Cincy 3 CX Festival Driscoll Scores A C1 Win in Cincinnati © Jeffrey B Jakucyk

Cincy 3 CX Festival Driscoll Scores A C1 Win in Cincinnati © Jeffrey B Jakucyk

Wearing National Champion stripes, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) pulled off a sweep of Ohio on day 3 of the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival p/b Reece-Campbell and United Dairy Farmers.  While Ryan Trebon (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld) notched wins on the technical courses the first two days, it was teammate Jamie Driscoll who attacked through the barriers on the C1’s power demanding course with 3 laps to go for the Elite Men’s win.  For more information follow @Cincy3CX on Twitter or visit the Cincy3 CX Festival’s Facebook page.


With soft corners and long uphill straightaway sections between the start, past the pit and through the start finish gate, both the Elite Men and Women brought long lines of riders through the sand pit the first time past the announcer’s stand.  A solid group of six women made the initial section including: Compton, Katerina Nash (LUNA), Andrea Smith (Ladies First), Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld), Nicole Duke (Natural Grocer’s Cycling Team), and Nicole Thiemann (Team CF-Elite).

Closely behind were Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise), Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill), Ashley James (NOW Cycling) and an apparently healthier Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement).  Mani didn’t start Friday and dropped out mid race at the CX After Dark Event on Saturday.

Between the long climb to the gazebo and the uphill barriers, Compton took to the front and began shedding the baggage.  Nash, Antonneau were on board with Duke flying standby.  Smith rocketed through the fast and deep downhill sand a few seconds back followed by a four-woman chase of Thiemann, Bruno Roy, James and Mani.

It was down to two on lap 2 as Compton and Nash broke a ten second gap to Antonneau on some greasy turns adjacent to the main park road.  Behind Duke bobbled in the sand.  Looking strong and smooth in the treacherous uphill sand, Carey locked on to Duke’s wheel.  Mani and Thiemann teamed up as the third group on course.  Simultaneously, Rebecca Gross (KCCX/Fuji p/b Challenge Tires) poked her head into the top 10.  Running back between 12th and 15th, Erin Silliman (MVP Health Care Cycling) was having a tough time in the sand going into the fencing on the uphill of lap two and doing a header in the downhill on the 4th lap.  She would still finish 13th.

As a group of 10-15 fans on the hill at the barriers did “the wave,” Compton put in a small gap on Nash, continued the pressure and eeked out a 23 second gap by lap three.  It was single riders behind with big gaps between the top three.  The podium was settled with Compton, Nash and Antonneau.  After being under the weather for the first two days, Mani’s spark was back.  She finished fifth behind Carey.  After the race, when asked about how she could overcome Compton’s grip on the front, Nash said, “My time will come.”


It’s not every day 10 riders make up the front group.  Determined to put a Rapha Focus rider on the C1 podium, Zach McDonald (Rapha Focus) steamed through the sand with nine riders on his wheel including: Brian Matter (RACC p/b GG), Trebon, Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement), Trebon’s teammate Jamie Driscoll, McDonald’s teammate Christopher Jones, Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain), Troy Wells and Mitchell Hoke (Team CLIF Bar), as well as Bradley White (Mom’s In Tow Cyclocross.)  All rode through clean, but behind many were forced to dismount as riders stacked on the turn exiting the sand.

Like Compton, Trebon used the uphill barriers as his launching pad to break up the Rapha Focus grip on the front.  Three laps in, he whittled it down to a group of five with teammate Driscoll, the Rapha Focus duo of Jones and McDonald along with the familiar tattoos of Ben Berden.  Behind, Sheppard teamed up with Matter in the 2nd group.  Josh Johnson (Bissell-ABG-NUVO), Wells and White created a train a few seconds back.  With Berden along for the ride, it was Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld versus Rapha Focus.

Jones fired the first shots with a big effort out of the sand and up the hill preceding the barriers.  No dice.  The group of five slowed with the tactics and allowed Matter and Sheppard to tag on.  With five laps to go, Trebon tried again at the barriers, but Jones was having none of it and led through and past the fans gathered at the top near the gazebo.  Later in the lap, Trebon tried again, this time in a stretch of deep mud that transitioned across the road.  It stuck.  Trebon broke free with Jones leaving Driscoll behind with Berden and Matter.  McDonald briefly fell back to seventh behind Sheppard.

