Gagne and Pendrel win final round and overall of 2015 US Cup in Colorado Springs

Gagne and Pendrel win final round and overall of 2015 US Cup in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado – June 29, 2015:  Canadians Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) won the final round of the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Cannondale in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The wins gave both the overall 2015 US Cup titles as well.

 

Elite women

A 40-strong field of the top women in North America toed the line for the 2015 US Cup finale, including six National Champions from six different countries:  Canada, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Columbia, Ecuador. Chloe Woodruff (Team Stans NoTubes) took hole-shot and set the early pace on the first lap. Later on that same lap, Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) moved past Woodruff and only teammate Katerina Nash could follow. These two would stay off the front for the majority of the race.

Chloe Woodruff (Team Stans NoTubes) and Erin Huck (Scott 3 Rox) led the chase group, which ballooned and shrunk over and over again with Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), and Rose Grant (Team Stans NoTubes) all coming back to them before being dropped.

In the end, things were all decided on the final quarter lap when the lead group split in half and the chasing group was shattered. Pendrel attacked Nash within the final mile to win solo by just 15 seconds. The rest of the field staggered in one at a time, evidence of just how hard the racing had been.

Further evidence of the difficulty was that as the temps rose from the high 70’s to the low 90’s, the womens’ lap times slowed from 15 to over 17 minutes throughout the day. The wind also picked up and made for a tough headwind on the long climb.

Series leader Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) started and rode in the main chase group for the first ten minutes, but pulled out and was a DNF on the first lap, apparently with difficulty breathing.

 

Elite men

The Elite men started in the high heat and Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) took the lead shortly after the first corner and didn’t let off the gas all day. After one lap, only Russell Finsterwald (SRAM / Troy Lee Designs) and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) were left on his wheel.

Gagne sat 3rd wheel and rarely took a pull, while Finsterwald moved to the front on a few descents but never was able to create any separation. By lap two a four-man chase group had formed consisting of Geoff Kabush and Derek Zandstra (both Scott 3 Rox Racing) and Keegan Swenson and Stephen Ettinger (both Team Sho-Air / Cannondale). It was Kabush who did the lion’s share of the work in this group for most of the six-lap race, while the Sho-Air / Cannondale duo looked under pressure in the group and were eventually dropped.

With one lap to go, the lead three slowed as Wells sat up and the gap came down to just fifteen seconds. Kabush took off in pursuit of the leaders but Gagne attacked hard with just one kilometer to go and took Wells and Finsterwald with him, eventually taking the win by just a few seconds.

Wells and Finsterwald had a tight sprint for second place that the officials gave to Finsterwald. Wells was clearly upset after the race and filed an official complaint with the UCI. They did not change their ruling and the result stood.

 

USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group final series standings

The final round of the USA Cycling US Cup presented by Cannondale series certainly shook things up. Wells’ controversial near-miss in the sprint left a three-way tie for third in the men’s standings behind the Canadian 1-2 of Gagne and Zandstra, and Batty’s misfortunes saw her chances at the overall win slip away to Pendrel.

Men’s winner Gagne finished off an impressive showing in the 2015 US Cup, taking two wins, two second-places and a fifth at Sea Otter. This consistency led to his incredible 81-point victory in the overall raking.

Pendrell showed similar consistency as Gagne, with two wins (Sea Otter and Colorado Springs), and podium places in the remaining rounds.

 

Colorado Springs cross country brief results

Elite women

1 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team 1:34:48
2 Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) Luna Pro Team 1:35:02
3 Erin Huck (United States) Scott 3 Rox 1:36:35
4 Chloe Woodruff (United States) Team Stans NoTubes 1:37:18
5 Georgia Gould (United States) Luna Pro Team 1:37:41

 

Elite men

1 Raphael Gagne (Canada) Rocky Mountain Bicycles; 1:36:28
2 Russell Finsterwald (United States) SRAM / TLD Race Team; 1:36:29
3 Todd Wells (United States) Specialized Factory Racing; 1:36:29
4 Geoff Kabush (Canada) Scott 3 Rox Racing; 1:36:30
5 Derek Zandstra (Canada) Scott 3 Rox Racing 1:36:44

 

