By: Joan Hanscom

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PORTLAND, Oregon (December 5, 2010) - Winner took all. In what proved to be the most thrilling conclusion to any Greenware® USGP of Cyclocross to date, Jeremy Powers (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com) defeated teammate Tim Johnson to claim back to back victories in Portland and claim the overall series title today in Portland.

The race had too many story lines to recall. The veteran vs. the rising star; the local hero against the juggernaut; and the emerging youth movement in American cyclocross.

The race started with Ryan Trebon (KONA), a northwest icon, pounding away at the front. Johnson struggled to hold on. Powers, meanwhile, barely survived the opening salvo. Firmly attached to Trebon rode Todd Wells (Specialized) and Geoff Kabush (Maxxis/ Rocky Mount). The elite five immediately established a gap on the rest of the field. Powers admitted the damage done to his legs in Saturday's victory nearly cost him the race today in the first lap.

After 2 laps with Trebon on the front, Johnson applied the gas and put everybody under pressure on the course's tough twists and turns. Only Powers could respond, leaving Trebon, Wells and Kabush behind. Johnson opened up a gap on Powers but simply could not widen the margin. Powers clawed back, counterattacked and left Johnson in arrears.

With 2 laps to go Powers seemed to be in full control of the race and the series. But Johnson, the ultimate competitor, never relented. In the final lap he pushed Powers into a mistake and drew even. The pair charged into the final barriers just before the l turn onto the pavement for the final sprint. To the surprise of all, Johnson, with a traditional dismount and run over the barriers, was faster than the bunny-hopping Powers. Although this equalized the race, Powers was commanding in the sprint and drove home a career victory to take the day and the series. Equally impressive, Trebon and Wells matched each other in a similar battle with Trebon beating Wells to claim the final spot on the podium and claim the SRAM Most Aggressive Rider Competition.

The U23 contest signaled to all the arrival the next generation of US cross stars with Danny Summerhill, the silver medalist from the 2007 World Championships, out sprinting Zach McDonald from a group of 5 riders. The emergence of a half dozen U23 superstars during the Greenware® USGP season, displayed not the height of US cyclocross but it's depth and hope for the future. Luke Keogh, in the U23 series leader's jersey, was pulled from the race after being lapped by Johnson and Powers, but retained the overall series jersey with Jeremy Ferguson and Cody Kaiser behind him on the overall podium. With one week to go before the National Championships it is evident that Summerhill and McDonald are on form for another epic battle.

In the Elite Women's race Katerina Nash (LUNA) pounded out another dominant victory, solidifying her reputation as a cyclocross super power. Her win was not enough to take the overall series jersey from the shoulders of her teammate Georgia Gould. LUNA teammate Amy Dombroski bounced back from a poor race on Saturday to stand on the third step of the day's podium behind her two teammates.

The race opened as expected with Nash and Gould at the front. But Dombroski surprised all with an equally good start. Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries/ Specialized), coming off a ridiculous first lap on Saturday, rode steadily near the front to retain her position at the front of the field to finish fourth on the day and second overall for the series with Canadian National Champions Wendy Simms riding a ripping strong race behind her for 5th. Simms powerful ride earned her the SRAM Most Aggressive Rider Award for the day.

The surprise of the weekend was Embrocation Cycling Journal writer Linnea Koons who started strong but faltered as the race wore on. In many ways the real story of this race was not at the front but in the second wave that included Wendy Simms, Sue Butler, and Kathy Sherwin as well as the emerging youth movement with Kaitlin Antonneau and Ashley James showing they've got the talent to race at the top of the sport too.

