Cycle-Smart International, Cincy3 Cross Festival and Mud Fund Derby City Cup
on November 11, 2013
Cincinnati, OH and Louisville, KY
Spirits were high in the Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com team camp after two successful weekends of UCI racing. The team netted multiple wins and podium places over two weekends at three separate venues.
Curtis White was the sole representative at the Cycle-Smart International in Northampton, MA, and he was able to earn his first ever UCI Elite podium finish during Sunday’s event, fighting hard for a 3rd place finish.
Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson, and Kaitie Antonneau traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio for two UCI C2 events and a highly coveted C1 Saturday night race at the Cincy3 Cross Festival.
Antonneau led the charge by finishing in 3rd place in Friday’s C2 and Saturday’s C1 races and she capped off the weekend with a 5th place finish on Sunday.
“My equipment was great and my legs were great,” said Antonneau of the Cincinnati races. “I had a great race in the mud Saturday,” she continued, “I am very pleased with finishing 3rd to Katie Compton and Katerina Nash.”
In the men’s races, Johnson and Trebon traded victories throughout the weekend with Trebon winning the Friday C2 event ahead of Johnson while Johnson swept the Saturday and Sunday C1 and C2 events with his teammate finishing in 2nd place Saturday and 3rd place Sunday.
“My bike setup was perfect for Saturday night’s race,” said Johnson. “I chose Dugast Rhinos at very low pressure and it was worth risking getting a flat for the grip I had in the mud,” he continued, adding, “I was on the limit all night, trying to go as fast as possible while keeping it upright and it worked out in the end. It was fun.”
The whole team gathered in Louisville, Kentucky for the Mud Fund Derby City Cup C1 and C2 events the following weekend, looking to carry the momentum they built the previous weekend.
Antonneau was just off the pace both days, finishing just off the lead group, but still managing to earn respectable 7th and 8th place finishes.
“I don’t know what, exactly, went wrong,” said Antonneau after the weekend. “My legs were fine but I just didn’t have great races.”
Trebon continued to carry the speed he displayed in Cincinnati to Louisville where he won Saturday’s C1 event in a close sprint against Jeremy Powers. Teammates Johnson and White finished 4th and 12th respectively, with White benefitting from an improved start position from past weeks due to some recently acquired UCI points and Johnson paying the price for a mid-race tangle with Daniel Summerhill.
“Three weeks at home after a hard block of racing and training early this season have really benefitted me,” said Trebon after his win. “It’s easy to get over-worked early in the season, but this is really the hard part of the season,” he continued, adding, “I’m getting more comfortable and more confident every week and momentum is your friend in this sport.”
In the final race of the weekend, Sunday’s C2 event, Trebon looked to have the race won, when a late race bobble by Trebon in the last corner relegated him to a fourth place finish. Johnson finished just behind Trebon in 6th place and White, who had worked his way up to 10th place, suffered a race-ending mechanical with 1.5 laps remaining.
“Starting in the third row instead of the last row made a huge difference for me out here,” said White, adding, “It gave me the opportunity to be part of the front group. After some tire pressure adjustments on Sunday, I was in the group for 10th before I broke my derailleur. If I race well, I should be in the top ten at these events.”
When asked about the successful campaign of racing, Trebon said, “Tim and I fed off each other for the last two weekends.” “It didn’t matter who won,” he added, “as long as it was one of us on the top step of the podium.”