USA Cycling US Cup Series Final Standings

Elite women

1 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team; 175 points
2 Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) Luna Pro Team; 144 points
3 Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing; 140 points
4 Georgia Gould (United States) Luna Pro Team; 138 points
5 Erin Huck (United States) Scott 3 Rox Racing; 130 points

 

Elite men

1 Raphael Gagne (Canada) Rocky Mountain Bicycles; 175 points
2 Derek Zandstra (Canada) Scott 3 Rox Racing; 94 points
3 Todd Wells (United States) Specialized Factory Racing; 91 points
4 Stephen Ettinger (United States) Sho-Air/Cannondale; 91 points
5 Sergio Mantecon (Spain) Trek Factory Racing; 91 points

 

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Sho-Air/Cannondale’s Evelyn Dong Wins GoPro Games XC!

Sho-Air/Cannondale’s Evelyn Dong Wins GoPro Games XC!

 

Huntington Beach, Calif.—May 8, 2015—

 

Sho-Air/Cannondale’s Evelyn Dong won the women’s The GoPro Games Cross Country Mtb Race this past weekend in Vail, Colorado. Teammates Keegan Swenson (second, men’s pro), Alex Grant (third, men’s pro) and Larissa Connors (fourth, women’s pro) ensured Ridebiker and Sho-Air/Cannondale athletes were hard to miss on the podium!

 

A light drizzle greeted the field prior to the race but when it came time for the call up, it had cleared up to a near-perfect day for a race.

 

“When Larry Grossman sent the pro women off with a countdown, I started cautiously,” said Dong. “Not wanting to blow up on a course that topped out at 8700 feet, I sat behind either Erin (Huck, Scott 3 Rox) or Georgia (Gould, Luna Pro Team) for most of the first lap. I put in a little dig at the top, getting a small gap going into the descent, which I promptly blew by sliding out on some greasy mud.” She recovered and caught up to Huck. “Lap three was go time. I knew I had to get a gap on Erin before the descent, and I was still feeling pretty good. I just gradually picked up the pace. My [Cannondale] F29 hardtail feels great climbing and Vail’s long climb lends itself well to steady, out of the saddle efforts, so I had no excuses. By that time, the descent had dried out so I rallied back down. No crashes, no mechanicals and magic legs – it made for a fairytale day!”

 

Teammate Larissa Connors had a rougher time of it, bringing a head cold into a wet warmup prior to the race. “The first climb hurt my lungs and throat so much I wanted to drop out after the first lap. But then the descent happened! Bermed turns, some jumps, tacky dirt and aspen tree slaloms was all the convincing I needed to suffer through that climb two more times. It hurt like heck, my lungs and throat are killing me, but finishing fourth was pretty sweet!”

 

In the men’s race, Keegan Swenson put in a strong performance to finish second behind winner Howard Grotts (Specialized Factory Racing). “After the first lap, Howard was off the front by a little ways and I was trying to bring him back on the down. I eventually caught him about half way down, only to get popped off again at the bottom of the climb going into the second lap. I sat up and waited for Todd [Wells, Specialized Factory Racing] and Fernando [Paez, Raleigh-Clement] who were back just a few seconds and rode the second lap with them. By then, the course had gotten quite dry and was ripping fast! Going into the last lap I could see Alex coming from a ways back so I decided to give it a little gas on the beginning of the climb to try and drop Fernanado and Todd, as well as try and hold off Alex. I was able to shake Todd and Fernanado but Alex was able to diesel his way back up to me near the top of the climb. On the last short climb before the finish, I gave it a good dig and was able to make a small gap between Alex and I. Luckily, I was able to hold him off till the finish! Pretty awesome to have us two Utah boys up on the podium!”

 

Ridebiker Alliance’s Alex Grant was coming off of a major win the prior weekend in Grand Junction. “I thought I might not be totally fresh but at the same time, my form must be pretty good, so I was ready to go. This is my fourth time at this race and it’s always a great event. Lucky for us the rain stopped, but I don’t think anyone was ready for the grease we found on sections of the upper trail. Once it hit downhill it was like ice in spots! It took me down while I was in fifth just behind Wells and I spent the next lap and a half chasing back on. By that time, Howard was long gone. Keegan and I locked up in a battle for second, which he took by five seconds.”

