The critical moment: Jeremy Powers crashes and Todd Wells cannot avoid him. © Marc Romano

The critical moment: Jeremy Powers crashes and Todd Wells cannot avoid him. © Marc Romano

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BEND, ORE. – Todd Wells (Cal Giant-Specialized) shut the door on the hopes of, Kona and about 130 other Elite racers as he took the 2010 National Championship title in solo fashion.

As the Elite men charged off the line to a thick crowd of fans, Ryan Trebon (Kona) powered in the lead, taking the hole shot with Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) and Jeremy Powers ( on his wheel. As Powers slipped by, Trebon eased up slightly, as he told Cyclocross Magazine that he had a tough time getting his legs going in the first lap. Tim Johnson and Chris Jones rounded out the top five early.

Coming around the front side, Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) took the lead with Powers and Johnson following close behind, and Trebon and Wicks forming a formidable wall. The five had a good-sized gap between them and Todd Wells as they came into the bowl, now with Powers cranking on the sharp end. It looked like the race might be a Cannondale vs. Twin Towers shoot out. Wells, Alex Candelario, Jesse Anthony (Cal Giant-Specialized) and Tyler Wren (Boo Bikes) formed a chase group behind.

Then everything changed. Powers attacked hard as they entered the bowl, gapping off the front and quickly gaining seven seconds. On the corner just after the flyover, Trebon crashed. “I hit a course pole that was leaning into the course – it caught my bars and spun me around,” he said. Jones got tangled up with Trebon, and the two had to extricate their bikes before getting rolling again.

Wicks and Johnson dug deep to keep Powers in sight, but it was a hard-charging Wells who, over the next lap, bridged up and entered the mix, ultimately passing the three chasers and catching up to Powers.

As Wells caught Powers, Jones faded further off the front. Wicks showed that he has found his form in time for Nationals as he stayed strong in the top five, and he and Johnson would trade positions for the rest of the race. Driscoll ( turned on his engine and began clawing his way up the leader board.

Trebon passes Powers into second after the fly-over ©Janet Hill

Trebon passes Powers into second after the fly-over © Janet Hill

“You know I was expecting someone to,” Powers said when asked if he was surprised that Wells caught him. “I wasn’t thinking I was just going to ride off the front of the National title – that’s just not how it’s going to work. So to have Todd there … I’ve been able to beat Todd in a sprint in the past, but nothing’s for sure. But if I had to go to the line with Todd, I was pretty psyched. I also thought, ‘man I’m pretty psyched if Todd wins because he’s a pretty great guy.’ I don’t know, it’s a bunch of things, you got a lot of things going through your mind, but I just try to keep all the thoughts out while I’m racing – just kinda do what I’m doing and try not to think about too much stuff.”

Trebon, after recovering from his crash, showed why he is one of the best in the country and began an incredible chase, putting in a monster display of power to reconnect with the chasers – but only long enough to blow right by them.

Off the front, Powers and Wells went back and forth, trading blow for blow as they screamed around the course a full minute faster than any other group this week. But with four to go, Powers went down on the u-turn right before the flyover; Wells was following so closely that he collided with Powers, and the two tangled for a moment before Wells broke free and rode off, with Powers running behind before stopping to repair a no longer functioning bike.

“[Powers] crashed in one of the corners before the flyover, and I ran into him,” said Wells. “My foot got stuck in his wheel, and I’m not sure if that screwed up his wheel or not but it took us a few seconds to get untangled.” Powers was able to fix his bike, but by then he had already been passed by a watt-busting Trebon.

Trebon used pure power to hover just seven seconds behind Wells in the closing laps ©Janet Hill

Trebon used pure power to hover just seven seconds behind Wells in the closing laps © Janet Hill

“I’m as frustrated as I can be,” said Powers. “I got a lot of good things to look back on, and a two-minute stretch I’d rather not look back on.” The episode was eerily similar to Fort Collins, when Wells crashed into a barrier following behind Powers, giving Powers the win. “Yeah, I didn’t intentionally do that [take down Wells in a barrier section],” said Powers, “and I guess what goes around comes around, but Todd’s a great friend of mine and I would never wish anything bad upon him, and I think the same goes my way from him, so, like I said, a lot of good things to look back on, one moment I’d rather not.”

