Pre-race press conference, Powers in a black silk robe, Johnson in a bathrobe, reporters clamoring for quotes.

Pre-race press conference, Powers in a black silk robe, Johnson in a bathrobe, reporters clamoring for quotes.

In the pursuit match done on a mini-velodrome with BMX bikes, cyclocross legends Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers duked it out at high noon in a two-out-of-three match. Pre-race, the two contenders held a press conference (see picture) and weighed in: both racers were 162 pounds.

The race was fast (about 30 seconds per race) since the Circulus  was small enough that a lap was done in ten seconds, and while Johnson took the first round, Powers had a better start in round two and caught Johnson, so the third match would determine the winner. Johnson emerged victorious, Powers almost took out the crown on the last lap, and we have the video to prove it.

Tonight, the two will battle for real at CrossVegas, so be sure to watch our live, interactive coverage of the race.

Tim Johnson being caught by Jeremy Powers in round 2, but took the best of three series. © Cyclocross Magazine

Tim Johnson was caught by Jeremy Powers in round 2, but took the best of three series. © Cyclocross Magazine

Round 1: winner, Johnson

Round 2: winner, Powers

Round 3: winner, Johnson

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