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By Steve Frothingham
Ryan Trebon (Kona) proved himself the strongest man on the course Sunday in Kansas City, powering to a second national cyclocross championship on a bitter cold but dry day.
Trebon’s win on a course that many said suited his strengths to a T was impressive but not a huge surprise, and continued the run of national titles held by just four men since 2000; Trebon, Jonathan Page, Todd Wells and Tim Johnson have passed around the stars and stripes jersey like an Illinois Senate seat.
This year some new faces showed up on the podium, if not on the highest step. Most remarkable was Jamey Driscoll, in his first year out of the U23 ranks, who earned a second place on a tough day, ahead of three of the four former national title holders in the race.
Driscoll, usually riding in the shadow of his Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale teammates Johnson and Jeremy Powers, was providing routine team protection services when he chased after Jesse Anthony (Jamis) on the fourth lap, while the favorites — Trebon, Wells, Johnson and Page — were watching each other.
Driscoll and Anthony (in his second season out of the U23 ranks) worked up a gap that eventually delivered them both to the five-man podium, even though Trebon eventually rode past the pair to a dominating win.
The chilly start was delayed a few seconds when Jeremiah Bishop (Trek-VW) realized with seconds to go that he was still wearing about four layers. He quickly removed the clothing, tossing a jacket over the other racers and onto the head of Anthony, who looked none too pleased. That taken care of, chief referee Diane Fortini blew the start whistle but only one rider could hear it over the wind and generator noise. She changed her location and tried again and the race got underway.
Page (Planet Bike) grabbed the hole shot, dogged by freshly minted 30-34 champ Andy Jacques-Maynes (Specialized-KMC-California Giant) and Wells (GT).
The train leaves the station
Jacques-Maynes briefly took the lead, and then Trebon asserted himself, moving to the front and lining out the field up the course’s long climb with Page glued to his wheel and another nine riders following.
Trebon kept the front but declined to give full effort with all the favorites on his wheel. Besides Page, Wells and Jacques-Maynes, he was followed by all three of the Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale riders, teammate Barry Wicks, Anthony, Chris Jones (Sonic/Jittery Joes), and Bishop.
Some feeler attacks by Wells, Trebon and Page helped the freight train drop Powers and Wicks. In the first few laps Trebon spent a lot of time looking back at the train to see who was still with him.
Near the end of the third lap, as the train rolled back down toward the start/finish line, Anthony launched a huge attack, opening up a 15-second gap quickly. As Trebon led the rest through the flat, paved finish area, he shrugged and raised his hand, inviting the others to chase.
It was about then that Johnson told Driscoll to go for it.
“Jamey was right next to me and I said ‘go! go!'” Johnson said. “That gap that he got right there over Jonathan, myself and Todd was the gap that got him the second place … if the four of us, the four favorites, are watching each other and you can get 10 seconds, that means a lot on a course like this.”
While Driscoll and Anthony looked strong off the front, the four favorites cruised for another lap before Trebon attacked on the pavement, quickly closing the gap and riding past the two escapees. Driscoll managed to stay close to Trebon up the hill, while Anthony dangled back in no man’s land, ahead of the remaining favorites: Johnson, Wells and Page.
Trebon came into the race with a bit of a health scare — he felt a cold coming on late in the week and skipped two days of training — but arrived Sunday feeling great.
“I wasn’t really sure if my legs would respond today. They did, but they weren’t going over easy. It was hard out there. It was like doing a circuit race on the road, it was just so much climbing,” he said.
Once clear of the others, Trebon looked at ease, powering up the long climb and recovering on the descent. Driscoll settled in about 20 seconds back. Farther back, Page attacked Wells and Johnson with three laps to go, bridging to Anthony and sitting in for a half lap before surging in a late-race attempt to reel in Driscoll and Trebon.
Page’s late race speed secured him third place, while Anthony was fourth and Johnson fought off Wells for the final spot on the podium.
Trebon started his domestic season with a win at CrossVegas, but was at less than top form for much of November due to a lingering illness. He is headed to Europe Tuesday, where he will live and travel with Powers and Driscoll, racing several World Cups in a build up toward the World Championships in late January.
Trebon will, for the second time in his career, enjoy racing in Europe with the stars and stripes jersey. The depth of young talent showed in Kansas City promises that before the decade is out someone other than the Fave Four will likely get a chance to take the jersey overseas.
