Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) continues to show great form as he took another win, this time he solo’ed to claim the Colorado Cross Classic after dropping US Cross Champion Todd Wells (Specialized) with less than four laps to go.
Wells held on to second and a resurgent Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) took third.
The course had mostly dried off after the snowstorm a few days ago in Boulder, leaving single-track conditions with a few sloppy muddy corners. The wind also picked up for the men’s race with a wicked headwind on certain laps. The field lined up behind Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) who took the holeshot with a reverse short loop that brought the riders back on normal direction for the first lap. Confused? we all were.
Trebon came quickly to the front on the first lap with Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo) and Berden on his wheel. A few seconds behind were Yannick Eckmann (Pearl Izumi), Wells and Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport). Taking advantage of the headwind, Trebon got a small gap but Wells, who had moved up, was having none of it and he chased on while Summerhill was dangling a few seconds behind them. Then Wells bobble and that was enough for Trebon to get a gap which he held until the finish. After a bike change, Wells chased back to second spot
Behind the battle for third was on. After a broken spoke on the start line and a bike change, Driscoll engaged his diesel and started to move up, picking off riders whenever he could. He caught and dropped Berden and then set his sites on the last podium spot.
Driscoll was the only member of his team to take the start even though all three were pre-registered. All three had just returned from racing the two World Cups in the Czech Republic.
Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt). “Second lap right after we passed the first pit, there’s a big open road straightaway, there was a huge headwind, everybody was sitting there and I was like I don’t want to be in this big group so I put in a big effort and got five or ten seconds pretty fast. Those guys bridged up and rode around with them a little bit and then Todd made a mistake and I just got a gap and kept applying pressure.”
About saying that he didn’t feel good before the race. “No it’s not that I was feeling bad, sometimes you just feel sluggish, you feel a little flat from not racing and doing a lot of training and traveling. I was jut wanted to ride, open up the legs and feel good. I always feel good on the bike, I’m really happy with our bikes, my tires are good because they work really well in the mud and worked really well when it’s not muddy, they don’t slow you down, you can really push on them, it’s good.”
About Wells closing the gap. “I had to pit because I was riding a bike that just didn’t feel right, the position of the handlebars was just a little bit different than I wanted, it was a little bit too far down and I just didn’t feel comfortable and so I wanted until I had enough time and that’s when Todd got five seconds back. I had to go to the pit, which is just slower. Then I felt like I could ride the downhills better, sometimes it’s just a simple things like that.”
Todd Wells (Specialized). “We were together and then this little twisty section in the infield, I got the course tape stuck in my bike so that stopped me and I was able to bust through the tape but then my gears weren’t working and I had to go in the pit. So that section as well after the pit is very long, straight section and Trebon is strong there, it’s headwind, I jumped back on the bike after being in the pit and I couldn’t get back to him, he was too fast.”
About tomorrow. “I’m looking forwards to tomorrow’s race, I hear it’s a little BMX-y, good corners, it should be fun although they have a very long stair runup I’m not looking forwards to that. ”
Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com). “Somebody moved over and took out one of my spokes, probably exactly at the line. That made all those turns much less enjoyable and that pit was fast. And then I was stuck in traffic, the course evolved into a single track for most of it, a lot of the those turns, the bigger swoopier turns in the big field were single-track, you just had to get in line because if you tried to pass on the outside, it was not going to be fast. Once I worked my way up, I caught Berden, I gapped him off but then he really surprised me because he was coming hard on that last lap. I dropped him with maybe three or four laps to go, I kept it steady, I waved him around when he stayed on my wheel for a lap and then he didn’t pull through, so I gapped him off. Then I saw that Todd dropped Danny, so I thought this is a podium opportunity, as long as they were together I was pretty gassed, it was pretty hard to catch them.”
About being jetlagged. “I got back Monday but I definitely felt that I could race my bike even though at altitude it always makes you feel like you can’t race your bike but relative to everybody else I was moving up.”
Top 10 Results
1. Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) 1:01:29
2. Todd Wells (Specialized) 1:01:39
3. James Driscoll (Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com) 1:01:56
4. Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) 1:02:18
5. Daniel Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo) 1:02:32
6. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Trek) 1:02:46
7. Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) 1:03:16
8. Mitchell Hoke (Clif Bar) 1:04:28
9. Troy Wells (Clif Bar) 1:04:28
10. Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport) 1:04:53