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Make it or break it? Kabush makes ’cross season in Fort Collins

2011 New Belgium Cup, day 1, Kabush, Berden and Trebon
Kabush leads Ben Berden and Ryan Trebon in Fort Collins. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (VN) – Geoff Kabush made his cyclocross season last weekend at the New Belgium Cup. The Maxxis-Rocky Mountain rider scored a pair of podiums at the second stop of the Exergy U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross after airing doubts about his season on Twitter last week.

Following a tough weekend at the USGP Planet Bike Cup, which acted as Kabush’s true season kickoff — he took a week off after CrossVegas to refresh from mountain bike season — the Canadian wrote on Twitter that the New Belgium Cup was decisive for him.

“Good memories heading to Fort Collins #USGPcx. Feeling like this weekend is make it or break it for my cyclocross season.”

Kabush won a slick, sloppy day one in Fort Collins in 2010, but arrived at the start with cautious confidence last weekend after lodging ninth and twelfth-place results in Wisconsin two weeks earlier. His win last year was his first on the USGP in five years. He told Cyclingdirt.org after the Planet Bike Cup in September that he was “out there fighting,” and would make a decision on his season after the USGP Derby City Cup in Louisville, Kentucky, in early November.

“I’m going to go through Louisville for sure and then assess where things are, if I’m in the running or not,” he said. “Hopefully Fort Collins goes well.”

Go well it did. Kabush surged past Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) late for second behind Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) in Saturday’s C1 opener. He followed that up with a solid third-place ride behind Powers and Trebon in dry, fast conditions on Sunday.

When asked whether the weekend made or broke his season, Kabush told Velo, “I would say I made it. It’s kind of the timing now. I’ve had a bit of time since the end of mountain bike season to recover and get some down time at home. I knew this one, being at altitude, especially when I saw the weather – I didn’t think we were going to get these kind of conditions in Colorado this time of year.”

“It’s really unique; it’s such a fun course when it’s wet. It’s a lot of off-camber descending. Usually you get a couple features like that at some of the ‘cross races, but the whole course is just kind of off-camber and technical. I really wish we had more courses like this in the U.S.”

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