Cyclocross: Oakley’s Todd Wells Tallies Third National Championship in Oregon
What better way to end the season than with a hat trick?
Oakley Mountain Biker Todd Wells did just that in racking up his third Cyclocross National Championship with a victory in Oregon this past weekend, topping Bend hometown favorite Ryan Trebon and Jeremy Powers for the triumph.
A large and raucous crowd flooded in to catch the action in the Elite Men’s Race, where the opening gun saw Trebon charge – only to see Powers push through to the lead in the second lap.
A crash toward the end of the first lap dropped Trebon back to fifth – and the fourth time around the course spelled trouble for Powers, who had to stop to adjust his bike. Wells capitalized and pounced for the lead.
“He (Powers) crashed a few laps later and I was by myself for the last four or five laps, able to hold off Trebon,” Powers said. “One lap he took like five seconds out of me, but luckily I was able to get it together and just hold the gap.”
He never looked back, cruising to victory.
“I hit the finish straight with a good gap and was able to really enjoy my ride to the line.”
The win was one to savor for Wells, who hadn’t bagged a Cyclocross title since 2005.
“Now I’m really going to enjoy my vacation.”
Elite Men (Sunday) Results
1 Todd Wells Durango, Colo. Specialized Factory Racing 1:00:49
2 Ryan Trebon Bend, Ore. Kona 1:01:14
3 Jeremy Powers East Hampton, Mass. Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 1:02:16
4 Jamey Driscoll Winooski, Vt. Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 1:02:52
5 Tim Johnson Beverly, Mass. Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 1:02:52