The men on the flyover. © 2011 Rich Cruse/

The men on the flyover. © 2011 Rich Cruse/

by Dave Sheek

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA—Sunday morning might have been rough for some Cross After Dark revelers, but with over half-a-day of recovery between the night race and the 3 PM race, competitors were clearly rested enough to put on a great show for spectators.

The men’s race ended similarly to yesterday’s, with Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) taking top spot. Following 10 seconds back was Todd Wells (Cal Giant-Specialized), with Belgian Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper) in third.

Trebon led from the start of the race, with Wells hot on his heels. The two traded positions for the entirety of the race, but Trebon’s engine overpowered Wells on the last half-lap.

Day two of the California Gold Events presented by Shimano was a bit of déjà vu. The California sun and dry conditions made for a magnificent day of racing and the Southern California course almost a minute faster in all groups.

Race promoter Dorothy Wong wanted to make the Spooky Cross UCI weekend historic and put together the best racing this venue has seen, since the land will be developed this year. The fast course held a mixture of everything. A fast start into a hairpin barrier section, then back on the gas and out of the main infield to the back of the park for the long, deep sand pit. On the way back in, the course delivered a tricky off-camber right turn that threw riders off. Then it was onto the flyover and back into the main venue for a few more twisty turns, stairs and more. This was a course that suited Trebon and Mani’s power over the rest of the riders.

Elite Men:
Ryan Trebon (LTS-Felt) was able to lead out the race from the start, and the front group of four set a pace from the get go that was all business. While Brian Lopes (Oakley-Ibis) had to start third row again, he didn’t grab the hole shot on day two. Lopes did manage to make the lead group through the first lap along with Todd Wells (Cal Giant-Specialized) and Cody Kaiser (Cal Giant-Specialized).

Ben Berden (Ops Ale-Stoemper), who finished second on day one, was hard on the chase and eventually worked his way into the group after some early bike exchanges. But, midway through the race the heat and pace took its toll on riders, breaking groups apart all over the course. Trebon, who stayed up and front did a majority of the work all day, was looking the freshest of all riders.

With two laps to go it was Trebon and Wells battling up front, and just behind it was Berden chased by Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus). Kaiser was not far behind Jones and was putting in his best ride of the season as the top U23, eventually taking fifth overall in the Elite men. Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport) was the next through in sixth.

In the final lap, Jones continued his chase, but Berden held on for third with Jones fourth. It was another exciting final lap as the night before. This time it was Wells and Trebon together until the sky-over, where Trebon attacked. The obstacle led into the last bit of technical turns, but the long straights after were what Trebon needed to make his effort work. As Trebon looked over his shoulder coming through the first straight next to the pits he had at least 20 yards on Wells. Trebon again punched it through the final two straights just to make sure his effort would stick for his second win of the weekend.

It was an exciting weekend of California racing and there’s more to come. The California Gold Events presented by Shimano will host another UCI weekend this year, December 3rd-4th in Los Angeles. The race entertained people last year with some tight, challenging turns for racers, and this year’s event “Live at the Greek” will look to match the spectacular Spooky Cross weekend.

Read the Elite Women’s report here.

Results after the gallery.

Photo Gallery by Rich Cruse:

Elite Men’s Results:

