," he said. "But it ripped off my derailleur, and obviously there goes another potential for a podium. A bit of a bummer to say the least."

Oblivious to the drama behind, Johnson took the bell for the final lap with a 33-second lead over Trebon, Craig and Jones, while Berden and Eckmann dangled just behind. Trebon kept up the pressure during the final lap, jettisoning Jones early but taking Craig deep into the lap before finally gaining a slight advantage.

"I was pretty happy to be able to keep Ryan's skinny legs in sight at least until the last couple of corners," Craig said.

Johnson cruised in for the win about 15 seconds ahead of his teammate. Over the final lap, Trebon put just four seconds into Craig, who held on for third. Jones finished 16 seconds later for fourth, while Eckmann, who was also the best U23 rider on the day and won the U23 series, crossed the line another four seconds in arrears to round out the top five.

After the race, Johnson reflected on what the weekend meant for the team, and then his thoughts immediately turned to the upcoming world championships in Kentucky.

"To have two guys on the podium like that is huge," Johnson said of his team's performance. "To win both races this weekend is a great way to cap off the season. Obviously, Worlds is going to be the number one thing for the coming weeks. It's a lot sooner than we expect. February 4 is going to come right away."

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:01:09
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:15
3Adam Craig (USA) Giant Rabobank Team0:00:19
4Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha-Focus0:00:35
5Yannick Eckmann (Ger) California Giant/Specialized0:00:39
6Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh ClementRow 5 - Cell 2
7James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:00:48
8Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:00:50
9Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Sp0:01:11
10Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott-3Rox Racing0:01:18
11Justin Lindine (USA) Redline0:01:20
12Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:01:27
13Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team0:01:53
14Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF BAR0:02:02
15Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesRow 14 - Cell 2
16Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:15
17Matt Shriver (USA)0:02:21
18Brian Matter (USA) RACC pb GG0:02:40
19Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:02:43
20Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh Clement0:03:06
21Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team0:03:10
22Shawn Milne (USA) CyclocrossWorld.Com0:03:14
23Kevin Noiles (Can) cyclocrossracing.com0:03:19
24Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team0:03:44
25Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt0:03:47
26Tobin Ortenblad (USA) 3035860:03:58
27Benjamin Sonntag (Ger)0:04:03
28Craig Richey (Can) SponsorConnected.com p/b Ridley0:04:08
29Brennan Wodtli (USA)0:04:10
30Jake Wells (USA) NoTubes Elite Cyclocross0:04:27
31Aaron Schooler (Can) NORCO BICYCLES - SRI Importing0:04:43
32Mike Sherer (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:04:47
33Mark Mcconnell (Can) Synergy Racing0:04:50
34Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:04:52
35Eric Thompson (USA) Plan C p/b Challenge Tires0:04:53
36Aaron Bradford (USA) Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobst0:05:23
37Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:05:24
38Kris Sneddon (Can) KonaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona/Team S&M0:05:31
40Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart0:05:47
41Damian Schmitt (USA) Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside Spo0:06:02
42Tyler Coplea (USA)0:06:21
43Paul Lacava (USA) Giant Bicycles0:06:32
44Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar0:06:53
45Josh Kelley (USA) Bailey Bikes SPY0:07:09
-2 LapsChris Brandt (USA) Honey Stinger/BontragerRow 45 - Cell 2
-2 LapsBrent Gorman (USA) Volkswagen BoiseRow 46 - Cell 2
-2 LapsAlex Work (USA) Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock LobstRow 47 - Cell 2
-2 LapsBjorn Fox (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
-2 LapsBrandon Cross (USA) cole sportRow 49 - Cell 2
-2 LapsScott Chapin (USA) Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock LobstRow 50 - Cell 2
-2 LapsPatrick Means (USA) Team S&MRow 51 - Cell 2
-3 LapsCody Peterson (USA) Hutchs BicyclesRow 52 - Cell 2
-3 LapsSean Leader (USA) CycleWorksRow 53 - Cell 2
-3 LapsKolby Preble (USA) CLIF BAR Development CyclocrossRow 54 - Cell 2
-3 LapsJames Williams (USA) Adventures EdgeRow 55 - Cell 2
-5 LapsPhil Grove (USA) Hammer NutritionRow 56 - Cell 2
DNFZach McDonald (USA) Rapha-FocusRow 57 - Cell 2
DNFBill Elliston (USA) Van Dessel Factory TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFGiancarlo Dalle Angelini (USA) Don Walker CyclesRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFZane Godby (USA) Clif Bar junior developmentRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFChris Thibodeau (USA) SHO-AIR/S.E.R.T./ T.O.N.CRow 61 - Cell 2
DNSShaun Adamson (Can) Velocity Cycling ClubRow 62 - Cell 2
DNSErik Hamilton (USA) Tokyo Joes/Whole FoodsRow 63 - Cell 2
DNSJason Siegle (USA) SDG/FeltRow 64 - Cell 2
DNSJesse Rients (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective/PennRow 65 - Cell 2
DNSKendal Johnson (USA) California PolytechnicRow 66 - Cell 2
DNSLuke Demoe (USA) Evviva/StoemperRow 67 - Cell 2
DNSBjorn Selander (USA) Plan C p/b Challenge TiresRow 68 - Cell 2
DNSDavid Reyes (USA) SRAM FactoryRow 69 - Cell 2
DNSLuke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
DNSNathan Brown (USA) Superfly CyclesRow 71 - Cell 2
