Two-time national champion will join one of America's top squads ahead of 2013 Louisville worlds
Ryan Trebon has signed with Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com to race the 2012-2013 cyclocross season alongside Americans Tim Johnson, Jamey Driscoll, and Kaitlin Antonneau. Trebon was seen riding the latest Cannondale SuperSix EVO road bike at Spy Optic’s recent Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego.
“[Team manager] Stu [Thorne] asked me if I wanted to race for the team, and I asked him, ‘why do you want me to race for you?’ He said ‘because we want to win races’ and that’s pretty much all it took to convince me,” said Trebon. “I’ve known Stu for a long time and I have a lot of respect for him. I think that he does a really good job at what he does. It was kind of an offer I couldn’t refuse to pass up.”
Trebon told VeloNews that long-time mechanic Dusty Labarr would also join the Cannondale squad after his commitments with the Subaru-Trek mountain bike team come to a close. Labarr and Trebon operated in 2011-12 under the moniker of LTS-Felt, with LTS standing for “Labarr Trebon Sports.” The pair failed to attract a co-title sponsor, despite one of Trebon’s strongest seasons ever.
“I’m really looking forward to not having to worry about anything else besides just racing,” said Trebon. “I know those guys will take care of it all and it’s a good opportunity for me to just concentrate 100 percent on what happens in the races.”
Even after a crash at the Derby City Cup stop on the Exergy U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series sidelined Trebon for over a month of the season, he returned to form taking two dominant wins at the UCI Chicago Cross Cup races. Trebon finished second to Rapha-Focus rider Jeremy Powers at the U.S. national championships.
Cannondale is going back to the drawing board in order to accommodate Trebon’s six-foot-five-inch frame and is said to have a new, larger mold in the works. Felt did the same last year with their F1X and offered a super-sized frame to the masses. Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com mechanics will be responsible for an astonishingly wide range of frame sizes, from Antonneau’s 44cm all the way up to Trebon’s estimated 62cm.