by Joe Bellante

Trebon takes the first Elite Men’s win of the weekend. © Kent Baumgardt

Trebon takes the first Elite Men’s win of the weekend. © Kent Baumgardt

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY— Despite a half inch of rainfall Halloween night to make the course’s steep hill and twisting off-camber sections slick, Katerina Nash and Ryan Trebon had the skills to conquer day one of the Toyota Cincy3 CX Festival (C2) just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati presented by Cincinnati Cyclocross, United Dairy Farmers, Zipp and Reece-Campbell, Inc.

Racing continues with the C1 Cross After Dark Saturday in Mason and the final C2 event Sunday at Harbin Park in Fairfield, and will be covered live here on

Elite Women

The fall colors were in peak form in Cincinnati and so were the pros.  As the elite women took to staging, the wind upped a notch dropping the temperature a few degrees.  Most wore long sleeves.  Despite overnight rain, the course proved to be fairly dry, a bit mushy but not slippery.

At the gun, Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) got off quick, but it was Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) with the holeshot. Surprisingly absent from the driving end was Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective).

Early on the first lap, over the first hill, Miller strung out a first selection including Katerina Nash (Luna) and Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy). Nash was the first to turn the screws. The move put the hurt on Mani and Duke. Both would DNF on the day.

Compton was quick to respond to Nash at the front and quickly slotted in behind with Miller, Duke and Antonneau (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld) in tow. Showing her young ferocity, 16-year-old Chloe Dygert (Midwest DEVO) sat in the top 10 early.

Nash heading toward the win. © Kent Baumgardt

Nash heading toward the win. © Kent Baumgardt

Midway through the first lap, Compton attacked and only Nash could follow. Duke lead the chase only three seconds back with Miller and Antonneau. With Nash and Compton driving the front, that three seconds became 30 quick and Duke was soon out of the picture.

With three to go, to the surprise of the crowd, Nash began to pull away from Compton. Nash looked back, saw the damage and set to driving it out of every corner and up every hill to extend her gap. Then, a reverberating gasp could be heard around the venue. Compton pulled off the course.  According to husband Mark Legg after the race, she suffered an asthma attack. Compton would DNF.

Nash was now gone solo with well over a minute to Miller and Antonneau. It would stay that way till the bell lap until Antonneau began to fall off the pace. The seven second gap became insurmountable for Antonneau and she would settle for third. Nash took the win, followed by Miller, Antonneau and Mo Bruno Roy.

Post race, Compton could be seen riding around seemingly recovered from a scary few moments. She confirmed to Cincinnati Cyclocross that she will ride Saturday at Kings CX After Dark.

Elite Men

In the men’s race, Ryan Trebon (Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld) took the hole shot followed by teammate Tim Johnson and Andrew Dillman (Sophisticated Living p/b Bob’s Red Mill).

The first selection of the day was made as Trebon attacked going into the second lap on the pavement bringing along Johnson and Yannick Eckmann (Raleigh Clement).  Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) was surprisingly absent.

Sensing the urgency, Trebon began flicking his elbow trying to get Eckmann to pull through. Tim Johnson took note and went to the front.

Johnson seemed notably quicker than Trebon and began to put in a gap to him and Eckmann. Soon, Johnson pulled away solo with a comfortable 15 second gap. As Trebon tried to minimize the damage, Eckmann was dropped.

With four to go and Johnson attacking all the lines trying to maintain his lead, Trebon proved smooth behind taking back second by second. Trebon would seal the deal and finally make contact with Johnson with two to go.

Johnson looked like he left it all out on the course and Trebon took full advantage, putting in a huge effort with the bell.  Johnson couldn’t respond. Johnson took second behind Trebon, and behind them was Jamey Driscoll, Ben Berden, Yannick Eckmann and Justin Lindine.

Men Elite Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede (USA_C2) 2013

1Ryan TREBONUSA321:06:404040
2Timothy JOHNSONUSA361:07:133030
3James DRISCOLLUSA271:07:522020
4Ben BERDENBEL381:07:541515
5Yannick ECKMANNUSA201:08:361010
6Justin LINDINEUSA291:08:5988
7Allen KRUGHOFFUSA291:09:2366
8Kerry WERNERUSA221:09:2444
9Andrew DILLMANUSA191:10:2522
10Robert MARIONUSA311:10:4411
11Rotem ISHAYISR271:10:54
12Tristan COWIEUSA241:11:59
13Lewis GAFFNEYUSA211:12:05
14Tristan SCHOUTENUSA311:12:30
15Travis LIVERMONUSA251:12:49
16Joseph MALONEYUSA231:13:07
17Tom BURKEUSA341:13:22
18Joachim PARBODEN391:13:44
19Stephen BASSETTUSA181:13:44
20Joshua JOHNSONUSA211:14:04
21Cody KAISERUSA211:14:28
22Matthew WEEKSUSA331:14:38
24Adam YORKUSA29
26Andrew MESSERUSA39
27Douglas ANSELUSA26
29Ryan GAMMUSA32
30Tanner HURSTUSA20
31Anthony DUSTUSA32
32Zachary CARLSONUSA18
34Raymond SMITHUSA28
36Jason MOTTUSA31

Women Elite Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede (USA_2) 2013

1Katerina NASHCZE3641:37:004040
2Meredith MILLERUSA4043:24:003030
3Kaitlin ANTONNEAUUSA2143:28:002020
4Maureen BRUNO ROYUSA3844:24:001515
5Emily KACHOREKUSA3344:38:001010
6Beth Ann ORTONUSA3245:07:0088
7Erica ZAVETAUSA2445:26:0066
8Sunny GILBERTUSA3445:40:0044
9Carolina GîMEZARG2145:58:0022
10Rebecca GROSSUSA3346:18:0011
11Rebecca BLATTUSA3346:44:00
12Corey COOGAN CISEKUSA3647:03:00
13Emma SWARTZUSA1647:10:00
14Laurel RATHBUNUSA1747:41:00
15Allison ARENSMANUSA1947:51:00
16Julie HUNTERUSA2648:07:00
17Meghan KOROLUSA2948:21:00
18Jennifer NOWLINUSA3849:01:00
19Katherine SHIELDSUSA2049:58:00
20Emily SHIELDSUSA2050:00:00
21Chloe DYGERTUSA1650:10:00
22Elizabeth SOUSA2550:31:00
24Geraldine SCHULZEUSA49
25Victoria STEENUSA32