Ryan Trebon cruises to victory at the Mercer Cup USGP. © Tom Olesnevich

Ryan Trebon cruises to victory at the Mercer Cup USGP. © Tom Olesnevich

by Jason Elhardt

(West Windsor, NJ)- National Champion Ryan Trebon (Kona – FSA Factory Team) is back to his winning ways, taking an easy victory and regaining the overall series lead in the third stop of the USGP of Cyclocross in Mercer County, NJ.

Trebon is coming off a heavy crash which ended his race in the Derby City USGP two weeks ago in Louisville, Kentucky.  The forced rest may have made the difference on the slick and technical course.  On a day when mud and long running sections dominated pre-race conversations, Trebon dominated the competition, winning solo over early breakaway companion Tim Johnson (Cannondale/

In the beginning of the six-lap race, it was Davide Frattini (Team Fuji) who was fastest off the line though, as he and Canadian National Champion Geoff Kabush (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain) set the early pace.  Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles-Scott Newwork), Nick Weighall (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) and Chris Jones (Champion Systems) followed closely with Trebon in no-man’s land and Johnson chasing hard.  “The start really wasn’t that bad… if a dry, fast race is an hour, this was going to feel like two hours ’cause it was such a slog fest,”  Johnson said after the race.

After starting the day in the overall USGP series leader jersey, Jamey Driscoll found himself trying to make good out of a bad start as he spent the early laps chasing from mid-pack.

Trebon, too, was playing catch-up early. After the race he commented on the speed of Kabush, Jones and the other early leaders as his body was still trying to warm up on the muddy course. “I was having a heck of a time just riding the first lap; I fell on the stairs, I was tripping over my bike… I was too excited, maybe that was the problem,” said Trebon.

With the first lap in the books, Kabush continued to lead as Jones tried to grab his wheel. Weighall fell off the pace, with Trebon fourth and Johnson closing quickly.  A recent bout of the flu meant that Kabush was unable to hold his early pace and a bike change by Jones left the pre-race favorites, Trebon and Johson, to take their fight to the front.

Deep into the second lap, Trebon made his move and left Johnson struggling to answer, leaving him ten seconds down at the half-way point in the race.

The fight behind saw Jamey Driscoll closing in on the top five and the former Junior World silver medalist, Danny Summerhill, fighting hard for position.  An untimely mechanical would drop Chris Jones down a spot to fourth and make room for a hard-charging Driscoll on the podium, securing his spot as the SRAM Most Aggressive Rider.

At the bell lap, it looked to be Trebon’s race to lose.  Taking the careful lines throughout the last lap, Trebon cruised to a solo win over Johnson, followed by Driscoll and Jones.  Frattini put in a late move to gap Summerhill who held on for sixth.

Barry Wicks (Kona), Scherz, first-year U23 Zach McDonald (Stevens/Classic Cycle) and Todd Wells (Specialized) rounded out the top-ten.

Improving weather promises a faster course as racing continues tomorrow at Mercer County Park.  Look for Driscoll and Johnson to fight back and chip away at Trebon’s overall lead.  Johnson confirmed what everyone saw, “Ryan just had more power, he was just killing it.”

Photo Gallery:


1 Ryan Trebon KONA
2 Timothy Johnson Cannondale/
3 Jamey Driscoll Cannondale /
4 Christopher Jones Team Champion System
5 davide frattini Team Fuji
6 Daniel Summerhill U23 Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin
7 Barry Wicks Kona
9 Zach McDonald U23 Stevens/Classic Cycles
10 Todd Wells Specialized
11 Geoff Kabush Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain
12 Adam Craig Giant Mountain Bike Team
13 Troy Wells Team Clif Bar
14 Gavin Mannion Hot Tubes Junior Development Team
15 Adam Myerson Cycle-Smart
16 Derrick St John Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy
17 Carl Decker Giant
18 Brian Matter Team Geargrinder
19 Mark LaLonde Planet Bike
20 Nicholas Weighall California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
21 Adam McGrath U23 Thule/Van Dessel
22 Braden Kappius Clif Bar
23 Justin Lindine / Joe’s Garage / IF
24 Travis Livermon U23 Cannondale
25 Steve Fisher Rad Racing NW
26 Justin Robinson California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
27 Emmanuel Goguen U23 CL Noonan/Coast to Coast/KAM
29 Guillaume Nelessen Van Dessel Factory Team
30 Kirt Fitzpatrick S. Camel
31 Ryan Hopping United Cycle
32 Joshua Berry U23 Team BODE
33 Mark Batty Planet Energy
34 Nathan Bannerman U23 Hagens Berman Cycling
35 kevin Noiles La Bicicletta Pro Shop
36 Dave Hackworthy U23 Team Plan C
37 Joseph Schmalz U23 KCCX/Verge
38 Chance Noble California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
39 Jared Stafford Bikesports Racing
40 Andrew Wulfkuhle
41 Joseph Dombrowski U23 Haymarket Bicycles/Home Visit
42 Michael Garrigan JETPOWER/ Epic ride
43 Ethan Gilmour US National Development Team
44 Jesse Anthony Team Jamis Bikes
45 William Elliston Van Dessel Factory Team
46 Gavriel Epstein Champion System Racing
47 Lisban Quintero TEAM FOUNDATION
48 John Burns
49 Nathanael Wyatt Carolina Fatz/ Santa Cruz/Industry Nine
50 Peter Bradshaw Embrocation Cycling Journal
51 Michael Jenks Highland Park Hermes
52 Daniel Langlois
53 David Wilcox Geekhouse Bikes / Boston Rock Gym
54 Andrew Reardon Starbrite Carwash / MOAB
55 Logan VonBokel U23 Mesa Cycles Racing Team
56 J Partland Kissena Cycling Club
57 John Crow Inland Construction
58 Christopher Consorto Secret Henry’s Team
59 Carl Hesselein Whole Athlete
60 Pavel Gonda CRCA / Pacifico Team
61 Kat Statman Pioneer Racing
62 Macky Franklin Pioneer Racing