Gould and Trebon sweep MAC weekend

Posted on 18. Oct, 2009 by in photos, race

Georgia Gould (Luna) and Ryan Trebon (KONA) both soloed to wins at the “Queen Weekend of the MAC Powered by SRAM Cyclocross Series. Trebon’s teammate Barry Wicks also took second on both days.

KONA's Ryan Trebon wins muddy UCI C2 Granogue - courtesy of Dennisbike

KONA's Ryan Trebon wins muddy UCI C2 Granogue - courtesy of Dennisbike

Mud in Granogue. For the first time in five years, the race underwent its fist major course revision for the UCI C2 Granogue Cyclocross at Granogue Estate, near Wilmington Delaware, but the story was the mud. An early Nor’easter brought near-record low temperatures and saturated the region, even dropping snow in some locales less than two hours from the race. “Feel my bike!” said Gould to a friend shortly after crossing the finish line. With the accumulation of mud, most estimated that it weighed in the vicinity of thirty pounds.

The resultant muddy mess turned even the smallest incline (and even some flat portions), into a run-up. Though Gould said afterward of the slippery conditions, “the run-ups were more like hike-briskly-up-the-hills, and sometimes it wasn’t even briskly.”

“It’s the heaviest this race has ever been,” said Wicks. “You could still ride through Devou last week, but with the grass and the clay soil here, it just grabbed your wheel.”

Gould dominated the race from the start. But it was not a care-free ride as the former MAC Champion did not have a pit bike, a source of concern considering the parade of broken derailleurs in the earlier amateur classes. Following a long mountain bike season, Interbike, Cross Vegas and the Planet Bike Cup, Gould was giving her body a well-deserved rest. “But I got tired of sitting in Colorado while my husband (Dusty, team mechanic for Kona’s Trebon and Wicks) had fun with cyclocross out east. So I booked a ticked Tuesday for a flight Thursday, but I could only bring one bike.”

Behind Gould, noted mudder Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing/Seven Cycles) ran a smooth race to finish second. Amanda Carey (Kenda/Trainwitheric.com)  continued her year of strong performances with a race long battle with current MAC leader Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes).

Early in the race, Carey held the advantage over C3 Athletes Serving Athletes teammates Van Gilder and Dee Dee Winfield. Winfield never looked settled on the day and dropped back, while Van Gilder clawed her way up to Carey. The tables were turned during the second half of the race as Van Gilder held the position and Carey dragged her way up on the last lap to make contact and then attack prior to the final corners. Unfortunately for Carey, the long, paved uphill finish at Granogue perfectly suited Van Gilder, one of the greatest women road sprinters of all time. Van Gilder took the sprint for third, but to Carey’s credit, she made Van Gilder work hard for it, as Van Gilder was shattered following her anaerobic effort to finish on the podium.

The Men’s race was more of the same, but it took most of the first lap for US National Champion  Trebon to establish his lead. Early protagonists included Adam Myerson (Cycle Smart), Wicks and Swiss U23 racer Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles Scott Newwork). By the end of the first lap, Myerson had dropped back and Trebon was off the front. Wicks and Sherz battled before stabilizing with Wicks in the second position.

The main action was for fourth. Davide Frattini (Fuji) flatted a rear and elected to change a wheel. That moved up the battle of Dan Timmerman and Adam McGrath (Thule/Van Dessel). Frattini mounted a pursuit and eventually finished fourth. McGrath faded in the last quarter of the race and finished in seventh, behind the Richard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix duo of  Timmerman and Will Dugan.

“On a day like this,” said Barry Wicks after the race, “you throw the tactics out and it’s just who’s the strongest and makes the least mistakes. Today it was Ryan, again.”  Trebon crossed the line 1:27 ahead of Wicks to claim his first UCI win of the season. Wicks was 46 seconds ahead of Scherz.

Check out video interviews with Gould, Bruno Roy, Carey, Trebon, Myerson, TimmermanDugan and McGrath over at cyclingdirt.org

Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) solos to win UCI C2 Wissahickon - courtesy of Dennisbike

Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) solos to win UCI C2 Wissahickon - courtesy of Dennisbike

Cold and … windy in Wissahickon.  Trebon summed up Sunday’s Wissahickon in his typical straight-to-the-point manner, “It was cold and fucking windy.”

