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Trebon, Winfield tops in Granogue ‘cross

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In a classic edition of the Cyclocross at Granogue saw a double dip of Kona as Ryan Trebon (Kona) and Dee Dee Winfield (Velo Bella – Kona) scored wins in the Autumn classic. Both wins came down to last lap moves in the UCI C1 event.

The Cyclocross at Granogue in Wilmington, Delaware, rates as one of the country’s classic cyclocross races. Held on the property of the DuPont Family’s Estate, the course winds its way up and down steep hills, through gardens and forested paths. The Venue’s signature element is the tower hill, where every year promoter Tom McDaniel lays out one of the fastest downhill, off-camber turns in the sport.

“Granogue is one of my favorite races. I love it here,” Cyclocrossworld.com’s Jeremy Powers said. “You know, every year I come I’m always excited. I love the tower, I love this time of the year, and this is always for me one of the first races that I really, really enjoy racing. I love Granogue.”

With two of the series’ three unbeaten riders taking victories, the pressure was on Elite Women’s points leader Laura van Gilder (C3-Sollay.com) to keep the streak alive. But a first-lap flat front tire quickly eliminated her from contention. The start of the Women’s race up the half-mile long, curving driveway lacked the intensity of the usually mad scramble. But there was lots of jockeying for position with Dee Dee “The Grass Hopper” Winfield asserting herself on the outside.

By the time they reached the top of the tower hill about two minutes later, there was a lead group of three: Winfield and her Velo Bella teammate Kathy Sherwin, and defending Women’s Champ Maureen “Mo” Bruno-Roy wearing the new colors of MM Racing presented by Seven Cycles.

For the rest of the race, a pattern emerged where Sherwin would get dropped in the technical sections only to bridge back up to the leaders on the long, slightly-uphill, wind swept start/finish “straight”. The fact that it wasn’t really straight would have implications later in the Men’s race.

“Well, Mo would always run up this hill (the steep run-up), so we would get gapped a little bit — I had to run it,” Winfield said later. “On the last lap I dropped my chain so I had to burn myself to get back to her. But I had to catch her a little and come back, and then ride conservatively in the whoop-de-loops so Kathy could catch back on. Then she would attack coming up the street. So we were just trying to work it the best we could.”

The last time up the tower hill, Sherwin lost contact with the other two leaders and appeared out of contention. But amazingly, as they turned onto the long road finish, she was back with the lead trio. All three marked each other until Winfield jumped first and was able to old off the other two by a bike length, while Sherwin nipped Bruno-Roy on the line for second. “I know sprinting is my weak point,” said Bruno-Roy following the race.

In the Men’s race, Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW) took the holeshot in the 49 man field, with Jittery Joe’s Matt Shriver slotted in second and Powers in third. By the end of the first lap, the trio had a seven-second lead on Kona’s Ryan Trebon. Shriver faded as the duo of Trebon and Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) bridged across the gap to Powers and Bishop.

“For some reason, I couldn’t shift down into my 12,” said Trebon later, “so I didn’t have the gear to do an acceleration to get into the top five. So Tim and I paced ourselves up to those guys.”

Meanwhile, as a Blues/Funk band played in the awards area adjacent to the pits, Bishop was putting on a show in the woods as he bunny hopped the uphill barriers. But then in quick succession, Johnson flatted and Bishop cracked. Fortunately for Johnson, he was near the pits and only lost about 15 seconds before he could get his spare bike, but he never saw the front of the race again.

Up front, Trebon and Powers kept rolling, with neither making a move until the last lap when Trebon forced the pace until he gapped Powers at the top of the “run-up” (which most of the Elite Men were able to ride). Said Powers, “In the end, it was one little bobble in a corner and Ryan got a couple of seconds and was able to hold on for the win. No hard feelings, Ryan’s a great rider.”

Twenty seconds later Tim Johnson led Jeremiah Bishop for the sprint up the long, slightly curving finish road. Bishop appeared to be passing to the inside when a lapped rider on the side of the course became a moving pick and allowed Johnson to win the sprint and the final place on the podium, despite a protest by Bishop. Though both riders preferred not to be quoted for this report about the disagreement that followed, it is known that the conversation centered on the definition of “a straight line.”

While Johnson rode the shortest distance between two points, Bishop felt that he had established a position to the inside of Johnson and that Johnson’s “straight line” took him off-course and into a collision course with the lapped rider who was already riding in the gutter and trying not to interfere. Neither rider gave any more ground in the discussion that followed than in the sprint itself, which should make for an interesting race when the MAC Powered by SRAM Series continues Sunday in Ludwig’s Corner Pennsylvania with the Wissahickon Cyclocross.

