MASON, Ohio (VN) — Under the Cross After Dark Series disco lights, through deep mud from an all-day rain, dogged by the sneers of the HeckleOnline.com Heckle Ghoul, Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) once again soloed to victory, this time at the Lionhearts International at Kings CX.
Round two of the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival saw Katerina Nash (Luna) take charge early with Compton and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) in tow. As they came through the sloppy railroad tie run-up flanked by throngs of heckling fans (one with dollar hand-ups dangling from a fishing pole), they were followed closely by Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill) and Nicole Thiemann (Team CF-Elite). Not too far off separated and solo were Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement), Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise), Andrea Smith (Ladies First), Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel) and Katie Arnold (Bob’s Red Mill).
Compton made her first dig on the “Camel Hump,” a slick, 30-foot off-camber lump that had to be climbed and descended three times in succession. She was one of the few who cleaned all three sections.
Gapped, Nash dug deep over the DeFeet flyover. A half lap later, she made contact just before the Heckle Zone run-up, only to have Compton pop her 200 meters later, again at the hump. From there, Compton continued to increase her advantage for the win.
Behind the riders strung out with Carey and James both going down in the slick mud. Nash would take second with Antonneau third. Mani dropped out midrace, still not feeling well after a hectic travel schedule.
Mechanical hobbles Berden
In the men’s race, Michael Sherer (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), Cross After Dark Men’s Series leader Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) and local Andrew Dillman (Bob’s Red Mill) showed their colors at the front as Trebon got a poor start.
Through the run-up on lap one, Trebon managed to make it a loose group of three at the front with Berden and Ryan Knapp (The Pony Shop). Then they hit the Camel Hump and Trebon pulled clear with Berden on his wheel. Riders gapped behind included: Dillman, Bradley White (Moms in Tow Cyclocross), Trebon’s teammate Jamie Driscoll, Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain Bicycles), Knapp, Sherer, Canadian champ Craig Richey (SponsorConnected.com), Robert Marion (American Classic) and Kevin Bradford (Emde Sport-Fitness Fanatics.)
Then disaster struck for Berden. He washed out on a series of slick, slow off-camber turns between the pit and the run-up, shearing off his rear derailleur. As he picked up his bike and began running, the rear wheel caught for a moment on the chain, then fell to the ground. A fan shouted, “Ben! Ben! Your wheel!” Berden pressed on without it, shouldering two-thirds of a bike en route to the pit, a half lap away. With a free pass, Trebon was gone for good.
Behind riders slid and fell. Dillman went into the tape on the same off-camber that took out Berden. Many chose to run the slick hump rather than chance a mid-hill dismount. Livermon, who wasn’t in the top 10 early on, began clawing his way through traffic.
With four to go, Trebon crested the run-up and a rooster tail of mud flew from his rear wheel as he turned on the gas on the paved golf-course path.
Driscoll worked his way into a solid second place, with a few seconds separating White, Livermon, Sheppard and Dillman. Further back was Knapp, in front of the Krughoff-Richey duo by a few seconds. With three to go, Livermon continued to shine, working his way through the muck up to third. Dillman hopped the low LED-lit barriers every lap to the cheers and cowbells of the crowd.
However, there was a shake-up in store in the closing laps.
Trebon crossed the finish line at 1:07:47. Apparently the early fast laps skewed the lap timing, perhaps resulting in a slight miscalculation by the officials (and thus a rather long race). It was just what White needed. With the extra real estate he closed and passed Livermon to take third.
The Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival continues Sunday with the big C1 finale at Harbin Park in the suburb of Fairfield.