1 TREBON, Ryan Bend, OR Kona FSA 01:00:04.00
2 DRISCOLL, James Jericho, VT Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale 01:28:55.00
3 PAGE, Jonathan Madison, WI Planet Bike 01:39:45.00
4 ANTHONY, Jesse Beverly, MA Jamis 01:46:39.00
5 JOHNSON, Tim Boston, MA Cyclocrossworlds.com 01:01:05.00
6 WELLS, Todd DURANGO, CO GT Bicycles 01:01:14.00
7 SHRIVER, Matt Salt Lake City, UT Jittery Joe’s 01:01:14.00
8 JACQUES-MAYNES, Andy Watsonville, CA Specialized/KMC pb Cal Giant 01:02:43.00
9 SPINELLI, Justin Nashua, NH Richard Sachs/RGM/Rex Chiu 01:02:51.00
10 BISHOP, Jeremiah HARRISONBURG, VA Trek/VW 01:02:58.00
11 LALONDE, Mark Madison, WI PLANET BIKE 01:02:58.00
12 WELLS, Troy Durango, CO Team Clif Bar 01:03:23.00
13 WICKS, Barry CORVALLIS, OR Kona-FSA 01:04:00.00
14 JONES, Christopher Auburn, CA Sonic/ Jittery Joes/ Louis Gar 01:04:00.00
15 LINDINE, Justin Maplecrest, NY TARGETRAINING 01:04:27.00
16 TONKIN, Erik Portland, OR Kona FSA 01:04:48.00
17. Solomon Winthrop, WA VANILLA 01:04:56.00
18 TILFORD, Steve Topeka, KS HRRC/Trek Stores 01:04:56.00
19 POWERS, Jeremy Niantic, CT Cyclocrossworlds.com 01:05:05.00
20 WELLS, Jake Avon, CO MafiaRacing.com/Pabst 01:05:11.00
21 STEVENSON, russell Seattle, WA Team Redline Bikes 01:05:46.00
22 SCHEMPF, Weston Centre Hall, PA C3-Sollay.com 01:05:46.00
23 BRADFORD-PARISH, Kevin Elk, WA Redlinebikes.com 01:05:59.00
24 WREN, Tyler Philadelphia, PA Colavita/Sutter Home, p/b Cook 01:06:08.00
25 GILLESPIE, Bart Salt Lake City, UT Monavie/Cannondale 01:06:12.00
26 KRIEG, sam pocatello, ID kriegcycling /Sienna/ICE 01:06:12.00
27 DECKER, carl bend, OR Broadmark Capital 01:06:12.00
28 CAMERON, Molly Portland, OR Vanilla bicycles 01:06:41.00
29 DWIGHT, Bandon Boulder, CO Boulder Cycle Sport 01:06:51.00
30 ROBINSON, Justin Santa Cruz, CA California Giant Berry Farms/S 01:07:50.00
31 WARD, Nathaniel Albany, NY BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage 01:07:50.00
32 MYERSON, Adam Dorchester, MA TIME Pro Cycling 01:07:27.00
33 PAXSON, Spencer Trout Lake, WA Team S&M Young Guns 01:07:29.00
34 BABCOCK, Sean Corvallis, OR Team S&M + 1 Lap Down
36 KRAUS, Matt Pleasantville, NY RGM WATCHES – RICHARD SACHS – + 1 Lap Down
37 WITTWER, Greg Richmond, VA ALAN North America Cycling Tea + 1 Lap Down
38 POPPER, Benjamin Chicago, IL HRS / Rock Lobster + 1 Lap Down
39 IDDINGS, Ryan Seattle, WA LaPierre + 1 Lap Down
40 POWLISON, Spencer Boulder, CO Mafia Racing + 1 Lap Down
44 GOULET, Ali Salt lake city, UT Ridley Factory Team + 1 Lap Down
45 CHAMBERS, Cameron Overland, KS NA + 1 Lap Down
46 RICE, Nathan St. Louis, MO Michelob Ultra-Big Shark + 2 Laps Down
47 DOUVILLE, Gary Goleta, CA Platinum Racing Team + 2 Laps Down
48 BAILEY, John San Diego, CA Bailey Bikes + 2 Laps Down
49 BOUPLON, Aaron Boulder, CO Rocky Mounts / Izze + 2 Laps Down
50 STOLTE, William TOPEKA, KS HRRC/Trek Stores + 2 Laps Down
51 KNAPP, Ryan Columbus, IN BikeReg.com + 2 Laps Down
52 LLOYD, J Gabriel New York, NY Targetraining + 2 Laps Down
53 CARIVEAU, Jon Steamboat Springs, CO MOOTS + 2 Laps Down
54 HULICK, Kevin Portland, OR Gentle Lovers + 2 Laps Down
55 JOHNSON, Joshua Columbia, MO Big Shark Racing + 2 Laps Down
56 PARRISH, Christopher Mercer Island, WA Western Washington University + 3 Laps Down
57 WYATT, Nathanael asheville, NC Carolina Fatz p/b Santa Cruz B + 3 Laps Down
58 APPLEGATE, Andy Black Mountain, NC Kobold Watches / Cannondale + 3 Laps Down
59 WEAVER, Dave Towson, MD Alan N. America Cyclocross Tea + 3 Laps Down
60 SHAFER, brendan durango, CO Durango DEVO + 3 Laps Down
61 YEATER, Davy portland, OR River City BIcycles + 3 Laps Down