Todd Wells flies to his third national championship © Cyclocross Magazine

Todd Wells flies to his third National Championship © Cyclocross Magazine

With Powers out of the equation, it was now Wells’ race to lose. But Trebon wasn’t going to let him take the title without a fight, and over the remainder of the race the gap between the two would come as close as five seconds before ultimately stretching to about 15. “I could hear the time checks, but I knew that if I didn’t make any mistakes I could go through the corners faster than [Trebon] even if he was gaining on me during the power sections,” said Wells. “I took some chances through the corners and just tried to limit my losses on the straight sections.”

Powers was on top of his game, but a crash prevented him from going toe-to-toe against Wells for the championship ©Janet Hill

Powers was on top of his game, but a crash prevented him from going toe-to-toe against Wells for the championship © Janet Hill

“I was trying hard, but it’s a really hard course – it’s just so heavy, and there’s a lot of wind,” said Trebon. “Todd was riding awesome. I was pulling back a little bit here [on the front side] but he was gapping me on the other side. I was pulling a little bit back in the boggy section, and he was pulling away on the back side in the mill area.”

“I was going as hard as I could,” he added. “I couldn’t go any harder. That was all I had in my legs, my hips were cramping. The grass section was just so hard and draining, then you had to run up the stairs, that really made the legs hurt.”

Todd Wells wins his third cyclocross national championship title. © Tim Westmore

Todd Wells wins his third cyclocross national championship title. © Tim Westmore

In the end, it was Wells with his hands raised, claiming his third Cyclocross National Elite Championship title. Trebon came in close behind, followed by a train of riders separated by large gaps: Driscoll and Johnson finished the podium, with Wicks just barely missing out.

Wells has already won a National title in the Short Track and Cross Country disciplines this year. Was this his favorite? “I don’t know, they’re all pretty special, but it’s nice to get titles, so this one’s up there with them.”

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Full Results:

Place NameCity, StateTimeBibTeam
1Todd WellsDurango, CO1:00:494Specialized Factory Racing
2Ryan TrebonBend, OR1:01:1454Kona
3Jeremy PowersEasthampton, MA1:02:162Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld
4James DriscollWinooski, VT1:02:523Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld
5Timothy JohnsonBeverly, MA1:02:521Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld
6Barry WicksCorvallis, OR1:03:0310Kona
7Adam CraigBend, OR1:03:297Giant/Rabobank
8Tristan SchoutenPlymouth, / Blue
9Alexander CandelarioReno, NV1:04:3962World Bicycle Relief
10Jesse AnthonyBeverly, MA1:05:0811California Giant Berry Farms
11Justin LindineNew Salem, MA1:05:265Bikereg.Com/Cannondale
12Spencer PaxsonSeattle, WA1:05:3061Team S&M Young Guns
13Mitchell Hoke (1 – Cat2)Colorado Springs, CO1:05:5130
14Sean BabcockBeaverton, OR1:06:0126Team S&M Young Guns
15Christopher JonesAuburn, CA1:06:1737Rapha/Focus
16Erik TonkinPortland, OR1:06:22129Kona
17Joshua DillonEssex Junction, VT1:06:2520Bikereg.Com / Cannondale
18Carl DeckerBend, OR1:06:27110Giant
19Allen KrughoffBoulder, CO1:06:3025Boulder Cycle Sport
20Peter WebberBoulder, CO1:06:49122Boulder Cycle Sport
21Matthew PacochaBoulder, CO1:07:0532Hudz-Subaru
22Braden KappiusLittleton, CO1:07:0628Team Clif Bar
23Jake WellsAvon, CO1:07:1017Hudz-Subaru
24Brandon DwightBoulder, CO1:07:18160Boulder Cycle Sport
25Tyler WrenSalt Lake City, UT1:07:2221Boo Bicycles
26Adam McGrath (2 – Cat2)Springfield, OR1:07:3915Feedback Sports/Van Dessel
27Aaron BradfordSanta Cruz, CA1:07:52154Family Cycling Center
28Tim AllenGolden, CO1:07:58171Niner
29Russell StevensonSeattle, WA1:08:10186Cycling Northwest
30Frank SpiteriSan Mateo, CA1:08:12111Peninsula Velo Cycling Club/Pen
31Troy WellsDurango, CO1:08:3413Team Clif Bar
32Ryan KnappColumbus, IN1:08:5714Panther Pb Competitive Cyclist
33Adam MyersonDorchester, MA1:09:026Cycle-Smart
34Ryan IddingsEnumclaw , WA1:09:2523Redline
35Stephen TilfordTopeka, KS@2Lap183Tradewind Energy/Trek
36Jared NietersHaymarket, VA@2Lap27Haymarket Bicycles
37Benjamin ThompsonBend, OR@2Lap195
38Scott ChapinSanta Cruz, CA@2Lap29Bay101/HRS/RockLobster
39Weston SchempfBethesda, MD@2Lap19Charm City Cycling Llc
40John CurryBozeman, MT@2Lap128Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrinsik Archite
41Josh SneadLarkspur, CA@2Lap35Bay101/HRS/RockLobster
42Brad Cole (4 – Cat2)Fort Collins, CO@2Lap50Kccx Verge Elite Cyclocross Tea
43Justin RobinsonBonny Doon, CA@2Lap115California Giant Berry Farms
44Molly CameronPortland, OR@2Lap118Portland Bicycle Studio
45Nathan Bannerman (1 – Cat3)Walla Walla, WA@2Lap175Wheatland Wheelers
46Scott FrederickRaleigh, NC@2Lap24Inland/Back To Dirt/Inland Cons
47Brue Syvertsen (6 – Cat2)San Francisco, CA@2Lap156Murder
48Troy HeitheckerFt Collins, CO@2Lap190Echelon Energy
49Ward BakerBoulder, CO@2Lap44Justin’S / Titus Mountain Bike
50Ian BrownPortland, OR@2Lap40River City Bicycles / Tonic Fab
51Eric RasmussenBountiful, UT@2Lap47Kuhl
52Michael GallagherPortland, OR@2Lap123Cyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue
53John BehrensSan Diego, CA@2Lap163Bailey Bikes
54Damian SchmittBend, OR@3Lap193
55Brett LuellingSalem, OR@3Lap56
56Daniel ChabanovBrooklyn, NY@3Lap31Century Road Club Association/J
57Kevin Smallman (8 – Cat2)San Leandro, CA@3Lap179Cannondale
58Krishna Dole (10 – Cat2)San Mateo, CA@3Lap49Sheila Moon
60Greg WittwerRichmond, VA@3Lap33Alan North America Cycling
61Logan WetzelRenton, WA@3Lap196Cbtinc/Cyclingnorthwest
62Lawrence LeonardVentura, CA@3Lap103Successful Living
63Chris Jackson (12 – Cat2)San Luis Obispo, CA@3Lap38
64Kevin MullervyLittleton, CO@3Lap116Escalera Racing Club/Team Exerg
65Jason SiegleCosta Mesa, CA@3Lap187Bike Religion
66Davy YeaterPortland, OR@3Lap59River City Bicycles / Cannondal
67Shawn Harshman (14 – Cat2)Boulder, CO@3Lap192Pm Racing Team
68Jesse RientsShakopee, MN@3Lap42
69Alex RyanLewisville, NC@3Lap109Champion System/ Cannondale
