First. On the Americas side…
It was once again a battle of KONA versus Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com as Trebon and teammate Barry Wicks took a first lap lead only to be chased down by the tenacious trio of New England racers Tim Johnson, Jamey Driscoll and Jeremy Powers. After a barrage of attacks, the lead group boiled down to Trebon, Johnson, Driscoll and Anthony.
For three laps the pace cooled off. The leaders rode just hard enough to preserve their lead. With two laps to go the artillery barrage started. A Trebon attack dropped Anthony. An attack by Driscoll required Trebon to chase. A second attack by Driscoll pinned Trebon down with Johnson waiting to counter his teammate.
Trebon chose to wait. Over barriers and berms, Trebon held his last card for the end. With 200 meters to go Driscoll charged into a muddy bog before the finish stretch. But Trebon charged away from Johnson and reached the wheels of Driscoll as both arrived on to the pavement of the finish stretch.
Trebon passed Driscoll, but the Vermont rider surged back even. And Trebon found the kick to win in a bike throw at the line with Barry finishing in ninth place.
Portlands hometown favorite, Erik Tonkin, took home the most aggressive rider award after starting in the back, rolling a tubular and finishing in 16th. What an animal.
Continuing her great early form, Helen Wyman finished the 2nd round of GVA trophy at the Koppenberg in 2nd place. It was the first time the women riders have had the privilege of competing up the cobbles of the Koppenberg (Rather than a shorter diversion) and it made for great race with many twists the potential outcome of the race.
It was the Belgian Champion that took the pace along on the long road start before the favourites hit the front. Kona/FSA Factory team rider Helen Wyman led the race onto the first grass section before the assent of the cobbles. Slotting into the lead group, Helen continued to keep pushing the limits of her orange machine on the steep ups, and technical downs.
The first major attack of the day saw World Champion Marianne Vos going clear of the competition, only to get a puncture and loose touch with the lead. Havlikova then took the lead and it was Wyman that chased relentlessly throughout the race to keep on her heels.
Despite not being able to finish on the top step of the podium, Helen was very thrilled with her 2nd place finish. ‘I’m really happy about that. It’s been a pretty exciting couple of weeks. Riding for Kona has given me a new lease of life. I’m loving every ride and the results are just getting better and better.’
‘I think the new focus of being individual for the cross season has helped so much, and the support I’ve also managed to get from people like For Goodness Shakes and Schlamm is also fantastic. It’s great fun doing what I do at the minute, so I just hope it can keep it going.’
Next up for Helen is the European Championships next weekend and then it’s the 2nd round of the World Cup in Nommay.
UK National Champion Helen, currently lies 6th in the UCI ranking and 2nd in the GVA Trophy Classification.
1 Pavla Havlikova (Cze) 43:52:00
2 Helen Wyman – Kona/FSA Factory Team (GBr) 0:00:37
3 Sophie de Boer (Ned) 0:00:58
4 Saskia Elemans (Ned) 0:01:12
5 Sanne Cant (Bel) 0:01:56