Trebon stamps authority in Fort Collins

Ryan Trebon (LTS- Felt) put forth a commanding performance during a muddy and technical cyclo-cross race to secure a second UCI C1 victory of the season at the New Belgium Cup p/b Poudre Valley Health in Fort Collins, Colorado. He soloed to the finish line for the win ahead of Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) in second and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in third.

“I’ve finally had some good races after a long stretch on not winning much last year,” Trebon told Cyclingnews. “At C1s the points are double and the money is a lot more, so it makes these wins a lot more attractive, but it’s nice to win anything.”

The event marked round three of the Exergy Cyclo-cross US Gran Prix series. Former double world champion Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) was the series leader after strong performances during the two opening rounds at the Planet Bike Cup in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. However, he returned to Europe leaving the series overall competition wide open for Trebon to take back the leader’s jersey.

“I was only about 10 points behind Bart,” Trebon said. “I think I have a good lead now. I had two solid races at Planet Bike and then today. My fitness is good right now. I skipped Gloucester Grand Prix last weekend and came here pretty fresh and rested.”

The Elite men’s field lined up well prepared to contest desirable weather conditions for a cyclo-cross race with rain, high winds and cool temperatures. A good start was a high priority considering the wet, slippery and muddy conditions on the course and it was Powers who took the hole shot onto the grass.

Other contenders to follow Powers on the opening lap included Trebon, Ben Berden (Stoemper), Jamey Driscoll and Christian Heule (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Troy Wells (Clif Bar), Barry Wicks (Kona-FSA) and defending champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

Powers used his top-notch technical skills to gain a 15-second advantage ahead of his nearest competitors. He pushed a quick pace through the mud and gained additional time by bunny hopping the barriers and ride the challenging run up.

A bobble in a slick mud section force Powers to slow down and resulted in Trebon catching up to him on the second lap. The pair stretched their lead to 10-seconds ahead of third placed rider Kabush, who used his strong technical skills to work his way back into contention for the race win.

“I felt good on the bike and that makes it a lot easier to handle it,” Trebon said. “I was more relaxed and just let the bike slide around instead of fighting it in the mud the whole time.”

“Jeremy starts fast every weekend and he had a good gap,” he said. “I didn’t see the course too much because it was really nasty outside in the morning and I didn’t feel like going out there to freeze. I elected to stay on the trainer and ride. I took the first two laps easy to see the course and then applied the pressure after that.”

Trebon opened up a small gap ahead of Powers on the third lap. He used his large frame to power through the mud on the straightaway sections and tried to hold off Powers through the technical areas. “My fitness is my strong point,” Trebon said. “My bike handling has never been the best but I’m one of the good bike handlers, just not the best. I have to win races by fitness. I take the wins when they come.”

Riding slightly further back, Kabush rode a strong final two laps and caught and passed Powers to take second place. A cluster of riders pushed through the mud roughly two minutes back that included Driscoll, Yannick Eckmann, Wells, Chris Sheppard (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Berden, Wicks, Zac McDonald (Rapha-Focus) and Heule. One rider of note was former US mountain bike champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski who strong performance moved him into a respectable placing on the day.