 

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GoPro Games Mountain Bike XC Results:

Women:

1.     Evelyn Dong (Sho-Air/Cannondale)                                               1:59:41.4

2.     Erin Huck (Scott-3 Rox)                                                                           2:01:04.4

3.     Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)                                                                        2:02:36.0

4.     Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance)                                          2:04:10.1

5.     Amy Beisel (Liv / Giant)                                                       2:05:19.4

Men:

1.     Howard Grotts (Specialized Factory Racing)                          1:40:21.0

2.     Keegan Swenson (Sho-Air/Cannondale)                                                      1:42:03.4

3.     Alex Grant (Ridebiker Alliance)                                                       1:42:08.2

4.     Hector Fernando (Raleigh-Clement)                                            1:43:45.3

5.     Ben Sonntag (Team Clif Bar)                                                               1:44:27:0

 

Alex Grant Wins Grand Junction Off-Road!

Alex Grant Wins Grand Junction Off-Road!

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Huntington Beach, Calif.—June 1, 2015—

 

Ridebiker professional Alex Grant won what is often called the most difficult course in the United States, the Grand Junction Off-Road, which features 5,334 feet of climbing over its 40-miles. Grant fought hard in the 90-degree heat to fend off an elite field.

 

Alex joined US National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized), Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak Ergon) and defending Grand Junction Champion Fernando Paez (Raleigh Clement) after the first hard climb. After some back and forth, Wells punctured and Bishop crashed, leaving a fast-finishing Ben Sonntag (Cliff Bar) to keep at bay on the road back into town. The race was marked by a rash of flat tires, with everyone but Grant suffering from at least one, if not multiple, punctures.

 

“There were four of us at the first feed zone… Jeremiah, Wells, and Fernando. Going in to Butterknife Todd was leading, Jeremiah crashed, and Fernando bobbled. Then it was just Todd and I, but those guys came back at the bottom,” Grant Said. “Fernando attacked on the longest climb and got a gap on us. I rode back to Todd and then rode back to Fernando. I just kept it steady and felt good on the downhill… and that was that. From there it was head down, and I saw Ben Sonntag chasing for the last hour.  I kept him to about 20-30 seconds and luckily rode a smooth and fast last downhill, which gave me enough of a gap to hold on the five minute pavement drag to the finish. I was over my limit and Ben was charging but I held him off to take the win by a mere nine seconds!”

 

“My Scalpel was the perfect bike for the course. I had a 110mm custom tune on my Lefty which was great in the rough stuff. I ran Kenda Small Block Eight 2.1 SCT casing tires on ENVE M50 rims.  I can honestly say that my Kenda tires played a role today. They held up and kept me going when everyone else was changing flats.”

 

Team Sho-Air/Cannondale’s Evelyn Dong pipped Jenny Smith (Stan’s NoTubes) in a sprint to the line to take the final women’s podium spot, finishing in fifth, thirteen minutes behind winner Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team).

 

Both Alex and Evelyn placed ninth in Friday evening’s Fat Tire Criterium. “The Fat Tire crit was flat, twisty and fast, but a good time in front of thousands of spectators,” said Alex. “The main goal there was to stay safe and near the front and take a pull or two. It’s always cool to race a downtown crit as it’s totally different from what we normally do on mountain bikes.”

 

Ridebiker Goes Four For Four This Weekend!

Huntington Beach, Calif.—May 4, 2015—

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Ridebiker athletes Alex Grant, Tinker Juarez, Larissa Connors and Spencer Rathkamp turned in an incredible feat this past weekend, each taking the win at their respective races.

 

Ridebiker’s Kenda Cup West was the setting for Tinker, Larissa and Spencer at the Santa Ynez Valley Classic held in Los Olivos, Calif. First up was Spencer Rathkamp, who took the win in the Cat. 1 race. Rathkamp was just getting over a bad cold and felt the effects of it during the race. “I was coughing and couldn’t breathe so well, so I ended up getting dropped by the leaders on the last lap!” said Rathkamp. “I regrouped and charged hard to catch back on the last climb and attacked over the top into the last descent. I hit the bottom with a bit of a lead and sat up for a close victory.”

