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Weekend ‘CrossWrap: Trebon, Knapp rule Beacon Cyclo-cross

The "Weekend 'Cross Wrap" is a service of VeloNews.com.Stories and results are provided by race promoters and are not producedby VeloNews or VeloNews.com. Promoters are welcome to submit race reportsthroughout the cyclo-cross season to Rosters@7Dogs.com.Reports may be edited for length and clarity.NEW JERSEY: Trebon, Knapp rule Beacon Cyclo-crossIf there were any doubts about just how good Ryan Trebon (Kona) is when he’s on form, they were banished Saturday at the Beacon Cyclocross in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Trebon flattened the field in the fifth race of the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of

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The “Weekend ‘Cross Wrap” is a service of VeloNews.com.Stories and results are provided by race promoters and are not producedby VeloNews or VeloNews.com. Promoters are welcome to submit race reportsthroughout the cyclo-cross season to Rosters@7Dogs.com.Reports may be edited for length and clarity.


NEW JERSEY: Trebon, Knapp rule Beacon Cyclo-cross
If there were any doubts about just how good Ryan Trebon (Kona) is when he’s on form, they were banished Saturday at the Beacon Cyclocross in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Trebon flattened the field in the fifth race of the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross to close to within 37 points of series leader Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Giant).

Just as important, Trebon overtook Marc Gullickson (Redline) as the leading American in the series, which means the lanky rider known as “Treefarm” will gain an automatic entry to the U.S. World’s cyclocross team if he can hold off Gullickson and Maxxis-Giant rider Adam Craig in tomorrow’s Crank Brothers finale, the Highland Park Cyclocross in Highland Park, New Jersey.

Racing under dark skies that never quite broke into rain, Trebon took advantage of a dry, sandy course and hit the front from the start. For most of the race, Trebon was shadowed by the Canadian phenomenon, Kabush, and Todd Wells of GT-Hyundai. But when Trebon hit the gas, only Wells was able to go with him – or so it looked. The Durango, Colorado native dropped his chain, a mechanical that essentially condemned him to finish in a three-up skirmish for the remaining podium spots. Kabush nabbed second – which may provide him the cushion needed to survive tomorrow’s test – while Wells slotted in at third and Kona’s Barry Wicks showed great form to finish fourth. Craig came in fifth, while Gullickson finished a disappointing sixth.

For Trebon, it was his second victory in a row in the Crank Brothers series.

On the women’s side, Ann Knapp won her third straight Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series race, and fourth out of the five run so far. This time, Knapp was hard-pressed all the way to the finish by Seven Cycles’ Mary McConneloug, who finished just four seconds adrift. Gina Hall, who is currently occupying the second spot in the series, finished third at 23 seconds.

The three were together for much of the race, once the field had sorted itself out. But with Knapp keeping the pressure on with every lap, Hall found herself gapped without just two to go. McConneloug dug deep to hang with Knapp, but the classy Kona rider simply rode away from the mountain bike Olympian at the finish.

Despite her dominance in the series, Knapp hasn’t clinched the series championship. She’s just 30 points ahead of Hall going into Sunday’s final event.

Among the Under-23 contenders, Jesse Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) showed the form that won him the national championship a year ago. This time, he put more than two minutes into archrival and fellow Massachusetts rider Matt White (NCC/BikeReg.com) by the time he rolled through the finish. Anthony has now won three Crank Brothers series events to White’s two victories, but White holds the edge in the series standings 220-184, thanks to his three second places (Anthony was a DNF in the fourth race of the series in Gloucester, Mass.) to date.

The tightest race in the Crank Brothers series, however, belongs to the junior field, where Bjorn Selander (Alan) won his second race in a row. In Saturday’s race, Selander won a two-up sprint from series leader Charles “Toby” Marzot (Corner Cycles), with Adam McGrath (Redline/Excel Sports) and Brady Kappius (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar) crossing the line just two seconds back.

Marzot, Kappius and McGrath hold the podium spots in the series, separated by just 10 points. It will be impossible to ride defensively on Sunday, as the point differentials for each place could well provide the necessary margin of victory for the overall title and an automatic qualification on the U.S. world’s cyclocross team.

Beacon Cyclocross
Bridgeton, NJ. November 20

Juniors
1. Bjorn Selander (Alan) 39.13
2. Charles Marzot (Corner Cycles) s.t.
3. Adam McGrath (Redline/Excel Sports) 00:02
4. Brady Kappius (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar) 00:03
5. Morgan Mcleod (Portland Velo) 00:44
6. John Belcher (Union Velo) 1:03
7. Alex Howes (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar) 1:07
8. Luke Brechwald (Rad Racing NW) 1:07
9. Peter Stetina (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar)1:24
10. Noah Hardwood (People Cycle/Stelvio Teamwear) 2:36

Women
1. Ann Knapp (Kona) 39.33
2. Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles) 00:04
3. Gina Hall (Missing Link) 00:23
4. Rhonda Mazza (Vanilla/S&M) 1:56
5. Melissa Thomas (BikeSource/Tokyo Joe’s) 1:57
6. Barbara Howe (Velo Bella) 1:58
7. Josie Beggs (Starbucks Double Shot) 2:04
8. Sarah Kerlin (Velo Bella) 2:32
9. Maureen Bruno Roy (Dansko/Wheelworks) 2:36
10 Christine Vardaros (Velo Bella) 2:44

Men
1. Ryan Trebon (Kona) 55:32
2. Geoff Kabush (Maxxis Giant) 0:54
3. Todd Wells (GT-Hyundai) 0:54
4. Barry Wicks (Kona) 0:54
5. Adam Craig (Maxxis Giant) 1:18
6. Marc Gullickson (Redline) 1:30
7. Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar) 1:38
8. Andy Jacques-Maynes (Specialized)) 1:39
9. Mark McCormack (Clif Bar-Colavita) 1:44
10. Ben Jacques-Maynes (Sierra Nevada Brewing) 2:40

U-23
1. Jesse Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) 58:26
2. Matt White (NCC/BikeReg.com)) 2:05
3. Greg Wittwer (Cyclocrossworld.com) 2:21
4. John Hanson (NCC/BikeReg.com) 2:34
5. Jamie Driscoll (Richard Sachs/CYBC) 3:00
6. Troy Wells (Kona / Easton / CCA) 3:39
7. Joey Thompson (Balance Bar/Devo) 3:47 10203
8 Daniel Neyens (Broadmark) 4:46
9. Chris Kuhl (CRCA/SAKONNET) 1 lap behind
10. Zak Grabowksi (TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR) 1 lap behind

Overall (one race remaining)

Women
1. Ann Knapp (Kona) 220
2. Gina Hall (Missing Link) 190
3. Rhonda Mazza (Vanilla/S&M) 126

Juniors
1. Charles Marzot (Corner Cycle) 177
2. Braden Kappius (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar) 170
3. Adam McGrath (Redline/Excel Sports) 167

Men
1. Geoff Kabush (Maxxis Giant) 194
2. Ryan Trebon (Kona) 157
3. Marc Gullickson (Redline) 143

U-23
1.Matt White (NCC-BikeReg.com) 220
2. Jesse Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) 184
3. Zak Grabowski (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar) 121

Full results are available at www.usgpcyclocross.com.


The “Weekend ‘Cross Wrap” is a service of VeloNews.com.Stories and results are provided by race promoters and are not producedby VeloNews or VeloNews.com. Promoters are welcome to submit race reportsthroughout the cyclo-cross season to Rosters@7Dogs.com.Reports may be edited for length and clarity.