Pro XCT: McConnell and Henderson jump to early leads
(March 5, 2013) -- The USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) kicked off the mountain bike cross-country season on March 2 with the 2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic in Dripping Springs, Texas. Australians Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) and Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) earned wins to take narrow leads following the first of the nine-race series.
Daniel McConnell (AUS/Trek Factory Racing) won the men's race in Dripping Springs to take the early lead in the Pro XCT men's standings. McConnell collected 250 points and now holds a 50-point edge on Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./SHO-Air-Cannondale), who sits in second place. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing), who topped the final Pro XCT men's standings in 2012, finished third and has 175 points. A pair of Canadian riders, Derek Zanstra (Scott-3Rox Racing) and Cameron Jette (Trek Factory Racing) round out the top five with 150 and 140 points, respectively.
After winning the women's race, Rebecca Henderson (AUS/Trek Factory Racing) tops the Pro XCT women's standings with 250 points. Annie Last (GBR/Trek Factory Racing), who placed second in Texas, sits in second in the standings with 200 points while Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) is in third place with 175 points. A pair of Americans round out the top five as Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Crankbrothers Race Club 11) and Christina Gokey-Smith (Denton, Texas/Colonel's Sho-Air-Giant) have 150 and 140 points, respectively, to sit in fourth and fifth places.
After the first of nine races on the calendar, Trek Factory Racing holds the lead in the Pro XCT team standings. Trek Factory Racing, which boasts both of the individual standings leaders, has 500 points while Sho-Air-Cannondale sits in second place with 290 points. Specialized Racing sits in third place with 175 points and Kona is only 35 points behind in fourth place.
"It's very important to us as not only a bike shop, but as a member of the bike racing community to give back in the form this bike race, where we treat the pros from all over to a great Pro XCT racing experience," said Ted Arnold, Mellow Johnny's Classic media director. "Meanwhile, we want our local and statewide racers to have a great time as well. We appreciate the hard work from sponsors, staff, racers, and the race producers that have been able to make this race happen for five years. We realize this is not just about this year's race, but about the long term legacy we can build."
USA Cycling Pro XCT Standings:
For complete standings, visit the Pro XCT's official webpage at usacycling.org/proxct.
The Pro XCT will continue in two weeks in San Dimas, Calif., with the US Cup Triple Crown-Bonelli Park on Saturday, March 16, the second of nine stops on the 2013 calendar.
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