 

Larissa Connors had a bit less pressure, and easily took the win over a very small field. “I didn’t beat too many of the boys though, which was a goal,” said the full-time teacher. “It was really fun seeing all the different Ridebiker jerseys as I was passing racers who were doing the endurance race. I like chatting with other riders during a race, so that was a blast. I also got fit to my Cannondale FSi last week, and it felt so good I didn’t want to stop riding!” In fact, Connors didn’t know she had won and continued for an extra lap! Connors was coming off of an excellent showing at last weekend’s Whiskey 50, where she finished fifth in both the short track and endurance races and most importantly, according to her “I won my first big check!”

 

Tinker Juarez closed the action in Los Olivos with a win in the open men’s class, although not without a bit of drama, as he hurt his shoulder in a first-lap crash. “There was a hairpin turn and it was in a shadow,” said the two-sport Hall of Famer. “I thought there was a berm, but my front wheel washed out and I landed on my shoulder. I rode through pain, standing to rest but it was hard to torque standing up on the short burst climbs.” The ageless wonder was confident there was no major damage done. “When I was young I had a bad dislocation, so it’s always been a little bit out. I’m able to move my arms well so I don’t think it’s too bad. Luckily I have some time to rest and heal up before the next major races.”

 

New dad Alex Grant made his Intermountain Cup race at Soldier Hollow one to remember. “IT was my first race in my new Ridebiker kit and my first race as a dad!” said Alex. The Olympic Nordic Ski venue from 2002 Olympic Games in Midway, Utah set the stage for a new-style cross country race. At just under 90 minutes, the punchy, rolling terrain made for tight racing of a three-lap course. 35 lined up at the start in the pro field and Alex wasted no time in showing off his new colors.

 

“I was finally feeling good after a pretty severe cold passed through the household. I broke away halfway through the first lap and stayed away, just pacing myself to the finish. My Cannondale Scalpel ate it up – it was pretty bumpy so I had an advantage over the guys on the hardtails. “One side note. I passed [wife] Sammi and [baby daughter] Eleanor, off in the bushes. I guess Eleanor took a midrace feed! I was so stoked to be able to take her up on the podium, there was no way I was going to let that opportunity pass by.” Congratulations, Alex, Sammi and Eleanor!

 

Team Sho-Air/Cannondale riders Evelyn Dong, Keegan Swenson and Stephen Ettinger took the weekend off from racing. Ettinger traveled to Helena, Washington to ride trails with Ridebiker Sam Schultz, who one week earlier toed the line at the Beacon & Legs race near Spokane, his first mountain bike race in quite some time after a long recovery from back surgery. “I want to thank Scott Tedro, Cannondale, Ridebiker and everyone else who continued to support me during this hard time. Everyone has been so incredible that it motivates me to get out there and do my best all over again,” said the likeable former Olympian. Sam embodies the spirit and love of cycling that permeate through everything Ridebiker Alliance does. Sam, like the other Ridebikers has had a number of fans join Ridebiker Alliance to show their support. Membership is free and more partners are joining all the time at www.ridebiker.com.

 

Schurter, Pendrel Take XC Wins at Sea Otter Classic

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Schurter, Pendrel Take XC Wins at Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, CA – April 18, 2015:  

The legendary Sea Otter Classic made its first appearance in the USA Cycling’s US CUP Presented by Cannondale Mountain Bike Race Series, stepping in as the penultimate round of the five-race series. The marathon-style course of two long laps proved a challenge for many of the world’s elite mountain bike professionals, with Nino Schurter (Scott-ODLO) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) taking the wins.

 

Elite Men

The men got things underway on the tarmac of the Laguna Seca raceway under clear skies and a windy but cool 60-plus degrees. A dozen of the world’s top riders formed a selection fairly soon on the opening lap, with a number of youngsters staking their claim with the more established names in mtb racing, notably Howard Grotts, Sam Gaze and Simon Andreasson (all Specialized), Andri Frischknecht (Scott-ODLO), Russell Finsterwald (SRAM 1 TLD) and Keegan Swenson (Sho-Air/Cannondale).

