Injured Trebon Holds 2nd Overall at USGP
Monday, November 14, 2011
-- Felt cyclocross rider Ryan Trebon
made the best of a tough situation at the November 12-13 Derby City Cup
event, which made up rounds 5 and 6 of the USGP series. Trebon came into the two-race weekend leading the series—but an untimely crash during his warm-up on Sunday put his standing in jeopardy.
The crash left Trebon with a badly bruised knee, and he wasn't sure if he would be able to race at all. He took the start, however, and gutted it out to finish 10th on his Felt F1X
, which put him second overall, within 6 points of the series lead.
The weekend started out fine for Trebon. Racing at Eva Bandman Park, the venue for the upcoming 2013 Cyclocross World Championships,
he put in a typically strong performance on Saturday. Leading for much of the race, and launching a series of attacks as he battled with rival Jeremy Powers, Trebon put himself in good position to win the final dash to the line. But rounding a turn in the final 500 meters, a dropped chain took him out of contention for the win. He still managed to take second place
, preserving his overall series lead.
“I was following [Powers] and coming around that last little 180. Jeremy was out front by about five feet and I thought, this is the perfect position,” Trebon told Cyclingnews.com. “I was going for it, trying to go through the gears too fast and I lost my chain. It happens and it’s my fault trying to shift down to the 11 from the 23.”
In elite women’s racing in Louisville, Felt rider Caroline Mani faced similar highs and lows over the weekend. The French National Champion put in a strong performance on Saturday, battling for second place most of the day. On the last lap, however, she crashed and injured her wrist. She held on to finish fourth, but the injury affected her the following day. Racing in pain, Mani crashed on the second lap of Sunday's race and had to abandon.