MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (VN) — Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) and Katie Compton (Rabobank) rode to victory in day two of the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival, on a course that was very much different from Friday’s opener.
Compton and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) took their respective kickoffs on a hilly, rain-soaked course on Friday at Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky. On Saturday in Sunset Park in Middletown, Compton and Trebon prevailed under bright blue skies on a relatively flat course that played out more like a criterium.
Regional strongman Mitchell Kersting (Bob’s Red Mill) surprised everyone with a thrilling drive through the holeshot. With the help of Trebon, Kersting made the first selection with Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Belgian Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper).
Powers brought up the chase through “the horseshoe” with Travis Livermon (Smart Stop-Mock Orange), and Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com).
Trebon takes charge
Right then and there, Trebon took the front and mashed out a pace so punishing that Kersting fell out of the top 10 by the middle of the second lap. Only Johnson could stand in the shadow of Trebon, gapping Powers and Berden and leaving Livermon, Driscoll and Ryan Knapp (Bob’s Red Mill) in group three.
The second time through the pit on lap two, Powers seemed to have an awkward bike change, which allowed Driscoll and Livermon to catch back on the chase train. Through the start/finish going into lap three, Powers went to the front of the chase group in an effort to bring back the charging Trebon and Johnson. Sensing the danger, Trebon attacked just past the tennis courts and continued to increase his lead over Johnson to five seconds through the tricky, fast up/down horseshoe feature.
The fireworks at the front burned those in back. With Johnson in no-man’s land behind Trebon, Powers was left to do the work over the next few laps with Livermon, Driscoll and Berden. With teammate Johnson up the road, Driscoll was content with Powers in the driver’s seat. Knapp fell back to seventh with Sean Babcock (Kona).
Trebon’s lead grew to 15 seconds by lap six. Dtermined to snag the last spot on the podium, Powers drew gasps from the crowd as he bunny-hopped the barriers and gapped Berden and a fading Driscoll.
With the front six riders all strung out riding solo, a race for seventh began as Knapp, Babcock, Mitchell Hoke (Clif Bar Development) and Cody Kaiser (Cal Giant-Specialized) formed an allegiance of young up-and-comers. Going into the ninth lap, Knapp’s head visibly sank as he fell off the pace. On the opposite side of the course, Berden clawed back to Powers, setting up a possible sprint for the podium behind Trebon and Johnson.
Powers had no interest in taking on Berden in a heads-up sprint. After the bell, he dug deep past the pit and onto the tennis courts. By the time he hit the gravel road behind the park’s maintenance building, Berden sat up and conceded the last step on the podium to Powers.
Compton holds her fire
After falling during warm-up on a slick corner just past a 10-meter mud pit, Compton may have decided to take a wait-and-see approach to Saturday’s race.
French national champion Caroline Mani (CC Etupes Le Doubs Pays De Montbeliard) took the hole shot for a second day and drove the first half of the first lap, making an initial selection with the 2010 USA worlds team on her wheel: Susan Butler (River City-Ridley), Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms), Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Georgia Gould (Luna) and Compton.
Compton wouldn’t show her cards until the end of lap three, happy to sit on the back of the train. So, it was Butler who attacked near the end of the first lap between a torn-up gravel access road and a set of steep undulating hills near the park’s pool. The move immediately put Gould in danger and whittled the group to five at the front: Butler, Miller, Mani, Antonneau and Compton.
Miller bobbles, Mani pounces
Butler, admitting before the race that she felt tired from the first day’s racing, didn’t show it. She attacked again the second time through the tennis courts and immediately opened a five-second gap to the four trailing.
With Compton apparently confident with the small gap, Miller sensed trouble and went to the front to close it down. Halfway through the second lap, nearing the pit, Miller appeared to have a problem and fell back behind Compton. Gould took advantage and latched back on while Mani buried herself and closed the gap to Butler.
Butler drilled it again through the tennis courts on lap four, taking Mani with her and gapping Miller, Compton, Antonneau and Gould. Mani off the front sent up a red flag and Compton immediately came forward, reeling both women in.
Compton gassed it again on the gravel road, taking Mani and Butler with her and gapping Miller, Antonneau and Gould.
Compton continued to push the pace with every lap, eventually gapping Mani and Butler by five seconds, then 10. On the bell lap, Mani, perhaps fearing Butler’s strong sprint, attacked through the technical turns near the pit, and never looked back. Antonneau outkicked Miller on the pavement to take fourth.
- 1. Ryan Trebon, LTS-Felt, 1:00:00
- 2. Timothy Johnson, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, 1:00:30
- 3. Jeremy Powers, Rapha-Focus, 1:00:54
- 4. Ben Berden, Ops Ale-Stoemper, 1:01:16
- 5. James Driscoll, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, 1:02:08
- 1. Katherine Compton, Rabobank-Giant, 40:13
- 2. Caroline Mani, CC Etupes Le Doubs Pays De Montbeliard, 40:24
- 3. Susan Butler, Hudz Subaru, 40:30
- 4. Kaitlin Antonneau, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, 40:48
- 5. Meredith Miller, Cal Giant, 40:49