Pro GRT: Gwinn, Daney grow Pro GRT lead after Plattekill victories

  
  


Aaron Gwin descended to yet another victory at Plattekill Pro GRT Fox Racing Shox Gravity Open on Sunday. Photo: Matt Delorme
Aaron Gwin descended to yet another victory at Plattekill Pro GRT Fox Racing Shox Gravity Open on Sunday. Photo: Matt Delorme
The USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) continued with its third race over the weekend at the Eastern States Cup-Plattekill Pro GRT Fox Racing Shox Gravity Open. Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) and Lauren Daney (Stafford, Va./DRD Intense) descended to victory in Roxbury, N.Y. on Sunday to grow their leads in the Pro GRT overall.

Gwin edged teammate Justin Leov (NZL/Trek World Racing) for the win; racing down the steep northface trail at Plattekill's bike park less than one second faster than Leov. Just five seconds off Gwin's winning pace, Phillip Kmetz (Keen, N.H./Voncooper) earned the bronze-medal to move him in to third place in the overall standings, behind Gwin and Leov. With his fourth-place finish at Plattekill Gavin Vaughn (Sharon, Vt./Von Cooper) moved into the Pro GRT's top five just behind Steve Smith (Nanimo, CAN/Devinci Global Racing) who currently holds a tie with Kmetz for third.

In the women's race at Plattekill, it was a battle between the Pro GRT's number one and number two, Lauren Daney (Stafford, Va./DRD Intense) and Joanna Petterson (Jericho, Vt./Nema Maxxis). Daney descended the women's course in 2:49.53, nearly three seconds faster then Petterson's 2:51.52, for the victory. With the win, Daney exteneded her Pro GRT lead to 63 points, while Petterson holds a slight lead for second over former 4X world champ Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco International) who was racing abroad.

The Pro GRT races were a part of the long-standing Eastern States Cup series.

Full results from the Eastern States Cup-Plattekill Pro GRT Fox Racing Shox Gravity Open.

 

USA Cycling Pro GRT Standings:

Daney, Petterson, Rae Gandolf, Stephanie Sowles and Amber Price stand atop the pro women's podium at Plattekill. Photo: Matt Delorme
Daney, Petterson, Rae Gandolf, Stephanie Sowles and Amber Price stand atop the pro women's podium at Plattekill. Photo: Matt Delorme

Men
1. Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) - 160
2. Justin Leov (NZL/Trek World Racing) - 82
3. Phil Kmetz (Keene, N.H./Von Cooper) - 60
3. Steve Smith (Nanimo, CAN/Devinci Global Racing) - 60
5. Gavin Vaughn (Sharon, Vt./Von Cooper) - 45

Women
1. Lauren Daney (Stafford, Va./DRD Intense) - 128
2. Joanna Petterson (Jericho, Vt./Nema Maxxis) - 65
3. Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco International) - 60
4. Kate Parhiala (Arlington, Mass./Wachusett Brew-One Industries) - 48
5. Miranda Miller (CAN/SantaCruz-SRAM) - 40
5. Elinor Wesner (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) - 40

 

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

The Pro GRT will move west for its fourth stop, the Mountain States Cup - Chile Challenge, set for Angel Fire, N.M. on June 9-10.

 



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