62 SMITH, Shadd Overland Park, KS TREK KC + 3 Laps Down
1 200 COMPTON, Katie Colorado springs, CO Spike Shooter 00:37:05.00
2 202 GOULD, Georgia Ketchum, ID Luna Women’s MTB Team 00:37:50.00
3 206 LLOYD, Rachel Fairfax, CA California Giant Berry Farms/S 00:38:00.00
4 201 VAN GILDER, laura Cresco, PA c3 Sollay 00:39:12.00
5 208 DOMBROSKI, Amy Boulder, CO Velo Bella – Kona 00:39:12.00
6 205 BRUNO ROY, Maureen Arlington, MA MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles 00:39:12.00
7 240 MILLER, Meredith Ft. Collins, CO California Giant Berry Farms/S 00:39:57.00
8 204 WINFIELD, Deidre Charlottesville, VA Velo Bella 00:40:03.00
9 203 BUTLER, Sue Portland, OR MonavieCannondale.com 00:40:32.00
10 220 EMMETT, Kelli Colorado Springs, CO Giant Bicycles 00:40:53.00
11 211 SHERWIN, Kathy Heber City, UT Velo Bella – Kona 00:40:53.00
12 236 MAZZA, Rhonda Portland, OR Vanilla/Team S&M 00:40:53.00
13 232 WILLIAMS, Wendy Portland, OR River City Bicycle Team 00:40:53.00
14 209 HASKELL, Devon Chicago, IL University of Chicago 00:40:53.00
15 216 WENTWORTH, Kristin Madison, WI Planet Bike 00:41:18.00
16 231 STUDLEY, Kari Bothell, WA Velo Bella / Kona 00:41:30.00
17 212 KERLIN, Sarah Capitola, CA HRS/ Rock Lobster 00:41:42.00
18 237 VAN METER, Emily Portland, OR River City Bicycle Team 00:41:42.00
19 210 JACQUES-MAYNES, Josie Watsonville, CA Specialized/KMC pb Cal Giant 00:41:52.00
20 235 RIVERA, Coryn Tustin, CA Team Redline 00:41:58.00
21 213 MILKOWSKI, Anna New Haven, CT Gear Works-Spinarts 00:41:58.00
22 219 YOUNG, Anna Madison, WI Planet Bike 00:42:36.00
23 241 BERG, Kristi Arlington, WA Redline Bicycles 00:42:45.00
24 239 ANTONNEAU, Kaitlin Racine, WI Nova/IsCorp 00:42:45.00
25 207 WELLONS, Rebecca Woburn, MA Ridley Factory Team 00:42:45.00
26 224 BROWN, Sydney Lincoln, NE Midwest Cycling Community 00:42:45.00
27 222 WALLACE, Amy Andover, MA RGM WATCHES – RICHARD SACHS – 00:43:14.00
28 257 WALKER, Kris Pocatello, ID kriegcycling.com 00:43:14.00
29 250 SMITH, Andrea Medford, MA Minuteman Road Club 00:43:14.00
30 233 SONE, Linda Northfield, MN Ridley Factory Team 00:43:14.00
31 243 POPOVIC, Carolyn Hesperia, CA CICLE / Bear Valley Bikes 00:43:14.00
32 225 ROTHFUSS, Cris Medford, MA NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Den 00:43:39.00
33 218 ANNIS, sally Nashua, NH NEBC/CycleLoft/Devonshire Dent 00:43:39.00
34 294 FLAHERTY, Colleen Portland, OR Veloce 00:43:39.00
35 293 SHOGREN, Betsy Morgantown, WV Sobe Cannondale 00:43:39.00
36 242 FLYNN, Kimberly Hixson, TN Vantaggio/ Specialized Pro wom 00:43:39.00
37 214 SWARTZ, Melanie Reston, VA Velo Bella – Kona 00:43:39.00
38 228 APPLEGATE, Cara Black Mountain, NC BMW-Bianchi 00:43:39.00
39 234 GAVIN, Kristin Philadelphia, PA Temple University 00:43:39.00
40 271 BISHOP, Lindsey Kinnelon, NJ Mafia Racing/Felt 00:43:39.00
41 284 SCHULTZ, Melissa Oakland, CA Cycle Sports/Trumer Pils 00:44:18.00
42 238 WHITMORE, Deb Sylva, NC BMW Bianchi 00:44:26.00
43 252 SCHNEIDER, Samantha WEST ALLIS, WI IS CORP 00:44:37.00
44 270 COSTANTINI, Lauren Boulder, CO GBL-GBD 00:44:37.00
45 290 SARVARY, kathy Lunenburg, MA Mid State Cycling Club 00:45:01.00
46 246 STEWART, Maria Minneapolis, MN University of Minnesota 00:45:01.00
47 273 HECKMAN, Lora FORT COLLINS, CO Peloton Cycles – Specialized 00:45:01.00
48 269 MOCZYGEMBA, Brenda Breckenridge, CO Tough Girl / Contessa 00:45:01.00
49 221 SCHWARTZ, Anne Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Flying Rhino Cycling Club 00:45:01.00
50 230 SMILEY, Marne Ann Arbor, MI Zias Cycle 00:45:01.00
51 267 COOPER, Linda Fargo, ND Great Plains Cycling Club 00:45:01.00