If a Most Courageous jersey was awarded at Sunday’s Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup, it would have to have gone to Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt). Going into the second race in Louisville, Trebon was all set for a re-match with Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) but then disaster struck a few hours before the Elite Men’s race.
“I crashed pre-riding and then it’s just really swollen.” Trebon told podiuminsight after the race. He hit his left knee violently in a crash and it started to swell up. One hour before the race, he was on his trainer, trying to get ready for the race.
He lined up wearing one leg warmer on his left leg. But it was obvious immediately on the barriers that Trebon was in pain, grimacing while trying to run while being passed by other riders.
“That was like the fucking worst goddamn thing.” Trebon said about the barriers. “I’m not kidding. I wanted to quit a couple of times going through there but it was just such a sharp pain, I just had to keep on going slower over the barriers.”
But he kept on going, literally gritting his teeth. “When I was on my bike I could pedal alright, I could use the crank arm to help pull my foot around. But it’s a bike race.”
“I had a good start and I was just trying but you can’t lose five seconds on the barriers and then five seconds on the runup and expect to keep fighting back, those guys are going too fast. It happens.”
He pushed it, actually passing a few riders to finish in tenth place and promptly collapsed after crossing the finish line.
Trebon lost the USGP leader’s jersey, now trailing Powers by a slim six point. But Trebon is not giving up by any means with two races to go, two races in his hometown of Bend, Oregon.
“At least I saved some points, I’ll just have to ride well in Bend.” Trebon concluded.