Wilcoxson 7th in her first USGP

Oct 13, 2012 by

Jade Wilcoxson followed up her wins at Barlow and Alpenrose with a top-10 finish Saturday at the USGP Smartwool Cup in Colorado. FILE PHOTO / Pat malach

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Ryan Trebon fell less than a lap short of holding off Jeremy Powers for the win Saturday at the Smartwool Cup In Fort Collins, Colorado, the third race of the 2012 Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross. But Powers kept his win streak of UCI C1 races alive by pouncing on Trebon as the pair neared the finish after nine laps around the fast, bumpy course outside of Fort Collins.

Trebon, Oregon’s top finisher, had a gap on Powers and the rest of the Elite men’s field but Powers closed it down and caught the bend rider with two laps remaining before slipping his away for the win and the series lead. Recent Bend transplant Alex Candelario (Optum Pro Cycling), who finished fourth last week at the Cross Crusade opener, was the next Oregonian to cross the line, finishing 12th. Fellow bend resident Barry Wicks (Kona), runner-up at last week’s Cross Crusade, was right behind Candelario for 13th. Mountain bike pro Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) finished 19th.

Wilcoxson Scores USGP Top 10 On First Try

Jade Wilcosxon (Optum Pro Cycling), last week’s Elite women’s Cross Crusade winner, proved herself against a national field Saturday with a seventh place finish behind fellow roadie teammate Carmen Small, who was racing her first-ever ‘cross event. Eight-time national champion Katie Compton stormed to another impressive win at the very tip of the race, with Luna’s Georgia Gould and Teal Steson-Lee rounding out the prodium.

Wilcoxson’s and Small’s performance certainly turned some heads in the cyclocross circles. Small, who was on the long team for the Olympics and was also a member of the US worlds team for the road race, and Wilcoxson, a neo-pro from Talent who made an impressive debut in her first season on the women’s national circuit this year, finished ahead of Kaitlin Antonneau (Exergy-Twenty12) and Nicole Duke (Raleigh-Clement), who were second and third at last January’s national championships. The pair also claimed strong French rider Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) as a victim of their off-season adventure.

While Wilcoxosn made a strong debut as a newcomer on the national scene, the rest of the top four at last weekend’s Cross crusade opener also fared well in Fort Collins. Alice Pennington (Kona) finished inside the top 20 in 16th place, while Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M Les Femmes) and Cross crusade runner-up Serena Bishop Gordon (Silverado Gallery-Sunnyside Sports) were 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

Cameron Beard, who won last week's Junior race at Alpenrose, finished third Saturday in Colorado. FILE PHOTO / Pat Malach

Oregon also had a strong performance in the Junior ranks with Cameron Beard (Bend Endurance Academy) finishing third in the men’s 15-16 race.

Smartwool Cup
USGP #3, Fort Collins
October 14, 2012

Elite Men/U23
1. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus0
2. Ryah Trebon (Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale)
3. Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement)

Oregon Riders…
12. Alex Candelario (Optum Pro Cycling)
13. Barry Wicks (Kona)
19. Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank)
77. Kolben Preble (Bob’s Red Mill)

Elite Women
1. Katie compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
2. Georgia Gould (Luna)
3. Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna)

Oregon Riders …
7. Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling)
16. Alice Pennington (Kona)
22. Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M Les Femmes)
23. Serena Bishop Gordon (Silverado Gallery-Sunnyside Sports)

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