Silver medals by Gwin, Shaw headline MTB World Cup in Windham

  
  


Aaron Gwin (second from left) took second in the downhill at the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup in Windham, NY
Aaron Gwin (second from left) took second in the downhill at the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup in Windham, N.Y. (photo by Rob Jones)
(Aug. 10, 2014) – Silver-medal downhill runs by Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Factory Specialized) and Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs) highlighted the weekend for U.S. riders at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, N.Y.
 
In Saturday's elite men’s downhill competition, Gwin was just 1.581 seconds off of winner Josh Bryceland's (GBR) 2:24.332 finish. Troy Brosnan (AUS) took silver, 2.123 seconds back. Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Trek World Cycling) placed 25th (+7.296), Austin Warren (Alpine, Calif./Pivot Cycles Factory DH Team) took 28th (+8.121), Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif.) came in 29th (+8.225), Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Bicycles) placed 33rd (+8.349), Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Bicycles) finished 49th (+10.200) and Trevyn Newpher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) came in 63rd (+12.984).

Gwin stands third in the elite men’s downhill World Cup rankings with 925 points, trailing Bryceland with 1007 points and Brosnan with 964 points. Mulally is ranked ninth with 559 points.

 
Luca Shaw races to a silver medal in the juniors downhill at the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup in Windham, NY
Luca Shaw races to a silver medal in the juniors downhill at the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup in Windham, N.Y. (photo by Rob Jones)
Shaw came within a second of taking the crown in the men’s juniors downhill, posting a time just 0.844 shy of Great Britain's Taylor Vernon, who stopped the clock at 2:31.782. France’s Loris Vergier took the bronze medal for the second straight week, finishing 1.632 seconds behind Vernon. Chase Nelson (Littleton, Colo./Trek Southridge Racing) was 12th fastest (+8.204) followed by Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich.) in 17th (+8.537), Demetri Triantafillou (Salt Lake City, Utah) in 18th (+9.028) and Charlie Harrison (Etna, N.H.) in 20th (+9.567).
 
Shaw continues to hold the top juniors men’s downhill World Cup ranking with 214 points, followed by Vergier with 200 points and Vernon with 181 points.
 
Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco Intl.) was the top U.S. competitor in the women’s elite downhill contest, finishing sixth. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) took first in 2:40.146, followed by Rachel Atherton (GBR) and Tracey Hannah (AUS). Kintner's time was 15.299 seconds behind Ragot. Alison Zimmer (Lincoln, Vt.) was 20th.
 
Kintner stands seventh in the elite women’s downhill World Cup rankings with 570, which trails leader Carpenter’s 1180 points and Ragot, who stands second with 1110 points.
 
Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College/Specialized Racing XC) posted the best finish for the U.S. in Sunday's cross-country races, finishing fourth in the men's U23 event, 1 minute, 15 seconds back of winner Jordan Sarrou of France. New Zealand's Anton Cooper was 41 seconds back of Sarrou for second place, while Great Britain's Grant Ferguson took third, one minute off the winning pace. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) took 16th (+4:17), Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./RMCF-Devo) placed 25th (+7:19) and Richard Cypress Gorry (Bevard, N.C./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team) placed 28th (+8:03). Also competing for the U.S. in the men's U23 race were Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C./Champion-System / Cannondale), Ryan Standish (Durango, Colo.), Michael Sampson (Holderness, N.H.), Madison Matthews (Boalsburg, Pa.), Levi Kurlander (Durango, Colo.), Davis Bentley (Banner Elk, N.C.), Alex Meucci (Lithia, Fla.) and Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team).

Grotts ranks sixth in the U23 men’s cross-country World Cup standings with 157 points, which follows leader Sarrou, who has 480 points. Swenson ranks 16th with 72 points, followed by Kuss in 59th with four points.

Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) was the top American in the women’s elite cross-country competition placing seventh, following Catharine Pendrel's (CAN) winning time of 1:25:47 by 1 minute, 52 seconds. Tanja Zakelj (SLO) took second, 29 seconds back, while Annika Langvad (DEN) placed third, 32 seconds behind Pendrel. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) finished 12th, Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Backcountry.com) took 24th, followed by Erin Huck’s (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joes-VCGraphix.com) 25th-place finish, while Rose Grant (Kalispell, Mont./Sportsman & Ski Haus) crossed the line in 30th. Larissa Connors (Silverado, Calif.), Evelyn Dong (Park City, Utah/Backcountry.com), Erica Zaveta (Brevard, N.C./Team Redline), Amy Beisel (Gunnison, Colo.) and Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah) also competed.
 
