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Trebon powers into Planet Bike Cup victory

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Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) was very happy with his win

Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) was very happy with his win
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Christian Heule (Cannnondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) running with team-mate Johnson

Christian Heule (Cannnondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) running with team-mate Johnson
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) leading the race

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) leading the race
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Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) could not quite keep pace with the leaders today

Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) could not quite keep pace with the leaders today
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Adam Morka (Trek Canada) looked solid on the course today

Adam Morka (Trek Canada) looked solid on the course today
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Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) and Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) riding a steep run-up

Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea) and Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) riding a steep run-up
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Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt)

Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt)
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Jamie Driscoll (Cannondaleb/b Cyclocrossworld.com) on the big run-up

Jamie Driscoll (Cannondaleb/b Cyclocrossworld.com) on the big run-up
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) riding while Zach MacDonald (Rapha Focus) runs

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) riding while Zach MacDonald (Rapha Focus) runs
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Christian Heule (Cannnondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) on the run-up

Christian Heule (Cannnondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) on the run-up
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A Maxxis racer tackles the run-up late in the race

A Maxxis racer tackles the run-up late in the race
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Best looking dog of the day

Best looking dog of the day
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Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Clement) leading Heule and Page

Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Clement) leading Heule and Page
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Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) with a small lead over Wellons with one lap to go

Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) with a small lead over Wellons with one lap to go
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Barry Wicks (Kona) coming through the start-finish with one lap to go

Barry Wicks (Kona) coming through the start-finish with one lap to go
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Jamey Driscoll (Cannondaleb/b Cyclocrossworld.com) rounding a corner near the barriers

Jamey Driscoll (Cannondaleb/b Cyclocrossworld.com) rounding a corner near the barriers
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale) leading the chasers

Tim Johnson (Cannondale) leading the chasers
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Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) running the barriers

Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) running the barriers
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This 15-yr-old cyclo-cross fan brought a couple of friends with her to the race

This 15-yr-old cyclo-cross fan brought a couple of friends with her to the race
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) getting off to a good start

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) getting off to a good start
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) gets the hole shot

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) gets the hole shot
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Rob Peeters and Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) got off to a brilliant start

Rob Peeters and Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team) got off to a brilliant start
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Christian Heule (Cannnondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Ryan Trebon on lap one

Christian Heule (Cannnondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Ryan Trebon on lap one
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Ryan Trebon (LTS Felt) riding fifth wheel early in the contest

Ryan Trebon (LTS Felt) riding fifth wheel early in the contest
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale) riding with the leaders on the first lap

Tim Johnson (Cannondale) riding with the leaders on the first lap
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S-Turn Scrum

S-Turn Scrum
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Chaos early in the race

Chaos early in the race
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) taking the race lead

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) taking the race lead
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Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) chasing Powers

Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) chasing Powers
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) bunny hopping the barriers while others had to run

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) bunny hopping the barriers while others had to run
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Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea Cycling) trying to keep pace with Ryan Trebon

Bart Wellens (Telenet Fidea Cycling) trying to keep pace with Ryan Trebon
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Tim Johnson (Cannondale) racing just behind the lead group

Tim Johnson (Cannondale) racing just behind the lead group
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Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt)

Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt)
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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 Cyclocrossworld.com). 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.”

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ryan Trebon (USA)0:58:59
2Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
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-Clement
8Christian Heule (Sui) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com
9Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain
10Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder / Clif Bar0:02:01
11Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike/Blue Bicycles
12Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF BAR
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/Shimano
18Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada0:03:22
19Sean Babcock (USA) Kona
20Ryan Knapp (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross0:03:27
21Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
22Russell Stevenson (USA) Raleigh
23Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony0:04:13
24Jake Wells (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross
25Tristan Schouten (USA) ISCorp0:04:40
26Mitchell Kersting (USA) Schellers
27Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:04:55
28Travis Woodruff (USA) Trek-Boulder/MomentumEndurance.0:04:57
29Tim Allen (USA)
30Corey Stelljes (USA) Willy Bikes
31Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:05:12
32Molly Cameron (USA) Metafilter-Portland Bicycle
33Zach Mcdonald (USA) Rapha/Focus
34Kevin Mcconnell (USA) mercy-specialized
35Brad Cole (USA) Mercy Elite Cycling Team
36Justin Robinson (USA) Cal Giant / Specialized
37Andrew Reardon (USA) Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross
38Zoltan Tisza (Hun) Champion System Racing
39Bryan Fawley (USA) ORBEA USA
40Kevin Fish (USA) KCCX/Fuji by Challenge Tire
41Scott Mclaughlin (USA) SRAM
42Eric Wondergem (USA) Hup United
43Mike Sherer (USA) The Pony Shop
44Isaac Neff (USA)
45Mark Parmelee (USA) Cycletherapy
46Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Canada
47Chad Hartley (USA) Kenda Pro Cycling P/B GEARGRINDER
48Michael Hemme (USA) CHICAGO.CX
49Josh Johnson (USA) BikeReg.com
50Adam Mills (USA)
51Dallas Fowler (USA) Kuhl MidWest
52William Butcher (USA) Team Magnus
53Jay Strothman (USA) Rokkit racing
54Kyle Jacobson (USA) ISCorp/Nova Cycle Sport
55Jeremiah Gantzer (USA) Double I Cycling Experience
56Daniel Gerow (USA) Wolverines/ACFSTORES.COM
57Spencer Haugh (USA) Behind Bars/LGR
58Lee Unwin (USA) Specialized/CycleOps
59Chris Mackay (USA) RealCyclist.com
DNFTim Van Nuffel (Bel) DCM-GB vorselaar
DNFSteve Tilford (USA) TradeWind Energy/Eriksen Cycles
DNFThomson Remo (USA) Team Wheel & Sprocket
DNFJoseph Schmalz (USA) KCCX
DNFJohnny Sundt (USA)
DNFMichael James (USA) Attitude Sports
DNSChristopher Jones (USA) Rapha/Focus
DNSBrady Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar
DNSBill Street (USA) Kuhl Midwest Regional MTB Team

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