The women started-off the UCI double-header, and despite the storm that turned the previous day’s course into a quagmire, the course at UCI C2 Wissahickon remained solid, though somewhat cooler than normal. “This course is always exactly the same,” said Bruno-Roy. “It’s always flat and windy. With the rain this weekend, it made it slightly boggier, but not much. Fortunately, the rains stopped this morning.”

At the start of the women’s race, Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) took the early lead, but it wasn’t long before  Gould asserted herself  and then fell down. “It was after the two off-camber 180’s. I got through the technical portion and thought ‘that wasn’t so bad’ because I hadn’t pre-ridden that section. Then I just fell down and I was like, ‘Oh, that was a real professional move!’” Even with the fall, Gould was untouchable for the second consecutive day.

Behind her,  Bruno-Roy was alone in second while a chase group consisting of yesterday’s revelation  Carey, the  duo of  Van Gilder and  Winfield, and Boston’s Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), who was competing in her first MAC Powered by SRAM weekend. Carey was dropped as Smith bridged-up to Bruno-Roy. What followed was some of the most aggressive women’s racing seen in America in many years. Time and again, the relatively unknown Smith (who has been racing ‘cross only since last year) would dive under Bruno-Roy, only to have the more experienced racer take away her line. Bruno-Roy would counter every acceleration Smith made. Smith eventually was able to get by for the first time heading into the show jumping ring with slightly less than 3 laps to go, but couldn’t ride Mo off her wheel. The action came down to the long, paved uphill sprint about a minute after Gould crossed the line with a victory salute. Smith led out the sprint from the front, accelerated late and sealed her best cyclocross performance to date with a second-place finish.

In the Men’s race, a crash at the start delayed a few riders while  Timmerman took the holeshot ahead of Ryan Dewald (Battley Harley Davidson) and  Scherz. Asked after the race why they were getting beat off the line this weekend, Wicks and Trebon answered in unison, “Holeshots are overrated.”

Scherz led for a while, as did Wicks, but by halfway through the second lap Trebon was off the front and Wicks had a gap back to second. The bearded Timmerman closed the gap to Wicks and made a race of it. “I attacked Barry a couple of times,” said Timmerman, “but that plan backfired because then Barry attacked me.” Still, Timmerman kept it close through the rest of the race, but Wicks never made a mistake large enough for Timmerman to get back in contact.

The MAC Powered by SRAM Series next moves to New Jersey on October 31 for Beacon Cyclocross and HCPX on November 1 for a weekend of UCI racing, Halloween costumes – and a wedding reception (really!).

Top 10 Elite Men UCI C2 Granogue Cyclocross
1. Ryan Trebon (Kona)
2. Barry Wicks (Kona)
3. Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles Scott Newwork)
4. Davide Frattini (Fuji)
5. Dan Timmerman (RGM Watches – Richard Sachs – Radix)
6. Will Dugan (RGM Watches – Richard Sachs – Radix)
7. Adam McGrath (Thule/Van Dessel)
8. Josh Dillon (RGM Watches – Richard Sachs – Radix)
9. Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart)
10. Greg Wittwer (Alan North America Cycling Team)

Top 10 Elite Men UCI C2 Granogue Cyclocross
1. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)
2. Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles)
3. Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes)
4. Amanda Carey (Kenda/Trainwitheric.com)
5. Deidre Winfield (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes)
6. Barbara Howe (Vanderkitten)
7. Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C)
8. Sally Annis (Hub Racing)
9. Nikki Thiemann (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon)
10. Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing)

Top 10 Elite Men UCI C2 Wissahickon Cyclocross
1. Ryan Trebon (Kona)
2. Barry Wicks (Kona)
4. Davide Frattini (Team Fuji)
7. Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart)
8. Weston Schempf (C3 Athletes Serving Atheletes)
10. Tyler Wren (Boo Bicycles)

Top 10 Elite Women UCI C2 Wissahickon Cyclocross
1. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)
2. Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club)
3. Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing)
4. Laura Van Gilder (C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes)
5. Deidre Winfield (C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes)
6. Amanda Carey (Kenda/Trainwitheric.com)
7. Barbara Howe (Vanderkitten)
8. Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing)
9. Erica Yozell Miller (VisitPA.com)
10. Nikki Thiemann (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon)

Report from Ken Getchell, SpectaSport LLC.

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