Gould is 15th in the women’s elite cross-country World Cup rankings with 449 points, trailing Switzerland's Jolanda Neff, who leads with 1050 points. Davison stands 26th with 270 points, Huck is 30th with 187 points, Dong ranks 35th with 154 points and Woodruff stands 46th with 116 points.
 
A third top-10 finish in Sunday's cross-country racing was turned in by Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Stanford University/Specialized Racing XC) as she took 10th in the women's U23 event. Courtney crossed the line 5 minutes, 22 seconds behind winner Margot Moschetti (FRA). Yana Belmoina (UKR) and Jovana Crnogorac (SRB) were second and third, respectively. Emily Shields (Advance, N.C.) placed 18th (+9:24), Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine/Bear Development Team) took 22nd (+11:09), Kaylee Blevins (Durango, Colo./Bear Development Team) was 24th (+11:44) and Elizabeth White (Manchester, N.H.) finished 27th (+13:06). Ginny Jeppi (Baltimore, Md./C3-Twenty20cycling.com) also competed.
 
In the women's U23 World Cup rankings, Courtney stands eighth with 145 points, following leader Moschetti's 340 points.
 
Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) took 27th in the men’s elite cross-country race, finishing 7 minutes, 13 seconds back of Nino Schurter (SUI) who won his second straight World Cup race with a winning time of 1:40:58. Schurter was followed by Julien Absalon (FRA), only six seconds back, and third-place finisher Lukas Fluckiger (SUI), 16 seconds behind. Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs Race Team) finished 43rd (+9:22) and Cameron Dodge (Huntington Valley, Pa.) took 54th (+11:51). Mitchell Hoke (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt p/b KMC), William Melone (Bolton, Mass./Riverside Racing), Thomas Sampson (Holderness, N.H.), Cole Oberman (Philadelphia, Pa./RareDiseaseCycling), Christopher Hamlin (Jonesville, Vt./Bicycle Express-Kona), Joseph Clemenzi (Boulder, Colo.), Aaron Oakes (Richmond, Vt./Bicycle Express Racing), Ernie Watenpaugh (Telluride, Colo./Jack Daniels Fighting ALS) and Noah Tautfest (Northfield, Vt./Bicycle Express Racing) also competed.
 
Ettinger stands 27th in the elite men’s cross-country World Cup rankings with 255 points, which trails leader Absalon’s 1290-point mark. Finsterwald is ranked 52nd with 104 points.
 
On Friday, Woodruff and Courtney notched two top-10 finishes in the women's eliminator, placing fourth and seventh, respectively. In the men’s eliminator, Oberman was 19th and Williams finished 24th.
 
The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season concludes in Meribel, France, Aug. 21-24.
 
2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Aug. 8-10, 2014
Windham, N.Y.
 
FULL RESULTS | PHOTO GALLERY
 
Men’s Elite Downhill
1. Josh Bryceland (GBR) 2:24.332
2. Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Factory Specialized) +1.581
25. Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Trek World Cycling) +7.296
28. Austin Warren (Alpine, Calif./Pivot Cycles Factory DH Team) +8.121
29. Eliot Jackson (Westlake Village, Calif.) +8.225
33 Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./KHS Bicycles) +8.349
49. Logan Binggeli (Saint George, Utah/KHS Bicycles) +10.200
63. Trevyn Newpher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) +12.984

Men’s Juniors Downhill
1. Taylor Vernon (GBR) 2:31.782
2.  Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs) +0.844
3. Loris Vergier (FRA) +1.632
12. Chase Nelson (Littleton, Colo./Trek Southridge Racing) +8.204
17. Shane Leslie (Birmingham, Mich.) +8.537
18. Demetri Triantafillou (Salt Lake City, Utah) +9.028
20. Charlie Harrison (Etna, N.H.) +9.567
DNS. Galen Carter (Salt Lake City, Utah) 
 
