Trebon powers into Planet Bike Cup victory

Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) secured a hard-fought victory at the Exergy Cyclo-cross US Gran Prix’s Planet Bike Cup held in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The American made his winning last-lap move before the final run up and soloed to victory ahead of former double world champion Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) in second and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in third.

“I don’t think I was stronger than the other two, I think we were evenly matched,” Trebon told Cyclingnews. “I think that I was riding the bike really well and I was confident in what I was doing. I made the fewest mistakes and I think that is was led to the race win. I made few mistakes and had enough energy to put in a big dig and hold them off.”

Planet Bike Cup Day 1 marked the first round of the USGP series. Trebon will wear the leader’s jersey heading into the Planet Bike Cup Day 2 held on Sunday at the same location.

“I definitely want to continue to do well at the races and doing that helps to stay near the [series] lead,” Trebon said. “I definitely want to win the USGP again this year.”

Race decided by three strong men

The Elite men’s race was 60 minutes on a technical and challenging cyclo-cross course. The circuit started on the pavement and turned onto the grass. The main challenges of the day were the twist and turns, barriers and the dirt run up located at the end of the circuit. “The race was super fast and really technical,” Trebon said.

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) took the hole shot onto the grass followed by teammates Bart Wellens and Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea).

Powers opened a small lead heading into the second lap ahead of chasers Wellens and Peeters along with another set of teammates Christian Heule, Jamey Driscoll and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Other riders in the long line of contenders included Jonathan Page (Planet Bike-Blue), Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt), Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain-Maxxis) and Barry Wicks (KONA), among others.

US National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) had a rough start to the race and was forced to chase from mid-pack to try and put himself back in race contention.

Powers and Peeters join forces at the front of the race, however, their lead did not last long as Trebon, Peeters, Heule, Driscoll and Johnson latched back on to the leaders. However, he did not make it back into the top 10.

Powers bobbled trying to bunny hop the double log stairs located at the base of the run up at the end of the second lap. The mishap allowed Trebon and Peeters to move into the lead heading into the third lap. Also in the mix were Driscoll and Wellens.

Powers made up for his mistake on the previous lap when he successfully bunny hopped the stairs and opened a gap ahead of Trebon, Peeters, Wellens and Driscoll. Following close behind were Heule, Page, Johnson, Zac McDonald (Rapha-Focus) and Brian Matter.

The group of three strong-men emerged at the start of the fifth lap with Powers, Wellens and Trebon. Next in line were chasers Peeters, Driscoll and Johnson. “The three of us separated ourselves from the others about mid-race,” Trebon said.

Powers made a strong attack from the front of the trio and gained a sizable lead. Wellens, who was riding in second wheel, looked to Trebon to do the chasing. The three regained contact with one another at the end of the lap.

Powers put more pressure on the climb and opened another gap. Trebon was able to make contact with Powers and he immediately assumed the front position. However, Wellens was reluctant to give up chasing and regained contact at the start of the penultimate lap.

Powers race for the win came to an end when he bobbled over the stairs for a second time and he was forced to run, losing several seconds to Trebon and Wellens on the last lap. “I think Jeremy would have matched me a little bit more than Bart, who didn’t seem 100 percent today even though he was riding really well,” Trebon said.

Wellens moved to the front of the race and put forth a fast pace followed by Trebon and the pair gained a few more seconds on Powers. Trebon made his winning move before the last climb. He took no risks and safely got off his bike and ran, while his nearest rival, Wellens, rode the climb roughly three to five seconds back.

“I pushed the pace a little bit in this one little section in the woods,” Trebon said. “I gained about 10 feet and just accelerated. We came up to the second pit and a little uphill with slight headwind, and I just kept digging. I didn’t need a lot of time going into the climb so I had time to run. I knew that if I was going my max at that point and that they were probably also going their max too. The gap stayed the same to the finish line.”


