There’s no other way to call it but dominance for Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) on day one of the Cincinnati3 Cyclocross Festival. With seven laps to go, Powers was solo off the front of the tough course at Devou Park, never really in trouble, keep a solid gap to the lone chaser behind him to take the solo win at Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede International.
Known for his fast start, Powers lined up smack in the middle of the start grid but it the man to his far left that got the holeshot. Barry Wicks (Kona) zoomed out to be the first one onto the grass, followed by Tim Johnson (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com), Powers, Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) and the rest of the field. And then, a massive crash on the first grassy turn impeded the back half of the field. One casualty was Ryan Knapp (Bob’s Red Mill)’s bike putting the rider out the race which has started only a few seconds before.
At the front, Wicks continued to set a fast tempo with riders lined up behind him. Then Johnson hit Powers who had overcooked a muddy 180-turn, and went down, from all accounts, it was spectacular. Not injured, Johnson has to chase back on once he ran back to his bike. And that was all on the first lap.
The course built around the bowl-shaped park was causing havoc on the field, with all the climbing, and barely any flat sections. After a half-day of rain the previous day, the mudpit on the backside was also difficult for some of the riders who just couldn’t seem to find the right line through it. All in all, a tough demanding course with little chance of recovery, which was on a few minds with two more races coming up this weekend.
Back at the front of the race, Powers and Trebon were together after Wicks had faded slightly. Behind a solo Driscoll followed by Johnson and Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper). The rest of the field had exploded into 1s and 2s with Mitchell Hoke (Clif Bar) leading the rest ahead of Sean Babcock (Kona) who had a very good start, Travis Livermon (Smart Stop-Mock Orange) and Cody Kaiser (CalGiant).
Seeing that Trebon was not on a good day, Powers simply powered away with Driscoll moved up to second place and Trebon hanging on to third. That was it, lap after lap, the gaps were controlled, as Powers mastered the tough course.
Top 10 Results
1. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) 1:01:58
2. Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) 1:02:26
3. Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) 1:03:00
4. Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) 1:04:15
5. Ben Berden (Ops Ale – Stoemper) 1:05:26
6. Barry Wicks (Kona) 1:06:06
7. Mitchell Hoke (Clif Bar Development CX) 1:07:19
8. Sean Babcock (Kona) 1:07:29
9. Travis Livermon (Smart Stop-Mock Orange)
10. Cody Kaiser (CalGiant/Specialized)