Women’s Elite Downhill
1. Emmeline Ragot (FRA) 2:40.146
2. Rachel Atherton (GBR) +2.886
3. Tracey Hannah (AUS) +6.948
6. Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco Intl.) +15.299
20. Alison Zimmer (Lincoln, Vt.) +36.949
 
Men’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:40.58
2. Julien Absalon (FRA) +0:06
3. Lukas Fluckiger (SUI) +0:16
27. Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) +7:13
43. Russell Finsterwald (Colorado Springs, Colo./SRAM-Troy Lee Designs Race Team) +9:22
54. Cameron Dodge (Huntington Valley, Pa.) +11:51
60. Mitchell Hoke (Boulder, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) -1LAP
67. Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./BMC Project Dirt p/b KMC) -1LAP
69. William Melone (Bolton, Mass./Riverside Racing) -1LAP
75. Thomas Sampson (Holderness, N.H.) -2LAP
81. Cole Oberman (Philadelphia, Pa./RareDiseaseCycling) -2LAP
83. Christopher Hamlin (Jonesville, Vt./Bicycle Express-Kona) -3LAP
85. Joseph Clemenzi (Boulder, Colo.) -3LAP
87. Aaron Oakes (Richmond, Vt./Bicycle Express Racing) -3LAP
92. Ernie Watenpaugh (Telluride, Colo./Jack Daniels Fighting ALS) -4LAP 
89. Noah Tautfest (Northfield, Vt./Bicycle Express Racing) -4LAP

Women’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Catherine Pendrel (CAN) 1:25:47
2. Tanja Zakelj (SLO) +0:29
3. Annika Langvad (DEN) +0:32
7. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) +1:52
12. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) +2:59
24. Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Backcountry.com) +6:25
25. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joes-VCGraphix.com) +6:33
26. Rose Grant  (Kalispell, Mont./Sportsman & Ski Haus) +6:50
30. Larissa Connors (Silverado, Calif.) +8:37
42. Evelyn Dong (Park City, Utah/Backcountry.com) +13:31
45. Erica Zaveta (Brevard, N.C./Team Redline) +16:45
47. Amy Beisel (Gunnison, Colo.) -1LAP
48. Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah) -1LAP
 
Men’s U23 Cross-Country
1. Jordan Sarrou (FRA) 1:13:53
2. Anton Cooper (NZL) +0:41
3. Grant Ferguson (GBR) +1:00
4. Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College/Specialized Racing XC) +1:15
16. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) +4:17
25. Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo./RMCF-Devo) +7:19
28. Richard Cypress Gorry (Bevard, N.C./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team) +8:03
29. Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C./Champion-System / Cannondale) +8:09
37. Ryan Standish (Durango, Colo.) +10:42
39. Michael Sampson (Holderness, N.H.) +11:05
42. Madison Matthews (Boalsburg, Pa.) +13:17
43. Levi Kurlander (Durango, Colo.) +13:47
47. Davis Bentley (Banner Elk, N.C.) -1LAP
48. Alex Meucci (Lithia, Fla.) -2LAP
49. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team) -4LAP
 
Women’s U23 Cross-Country
1. Margot Moschetti (FRA) 1:10:28
2. Yana Belmoina (UKR) +0:30
3. Jovana Crnogorac (SRB) +0:39
10. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Stanford University/Specialized Racing XC) +5:22
18. Emily Shields (Advance, N.C.) +9:24
22. Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine/Bear Development Team) +11:09
24. Kaylee Blevins (Durango, Colo./Bear Development Team) +11:44
27. Elizabeth White (Manchester, N.H.) +13:06
36. Ginny Jeppi (Baltimore, Md./C3-Twenty20cycling.com) -2LAP
 
Men’s Eliminator
1. Catriel Andres Soto (ARG)
2. Simon Gegenheimer (GER)
3. Fabrice Mels (BEL)
19. Cole Oberman (Philadelphia, Pa./RareDiseaseCycling.org)
24. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized Cycling Team)
 
Women’s Eliminator
1. Jenny Rissveds (SWE)
2. Kathrin Stirnemann (SUI)
3. Cindy Montambault (CAN)
4. Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Backcountry.com)
7. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Stanford University/Specialized Racing XC) 
 
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