Ryan Trebon wins CrossVegas for the second time

Posted on 28. Sep, 2008 by in photos, race

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.

A select group of about 12 riders was off the front in the early laps of the 60-minute men’s race over a 2.7 km (1.7 mile) course at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex in Las Vegas. Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) put in an attack with four laps to go and after being caught, Trebon launched a solo counter-move to take the win ahead of US Cross Champion Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com) and Adam Craig (Giant Mountain Bike Team).

“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.

The media scrum around Lance Armstrong at the start

The selection was made pretty early on as a group of about twelve riders separated itself from the pack which shattered in multiple chase groups. Armstrong was in the third group chasing with  Cruz amongst others.

 
 Trebon leads first group over the hurdles

Third-place finished Adam Craig bunny hops while Frischy carries 

 
James Archer (BMC bikes) has a bit of trouble but recovers nicely

The guys at the back of the field raced hard but enjoyed the crowds, grabbing money as they went. Some even came with wigs on such as Justin England (Toytoa-United) and ?

 Lance Armstrong

 Canadian Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) put in an attack with four laps to go. Jonathan Page bridged up to him and…

“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.

 
Johnson in his National Champ colors

“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.

Thomas Frischknecht  finished fifth

Trebon still with the lead group after catching Kabush and Page in the final laps just before his solo attack

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.

Full results here
More photos here

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