Maybe sensing that Matter and Berden couldn’t muster the strength to close the gap, Driscoll charged across on the climb preceding the barriers.  It was now a Cannondale Cyclocross/World sandwich with Rapha Focus’ Jones in the middle.

After the race Driscoll said Trebon encouraged him to pull and confided that he simply rode hard and opened up a gap on Jones and Trebon.  When he saw it, he stretched it through the barriers.  McDonald couldn’t answer and was stuck giving Trebon a free ride.  With two laps to go, Jones bobbled in the sand and had to dismount.  Trebon capitalized and blew past him to solidify second.

Even with the top three confirmed, the finish wasn’t without drama.  Berden and McDonald drag raced to the line for fourth.  McDonald took it by a half bike length along the left hand side of the fence.  Four riders came to the line fighting for twelfth: Kevin Bradford (Emde Sports-Fitness Fanatics), Chase Dickens (American Classic Pro Team), Allen Krughoff (Raleigh Clement), and Ryan Knapp (The Pony Shop).  In the scrum for the line, two riders tangled and Dickens hit the deck hard.  He rolled, grabbed his bike in the same motion and narrowly made the top 15 on foot.

Elite Women’s Results:

1Katherine COMPTONUSA3541:49:008080
2Katerina NASHCZE3642:51:006060
3Kaitlin ANTONNEAUUSA2144:04:004040
4Amanda CAREYUSA3545:05:003030
5Caroline MANIFRA2645:36:002525
6Nicole DUKEUSA3946:08:002020
7Maureen BRUNO ROYUSA3846:16:001717
8Nicole THIEMANNUSA3446:26:001515
9Rebecca GROSSUSA3346:40:001212
10Andrea SMITHUSA3546:47:001010
11Allison ARENSMANUSA1946:55:0088
12Rebecca BLATTUSA3347:04:0066
13Erin SILLIMANUSA3147:12:0044
14Marne SMILEYUSA3147:23:0022
15Katie ARNOLDUSA2947:37:0011
16Corey COOGANUSA3648:17:00
17Bridget DONOVANUSA3550:27:00
18Jessica OWINGSUSA3450:42:00
21Elizabeth COBBUSA31

Elite Men’s Results:

1James DRISCOLLUSA2758:29:008080
2Ryan TREBONUSA3258:55:006060
3Christopher JONESUSA3459:15:004040
4Zach MCDONALDUSA2259:27:003030
5Ben BERDENBEL3859:27:002525
6Brian MATTERUSA3559:48:002020
7Chris SHEPPARDCAN401:00:321717
8Bradley WHITEUSA311:01:221515
9Josh JOHNSONUSA211:01:451212
10Benjamin SONNTAGGER331:02:001010
11Troy WELLSUSA291:02:0888
12Kevin BRADFORD-PARISHUSA311:02:1366
13Allen KRUGHOFFUSA291:02:1544
14Ryan KNAPPUSA291:02:1622
15Chase DICKENSUSA191:02:2111
17Craig RICHEYCAN291:03:08
18Corey STELLJESUSA331:03:35
19Mark PARMELEEUSA311:04:02
20Richard Cypress GORRYUSA191:04:06
21Sven BAUMANNGER331:04:08
22Craig ETHERIDGEUSA331:04:14
23Nick WAITEUSA301:04:27
24Ryan FAWLEYUSA281:04:35
25Lewis GAFFNEYUSA211:04:42
26Greg WITTWERUSA301:04:52
27Joseph MALONEYUSA231:04:54
28Tom BURKEUSA341:04:55
29Andrew DILLMANUSA191:05:16
30Robert MARIONUSA311:05:21
31Andrew REARDONUSA311:05:30
32Spencer PAXSONUSA291:05:42
33Christopher BOGEDINUSA24
35Daniel GEROWUSA22
36Ryan GAMMUSA32
37David ADAMSUSA39
40Christopher UBERTIUSA26
42Michael CROUCHUSA35
43Anthony VITONUSA27
44Raymond SMITHUSA28
48Alistair SPONSELUSA35