Full Results

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1Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt0:56:07
2Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:24
3Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:00:58
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:02:08
5Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus0:02:17
6Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano0:02:25
7Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:02:34
8Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper0:02:49
9Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:07
10Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:03:18
11Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:03:26
12Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:59
14Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:04:06
15Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar0:04:41
16Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:05:21
17Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle SportRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:05:32
19Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar0:05:41
20Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team0:06:16
21Christopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-Focus0:06:21
22Aaron Schooler (Can) Team H&R Block0:06:32
23Tim Allen (USA) Niner Stan's Ergon0:06:54
24Russell Stevenson (USA) Raleigh0:07:28
25Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo0:07:36
26Colton Andersen (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factor0:07:55
27Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Bicycles0:07:58
28Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires0:07:59
29Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires0:08:13
30Matthew Pacocha (USA) BikeRadar0:08:27
31Russell Harding (USA) Natural Grocers Cycling Team0:09:03
32Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Competition Cycles-1lap
33Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar-2laps
34Mark McConnell (Can) Synergy RacingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Greg Lewis (USA) Directory Plus-TrekRow 35 - Cell 2
37Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-SpecializedRow 36 - Cell 2
38Spencer Powlison (USA) Plains To Peaks RacingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Zachary Edwards (USA) Boulder Cycle SportRow 38 - Cell 2
40Brendan Shafer (USA) Wooly MammothRow 39 - Cell 2
41Bryan Alders (USA)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Brennan Wodtli (USA) Hutch's Bicycles-3laps
43Ken Benesh (USA) Feedback SportsRow 42 - Cell 2
44Josh Whitney (USA) Rocky Mounts-IzzeRow 43 - Cell 2
45Bryan Mickiewicz (USA) Hammer NutritionRow 44 - Cell 2
46Shawn Harshman (USA) Boulder Cycle SportRow 45 - Cell 2
47John Phillips (USA) Team Rio GrandeRow 46 - Cell 2
48Nick Truitt (USA) BreckenridgeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Ted Willard (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRTRow 48 - Cell 2
50Samuel Morrison (USA) Epic EnduranceRow 49 - Cell 2
51Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue SkyRow 50 - Cell 2
52Caley Fretz (USA) Echelon Energy Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Chris Mackay (USA) Realcyclist.comRow 52 - Cell 2
54Campbell Levy (USA) Yeti-Jett Pro XC TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55David Sheek (USA) SDG-Felt p/b IRTRow 54 - Cell 2
56Eric Bennett (USA) JET CyclingRow 55 - Cell 2
57Alex Wentz (USA) Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood BrewingRow 56 - Cell 2
58Ross Holbrook (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport-4laps
59Ray Smith (USA) Bob's Red Mill CXRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jimmy Archer (USA)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Chad Haga (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies-OptumHealthRow 60 - Cell 2
62William Iaia (USA) Groove SubaruRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks RacingRow 62 - Cell 2
64Grant Holicky (USA) Plains to Peaks RacingRow 63 - Cell 2
65Brett Pirie (USA) ColoBikeLaw.comRow 64 - Cell 2
66Scott Tietzel (USA) Peaks To Plains RacingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions-5laps
68Lane Miller (USA) Louisville CycleryRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill CyclocrossRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFBrad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFJacob Lasley (USA) Team SoundponyRow 70 - Cell 2
DNSNicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-SpecializedRow 71 - Cell 2
DNSMitchell Kersting (USA) Bob's Red Mill CyclocrossRow 72 - Cell 2
DNSIan Holt (USA) Pretty in PinkRow 73 - Cell 2
DNSMike Friedberg (USA) Service Course/World Bicycle ReliefRow 74 - Cell 2
DNSChris Brandt (USA) Honey Stinger-TrekRow 75 - Cell 2
DNSTaylor Carrington (USA) Turin Bicycles - TLRRow 76 - Cell 2
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Elite men - Exergy USGP Cyclocross standings after round 3
1Ryan Trebon (USA) LTS-Felt134pts
2Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet-Fidea90Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Rapha-Focus82Row 2 - Cell 3
4James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld79Row 3 - Cell 3
5Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain71Row 4 - Cell 3
6Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea60Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-Stoemper57Row 6 - Cell 3
8Christian Heule (Swi) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld57Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike-Blue Bicycles50Row 8 - Cell 3
10Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar41Row 9 - Cell 3
11Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus39Row 10 - Cell 3
12Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld31Row 11 - Cell 3
13Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles-Shimano23Row 12 - Cell 3
14Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder - Clif Bar22Row 13 - Cell 3
15Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus20Row 14 - Cell 3
16Barry Wicks (USA) Kona16Row 15 - Cell 3
17Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar12Row 16 - Cell 3
18Sean Babcock (USA) Kona11Row 17 - Cell 3
19Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team10Row 18 - Cell 3
20Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)9Row 19 - Cell 3
21Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized8Row 20 - Cell 3
22Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C108Row 21 - Cell 3
23Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team7Row 22 - Cell 3
24Tristan Schouten (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Bicycles6Row 23 - Cell 3
25Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized5Row 24 - Cell 3
26Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing5Row 25 - Cell 3
27Allen Krughoff (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport4Row 26 - Cell 3
28Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada3Row 27 - Cell 3
29Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team1Row 28 - Cell 3
30Justin Robinson (USA) California Giant-Specialized1Row 29 - Cell 3
31Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross1Row 30 - Cell 3
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U23 men - Exergy USGP Cyclocross standings after round 3
1Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi-Shimano-Focus140pts
2Zach McDonald (USA) Team Rapha-Focus124Row 1 - Cell 3
3Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized108Row 2 - Cell 3
4Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires83Row 3 - Cell 3
5Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.com49Row 4 - Cell 3
6Joseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX-Fuji p/b Challenge Tires46Row 5 - Cell 3
7Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines-Acfstores.com43Row 6 - Cell 3
8Evan Guthrie (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory Team30Row 7 - Cell 3
9Skyler Trujillo (USA) CYF Divo26Row 8 - Cell 3
10Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue Competition Cycles17Row 9 - Cell 3
11Thomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & Sprocket17Row 10 - Cell 3
12Robin Eckmann (USA) Pearl Izumi-Shimano Team14Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ryan Miller (USA) Pacific Power-Blue Sky12Row 12 - Cell 3
14Jesse Goodrich (USA) Plains to Peaks Racing10Row 13 - Cell 3
15Drew Hogg (USA) RGF Solutions9Row 14 - Cell 3

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