After avoiding the first crash and being caught up behind the second crash, Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) engaged his well-known diesel and moved up, picking off riders one by one at day one of the Cincinnati3 Cyclocross Festival. On the tough course filled with climbs, Driscoll caught and dropped Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) and Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) before making it up to second. Up ahead, holding at 20 seconds was eventual winner Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus).
About the start. “I don’t know what happened but Tim (Johnson) was the one that was on the ground and was away from his bike. I remember him walking back to his bike, that messed things up but it messed everybody but Barry (Wicks) up, if I remember correctly. We were all just chasing him. It was just one of those races that, maybe that’s why I did well, it was just kind of diesel-y the whole day. I was amazed by the time gaps, I remember looking back at Barry and I was like ‘oh he’s having a bad day’ and then I heard that he was fifth.”
About catching and dropping riders. “It was two or three groups the first lap or two, it was Jeremy, Barry and Ryan up there and then I saw after completing the first lap that Berden was on my wheel. I’ve learned the hard way this year about Euros, staying on your wheel and then whacking you when it gets hard. And so, immediately when we hit the pavement before the pit, I let him go and I think even though I was in his draft, he was still going easier than I would have gone. But I noticed that the guys at the front weren’t going that hard. So then, I pulled the Euro-move on him, so when he went slow on one of the hills, I just went and I knew that this race wasn’t like a race where you could jump up to the next group and then sit on. I went hard to make the gap but then I just went steady and caught Barry because he had separated himself. Eventually I saw that Ryan got separated and made my way up to him and noticed that he was not having a normal Ryan-strength day so I don’t remember if I particularly attacked him because you don’t have to do it at this race, you just go at the same speed.”
Could he have caught Powers if the race had been longer? “With three or four laps to go when Ryan and Tim were together and then I noticed that it looked like Ryan was going harder and he had closed the gap to me a bit so I had to go harder, and so it’s just one of those things. If this was a one day race, if this was World Championships, I would have gone one hundred percent but had I gone harder today, Jeremy would have gone as hard as he needed to maintain but, I felt like I was in pretty good position.”
By the way, Driscoll was fighting a case of crossguts during and after the podium.