Team USA back in action on day three of MTB Worlds


Chris Blevins races in Cairns. Photo by Rob Jones
Cairns, Australia (September 8, 2017) – Team USA was in action again on day three of the 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships as the U23 men’s cross-country race, we well as downhill seeding, took center stage in Cairns on Friday.
Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo./Axeon Hagens Berman) was the top American on the day, finishing the 27.4-kilometer U23 race in a time of 1:23:17 for 32nd place. He was five-and-a-half minutes off the winning pace set by Sam Gaze (NZL) who successfully defended his title from a year ago. Alan Hatherly (RSA) and Maximilian Brandl (GER) were second and third.
Also representing the USA were Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C./Bear Development Team)in 39th, Cole Paton (Cashmere, Wash./Giant Co-Factory Off-Road Team) in 45th, and Sandy Floren (Berkeley, Calif./Bear Development Team) in 52nd after six laps of the 4.3-kilometer circuit.
Friday also featured gravity athletes as they got a look at their 1.9-kilometer downhill course. Americans turned out solid times during the elite official timed sessions and junior seeding runs.  Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./The YT Mob) was fourth in the elite men’s official timed session while Samantha Soriano (Littleton, Colo./Honey Stinger-ODI) and Nikolas Nestoroff (San Marcos, Calif./Intense Factory Racing)were seventh and ninth, respectively, in the junior women’s and men’s seeding runs. Downhill finals will take place on Sunday.
See a photo gallery of Team USA in action here.
On tap for Saturday: The U23 women’s cross-country, elite women’s cross-country, and elite men’s cross country races.
You can view the schedule here, or see up-to-date results here. Remember, Cairns is 14-17 hours ahead of us here in the United States (depending on which time zone you’re in). If you want to follow along, here’s how!
  • Get updates by following @UCI_MTB  and @UCIMTBAustralia on Twitter, and stay connected to the larger conversation by following #MTBWorlds on both Twitter and Instagram. We’ll also post to the USA Cycling Facebook and Instagram feeds from time to time as well.  
  • Tissot Timing will provide live timing for the event and this will likely be the fastest way to get results. Bookmark this live timing page to make sure it’s just a click away. 
  • NBC Sports plans to live stream the event on their digital platforms and then feature highlights on the Olympic Channel. Click here for an NBC Sports coverage schedule.

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