May 16, 2011
Highland Bike Park scrambles Pro GRT standings
The USA Cycling Pro Gravity Mountain Bike Tour (Pro GRT) resumed with the Highland Bike Park race in Northfield, N.H., on May 14-15.
Neko Mulally won the Highland Bike Park race by 2.5 seconds. Photo by Matthew DeLorme.
The men's race was dominated by Trek World Racing as Neko Mulally (Reading, Pa.), Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif.) and Justin Leov represented it in the first three positions. Curtis Keene (Fremont, Calif./Specialized-SRAM) placed fourth, ahead of Cody Warren (Alpine, Calif./DRD X-Fusion Intense Factory Team).
After qualifying in dry, sunny conditions, rain on Sunday changed the course to slick and muddy terrain. Mulally bolted down the hill 2.5 seconds faster than Gwin. Leov finished just over one second behind Gwin and 2.3 seconds ahead of Keene, who narrowly edged Warren at the finish line.
After his win at Highland Bike Park, Mulally has tied Danny Hart (Giant Factory Off Road Team) for the top spot in the 2011 Men's Individual Pro GRT standings. Richie Rude, Jr. (Golden, Colo./Yeti Cycles) is in third place ahead of Gwin and Andrew Neethling (Giant Factory Off Road Team), who are tied for fourth.
Jill Kintner was the lone female to complete the Highland Bike Park race in under three minutes. Photo by Matthew DeLorme.
On the women's side, Jill Kintner (Ferndale, Wash./Transition Racing), who has won both Pro GRT races so far, was the only woman to finish in less than three minutes. Kintner completed the course 10 seconds ahead of Joanna Petterson (Specialized). Petterson, herself, had a 10-second cushion on third-place finisher Lauren Daney (Stafford, Va./Specialized Grom). Vaea Verbeek (Intense Cycles) crossed the finish line six seconds behind Daney and 13 seconds in front of Cierra Smith (Reno, Nev./Specialized AllRide Academy).
After her win at Highland Park, Kintner has an 80-point lead over Petterson and Miller in the 2011 Women's Individual Pro GRT standings. Mary Moncorge (Santa Cruz Alliance) is in fourth place, two points ahead of Daney.
Full results of the Highland Bike Park race can be found here.
PRO GRT standings
1. Neko Mulally (Reading, Pa./Trek World Racing) — 60
1. Danny Hart (Giant Factory Off Road Team) — 60
3. Richie Rude (Golden, Colo./Yeti Cycles) — 43
4. Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) — 40
4. Andrew Neethling (Giant Factory Off Road Team) — 40
1. Jill Kintner (Ferndale, Wash./Transition Racing) — 120
2. Joanna Peterson (Specialized) — 40
2. Miranda Miller (Santa Cruz-SRAM-Pinkbike) — 40
4. Mary Moncorge (Santa Cruz Alliance) — 32
5. Lauren Daney (Stafford, Va.) — 30
For complete standings, visit the Pro GRT webpage.
The next event on USA Cycling's Pro GRT calendar is Plattekill (UCI C3) in Roxbury, N.Y., on May 21-22.
Please note, the Northstar (UCI 2), previously scheduled for June 18-19, has been rescheduled for August 27-28, in Truckee, Calif.
PRO XCT resumes on June 25 with Subaru Cup
After Mellow Johnny's Classic on April 30, USA Cycling's Pro Mountain Bike Cross-country calendar (Pro XCT) is off until June 25 with the Subaru Cup in Mt. Morris, Wisc.
Max Plaxton (Specialized Racing USA) has a 40-point margin over Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized) in the USA Cycling 2011 Pro MTB Cross-Country Tour Standings. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek), Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Cannondale Factory and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) round out the top five.
Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) has narrowed Lea Davison's (Specialized) lead in the women's USA Cycling 2011 Pro MTB Cross-Country Tour Standings to 10 points. Chloe Forsman (Tucson, Ariz./BMC Mountainbike Development) is 170 points behind Davison in third. Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) and Krista Park (Madison, S.D./Cannondale-No Tubes) round out the top five.
Check out complete Pro XCT standings.
Manny Prado, Pua Mata lead Pro UET after race 1
The USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET) will resume on July 4 with the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colo.
After one event, Pua Mata (Huntington Beach, Calif./OkoleStuff.com) leads the pro women's field ahead of Andrea Wilson (Cordova, Tenn./Mid South Velo). Manny Prado (Huntington Beach, Calif) paces the men ahead of Lee Unwin (Verona, Wis.) and Nathan Rice (Jonesboro, Ark./Gearhead Outfitters).
Check out complete Pro UET standings.
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