Once again, the fight for the top step quickly came down to two men at day two of the Spooky Cross weekend in Irvine, California. Except that this time it was Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) and US Cross National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized) who were duking it out for the victory. Wells took the holeshot but Trebon quickly came around on the first lap and put the pressure on at the front. Lined up behind were Brian Lopes, Cody Kaiser (CalGiant/Specialized), Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper), Jake Wells (Stan’s No Tubes), Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sports), Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) and the rest of the field.
Dry, warm and sunny conditions greeted everyone for day two after a short night following Saturday’s Cross After Dark finale. With temperatures hitting the high 80s, feeding was allowed, except the first and last two laps as per the rules. Some chose to take on water in the pit while others, such as Trebon, raced with a bottle cage. The exact same course as the day before, offering a bit of everything: a long sandpit followed by a fast power paved section, grass swirlys, a fly over, barriers, a staircase and a few dropins and ride ups.
It didn’t take long for Trebon and Wells to pull away while Berden chased solo with Jones trying to close that short gap to the Belgian. Behind them, a group of four chasers, Kaiser, Krughoff, Kevin Noiles (Sportique) and J Wells, that is, until under 23 rider Kaiser pulled away.
Wells and Trebon took turns setting the pace at the front, never really attacking each other just hauling some serious ass at the front. The gap between Berden and Jones was small but insurmountable though seconds were slowly eaten lap after lap.
Though Trebon entertained the idea of waiting until a sprint finish just like Saturday’s race which he won, he put in a move just before the sandpit to drop Wells. The same place that Wells was dropped the previous day. And the move stuck. Trebon was able give high fives to the fans by the side of the finish line before posting for the win. Wells followed for second, Berden for third and Jones for fourth. Kaiser held on for fifth place, the best result so far in a Elite Men’s race for the 19-year old.
Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt). “It was a good day, hot and fast course. Me and Todd were racing pretty well together, working as much as we could and saved something for that last lap. I thought about taking it to the line and outsprint him but Todd is a good bike racer and I didn’t want to risk that much. So I decided to go on that long pavement section leading into the sandpit, I had ten feet and pressed it the last half of that lap, the gap grew and it was good.”
“Me and Todd have been racing each other for eight years in cyclocross, I knew that he wasn’t going to sit on me the whole time, I knew that we wanted to go out there and race hard. So I’d pull hard and then he’d come through when I wanted him too and then he’d pull and I’d come through. We cooperated pretty well. We were definitely riding a pretty steady fast tempo out there.”
Todd Wells (Specialized). “I got the holeshot but then Trebon was driving it for a couple of laps and it was all I could do to stay on his wheel. And then he slowed down in the middle of the race and I thought maybe the heat was getting to him and we started swapping pulls, we weren’t attacking just swapping pulls. I was hoping that I was going to be able to hold on to him and we could come down to a sprint but he attacked before the sandpit. He only had a few seconds on me, coming out of the sandpit but I was on my limit, he was able to accelerate from there. ”
Cody Kaiser (CalGiant). “It was good. I got third spot behind Todd and Ryan, and I was like ‘I’m going to hold on to that wheel as long as possible’. Held on as long as possible and then settled in for fifth place.”
Top 10 Results
1. Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt)
2. Todd Wells (Specialized)
3. Ben Berden (Ops Ale – Stoemper)
4. Christopher Jones (Rapha-Focus)
5. Cody Kaiser (California Giant/Specialized)
6. Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sports)
7. Jake Wells (Stan’s No Tubes)
8. Kevin Noiles (Sportique)
9. Joachim Parbo (Challenge Tires)
10. Brandon Gritters (Rock N’ Road Cyclery)