April 12, 2011
Hart and Kintner take early leads in the Pro GRT
The 2011 USA Cycling Professional Gravity Mountain Bike Tour (Pro GRT) kicked off over the weekend with the NW Cup in Port Angeles, Wash.
The event, which took place at Dry Hill, was anything but dry as the skies opened up about an hour before the final runs got underway.
After grabbing the top spot in the seeding runs, Danny Hart (Newbury Park, Calif./Giant Factory Off Road Team) and Jill Kintner (Ferndale, Wash./Transition Racing) descended onto the podium's top steps to take the early leads in the Pro GRT men's standings and the Pro GRT women's standings.
It was a sweep of the men's podium for the Giant Factory Off Road Team as Hart descended with a time of 2:50.07 to best his teammates, second- and third-place finishers Andrew Neethling (Newbury Park, Calif.) and Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
On the women's side, Kintner opened up defense of her 2010 Pro GRT title in dominating fashion. With a 3:16.91 on the slick course, she bested Canadian Miranda Miller (Santa Cruz-SRAM-Pinkbike) by four seconds. Rounding out the top three was Katherine Short (CAN/Cove Bikes).
For complete results from the NW Cup, click here.
The next stop on the Pro GRT will be the Highland Bike Park event in Northfield, NH, May 14-15.
PRO GRT standings
1. Danny Hart (Newbury Park, Calif./Giant Factory Off Road Team) - 60
2. Andrew Neethling (Newbury Park, Calif./Giant Factory Off Road Team) - 40
3. Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, Calif./Giant Factory Off Road Team) - 30
4. Richard Rude (Golden, Colo./Yeti Fox National Team) - 25
5. Bryn Atkinson (Ferndale, Wash./Transition Racing) - 20
1. Jill Kintner (Ferndale, Wash./Transition Racing) - 60
2. Miranda Miller (CAN/Santa Cruz-SRAM-Pinkbike) - 40
3. Katherine Short (CAN/Cove Bikes) - 30
4. Darian Harvey (Durango, Colo./Vixen Racing) - 25
5. Jaime Rees (Spokane, Wash./Loeka-The Bike Hub) - 20
For complete standings, visit USA Cycling's Pro Mountain Bike Tours webpage.
Sea Otter Classic next up on the Pro XCT
Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Cannondale) and Max Plaxton (Specialized) currently lead the men while Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) leads the women in the USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) standings. The next event on the Pro XCT will be the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif., on April 16.
Pro UET on hiatus until Firecracker 50 on July 4
Manny Prado (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-Air) and Pua Mata (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-Air) lead the men's and women's standings in the USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET). The next event on the Pro UET will be the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colo. on July 4.
PHOTOS: Danny Hart descended to the men's win at the Pro GRT opener on Sunday and Jill Kintner picked up right where she left off last year with a win in the women's event.
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