US Cyclo-cross Championships - CN
Providence, RI, USA, December 15-17, 2006
Results & report
Race 8 - December 16: Elite Men (US Title)
Complete live report
Next up: The elite men's race. They
are now receiving their first call to stage.
The U23 men's race really set the
stage for the elite men's race, which will start in the next few minutes. Jesse
Anthony won the U23 race convincingly. He regained the national title after
losing it last year. Prior to last year, he'd won 6 national titles as a junior
and U23 rider.
Course conditions today are perfect.
There is no mud, but nice and hard packed surfaces. The weather is a warm 50-55
degrees. So it's no suprise we haven't seen any significant mechanicals or crashes
affecting results in the junior or U23 race.
They are calling riders to the start.
The second row has been called up.
Here comes first row.
There is big crowd--several thousand
people...more than last year.
The elite men are off!
Everyone is fighting for position.
Trebon is getting the hole shot.
Mark McCormick is on the front right
now with Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks in 2nd and 3rd.
The field is big and compact right
now. There were about 130 riders who started.
Tim Johnson is 20 or 30 riders back
early in this first lap...a bit of a surprise.
There is no clear leader early in
the first lap. Everyone is fighting for position.
On Lap 1:
Ryan Trebon leads
At 6 seconds, chase group of 4
Ben Jacques Mayne
Tim Johnson is three groups back.
Todd Wells is about 10 places back.
Trebon looks quite comfortable. He'll
probably keep the pressure up.
Johnson is stuck in traffic. Wells
seems to be moving up.
Trebon is still off the front...now
by about an amazing 18 seconds halfway through the second lap. He is really
opening up the gap. The chase group is now six riders then a gap to the next
four. It looks like Page is leading the first chase group.
It's unbelievable how much distance
is between Trebon and the middle of the pack. There are three to four minutes
separating the front and back of the men's field after about 15 minutes of racing.
The race is 60 minutes long.
Trebon is through the finish again
onto another lap.
Last time through the start/finish:
at 12 seconds
10 more seconds back
Johnson had a flat on the first lap.
He's still working his way up.
Trebon is looking like he's having
no trouble holding this pace. If he wins today, he'll be the current national
champ in 2 disciplines: mt bike cross country and cyclo-cross.
Page is pulling Wicks and Powers.
All Wicks has to do is sit on because Trebon, his teammate, is off the front.
Page and Powers have to put down all the energy to chase Trebon.
Riders are now stretched all the way
around the course now...after only two laps. They will start pulling lap riders
soon. They actually lengthened the course this year because conditions are so
good. They were trying to keep riders from being lapped too soon, but the course
still is not long enough to keep riders from getting lapped.
Johnson has worked himself up into
the third chase group.
When they cross start finish next
time, riders will get 5 laps to go.
If the chase group can bring Page
back to Trebon, Page will be a real factor.
With five laps to go:
at 17 seconds
Third chase group at 27 seconds
Jacques-Maynes is falling off his
chase group a bit. Wells is driving this group.
Trebon is maintaining, even slightly
extending his lead.
Trebon is going through barriers and
a run up. He's making it look as if he has all the time in the world.
Wicks is just sitting on the wheels
of the first chase group. Johnson and Wells are pulling back the first chase
group. The gap is about five seconds between them.
If the two chase groups combine, they
will be a strong force to chase Trebon.
3 laps to go
With three to go:
at 26 seconds
Wicks in staying in second position
in the chase, no matter who is at the front of the group. That may mean he's
staying rested enough to take second place. The race is unfolding similarly
to mountain bike nationals this year.
Now we'll probably start to see attacks
within this chase group.
There goes Johnson attacking from
But his attack didn't work. All five
chasers are still together.
Barring any mechanicals or crashes,
we're probably looking at a battle for second. Trebon had good luck this year
so far. He's had no mechanicals except for one race, during which he visited
the pit 3x, but still finished fifth.
When they come through next time,
they'll get two laps to go.
Trebon is still off the front alone,
looking strong. In fact, his gap is increasing. In the space of this last lap,
he's opened up ten more seconds. It appears as if the chase group has stopped
chasing and started playing tactics for second.
Correction...Trebon is crossing the
line with three laps to go (not two).
The chase group is still five riders.
No one is getting away. Page is sitting at the back of the group now, leaving
Jeremy Powers to work at the front and Barry Wicks sits second wheel.
Page just moved forward in the group.
Coming through with three to go, Trebon
had a comfortable gap of over 30 seconds. The chase group seems to have given
up chasing him and as they prepare for a final battle with each other for second,
they will probably stay together for at least a little while to come. Wicks
continues to always maintain his second position within the chase group--even
when the front rider swaps position with another.
With two laps to go, we've got
over 37 seconds back in a chase group of five riders
Everyone in the chase group is taking
turns except Wicks.
Page is really applying the pressure
right now, which is stringing them out. There are five bike lengths between
each rider, although all are hanging tough.
They are all back together. Page's
pressure wasn't enough to split the group.
The challenge now will be lapped riders
and spectators who may be overzealous in crossing the course at inappropriate
times. The lead riders are well into the back of the field now, catching lapped
Wicks is not having to work in the
chase group because his teammate Trebon is comfortably off the front. It's up
to the other riders to make something happen in the chase. Otherwise, Wicks
can save himself for the end and go for second.
They are pulling lapped riders, but
the course is long enough that the leaders are still having to deal with those
Johnson and Page have attacked the
group. They seem to be putting Wicks in a little trouble--he's at the back of
the chase group, slightly gapped off.
When Trebon comes few in several more
minutes, he'll get one lap to go.
Trebon is sprinting through the finish
with one lap to go. He's taking the uphill like it's a downhill. He's going
so fast. His lead is about 40 seconds.
All five chasers are still together.
Johnson first, then Wicks still in second, then the rest.
The power with which Trebon went through
the finish was amazing. He's now working his way through the technical section
of the course. He looks comfortable, well within his limits.
Page was out for most of the season
with a separated shoulder. He's only done one race this 'cross season. Trebon
said yesterday that Page was the guy he was most worried about today, given
There's one-half lap to go. Trebon's
lead is really safe. The five chasers are still together. Of all five, Johnson
and Page have looked strongest, but Wicks has been able to sit on wheels for
the entire race, so it should be an interesting finish.
The chasers are going through the
run-up on the back of the course. Wicks is at the back of the group. But they
seem to be sticking together.
Wicks has fallen off the back of the
Wicks is about five steps off the
The crowd is huge here. It is ten
deep at the start finish line for about 100m leading up to the finish.
Trebon is finishing...he takes the
Page is attacking the chase group.
Page and Johnson are fighting for
second place at the front of the chase.
Page takes 2nd. Johnson is 3rd. Wells
is 4th. Powers is 5th.
And Wicks takes 6th.
Trebon has won his second national
title of the year. He's now a double national champion. Page has made a remarkable
come-back with 2nd place after losing much of the season to injury.
That wraps up our live coverage for
today. Please join us again tomorrow, Sunday, December 17, 2006 for the Elite
Women's national championships race at 2:00 PM US EST.
Thank you for joining us today!
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