Gwendalyn Gibson top result for USA on day 2 of MTB Worlds


Gwendalyn Gibson was the top rider for the USA on Friday
Gwendalyn Gibson was the top rider for the USA on Friday. Photo y Rob Jones
Cairns, Australia (September 6, 2017) -- The 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships continued on Thursday in Cairns with Gwendalyn Gibson (Ramona, Calif./NORCO) achieving the top result of the day for Team USA.
The 18-year-old Gibson was 17th in the junior women’s cross country contest after completing the 18.8 kilometers in a time of 1:09:30. Her finish was 6:03 off the winning pace set up Australian Laura Stigger who took the rainbow jersey ahead of silver and bronze medalists Loana Lecomte (FRA) and Nadia Grod (SWI).
Completing the four lap race just behind Gibson was fellow American Savilia Blunk (Inverness, Calif./ Bear Development Team) who placed 18th while Katja Freeburn (Durango, Colo./ Bear Development Team) was 27th and Ezra Smith (Breckenridge, Colo./ Competitive Cyclist MTB Team) was 35th for the USA.
The junior men also competed in their cross country race on Thursday. After a start loop and five laps of the technical course, it was Kevin Vermaerke (Rancho Santo Margarita, Calif./Whole Athlete p/b DNA) to cross the finish line first for the red, white, and blue.
Savilia Blunk was 18th in her XC race
Savilia Blunk was 18th in her XC race

Vermaerke placed 30th by finishing in a time of 1:13:01, just 5:05 behind winner Cameron Wright (AUS). Joel Roth (SWI) and Holden Jones (CAN) were the silver and bronze medalists.  Also representing the USA on course were Caleb Swartz (Madison, WI/Linear Sport-Trek) in 44th and Calder Wood (Anacortes, Wash./Rad Racing NW) in 54th.
Action will continue in Cairns on Friday with the Men’s U23 Cross Country contest, as well as downhill seeding runs.
You can view the schedule here, or see up-to-date results here. Remember, Cairns is 14-17 hours ahead of us here in the United States (depending on which time zone you’re in). If you want to follow along, here’s how!
  • Get updates by following @UCI_MTB  and @UCIMTBAustralia on Twitter, and stay connected to the larger conversation by following #MTBWorlds on both Twitter and Instagram. We’ll also post to the USA Cycling Facebook and Instagram feeds from time to time as well.  
  • Tissot Timing will provide live timing for the event and this will likely be the fastest way to get results. Bookmark this live timing page to make sure it’s just a click away. 
  • NBC Sports plans to live stream the event on their digital platforms and then feature highlights on the Olympic Channel. Click here for an NBC Sports coverage schedule.

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