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USGP series standings - Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jeremy Powers (USA) RAPHA-FOCUS284pts
2Ryan Trebon (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld273Row 1 - Cell 3
3Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld242Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh Clement215Row 3 - Cell 3
5Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha- Focus174Row 4 - Cell 3
6Daniel Summerhill (USA) Chipotle Development Team144Row 5 - Cell 3
7James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld139Row 6 - Cell 3
8Adam Craig (USA) Giant Rabobank Team130Row 7 - Cell 3
9Yannick Eckmann (Ger) California Giant/Specialized117Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tristan Schouten (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies92Row 9 - Cell 3
11Lukas Fluckiger (Swi) Trek World Racing84Row 10 - Cell 3
12Geoff Kabush (Can) SCOTT-3Rox Racing80Row 11 - Cell 3
13Brian Matter (USA) RACC pb GG73Row 12 - Cell 3
14Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus67Row 13 - Cell 3
15Justin Lindine (USA) Redline49Row 14 - Cell 3
16Evan Mcneely (Can) Specialized Canada39Row 15 - Cell 3
17Jonathan Page (USA) MiloEmmaPerle37Row 16 - Cell 3
18Allen Krughoff (USA) Raleigh Clement34Row 17 - Cell 3
19Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing31Row 18 - Cell 3
20Matt Shriver (USA)28Row 19 - Cell 3
21Mitchell Hoke (USA)28Row 20 - Cell 3
22Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Sp22Row 21 - Cell 3
23Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF BAR19Row 22 - Cell 3
24Alex Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies16Row 23 - Cell 3
25Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Bicycles15Row 24 - Cell 3
26Barry Wicks (USA) Kona14Row 25 - Cell 3
27Bradley White (USA) Moms in Tow Cyclocross12Row 26 - Cell 3
28Alexander Candelario (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies10Row 27 - Cell 3
29Chris Sheppard (USA) Rocky Mountain Bicycles9Row 28 - Cell 3
30Dan Timmerman (USA) RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS9Row 29 - Cell 3
31Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Bikes8Row 30 - Cell 3
32Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo7Row 31 - Cell 3
33Jake Wells (USA) NoTubes Elite Cyclocross7Row 32 - Cell 3
34Isaac Neff (USA)7Row 33 - Cell 3
35Bryan Fawley (USA) Dallas Bike Works7Row 34 - Cell 3
36Sean Babcock (USA) Kona6Row 35 - Cell 3
37Russell Finsterwald (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective6Row 36 - Cell 3
38Lukas Winterberg (Swi) BH Swiss6Row 37 - Cell 3
39Jesse Anthony (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies5Row 38 - Cell 3
40Tim Allen (USA) Niner Hayes Ergon3Row 39 - Cell 3
41Corey Stelljes (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com3Row 40 - Cell 3
42Shawn Milne (USA) CyclocrossWorld.Com2Row 41 - Cell 3
43Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Racing p/b Felt1Row 42 - Cell 3
44Adam Morka (Can)1Row 43 - Cell 3
45Keegan Swenson (USA) Evol Elite Racing1Row 44 - Cell 3
46Mitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross1Row 45 - Cell 3
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USGP series standings - U-23 men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Yannick Eckmann (Ger) California Giant/Specialized350pts
2Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Sp221Row 1 - Cell 3
3Evan McNeely (Can) Specialized Canada217Row 2 - Cell 3
4Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha-Focus200Row 3 - Cell 3
5Tobin Ortenblad (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized192Row 4 - Cell 3
6Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru-Trek Mountain Bike Team120Row 5 - Cell 3
7Joshua Johnson (USA) Bissell-ABG-Nuvo90Row 6 - Cell 3
8Jeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team77Row 7 - Cell 3
9Zane Godby (USA) enCompass Racing65Row 8 - Cell 3
10Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX/Fuji63Row 9 - Cell 3
11Keegan Swenson (USA) Evol Elite Racing62Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tyler Coplea (USA) BH/ Hammer Nutrition55Row 11 - Cell 3
13Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Cycle-Smart53Row 12 - Cell 3
14Kolby Preble (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross45Row 13 - Cell 3
15Bjorn Fox (USA) Clif Bar Development Cross Team40Row 14 - Cell 3
16Andrew Dillman (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross40Row 15 - Cell 3
17Jesse Goodrich (USA) Evol Elite Racing40Row 16 - Cell 3
18Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverine Racing Elite CX38Row 17 - Cell 3
19Robin Eckmann (Ger) Peral Izumi, shimano team36Row 18 - Cell 3
20Luke Haley (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team32Row 19 - Cell 3
21Adam Morka (Can)30Row 20 - Cell 3
22Skyler Trujillo (USA) Niner/Stans/Erogn29Row 21 - Cell 3
23Kerry Werner Jr. (USA) BMC U23 Development Team22Row 22 - Cell 3
24Joseph Maloney (USA) KS Energy Services/Team Wiscons17Row 23 - Cell 3
25Dean Haas (USA) Team Specialized Racing Juniors16Row 24 - Cell 3
26Michael Sampson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies15Row 25 - Cell 3
27Chase Dickens (USA) American Classic Pro Team14Row 26 - Cell 3
28Adam York (USA) Cleveland Clinic Sports Health14Row 27 - Cell 3
29Lewis Gaffney (USA) Team FITaos13Row 28 - Cell 3
30Kendal Johnson (USA) California Polytechnic12Row 29 - Cell 3
31Richard Cypress Gorry (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized11Row 30 - Cell 3
32Connor Wilson (Can) Juventus Cycling Club11Row 31 - Cell 3
33Jesse Rients (USA) KUHL10Row 32 - Cell 3
34Tom Burke (USA) Specialized Michigan9Row 33 - Cell 3
35Matt Lyons (USA) Feedback Sports8Row 34 - Cell 3
36Johnathan Freter (USA) Don Walker Cycles Racing4Row 35 - Cell 3
37Zeb King (USA) MOB p/b Ridley4Row 36 - Cell 3

 

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