PORTLAND, Oregon (December 4, 2010) - The table has been set for a brilliant Series finale with today's winner Jeremy Powers and his teammate Tim Johnson tied for the overall series lead with one race to go in the Greenware® US Gran Prix of Cyclocross.
Powers (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) scored a dominant victory after dueling for more than half the race with Ryan Trebon (Kona). But Trebon exited the course with three laps remaining in the race after losing his rear derailleur far from the SRAM Service Pits. Just as that happened Powers' teammate Tim Johnson began to surging forward after a weak start. Riding with Johnson, was a brilliant Christopher Jones (Rapha/Focus). Jones had surged to the lead with Trebon and Powers on the first lap and never looked back. Chasing the lead group of three rode a resurgent Jesse Anthony (California Giant BerryFarms/Specialized) , Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld), and Todd Wells (Speciaized).
While Johnson struggled in the third group. Powers decided to bunny hop the barriers. This not only delighted the crowd but also provided a critical jump onto the pavement with each successive lap. Both Trebon and Powers seemed resolved to duke it out to the finish; Jones faltered and slipped seemingly into the grass of the chase group. On the fifth lap however Johnson found new legs and surged up to the second group. He struck this group as a cue ball strikes a rack set on a billiard table. Just as Johnson pressed forward Trebon suffered his mechanical. Johnson and Anthony pounded up to Jones, leaving Wells and Driscoll in their wake.
Powers kept the intensity up and cruised to victory. Anthony lost the wheel of Jones and Johnson. And then Johnson went on the attack. All expected Jones to cede control of the race. Instead he dug deep. "It was just experience that's all it was experience," said Jones, who credited his good start to the riders beside him on the front row. When I started going back, "I wanted to quit right there. But you don't, you keep going." In a dual with America's greatest cyclocross racer of all time Jones hung tough. On the final lap it would be Johnson and not Jones who made a mistake, suffering a small crash.
As Powers rolled to victory his teammate Johnson found himself behind a surging Jones. "It was like a Lamaze class,” joked Jones. "I just told myself to breathe, relax and push hard." Jones not only won second place on the day he also secured honors as the SRAM Most Aggressive Rider. Johnson rolled in for third.
The women's race saw a predictable one-two finish of LUNA superstars - with Katerina Nash narrowly edging Georgia Gould . But that was where the predictability ended. This exciting battle proved to be a showcase for the new comers of the sport as well as a frustrating anvil on which to forge the metal of others. The close of the first lap saw saw local favorite Sue Butler up near the front before the LUNA duo grabbed control. The shock of the day was the impressive rides of newcomers Linnea Koons (Embrocation Cycling Journal) and 18-year-old Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) of Wisconsin. The lead five rode in front of a who's who of female cyclocross; but they would never be caught. An armada of superstars fumbled and mumbled further back. The worst victim would be Meredith Miller, who dragged a 30 foot long piece of course tape behind her bike from much of the first lap and crashed repeatedly on the greasy mud of Portland. Her lone salvation was just the size of the field in front of her. A review of the top 10 displays a large field of women's new to the top ranks of women's cyclocross. But they earned their positions.
Butler would hold on for third. Koons scored an amazing fourth place and earned honors as the SRAM Most Aggressive Rider and Miller tenaciously clawed her way past Antonneau to finish an impressive fifth.
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1. Katerina Nash, Luna, at 42:08
