It’s been a while since we saw the two powerhouses of Kona and Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld together, but the two teams converged on the USGP Derby City Cup in Louisville to tackle the muddy, power rider’s course and stake their claim on the USGP leader’s jersey.
Ryan Trebon (Kona) and teammate Barry Wicks started fast, despite just last week saying holeshots were overrated, and hit the barriers at the front. With the muddy conditions and fewer good lines and more competition than Wissahickon, the twin towers didn’t want to let the team of Johnson, Driscoll and Powers time trial off the front.
At first, it seemed to work, as Trebon escaped with only Tim Johnson and Jesse Anthony (Jamis) in tow. But one by one, the Cannondale- CyclocrossWorld teammates would join the front. First it was Jamey Driscoll, then Powers. But Powers never quite looked comfortable, and with each attack, would be gapped and then eventually dropped.
Trebon and Driscoll appeared to have the most reserves of the leading four, and the two put in some major attacks in attempt to solo to the win. It worked – partially. Anthony was the first to drop off after a huge Trebon attack, and then, after Driscoll’s late race surges, Johnson fell back. Driscoll continued to surge, but each time, Trebon clawed back.
Entering the final half lap, the two remained together, and eyes remained on Driscoll, with his road racing background, to take the win. But Trebon was not to be denied, and would outsprint the former Rock Racing rider to take his third win in a row.
Behind, Johnson rolled in for third, Anthony fourth, with Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain – Maxxis) finishing fifth and Chris Jones (Champion Systems) crossing in sixth.
Eric Tonkin added to Kona’s success, taking the most aggressive rider’s prize.
Check back soon for full results.
1. Ryan Trebon (Kona)
2. Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld)
3. Tim Johnson (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld)
4. Jesse Anthony (Jamis)
5. Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain – Maxxis)