Cat 2 & 3 downhill races kick off 2013 Gravity MTB Nationals in Angel Fire


The downhill finishing straight at Angel Fire Resort
The downhill finishing straight at Angel Fire Resort. Photo: Eddie Clark

Angel Fire, N.M. (August 2, 2013) — Racing began Friday at the 2013 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships with downhill competitions for category 2 and 3 riders. Under sunny skies at the Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico, fourteen separate ages classes between the two categories took to the downhill course.

Category 3 Races

The category 3 men were the first to head out from the start ramp. Mateo Ortegon (Marietta, Ga./Cycle Youth) rode to victory in the 15-18 category with the fastest time of all cat 3s, posting a 6:46.635. Andres Brizeno (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Jesse Percifull (Albuquerque, N.M.) earned wins for the host state in the 19-29 and the 30-39 men’s groups, respectively. Kyle Landrith (Flagstaff, Ariz.) topped the men’s 40+ group, while Makenzie Kjaer (Aptos, Calif.) took home a gold medal in the women’s 15-18 downhill.

Category 2 Races

Albuquerque riders represented well in the first three cat 2 races of the day with Triton Nelson (Albuquerque, N.M.) taking first in the men’s 15-18 race, Jake Rehfeld (Albuquerque, N.M.) setting the top time in the men’s 19-24 race, and Chuan Banh (Albuquerque, N.M.) earning the win in the men’s 25-29 contest.

The fastest time of the day was set by Jason Fedo (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.), who crossed the line at 6:20.080 to top the men’s 30-34 group. Eric Sunderland (Longmont, Colo.) scored the top time in the men’s 35-39 race, while Henning Plesner (Golden, Colo.) and Andrew Clarke (Redmond, Wash.) won the 40-49 men’s race and the 50+ men’s race, respectively.

Cat 3 men's 15-18 winner Mateo Ortegon
Cat 3 men's 15-18 winner Mateo Ortegon. Photo: Eddie Clark

Two women’s races concluded the day, with Aurelie Cannella (Telluride, Colo.) riding to victory in the 19-29 cat 2 competition and Sabrina Norton (Golden, Colo.) finishing first in the 30-39 race.

Dual Slalom Finals on Saturday

Today’s downhill races were non-championship, so the first Stars-and-Stripes jerseys will be handed out tomorrow when the dual slalom finals are held. Those competitions begin at 1 p.m. with the age group classes. The professional dual slalom races are schedule to start at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying runs were held today for all dual slalom categories.

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2013 USA Cycling Gravity Mountain Bike National Championships
Angel Fire Resort, New Mexico
August 2, 2013



Men’s 15-18 Cat 3 Downhill
1. Mateo Ortegon (Marietta, Ga./Cycle Youth) 6:46.6
2. Sean Ungvarsky (Phoenix, Ariz.) 7:01.8
3. Ben Liptak (Albuquerque, N.M.) 7:15.0
4. Adam Garcia (Albuquerque, N.M.) 7:17.9
5. Brandon Olson (Sandy, Utah) 8:26.0

Men’s 19-29 Cat 3 Downhill
1. Andres Brizeno (Albuquerque, N.M.) 6:51.1
2. Dustin Slaughter (Rogers, Ariz.) 7:05.1
3. Jacob Naylor (Charlotte, N.C.) 7:22.9
4. Steven Carpenter (Albuquerque, N.M.) 7:28.6
5. Cole Lone (Corydon, Ind.) 8:06.2

Men’s 30-39 Cat 3 Downhill
1. Jesse Percifull (Albuquerque, N.M.) 7:30.4
2. Colby Busching (Albuquerque, N.M.) 8:23.9

Men’s 40+ Cat 3 Downhill
1. Kyle Landrith (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 8:02.6
2. Doug Cheney (Syracuse, Utah) 8:06.4
3. John Nelson (Albuquerque, N.M.) 8:24.3
4. Tim West (Albuquerque, N.M.) 8:29.2
5. James Wenger (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 8:55.5

Women’s 15-18 Cat 3 Downhill
1. Makenzie Kjaer (Aptos, Calif.) 13:21.2

Cat 2 15-18 men's downhill podium
Cat 2 15-18 men's downhill podium. Photo: Eddie Clark

Men’s 15-18 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Triton Nelson (Albuquerque, N.M.) 6:20.0
2. Tyler Heuertz (Phoenix, Ariz.) 6:21.221
3. Bryce Helbling (Sandy, Utah) 6:21.240
4. Cole Hengeveld (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 6:28.0
5. Sam Cory (Golden, Colo.) 6:32.0

Men’s 19-24 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Jake Rehfeld (Albuquerque, N.M.) 6:30.0
2. Jack Drain (Park City, Utah) 6:36.0
3. Cory Haralson (Claremore, Okla.) 7:04.0
4. Patrick Barton (Claremore, Okla.) 7:33.0
5. Jay Weingardt (Albuquerque, N.M.) 19:15.0

Men’s 25-29 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Chuan Banh (Albuquerque, N.M.) 6:27.0
2. Bryan Worth (Irvine, Calif.) 6:32.0
3. Nick Wilvert (Albuquerque, N.M.) 6:33.0
4. Juan DelCastillo (Angel Fire, N.M.) 6:37.0
5. Michael Klenz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 6:43.0

Men’s 30-34 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Jason Fedo (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) 6:20.0
2. Allen Weber (Tijeras, N.M.) 6:32.0
3. Patrick Alcisto (Murrieta, Calif.) 6:46.0
4. David Morgan (Canton, Miss.) 7:21.0

Men’s 35-39 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Eric Sunderland (Longmont, Colo.) 6:40.0
2. Matthew Dzuricky (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 6:54.0
3. Daniel Weaver (Santa Fe, N.M.) 7:19.0
4. Rob Berube (Richmond, Va./Paradise Garage Racing) 7:21.0
5. Thomas Rodriguez (Los Lunas, N.M.) 7:21.0

Men’s 40-49 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Henning Plesner (Golden, Colo.) 6:52.0
2. Joshua Michaels (Albuquerque, N.M.) 7:20.0
3. Gary Gibson (Gunnison, Colo.) 7:24.0
4. Clint Bullock (Salt Lake City, Utah) 8:35.0

Men’s 50+ Cat 2 Downhill
1. Andrew Clarke (Redmond, Wash.) 7:10.0
2. Kent Woodfield (Ogden, Utah) 7:24.0
3. Michael Monsauret (Aspen, Colo.) 7:42.0
4. George Triantafillou (Salt Lake City, Utah) 7:49.0

Women’s 19-29 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Aurelie Cannella (Telluride, Colo.) 7:38.0
2. Terah Blake (Albuquerque, N.M.) 8:01.0
3. Kimberly Douglas (Lakewood, Colo.) 8:42.0
4. DeAnne Gabriel (Telluride, Colo.) 9:10.0
5. Jill Blecke (Albuquerque, N.M.) 9:26.0

Women’s 30-39 Cat 2 Downhill
1. Sabrina Norton (Golden, Colo.) 8:04.0
2. Rachel Weaver (Santa Fe, N.M.) 9:01.0

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