Pro GRT: Kevin Aiello and Miranda Miller take the early leads in the Pro GRT

  
  


Miranda Miller atop the pro women's podium
Miranda Miller atop the pro women's podium. Photo by Greg Tubbs.
USA Cycling's Pro Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) kicked off over the weekend with the NW Cup #1 in Port Angeles, Wash. on April 20. Taking the top steps of the podium, as well as the early leads in the Pro GRT standings, were Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Factory Racing) and Miranda Miller (CAN/Specialized-SRAM MTB).
 
The race, which was also the first stop of the Northwest Cup, featured the typical weather of the Northwest with sun changing to rain in an instant. However, the weather didn't stop the nearly 120 pro riders from taking to the trails at Dry Hill.
 
PRO WOMEN
 
Miller took the win in the pro women's contest by nearly six seconds. Her time of 2:51.54 put her on the top step of the podium ahead of second- and third-place finishers Vaea Berbeeck (CAN/Intense-Go Pro-Troy Lee Design) and Danice Uyesugi (N. Vancouver, Wash./Intense National Team) who completed the course with times of 2:57.59 and 3:04.42 respectively. Rounding out the women's top five were Jaime Hill (CAN/JulianaBic-SantaCruz-Troy Lee Design) in fourth with a 3:07.34 and Jaime Rees (Spokane, Wash./Liv-Giant-The Bike Hub) in fifth with a 3:12.67.
 
PRO MEN
 
Kevin Aiello atop the pro men's podium
Kevin Aiello atop the pro men's podium. Photo by Greg Tubbs.
The pro men's competition was a closer contest with Aiello descending to victory by just tenths of a second. With a time of 2:29.09, he finished ahead of second- and third-place riders Remi Gauvin (CAN/PerformX Commencal) and Kyle Sangers (CAN/PerformX Commencal) who clocked times of 2:29.24 and 2:29.75. Luke Strobel (Issaquah, Wash./Evil Bikes) finished fourth with a time of 2:30.57 while Kirck McDowall (CAN/Transition-Dunbar) completed the podium in 2:30.84.
 
Full results from the NW Cup #1
 
USA Cycling Pro GRT Standings
 
Women
1. Miranda Miller (CAN/Specialized-SRAM MTB)
2. Vaea Berbeeck (CAN/Intense-Go Pro-Troy Lee Design)
3. Danice Uyesugi (N. Vancouver, Wash./Intense National Team)
4. Jaime Hill (CAN/JulianaBic-SantaCruz-Troy Lee Design)
5. Jaime Rees (Spokane, Wash./Liv-Giant-The Bike Hub)
 
Men
1. Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Factory Racing)
2. Remi Gauvin (CAN/PerformX Commencal)
3. Kyle Sangers (CAN/PerformX Commencal)
4. Luke Strobel (Issaquah, Wash./Evil Bikes)
5. Kirck McDowall (CAN/Transition-Dunbar)
 
For complete standings, visit the Pro GRT's official webpage at http://www.usacycling.org/progrt.
 
The USA Cycling Pro GRT continues with the Mountain Creek Spring Classic in Vernon, NJ, May 17-18.


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