2011 Spooky Cross Day 2 Elite Men

PlaceBibNameUCI CodeTeamCity, StateTime
11TREBON RyanUSA19810305LTS/FeltBend, Oregon1:01:35.619
22WELLS ToddUSA19751225SpecializedDurango, Colorado1:01:47.341
36BERDEN BenBEL19750929Ops Ale - StoemperRiemst, Belgium1:02:05.857
43JONES ChristopherUSA19790806Rapha FocusAuburn, California1:02:11.118
59KAISER CodyUSA19920527Cal Giant Cycling TeamCalifornia1:04:02.456
610KRUGHOFF AllenUSA19840219Boulder Cycle SportBoulder, Colorado1:04:25.745
78WELLS JakeUSA19780628Stan'sNoTubesAvon, Colorado1:04:54.561
812NOILES KevinCAN19800313SportiqueVancouver, BC, Canada1:05:17.094
94PARBO JoachimDEN19741118Challenge TiresDenmark1:05:33.000
1052GRITTERS BrandonUSA19790816Rock N' Road CycleryMission Viejo, California1:05:53.064
1111CHAPIN ScottUSA19830409Bay101/HRS/RocklobsterSanta Cruz, California1:06:05.187
127SCHOOLER AaronCAN19850620Team H&R Block - Sri ImportingEdmonton, Canada1:06:11.288
1334PRENZLOW BrentUSA19680901Celo Pacific / FocusCarlsbad, California1:06:16.269
1417BEHRENS JohnUSA19710723Bailey BikesSan Diego, California1:06:22.962
1524BAILEY JohnUSA19730526Bailey BikesSan Diego, California1:06:32.368
1639SIEGLE JasonUSA19790702SDG/Felt p.b. IRT WheelsSolvang, California1:06:47.472
1753BRADFORD AaronUSA19840909Bay101/HRS/RockLobsterSanta Cruz, California1:07:05.659
1858GRITTERS KyleUSA19830503Rock n Road CycleryCorona, California1:07:21.142
1947PETROV AntonUSA19850306SDG Felt p/b IRT WheelsCosta Mesa, California1:07:44.989
2035ORENBLAND TobinUSA19940929California Giant Cycling/ California GiantSanta Cruz, California1:08:17.072
2131DOUVILLLE GaryUSA19750625SDG/Felt p.b. IRT WheelsSanta Barbara, California1:08:34.771
2242FORKNER DavidUSA19850607SDG Felt p/b IRT WheelsSolvang, California-1 Laps
2348BOTTGER FrederickUSA19750512SDG/Felt pb IRTSouth Pasadena, California-1 Laps
2421WODTLI BrennanUSA19880113Hutch's Bicycles All Access PromotionsBend, Oregon-1 Laps
2543WILLARD TedUSA19810227SDG/Felt p.b. IRT WheelsCosta Mesa, California-1 Laps
2633TIETZEL ScottUSA19840328Peaks To Plains RacingBoulder, Colorado-1 Laps
2749WOODRUFF TravisUSA19830131Trek Store BoulderTuscon, Arizona-1 Laps
2815ROTSTEIN AbeUSA19880906Free Wheel HammerWatsonville, CA-2 Laps
2920YARRA DerekUSA19870603IBIS/Buy-CellSan Francisco, California-2 Laps
3025BERTIGER BenUSA19931130The TEAM SoCalCrossAltadena, California-3 Laps
3141JACKSON ChrisUSA19880814Team Rambuski LawBurbank, California-3 Laps
3237SHEEK DavidUSA19760520SDG Felt p/b IRT WheelsHuntington Beach, California-3 Laps
3332MCNEAL DavidUSA19740202Birmingham Bicycle CompanyNorth Hollywood, California-4 laps
3422PREBLE KolbyUSA19931108Clif Bar Development Cyclocross TeamForest Grove, Oregon-4 laps
3551ANTON BlakeUSA19880614Team Clif BarArroyo Grande, California-4 laps
3644VAUGH-RUIZ AlexanderUSA19920803The TEAM SoCalCrossLos Angeles, California-5 laps
3754KWAN JayUSA19800806The TEAM SoCalCrossCarlsbad, California-6 laps
3856VERTICAN GarnetUSA19711124GiantCrestline, California-6 laps
DNF57KNAPP RyanUSA19840513Bob's Red Mill CyclocrossBloomington, Indiana
DNF26LOPES BrianUSA19710906Oakley/ibisLaguna Beach, California
DNS18COLTON EricUSA19830609The TEAM SoCalCrossSanta Cruz, California
DNS38RYAN MorganUSA19910612VRC, NOW-MS SocietyVentura, California
DNS50WARREN BenUSA19881130Virginia Polytechnic UniversityLaguna Hills, California
DNS60CODY GerryUSA19780706Cynergy CyclesLos Angeles, California