2. Georgia Gould, Luna, at s.t.
3. Susan Butler, Hudz Subaru, at 1:49
4. Linnea Koons, Embrocation Cycling Journal, at 2:09
5. Meredith Miller, California Giant-Specialized, at 2:34
6. Kaitlin Antonneau, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, at 2:40
7. Katy Curtis, Bow Cycle-Cyclemeisters, at 2:53
8. Katherine Sherwin, Hudz-Vista Subaru, at 3:03
9. Wendy Simms, Ridley-FSA, at 3:05
10. Amanda Carey, Kenda-Felt, at 3:24
11. Pepper Harlton, Juventus Cycling Club, at 3:29
12. Devon Haskell, BH USA, at 3:32
13. Alice Pennington, S&M, at 3:34
14. Barbara Howe, Ibis And The Danger Twins, at 3:37
15. Teal Stetson-lee, California Giant-Specialized, at 3:45
16. Amy Dombroski, Luna, at 4:04
17. Maureen Bruno Roy, MM Racing-Seven Cycles, at 4:07
18. Wendy Williams, River City Bicycles, at 4:53
19. Ashley James, Team Kenda, at 5:08
20. Coryn Rivera, Peanut Butter & Co.-Twenty12, at 5:20
21. Serena Bishop, Sunnyside Sports, at 5:29
22. Linda Sone, Planet Bike, at 5:59
23. Rebecca Blatt, Silver Bull-Central Wheel, at 6:32
24. Emily Thurston, Missing Link/ 3rd Rail, at 6:50
25. Katrina Baumsteiger, Team Rambuski Law, at 6:59
26. Shannon Gibson, Velo Bella-Ellsworth, at 7:20
27. Kelly Jones, North Shore Sports Medicine, at 7:23
28. Abby Watson, Embrocation Cycling Journal, at 7:47
29. Megan Chinburg, Veloforma, at 7:55
30. Joele Guynup, Island Racing Club, at s.t.
31. Corey Coogan, Team Plan C -Stevens, at 8:08
32. Carrie Cash, Team Vera Bradley Foundation, at 8:18
33. Tina Brubaker, The Vanilla Workshop, at 8:21
34. Laura Winberry, Elite Endurance-Cascade Courier, at 8:30
35. Brigette Stoick, River City Bicycles, at 8:40
36. Karen Oppenheimer, Yard Sale Cyclocross, at 9:31
37. Becca Blay, Mafia Racing, at 9:32
38. Renee Scott, Sunnyside Sports, at 9:36
39. Tiffany Cromwell, Lotto Ladies Team, s.t.
1. Lisa Curry, Gas-Intrinsik, -1 lap
4. Annette Padilla, Celo Pacific, -4 laps
DNF: Anna Dingman, Gas-Intrinsik Cycling Team, at
DNF: Brenna Lopez-Otero, Bend Memorial Clinic, at
Junior Men 17/18 (UCI)
