The duel continued between Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) and Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) at the opener of the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup in Louisville, KY. Escaping from a select group on the second, the pair pushed each other’s limit for the next six laps, never able to ditch the other one. The duo was still locked in combat as they took the bell lap, over the barriers with Trebon putting a small attack on the runup. With single-track limiting his passing ability, Powers waited on his wheel, until Trebon went wide and Powers came underneath leading on the pavement. Still USGP leader Trebon was not panicking, confident in his sprint but the he mis-shifted with 500 meters to go. Powers took the win, his second C1 in two weekends and Trebon came in second.
The temperature was starting to drop as the men lined up for the final race of the day. It was time to not only go for the win but also to check out the new course at the Eva Bandman Park. With Worlds coming in 2013, many were curious to see what it would look like, and most called it ‘fun’. At 3.5-km long, the longest it can be under UCI rules, the course offered up technical sections, power straights, a fly-over, sandy sections, barriers and pump-track-like single track in the wooded section. And it was fast due to the dry conditions.
Trebon came around Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) who took the holeshot on the first lap to set a pace that quickly caused separations behind him. Only a few were able to stick with the tall man, Powers, Berden and Powers’ teammate Chris Jones. Jones even made a solo move but was quickly brought back. Soon there were three, when Jones crashed. And then, there were two, Powers and Trebon.
Behind a chase group has formed which included birthday boy Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-cylocrossworld), Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo), Troy Wells (Clif Bar) and Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain). Jones also joined this group. After a slow start, Tim Johsnon (Cannondale-cyclcrossworld) made junction with the group, made his way to the front and then powered away. Then he just concentrated in going as fast as he could in the hopes of capitalizing if any of the duo at the front made a mistake. None big enough were made, so Johnson claimed third, his first podium at a USGP race this year.
A great day for Rapha-Focus, as Zach McDonald finished ninth on the day and claimed the top step of the U23 podium. Newly U23 Canadian Champion Evan McNeely (EMD Serono-Specialized) was second and Yannick Eckmann (Pearl Izumi) third. McDonald takes over the USGP jersey from Eckmann with a 10-point lead.
Top 15 Results
1. Jeremy Powers (Rapha/Focus)
2. Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt)
3. Tim Johnson (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld)
4. Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis / Rocky Mountain)
5. Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo)
6. Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld)
7. Troy Wells (Team CLIF Bar)
8. Christopher Jones (Rapha/Focus)
9. Zach McDonald (Rapha/Focus)
10. Tristan Schouten (cyclocrossracing.com)
11. Brian Matter (GearGrinder)
12. Evan McNeely (EMD Serono-Specialized)
13. Todd Wells (Specialized)
14. Barry Wicks (Kona)
15. Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage)