Katie Compton returned to Louisville for the first time since the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships and showed the world her form is coming on strong while Ryan Trebon got the elusive win at Eva Bandman Park.
Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) attacked on the first lap and never looked back. She left behind her an amazing battle for the remaining two steps on the podium. Elle Anderson (California Giant Berry Farms /Specialized), who is enjoying a breakout cyclocross season, was the only rider to stay with Compton in the early laps before ultimately fading back to join the battle already in progress between Crystal Anthony (Optum Kelly Benefits) and Cal Giant teammate Meredith Miller. The three traded blows for several laps before dropping Anderson from the group. Eventually Anthony also dropped Miller to ride across the line solo in second place. Anthony, quoted after the race, said it was it was her “best career result to date.” Miller, who has run hot and cold thus far this season, rounded out the podium in third place.
The men’s race was much less of a foregone conclusion. After Trebon (Cannondale pb Cyclocrossworld.com) took the hole shot, California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized rider, Torbin Ortenblad, surged forward and lead for the early part of the race.
Trebon made the decision that Ortenblad had enough time on the front and initiated the attack that ultimately made the decisive split in the field taking Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement), Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) and Logan Owen (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) with him. Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b CyclcorossWorld.com), benefactor of the race, missed the winning move but kept fighting behind.
Trebon, Powers and Berden took turns attacking and Owen was the first victim – left behind in no man’s land while the battle raged ahead of him. On the final lap Trebon put in the attack that ultimately dropped Berden – but Powers kept hitting back. The lead changed 5 times on the last lap – including twice within sight of the finish. It was the last lead change that put Trebon in the lead coming on to the pavement and awarding him his first win at Eva Bandman Park. Johnson surged in the last laps to finish fourth with Owen rounding the top five.