Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt)’s legs felt better on the second day of the Cincinnati3 Cyclocross Festival and no one could match his speed. On the second lap, he simply powered away from everyone and then proceeded to ride smoothly through all the corners, with only one small mistake during the one-hour race, to take a solo win.
With the sun setting on the last race of the day at neighborhood Sunset Park in Middletown, Ohio, a completely different course challenged the riders on Saturday. Mostly grass, with a few muddy spots, the course was harder than it looks, with a lot of cornering around trees and short up and downs – bascially non-stop on and off.
Mitchell Kersting (Bob’s Red Mill) took the holeshot in almost a deadheat with Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) and then made his way to the front, stretching out the field behind him at the start of the first of ten laps. But it didn’t take long for Trebon to take over the front, causing the first split to happen. Behind him was Tim Johsnon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and a few seconds back a chase group with Friday’s winner Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), Berden, Travis Livermon (Smartstop-Mock Orange), Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Ryan Knapp (Bob’s Red Mill) and Sean Babcock (Kona).
Then bad luck for Powers who went into the pit to get a new bike with a different tire and had to make a uturn in the pit with the confusing exit configuration. Powers got back onto the chase group quickly enough but the pair was pulling away ahead by the second lap.
Trebon kept getting faster and faster each lap and by the third lap, he was off solo. Johnson settled into second place.
Behind the chase was down to three riders, Driscoll, Berden and Powers doing all the pacemaking. A few laps later, Driscoll was gone leaving Powers and Berden to fight it out for the remaining spot on the podium. Though Berden sat on for the race, Powers was able to drop on the final lap to take third.
Racing continues on Sunday with big daddy of the weekend, the C1 race at Harbin Park. As Powers said “all guns blazing” is expected.
All the best to Mike Sherer (Pony Shop) who went down hard on the final corner of the final lap.
Top 10 Results
1. Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) 1:00:00
2. Timothy Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) 1:00:30
3. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) 1:00:54
4. Ben Berden (Ops Ale – Stoemper) 1:01:16
5. James Driscoll (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) 1:02:08
6. Travis Livermon (Smart Stop-Mock Orange p/b Ridley) 1:02:18
7. Sean Babcock (Kona) 1:02:53
8. Mitchell Hoke (Clif Bar Development Cyclo Cross Team) 1:03:00
9. Cody Kaiser (CalGiant) 1:03:13
10. Ryan Knapp (Bob’s Red Mill) 1:03:14