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Trebon Takes First Win at Prophecy Creek, D’Aluisio Pulls the Weekend Double

After spending most of Saturday’s Granogue Estate ‘cross race dangling in second place behind winner Todd Wells (Mongoose-Hyundai), Ryan Trebon (Kona-CCA) exacted his revenge on Sunday at the Prophecy Creek ‘Cross in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Trebon took his first elite ‘cross win in the second race of an East Coast UCI double-header, taking the win ahead of Wells. Trebon and Wells comprised half of a four-man break that went away early on the flat, fast course. Clif Bar duo Jackson Stewart and Andy Jacques-Maynes comprised the other half of the break, and looked set to take advantage of the

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By Ryan Newill, Special to VeloNews.com

After spending most of Saturday’s Granogue Estate ‘cross race dangling in second place behind winner Todd Wells (Mongoose-Hyundai), Ryan Trebon (Kona-CCA) exacted his revenge on Sunday at the Prophecy Creek ‘Cross in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Trebon took his first elite ‘cross win in the second race of an East Coast UCI double-header, taking the win ahead of Wells.

Trebon and Wells comprised half of a four-man break that went away early on the flat, fast course. Clif Bar duo Jackson Stewart and Andy Jacques-Maynes comprised the other half of the break, and looked set to take advantage of the course’s speed to double-team Wells and Trebon. Stewart took the first shot on the second lap, sprinting away on the course’s arrow-straight dirt rise. Wells led the chase to bring Stewart back, aided by Trebon as Jacques-Maynes sat back to enjoy the ride.

Wells closed the gap, bringing his two companions with him and leaving Stewart struggling to hold onto the tail end of the break. Jacques-Maynes reaped the rewards of the free ride that Stewart’s attack had provided him, holding onto Wells’ wheel as his attacks left first Stewart and later Trebon behind.

Like the previous day, however, Trebon kept the pressure on behind, and his work paid off when Wells and Jacques-Maynes failed to establish a solid rhythm at the front.

“We were trying, but we couldn’t hold him off. He doesn’t crack, you know,” said Wells, “Some people, you attack and they crack, but Trebon, just…mountain bikes. He just keeps it going.”

Showing the same perseverance and form as the previous day, Trebon ground his way back to Wells and Jacques-Maynes, and was able to respond when Wells attacked again, leaving Jacques-Maynes to solo in third. With two laps to go, Trebon made his move on Wells, attacking after the course’s mild uphill and grabbing a quick five second advantage and riding to a steadily increasing gap to the finish, arriving with enough time in hand for a well-deserved celebration of his first UCI win.

The North Carolina rider had been battling a head cold all weekend, but found out his best refuge was on the course.

“ I don’t feel good off the bike, but once we start racing I start to feel a lot better,” said Trebon, “but I was suffering like crazy out there from about halfway through.”

‘Cross veteran Bart Bowen (Kona) overtook Stewart to take fourth, with Stewart rounding out the podium in fifth.

While the men’s race was a back and forth technical battle, the women’s elite race proved to be a re-run. Despite a course that was drastically different from Saturday’s climb-heavy, technical course, Carmen D’Aluisio (Clif Bar) took her second victory of the weekend, followed by Saturday’s second and third placed riders, Gina Hall (Clif Bar) and Christine Vardaros (Velobella-SallySpicer).

Prophecy Creek completed the Clif Bar pair’s domination of the weekend’s women’s racing, and provided D’Aluisio and Hall with another opportunity to trade some blows at the front after dispatching with the competition. Both riders cited next weekend’s New England matchups, which should see Alison Dunlap (Luna) and other national heavy-hitters toeing the line, as motivation for not riding a complacent team race.

“We actually wanted to race each other both days,” said Hall, who lost ground on D’Aluisio in the final laps. “We actually raced really hard to establish the gap to start off with, and then later on in the race I took a big long pull and Carmen, wisely, attacked me. And that was it.”

“Even if we have a really big gap over the rest of the field, we have to race hard against each other to improve, so that was our goal today.”

Behind, Vardaros steadily reeled in moonlighting road sprinter Charmaine Breon (Colavita-Bolla) to take the third spot, with Breon and fellow road veteran Sarah Uhl (Saturn) following for fourth and fifth, respectively.

Prophecy Creek ‘Cross, Blue Bell, PA
Elite Men

1. Ryan Trebon, Kona-CCA
2. Todd Wells, Mongoose-Hyundai
3. Andy Jacques-Maynes, Clif Bar
4. Bart Bowen, Kona
5. Jackson Stewart, Clif Bar
6. Charlie Storm, Fuji Southeast
7. Michael Cody, NCC-BikeReg.com
8. Gunnar Shogren, Fort-GPOA
9. Matt White, NCC-BikeReg.com
10. Andy Applegate, Kona-CCA.

Elite Women
1. Carmen D’Aluisio, Clif Bar
2. Gina Hall, Clif Bar
3. Christine Vardaros, Velobela-Sallyspicer
4. Charmain Breon, Colavita-Bolla
5. Sarah Uhl, Saturn
6. Sinead Fitzgibbon, Century Road Club
7. Katrina Davis, Richard Sachs
8. Amber Itle, Wissahickon
9. Susan Maclean, Gear Works-Spin Arts
10. Cara McCauley, Asheville Bicycle Racing Club-CCA