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Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) took the hole shot and then topped it with a two-up sprint victory at round one of the MudFund Derby City Cup on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
In the women’s race, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) got out front early and stayed there, crossing the line alone for the win.
The men’s race saw Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant-Specialized) take the early lead, with Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) and Trebon on his wheel.
Ortenblad wouldn’t last, but Trebon and Powers did. And with three laps to go, the race had boiled down to a three-way battle between them and Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement).
Berden was first to fade as Trebon and Powers punched away at each other, the former strongest on the power sections and the latter best in the technical bits.
In the final lap, the two swapped the lead back and forth until just before the paved finishing stretch, where Trebon took it for good. The big Cannondale rider led out the sprint and took the victory just ahead of Powers, while Berden held on for third.
“I was a little bit less strong than those guys,” conceded Berden.
In contrast, Compton rode away from the women’s field on lap one and stayed away for the win.
Crystal Anthony (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) got the hole shot in Eva Bandman Park, but Compton was right behind. And then the U.S. national champ went to the front, opened the throttle and began methodically discarding riders.
The initial selection left Compton on point, followed by Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized), Anthony, Meredith Miller (Cal Giant), Nicole Duke (Marin-Spy) and Amanda Miller (Tibco-To the Top).
As Compton kept driving, only Anderson stayed within shouting distance. And before long anyone who wanted Compton to hear them would have to shout very loudly indeed.
At the end of the first lap, Compton had perhaps four seconds on Anderson, with Duke and Meredith Miller chasing at 10 seconds.
A lap later, Anderson was more than 10 seconds down with teammate Miller closing in on her.
With three to go, Compton was 24 seconds up. Anderson remained second, but Miller and Anthony finally rode up to her, forming a three-woman chase.
It didn’t last — Miller bobbled in the sand pit, slowing Anderson, and Anthony got away from the Cal Giant riders.
She wouldn’t catch Compton, who hit the line alone. But the Optum rider hung on for second, a minute behind Compton. Cal Giant’s Miller had to settle for third on the day.
Compton said she was pleased with her performance.
“I’m getting faster and faster and starting to feel better. I’m happy to have my legs come around,” she said.
The champ added that she will race round two of Derby City on Sunday, then head home to Colorado, and finally return to Europe for the next round of the World Cup.