USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike TOURS

July 7, 2011

Pua Mata expands Pro UET lead as men's standings tighten up

The USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Ultra-Endurance Tour (Pro UET) returned to action with the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colo., on July 4.

MEN

Colin Cares stood atop the men's podium after winning the Firecracker 50. (Photo by Courtney Kenady)
Colin Cares stood atop the men's podium after winning the Firecracker 50. (Photo by Courtney Kenady)

After winning the Firecracker 50, Colin Cares (Boulder, Colo./Kenda-Felt) joined Manny Prado (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-air) atop the Pro UET men's standings. Jonathan Schottler (Columbia, Mo./Michelob Ultra-Big Shark) and Jay Henry (Avon, Colo.) are in a dead heat for third while Lee Unwin (Verona, Wisc.) and Kelly Magelky (Golden, Colo./Honey Stinger-Trek) are knotted for fifth.

The 23-year-old Cares was one of only two riders to complete the highly-technical, 54-mile course in less than four hours. Henry, who placed second in the final results was one minute behind Cares for second place. The course, which was modified to account for large amounts of snow and wet conditions, was contested on two laps of a 27-mile singletrack loop.

WOMEN

Pua Mata expanded her lead in the women's Pro UET standings after winning the Firecracker 50. (Photo by Courtney Kenady)
Pua Mata expanded her lead in the women's Pro UET standings after winning the Firecracker 50. (Photo by Courtney Kenady)

Pua Mata (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-air) bolstered her lead in the women's Pro UET standings with a win at the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colo. She leads the Pro UET women's standings by 80 points over Andrea Wilson (Cordova, Tenn./Mid South Velo) and Jennifer Smith (Gunnsion, Colo./Alpine Orthopaedics), who are tied for second place.

Mata rode away with the win in the women's race, completing the 54-mile course nearly 20 minutes faster than Smith.

Mata recently placed eighth in the 2011 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Montebelluna, Italy, before competing in Breckenridge.

PRO UET standings

 

Men
1. Manny Prado (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-air) — 60
1. Colin Cares (Boulder, Colo./Kenda-Felt) — 60
3. Jonathan Schottler (Columbia, Mo./Michelob Ultra-Big Shark) — 40
3. Jay Henry (Avon, Colo.) — 40
5. Lee Unwin (Verona, Wisc.) — 30
5. Kelly Magelky (Golden, Colo./Honey Stinger-Trek) — 30

Women
1. Pua Mata (Huntington Beach, Calif./Team Sho-air) — 120
2. Andrea Wilson (Cordova, Tenn./Mid South Velo) — 40
2. Jennifer Smith (Gunnison, Colo./Alpine Orthopaedics) — 40
4. Kelly Boniface (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) — 30
5. Jennifer Gersbach (Durango, Colo./Honey Stinger-Trek) — 25

 

For complete standings, visit the Pro UET web site.

COMING UP

The Pro UET continues with the Galenda Grinder in Ketchum, Idaho, on July 23.

Plaxton & Gould solidify Pro XCT leads

With only the Missoula XC in Missoula, Mont., remaining on USA Cycling's Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country calendar (Pro XCT) on July 23, Max Plaxton (CAN/Specialized Racing USA) and Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) lead the men's and women's standings.

Plaxton holds a 60-point cushion on Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized) while Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized) is only 10 points behind Gould.

PRO XCT standings

 

Men
1. Max Plaxton (CAN/Specialized USA Factory Racing) — 970
2. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) — 910
3. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek) — 700
4. Stephen Ettinger (Cashmere, Wash./BMC Mountainbike Development Team) — 630
5. Sid Taberlay (AUS/Sho-Air-Specialized Factory Domestic Pro Team) — 590

Women
1. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) — 910
2. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized) — 900
3. Emily Batty (CAN/Subaru-Trek) — 720
4. Chloe Forsman (Tucson, Ariz./BMC Mountain Development Team) — 670
5. Krista Park (Madison, S.D./Cannondale-No Tubes) — 608

Team
1. Specialized USA Factory Racing — 239
2. Subaru-Trek — 197
3. BMC MTB Development Team — 174
4. Luna Pro Team — 171
5. Specialized Factory Racing — 121

 

For complete standings, visit the Pro XCT web site.

COMING UP:

The Pro XCT finale will take place Saturday, July 23 in Missoula, Mont., as the calendar's newest addition, the Missoula XC, caps off the nation's premiere mountain bike cross country calendar.

After Wildflower Rush Warren tops men's Pro GRT standings; Kintner extends her lead on women

As USA Cycling's Pro Gravity calendar (Pro GRT) winds to it's finale, the Northstar Downhill, on Aug. 27-28 at Northstar at Tahoe, Cody Warren (Alpine, Calif./DRD X-Fusion Intense) and Jill Kintner (Ferndale, Wash./Transition Racing) lead the men's and women's standings.

Warren holds a narrow lead of only four points on Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) in the men's standings. Kintner's lead of 80 points on Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, Ariz./All Mountain Cyclery-Vixen Racing) is more substantial.

PRO GRT standings

 

Men
1. Cody Warren (Alpine, Calif./DRD X-Fusion Intense) — 104
2. Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) — 100
3. Curtis Keene (Capitola, Calif./Specialized-SRAM) — 70
3. Justin Leov (NZL/Trek World Racing) — 70
5. Richard Rude, Jr. (Golden, Colo./Yeti Fox Factory) — 68

Women
1. Jill Kintner (Ferndale, Wash./Transition Racing) — 180
2. Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, Ariz./All Mountain Cyclery-Vixen Racing) — 100
3. Darian Harvey (Durango, Colo./Vixen Racing) — 80
3. Joanna Petterson (Kapea, Hawaii/Specialized) — 80
5. Lauren Daney (Stafford, Va./Specialized Grom.) — 71

 

For complete standings, visit the Pro GRT web site.

COMING UP:

The next Pro GRT event will be the Northstar downhill, Aug. 27-28 at Northstar at Tahoe.

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