Results

Women
1. Deidre Winfield Velo Bella – Kona in 44:31
2. Kathy Sherwin Velo Bella – Kona in 44:32
3. Maureen Bruno Roy Mm Racing P/b Seven Cycles in 44:32
4. Rebecca Wellons Ridley Factory Team in 45:01
5. Barbara Howe Velo Bella in 45:40
6. Josie Jacques-Maynes Specialized/kmc Pb Cal Giant in 45:52
7. Laura Van Gilder C3 Sollay in 46:07
8. Anna Milkowski Velo Bella-Kona in 46:56
9. Kristin Gavin Human Zoom/pabst Blue Ribbon in 47:08
10. Amy Wallace Rgm Watches – Richard Sachs – Boathouse Inc in 47:43
11. Lauri Webber Secret Henry’s Team in 47:51
12. Nikki Thiemann Human Zoom Pabst Blue Ribbon in 47:52
13. Libbey Sheldon Tokyo Joe’s in 48:22
14. Heidi Von Teitenberg C3-Sollay.com in 49:39
15. Julie Kuliecza Alan North America Cycling in 49:57
16. Kristine Church Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon in 50:19
17. Beth Mason C3-Sollay.com in 50:32
18. Elizabeth Harlow C3-Sollay.com in 50:55
19. Jill Waggett Guy’s Racing in 50:55
20. Alie Kenzer Rgm Watches – Richard Sachs – Boathouse Inc in 51:12
21. Diane Grim C3-Sollay.com in 51:53
22. Megan Bilodeau Hup United in 52:16
23. Kristy Swope Eps/css/riptide Cycling in 52:31
24. Kathleen Billington Connecticut Coast Cycling in 52:50:00
Did Not Finish
Arley Kemmerer Hub Racing
Alicia Hamblen Rgm Watches-Richard Sachs-Boathouse Inc
Jennifer Maxwell Team Kenda Tire


Men
1. Ryan Trebon Kona in 1:04:05
4. Jeremiah Bishop Trek/vw in 1:04:30
5. Jamey Driscoll Cyclocrossworld.com/cannondale in 1:05:14
6. Andy Jacques-Maynes Specialized/kmc Pb Cal Giant in 1:05:56
7. Barry Wicks Kona in 1:06:07
8. Matt Shriver Jittery Joe’s Pro Cycling Team in 1:06:13
9. Jonathan Baker Vitamin Cottage P/b Xp Companies in 1:06:44
10. Troy Wells Team Clif Bar in 1:06:56
11. Dan Timmerman Team Race Pro in 1:06:59
12. Adam Mcgrath Van Dessel in 1:07:13
13. Davide Frattini Colavita/sutter Home Presented By Cooking Light in 1:07:36
14. Justin Spinelli Rgm Watches-Richard Sachs-Boathouse Inc in 1:07:43
15. Josh Dillon Fiordifrutta / Cannondale in 1:07:48
16. Weston Schempf C3-Sollay.com in 1:08:53
17. Justin Lindine Targetraining in 1:09:18
18. Ryan Dewald Battley Harley Davidson in 1:09:23
19. Andrew Wulfkuhle C3-Sollay.com in 1:09:27
20. Kyle Hammaker Scott Bicycles in 1:10:22
21. Matt Kraus Rgm Watches – Richard Sachs – Boathouse Inc in 1:10:35
22. Justin Hines Handlebar Cc in 1:10:41
23. Bill Elliston Fuji in 1:10:49
25. Zoltan Tisza P-Nivo Beton Expressz 2000 in 1:11:21
26. John Burns Bikeman.com in 1:11:53
27. Greg Wittwer Alan North America Cycling Team in 1:12:18
28. Kevin Wolfson Fitness Together/if P/b Lionette’s in LAP-1
29. Michael Yozell Visitpa.com in LAP-1
30. Guillaume Nelessen Van Dessel Factory Team in LAP-1
31. Guy Vankrimpen Rapid City Cycle in LAP-1
32. Peter Rubijono Embrocation/cambridge/igleheart/madalchemy in LAP-1
33. William Dugan Richard Sachs-Rgm-Boathouse, LAP-1
34. Patrick Bradley Rutgers University Cycling Team, LAP-1
35. Nicholas Shaffer Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon, LAP-1
36. Todd Hesel Hunt Valley Bicycles/marathon Roofing, LAP-1
37. Christopher Consorto Henry’s, LAP-1
38. Bobby Lea Fuji, LAP-1
39. Ethan Townsend C3-Sollay.com, LAP-1
40. Andrew Mckeegan Kelly Benefit Strategies/lsv Amateur Cycling, LAP-1
41. John Brewer Haymarket Bicycles P/b Function Drinks, LAP-1

Did Not Finish
Jon Hamblen Rgm Watches – Richard Sachs – Boathouse Inc
Nicholas Keough Jittery Joe’s/ Sonic Cyclocross
Tyler Johnson Targetraining
Chad Totaro Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon
Sean Galegher Hunt Valley Bicycles/hvb
Russ Langley Battley Harley-Davidson/Sonoma Wine Bar
Adam Szczepanski Wissahickon
Erik Mitchell Human Zoom/pbr

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