Pro GRT: Gwin takes over men's lead; Embrey atop women's standings

  
  


The Sea Otter Classic downhill course gives racers the chance to style their run in front of friends, family, sponsors, and the media (photo by Sean Cope/Sea Otter Classic)
The Sea Otter Classic downhill course gives racers the chance to style their run in front of friends, family, sponsors, and the media (photo by Sean Cope/Sea Otter Classic)
(April 22, 2013) -- The third stop on the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) took place on April 21 with the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic p/b SRAM in Monterey, Calif. The men's standings saw a change at the top as Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing) took over the top spot, while Robyn Embrey (Incline Village, Nev./Shine Riders Co.) maintained her lead in the women's standings.

Gwin's victory in Monterey on Sunday earned him 60 points allowing him to move past previous leader Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Factory Racing), who placed 11th in the race, but held on to second place in the Pro GRT men's standings. With 140 points, Gwin now enjoys a 42-point lead over Binggeli. The rest of the top five in the men's standings remain unchanged with Mitch Ropelato (Ogden, Utah/Factory Specialized) sitting in third place with 60 points, Michael Sylvestri (Truckee, Calif./Arma Evil) in fourth place with 48 points, and Kyle Sangers (CAN/PerformX DH Team) and Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Factory Racing) tied for fifth with 45 points apiece.

A 13th-place performance on Sunday was good enough for Robyn Embrey (Incline Village, Nev./Shine Riders Co.) to hold on to the lead of the Pro GRT women's standings, but Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz./Team Harmony Pivot) sits just eight points behind Embrey in second position. Harmony was ninth at the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic p/b SRAM. Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco International) took the gold medal on Sunday for her first Pro GRT points of the year and moved into a tie for third place in the standings with Jackie Swider (San Luis Obispo, Calif./Shredly-Team Bacon). Amber Price (Westminster, Colo./Bike Source Gravity) did not race in Monterey and has slipped into fifth place. With only 38 points separating the top five women in the Pro GRT standings, strong performances at each of the remaining seven races will prove to be crucial.

Full results from the Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic p/b SRAM
  USA Cycling Pro GRT Standings:

Men
1. Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing) — 140
2. Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Factory Racing) — 98
3. Mitch Ropelato (Ogden, Utah/Factory Specialized) — 60
4. Michael Sylvestri (Truckee, Calif./Arma Evil) — 48
5. Kyle Sangers (CAN/PerformX DH Team) — 45
5. Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Factory Racing) — 45

Women
1. Robyn Embrey (Incline Village, Nev./Shine Riders Co.) — 80
2. Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz./Team Harmony Pivot) — 72
3. Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco International) -- 60
3. Jackie Swider (San Luis Obispo, Calif./Shredly-Team Bacon) — 60
5. Amber Price (Westminster, Colo./Bike Source Gravity) — 42

 
  For complete standings, visit the Pro GRT's official webpage at usacycling.org/progrt.

The Pro GRT continues on May 19 with the Mountain Creek Spring Classic 2013 - POC Eastern States Cup in Vernon, N.J.

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