The crowds were bigger and rowdier by the time the men’s CrossVegas race started at 9pm. The presence of Lance Armstrong brought out a lot of media and the scrum at the start/finish line was unbelievable (see pic below). It was so bad that when I was talking to the winner Ryan Trebon (Kona) after the race, we were physically pushed by folks, including media, trying to get close to Armstrong – blah.
But the racing was great.
“I had a little tangle in the first lap, it’s hard because the speed is so fast and you can’t really see the corners so well, riding behind five people it’s hard to see where you are going and there are a lot of close calls with the poles and stuff like that. ” said Trebon when asked about having a clean race.
On a side note, I was all ready to get the shot but the guy (with a media pass) in front of me with his phone moved and so…
All the big names in US cross racing were there and more. Trebon and his teammates Barry Wicks and Eric Tonkin, Johnson, Jonathan Page (Planet Bike), Craig, Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.Com), Todd Wells (Team GT), Andy Jacques-Maynes (Specialized/Kmc Pb Cal Giant), Joachim Parbo (Ccv Leopard Cycles). And the roadies Matt Shriver (Jittery Joe’s), Jonathan Baker (Vitamin Cottage), Tony Cruz (BMC) and many more… Thomas Frischknecht (Scott-Swisspower Team) chose this race as his last on US soil, Mountain Bike World Champ Christopher Sauser tried his hand at cross and of course Armstrong.
“This was the most kickass I’ve ever done, I’ve done a lot, I’ve raced I think eight World Championships, I don’t know eight or nine Nationals in my time. So many people, to have Lance here, one of my other hero of all times, [Thomas] Frischknecht here closing out his career, it’s badass.” said Johnson who finished second.
“They went and I had kind of a bad moment there, and I just had to tip myself back, I kind of knew, Kabush was tired and Page went across to him and Jon wasn’t doing any work and was sitting in so I knew it was going to come back , and I just kind of rode myself back into it. I don’t know, I was just trying to do something like maybe get a group of three or four, try to see how it went from there, I just didn’t want that group to go to the last lap.” said Trebon about the attack.
“It was kind of nice [when Geoff Kabush attacked]. The problem was that the race wasn’t hard enough, every time it would go hard, it would split up and I would be in the front, and that’s was great, but then we’d slow down and start all over again. When he [Kabush] was off the front, it gave us a chance to really surge, broke all the pieces up and then I tried to catch Ryan [Trebon] but I just couldn’t get him. ” said Johnson about the Kabush move.
Ryan Trebon stays the undisputed winner of the CrossVegas, with Tim Johnson coming in second and Adam Craig was third. A good time was had by all.