70Aaron BouplonBoulder, CO@3Lap132Rockymounts~Izze Racing
71Frederick BottgerSouth Pasadena, CA@3Lap166Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa)/P
72Brandon GrittersMission Viejo, CA@3Lap182Rock N Road
73Matthew FoxBend, OR@4Lap46
74Evan PlewsSalem, OR@4Lap125
75Patrick JacksonSalem, OR@4Lap174
76Conor MullervyBoise , ID@4Lap133Team Exergy
77Dave WeaverTowson, MD@4Lap142Alan N. America Cycling Team
78Kevin Bradford-ParishElk, WA@4Lap155Emde Sports/Emdesports.Com/Fitn
79David Wilcox (16 – Cat2)Jamaica Plain, MA@4Lap36Pedro’S Grassroots Cycling Club
80Kenny Wehn (17 – Cat2)Durango, CO@4Lap121Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita R
81Anastasio FloresLa Selva Beach, CA@4Lap106California Giant Berry Farms
82John Frey (18 – Cat2)Bend, OR@4Lap165Hutch’S Westside Bend Or
83Michael Kennedy (19 – Cat2)Louisville, KY@4Lap184Fetzer
84Joshua WhitmoreSylva, NC@4Lap191Globalbike Racing/Team Globalbi
85Benjamin Dodge (20 – Cat2)San Jose, CA@4Lap136Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club
86Eric Colton (21 – Cat2)Los Angeles, CA@4Lap57The Team
87Lucas LivermonWinterville, NC@4Lap137Inland Construction
88David Sheek (22 – Cat2)Huntington Beach, CA@4Lap159
89Derek Yarra (23 – Cat2)San Francisco, CA@4Lap138Murder
90Alan Adams (24 – Cat2)Seattle, WA@4Lap45Lake Washington Velo/Hagens Ber
91Chad Cheeney (25 – Cat2)Durango, CO@4Lap52Durango Devo
92Ben PopperChicago, IL@5Lap55
93Bobby Langin (26 – Cat2)Thousand Oaks, CA@5Lap170Platinum Performance Cycling Te
94Collin Samaan (3 – Cat3)Fair Oaks, CA@5Lap65Kingsnorth International Wheele
95Kip Spaude (27 – Cat2)Watertown, WI@5Lap213Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.
96Jim Gentes (28 – Cat2)Soquel, CA@5Lap60Team Rambuski Law
97Garrett McAllister (29 – Cat2)Bend, OR@5Lap113Team Wisconsin/Team Wisconsin /
98Michael Nixon (30 – Cat2)Fort Lauderdale, FL@5Lap63
99Kendal JohnsonBend, OR@5Lap153
100Dean PoshardSanta Cruz, CA@5Lap151
101Michael BirnerWoodbine, MD@5Lap41Ben’S Performance Bicycles Inc
102Gregg Shanefelt (31 – Cat2)Latrobe, PA@5Lap199Zephyr Wheel Sports
103Juozas Martynaitis (32 – Cat2)Reno, NV@5Lap177
104Scott McClave (33 – Cat2)Simi Valley, CA@3Lap126
105Lane Miller (34 – Cat2)Lafayette, CO@5Lap194
106Christopher Hamlin (35 – Cat2)Jonesville, VT@6Lap64
107John Flack (36 – Cat2)Olympia, WA@6Lap164Cbc Racing/Olympia Orthopaedic
DNSDylan McnicholasStratham, NHDNS12Ccb International
DNSGregory ThompsonBend, ORDNS430
DNSKyle PeppoNew York, NYDNS48Gs Mengoni U.S.A./G.S. Mengoni U.S.A.
DNSPhil GroveWhitefish, MTDNS51Sportsman & Ski Haus
DNSBrett NicholsGarden City, IDDNS53Trek Mountain Co-Op
DNSJonathan HansenBend, ORDNS58Gear Peddler
DNSEirik SchulzPortland, ORDNS1020
DNSRobert DownsMadison, WIDNS105Planet Bike
DNSSloane AndersonBend, ORDNS1070
DNSWiley MosleyAustin, TXDNS108North American Velo
DNSMatt ShriverDurango, CODNS1190
DNSShadd SmithOverland Park, KSDNS127Mercy Cycling Team/Mercy Cycling Team
DNSJeff WinklerBlue Springs, MODNS1350
DNSAaron OdellSan Jose, CADNS1410
DNSBenjamin KubasEugene, ORDNS145Tai Cycling/Gen8
DNSjeremy whitmanBoise, IDDNS147Broken Spoke Cycling
DNSGeorge BarthelSherman Oaks, CADNS162Helen’S
DNSAlex WorkSanta Cruz, CADNS1670
DNSGabriel KeckFairfax, CADNS169Summit Bicyles
DNSEdwin BullMendham, NJDNS173Van Dessel Factory Team
DNSDean DealyAptos, CADNS176Verge Sport/Test Pilot/Verge Sport / Test Pilot
DNSKristopher HoldenSpokane, WADNS188Vertical Earth Specialized
DNSEric SheagleyPortland, ORDNS197Essex County Velo
DQNicholas WeighallMill Creek, WADSQ16California Giant Cycling
DNFBrian MatterSheboygan, WIDNF8Team Geargrinder/Team Geargrinder
DNFTravis LivermonWinterville, NCDNF18Cannondale
DNFJonathan BakerBoulder, CODNF22Groove Subaru Cycling Team
DNFNathanael WyattSwannanoa, NCDNF34Carolina Fatz Pb Santa Cruz Bic
DNFAnton PetrovCosta Mesa, CADNF158Bike Religion
California Giant Berry Farms