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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Trebon (USA)0:58:59
2Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha/Focus0:00:22
4Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:39
5James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com0:00:40
6Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com0:00:59
7Ben Berden (Bel) Ops Ale-ClementRow 6 - Cell 2
8Christian Heule (Sui) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.comRow 7 - Cell 2
9Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis / Rocky MountainRow 8 - Cell 2
10Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder / Clif Bar0:02:01
11Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike/Blue BicyclesRow 10 - Cell 2
12Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF BARRow 11 - Cell 2
13Mark Batty (Can) SpiderTech Powered By C100:02:34
14Bradley White (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team0:02:47
15Mitchell Hoke (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:00
16Todd Wells (USA)0:03:03
17Yannick Eckmann (Ger) Pearlizumi/ShimanoRow 16 - Cell 2
18Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada0:03:22
19Sean Babcock (USA) KonaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:03:27
21Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/SpecializedRow 20 - Cell 2
22Russell Stevenson (USA) RaleighRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony0:04:13
24Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite CyclocrossRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tristan Schouten (USA) ISCorp0:04:40
26Mitchell Kersting (USA) SchellersRow 25 - Cell 2
27Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:04:55
28Travis Woodruff (USA) Trek-Boulder/MomentumEndurance.0:04:57
29Tim Allen (USA)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Corey Stelljes (USA) Willy BikesRow 29 - Cell 2
31Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:05:12
32Molly Cameron (USA) Metafilter-Portland BicycleRow 31 - Cell 2
33Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha/FocusRow 32 - Cell 2
34Kevin Mcconnell (USA) mercy-specializedRow 33 - Cell 2
35Brad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Justin Robinson (USA) Cal Giant / SpecializedRow 35 - Cell 2
37Andrew Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill CyclocrossRow 36 - Cell 2
38Zoltan Tisza (Hun) Champion System RacingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Bryan Fawley (USA) ORBEA USARow 38 - Cell 2
40Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX/Fuji by Challenge TireRow 39 - Cell 2
41Scott Mclaughlin (USA) SRAMRow 40 - Cell 2
42Eric Wondergem (USA) Hup UnitedRow 41 - Cell 2
43Mike Sherer (USA) The Pony ShopRow 42 - Cell 2
44Isaac Neff (USA)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Mark Parmelee (USA) CycletherapyRow 44 - Cell 2
46Peter Glassford (Can) Trek CanadaRow 45 - Cell 2
47Chad Hartley (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling P/B GEARGRINDERRow 46 - Cell 2
48Michael Hemme (USA) CHICAGO.CXRow 47 - Cell 2
49Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.comRow 48 - Cell 2
50Adam Mills (USA)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Dallas Fowler (USA) Kuhl MidWestRow 50 - Cell 2
52William Butcher (USA) Team MagnusRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jay Strothman (USA) Rokkit racingRow 52 - Cell 2
54Kyle Jacobson (USA) ISCorp/Nova Cycle SportRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jeremiah Gantzer (USA) Double I Cycling ExperienceRow 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines/ACFSTORES.COMRow 55 - Cell 2
57Spencer Haugh (USA) Behind Bars/LGRRow 56 - Cell 2
58Lee Unwin (USA) Specialized/CycleOpsRow 57 - Cell 2
59Chris Mackay (USA) RealCyclist.comRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFTim Van Nuffel (Bel) DCM-GB vorselaarRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFSteve Tilford (USA) TradeWind Energy/Eriksen CyclesRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFThomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & SprocketRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Schmalz (USA) KCCXRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFJohnny Sundt (USA)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFMichael James (USA) Attitude SportsRow 64 - Cell 2
DNSChristopher Jones (USA) Rapha/FocusRow 65 - Cell 2
DNSBrady Kappius (USA) Team Clif BarRow 66 - Cell 2
DNSBill Street (USA) Kuhl Midwest Regional MTB TeamRow 67 - Cell 2

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Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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