Men's Race - Final 2 laps
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1. Jeremy Powers, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, 57:46
2. Timothy Johnson, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, at 0:01
3. Ryan Trebon, Kona, at 0:28
4. Todd Wells, Specialized, at 0:33
5. Geoff Kabush, Team Maxxis-Rocky Mount, at 1:21
6. Christopher Jones, Rapha-Focus, at 1:43
7. James Driscoll, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, at 2:03
8. Jesse Anthony, Kelly Benefit Strategies, at 2:14
9. Tristan Schouten, Cyclocrossracing.com-Blue, s.t.
10. Daniel Summerhill, Felt-Holowesko Partners, s.t.
11. Zach Mcdonald, Rapha-Focus, s.t.
12. Alex Candelario, World Bicycle Relief, at 2:58
13. Barry Wicks, Kona, at 3:17
14. Troy Wells, Team Clif Bar, s.t.
15. Brian Matter, Gear Grinder, at 3:56
16. Adam Mcgrath, Thule-Van Dessel, at 4:12
17. Mitch Hoke, Clif Bar Development, s.t.
18. Adam Craig, Giant, at 4:20
19. Jeremy Ferguson, California Giant-Specialized, s.t.
20. Aaron Schooler, Team H&R Block, at 4:35
21. Matt Pacocha, Hudz-Subaru, at 4:55
22. Allen Krughoff, Boulder Cycle Sport, s.t.
23. Erik Tonkin, Kona, s.t.
24. Justin Robinson, California Giant-Specialized, s.t.
25. Ryan Knapp, Bikereg.com, at 5:31
26. Scott Chapin, Bay101-HRS, at 5:37
27. Spencer Paxson, Team S&M, at 5:42
28. Ryan Iddings, Team Redline, s.t.
29. Sean Babcock, Kona-FSA, s.t.
30. Cody Kaiser, California Giant-Specialized, at 6:01
31. Kevin Noiles, La Bicicletta Pro Shop, at 6:03
32. Eric Emsky, Cyclocrossracing.com-Blue, s.t.
33. Joshua Snead, Bay 101-RHS, at 6:42
34. Molly Cameron, at 7:37
Brady Kappius, Team Clif Bar, -1 lap
Luke Keough, Champion System-Keough Cyclocross, -1 lap
Brett Nichols, Scott Usa, -1 lap
Frank Spiteri, Peninsula Velo-Pomodoro, -1 lap
Tim Allen, Feedback Sports, -1 lap
Andre Sutton, Hardcore Cycling Club, -1 lap
Brad Cole, KCCX-Verge, -1 lap
Damian Schmitt, Sunnyside Sports, -2 laps
Dylan Tremblay, Oak Bay Bicycles-Nanaimo, -2 laps
Brennan Wodtli, -2 laps
Clayton Omer, Papa Johns’ Racing Team, -2 laps
Patrick Jackson, Buy Local, -3 laps
Will Ross, Kaladi Bros-Subway, -3 laps
Derek Yarra, Box Dog Bikes, -3 laps
Matthew Fox, Sunnyside Sports, -3 laps
Matt Russell, Evanplews.com-Kenda, -3 laps
John Frey, All Access Productions-Hutch’, -3 laps
Eric Colton, The Team, -3 laps
Kyle Mcgilvray, Old Town Bicycle, -3 laps
Chris Fisher, Velorochester, -3 laps
Aaron Mickels, Stanwood Velo Sport, -3 laps
Andrew Bennett, Team Redline, -3 laps
Connor Mccutcheon, Rebound Spl-Bear Valley Bikes, -3 laps
Eric Sheagley, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, -4 laps
Alan Adams, Hagens Berman Llp, -4 laps
John-Christian Flack, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, -4 laps
DNF: Drew Mackenzie, Island Racing Club
DNF: Davy Yeater, River City Bicycles-Cannondale
DNF: Nicholas Weighall, California Giant-Specialized
DNF:. Nathan Bannerman, Cyclocrossracing.com-Blue
DNF: Brue Syvertsen, De La Paz Coffee,
DNF:Ryan Weaver, River City Bicycles-Backdoor
DNF: Joseph Schmalz, KCCX-Verge
Women

1. Katerina Nash, Luna Pro Team, 40:32
2. Georgia Gould, Luna Pro Team, at 0:19
3. Amy Dombroski, Luna Pro Team, at 1:12
4. Meredith Miller, California Giant-Specialized, at 1:39
5. Wendy Simms, Ridley-FSA, at 2:16
6. Katherine Sherwin, Hudz-Vista Subaru, at 2:24
7. Susan Butler, Hudz Subaru, at 2:28
8. Kaitlin Antonneau, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com, at 2:31
9. Maureen Bruno Roy, MM Racin-Seven Cycles, at 2:33
10. Ashley James, Team Kenda, at 2:40
11. Linnea Koons, Embrocation Cycling Journal, at 2:43
12. Pepper Harlton, Juventus Cycling Club, at 3:00
13. Katy Curtis, Bow Cycle-Cyclemeisters, at 3:02
14. Barbara Howe, Ibis And The Danger Twins, at s.t.
15. Amanda Carey, Kenda-Felt, at 3:17
16. Devon Haskell, BH USA, at 3:32
17. Teal Stetson-Lee, California Giant-Specialized, at 3:56
18. Alice Pennington, S&M, at 4:05
19. Coryn Rivera, Peanut Butter & Co-Twenty12, at 4:29
20. Kari Studley, Velo Bella, at 4:51
21. Rebecca Blatt, Silver Bull-Central Wheel, at 5:03
22. Wendy Williams, River City Bicycles, at 5:13
23. Linda Sone, Planet Bike, at 5:25
24. Lisa Curry, Gas-Intrinsik, at 5:44
25. Katrina Baumsteiger, Team Rambuski Law, at 5:51
26. Serena Bishop, Sunnyside Sports, at 5:51
27. Abby Watson, Embrocation Cycling Journal, at 6:12
28. Anna Dingman, Gas-Intrinsik, at 6:22
29. Shannon Gibson, Velo Bella-Ellsworth, at 6:41
30. Corey Coogan, Team Plan C-Stevens, at 6:56
31. Laura Winberry, Elite Endurance-Cascade Courier, at 7:10
32. Emily Thurston, Missing Link-3rd Rail, at 7:18
33. Becca Blay, Mafia Racing, at 7:30
34. Annie Usher, Bridgetown Velo, at 7:30
35. Carrie Cash, Team Vera Bradley Foundation, at 8:16
Megan Chinburg, Veloforma, -1 lap
Brigette Stoick, River City Bicycles, -1 lap
Megan Elliott, Black Mountain Bicycles, -1 lap
Jenni Gaertner, Riverstone CDA, -1 lap
DNF: Joele Guynup, Island Racing Club-Everti
DNF: Tiffany Cromwell, Lotto Ladies Team