1. Yannick Eckmann (Hot Tubes)
2. Jeff Bahnson (Van Dessel Factory Team)
3. Cypress Gorry (Web-Op)
4. Sam O'Keefe (C3- Athletes Serving Athletes_
5. Bjorn Fox ( Clif Bar Dev. Team)
6. Gunnar Bergery (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes)
7. Zane Godby (Clif Bar Dev. Team)
8. Tyler Coplea (Oakley / Squirt Lube/ AZ Dev.)
9. Zach Semian ( Team Alliance Environmental)
10. Kolben Preble (Clif Bar Dev. Team)
1. Jeremy Powers, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, 59:40
2. Christopher Jones, Rapha-Focus, at 0:29
3. Timothy Johnson, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, at 0:38
4. Jesse Anthony, California Giant-Specialized, at 0:50
5. Todd Wells, Specialized, at 0:58
6. Zach McDonald, Rapha-Focus, at 1:22
7. Jamey Driscoll, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, at 1:25
8. Geoff Kabush, Team Maxxis-Rocky Mount, at 1:33
9. Barry Wicks, Kona, at 2:19
10. Adam Craig, Giant, at 2:45
11. Chris Sheppard, Rocky Mountain-Shimano, at 2:51
12. Daniel Summerhill, Felt-Holowesko Partners, at 3:19
13. Tristan Schouten, Cyclocrossracing.com-Blue, at 3:30
14. Aaron Schooler, Team H&R Block, at 3:40
15. Brian Matter, Gear Grinder, at 4:18
16. Alex Candelario, World Bicycle Relief, s.t.
17. Matt Pacocha, Hudz-Subaru, s.t.
18. Troy Wells, Team Clif Bar, at 5:17
19. Jeremy Ferguson, California Giant-Specialized, at 5:19
20. Adam McGrath, Thule-Van Dessel, s.t.
21. Allen Krughoff, Boulder Cycle Sport, s.t.
22. Spencer Paxson, Team S&M, s.t.
23. Justin Robinson, California Giant-Specialized, s.t.
24. Cody Kaiser, California Giant-Specialized, s.t.
25. Sean Babcock, Kona-FSA, s.t.
26. Erik Tonkin, Kona, s.t.
27. Nicholas Weighall, California Giant-Specialized, s.t.
28. Frank Spiteri, Peninsula Velo-Pomodoro, s.t.
29. Christopher Horner, Team RadioShack, s.t.
30. Carl Decker, Giant, s.t.
31. Tim Allen, Feedback Sports, s.t.
32. Joshua Snead, Bay 101-RHS, s.t.
33. Luke Keough, Champion System-Keough Cyclocross, s.t.
34. Brady Kappius, Team Clif Bar, s.t.
3. Scott Chapin, Bay101-RHS, -3 laps
3. Ryan Knapp, Bikereg.com, -3 laps
3. Andre Sutton, Hardcore Cycling Club, -3 laps
3. Ian Brown, Tonicfab.com-River City Bicycle, -3 laps
3. Brett Nichols, Scott USA, -3 laps
3. Eric Emsky, Cyclocrossracing.com-Blue, -3 laps
3. Brad Cole, KCCX-Verge, -3 laps
3. Will Ross, Kaladi Bros-Subway, -3 laps
3. Steve Fisher, Rad Racing NW-Hagens Berman, -3 laps
3. Nathan Bannerman, Cyclocrossracing.com, -3 laps
3. Brett Luelling, Buy Local Cycling, -3 laps
3. Joseph Schmalz, KCCX-Verge, -3 laps
4. Benjamin Kubas, Tai Cycling Team, -4 laps
4. Brue Syvertsen, De La Paz Coffee, -4 laps
4. Clayton Omer, Papa Johns, -4 laps
4. Damian Schmitt, Sunnyside Sports, -4 laps
4. Eric Colton, The Team, -4 laps
5. Chris Fisher, Velorochester, -5 laps
5. Ryan Weaver, River City Bicycles, -5 laps
5. Derek Yarra, Box Dog Bikes, -5 laps
5. Matthew Fox, Sunnyside Sports, -5 laps
5. Aaron Mickels, Stanwood Velo Sport, -5 laps
5. Alan Adams, Hagens Berman, -5 laps
5. Connor Mccutcheon, Rebound Spl-Bear Valley Bikes, -5 laps
5. John-christian Flack, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, -5 laps
DNF: Ryan Trebon, Kona
DNF: Kevin Noiles, La Bicicletta Pro Shop,
DNF: Davy Yeater, River City Bicycles-Cannondale
DNF: Drew Mackenzie, Island Racing Club
DNF: Molly Cameron,
DNF: Ross Bowden,
DNF: Travis Livermon, Mock Orange Racing,
DNF: Mitch Hoke, Clif Bar Development
About the USGP: The Greenware® USGP is the nation's premiere cyclocross series and has, since 2004, featured the deepest, strongest and fastest professional fields racing on this side of the Atlantic. In 2010 the USGP will broadcast live coverage of every pro race through a partnership with VeloNews.com and CyclingDirt.org. The Series is comprised of: The Planet Bike Cup, September 25th and 26th in Sun Prairie, WI; the Derby City Cup in Louisville, KY , October 23rd and 24th in Louisville, KY; The New Belgium Cup, November 13th and 14th in Fort Collins, CO; and the Stanley Portland Cup, December 4th and 5th in Portland, OR.
For more information about the USGP contact:
Joan Hanscom, Series Event Director