This group was stretched and whittled down after the first lep, when Geoff Kabush (Scott 3 Rox) was able to keep the pace set by a surging Schurter, who was admittedly not on his best day. Unfortunately for the group, Nino on a so-so day is stronger than almost any rider in the world. The previous day’s short track winner showed he had enough in the tank for the marathon race, as he hit the singletrack and pushed on alone. He would later be joined by McConnell and Grotts for a final showdown on the track. Taking the final turn towards the line, the multiple-time world champion put everything into his sprint to take a fine victory in front of a delighted crowd.

“The first lap was quite slow and we were a big group,” said Schurter. “Kabush helped me get to the front on the second lap. I attacked and got away a bit on the singletrack and got caught by McConnell and Grotts. The end was a three-up sprint that went well… great racing! It’s a good way to finish my American trip! My next race is a Bundesliga race in Heubach, a tough race with a lot of climbing, so I’m looking forward to that as well.”

 

Elite Women

The women’s field took off twenty minutes after the men for two laps of the same loop. Many of the usual names were present in the lead group of seven as they went through the first lap with Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) in the lead. The decisive race action took place on the second time up the main climb, as Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) pushed hard with Pendrel on her wheel. This forced the main selection which would tear the group apart steadily throughout the lap, leaving the top riders spread apart about thirty seconds from each other at the finish. Pendrel came across first, followed by Henderson, Jenny Rissveds (Scott-ODLO), Chloe Woodruff (Stan’s NoTubes-Niner) and series leader Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing).

“Rebecca {Henderson} was first wheel and was setting a hard pace on the second time up the climb and I heard something behind us,” said Pendrel. “Emily was with us for a while but slipped off so we went for it. It was nice and cool out there today compared to Bonelli and Fontana so that was nice. Sea Otter is such a cool event. It’s great to see the kids out there on bikes, to see all our sponsors and to put on such a good show for the fans… I love it!”

 

USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series standings

After round four of the USA Cycling US Cup presented by Cannondale series, Gagne solidified his lead with a solid performance, while Batty stays in the lead in the womens’ series ahead of Pendrel by just ten points (provisional).

The USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series will continue with round 5, a UCI Category HC race, in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, June 27.

 

Sea Otter cross country brief results

 

Elite men

1 Nino Schurter (Switzerland) Scott-ODLO Mtb Racing Team; 01:59:56

2; Howard Grotts (United States) Specialized Factory Racing; 01:59:56

3 Dan McConnell (Australia) Trek Factory Racing; 01:59:56

4 Sam Gaze (New Zealand) Specialized Factory Racing; 02:00:58

5 Raphael Gagne (Canada) Rocky Mountain Bicycles; 02:01:25

 

Elite women

1 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team; 02:21:28

2 Rebecca Henderson (Australia) Trek Factory Racing; 02:21:40

3 Jenny Rissveds (Sweden) Scott-ODLO Mtb Racing Team; 02:22:31

4 Chloe Woodruff (United States) Stan’s NoTubes-Niner; 02:22:54

5 Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing; 02:23:27

 

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Sea Otter Classic 25th Anniversary

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2015 marks CI’s first visit to the Sea Otter. It’s also their 25th anniversary. I personally love the event and suggest all our loyal visitors put it on your bucket list. The hills of Monterey and Laguna Seca Raceway is home to great Road and Mountain events. Family’s camp out and have fun and learn about the future of cycling. 

Youth and the future of cycling is a common theme here. Two quick notes.

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Shawn Palmer, the former “Wild Man: of Snowboarding, Motocross and all aspect of Mountain biking,  is giving back to the Mountain Bike community with The Palmer Project. He is partnering with Intense Cycling. Their goal is to work with younger riders with a target of grooming an American to win the U.S. cup.

Charlie Harrison 1st Place 18 Dual Slalom

Charlie Harrison 1st Place 18 Dual Slalom

Taylor Lee Designs has joining the campaign with their own youth development program. One of their raising stars. is Trabuco’s Canyon’s, Charlie Harrison.  He smoked the competition to win the 18 year old  Dual Slalom Mountain Heat. Family is the key to the core values of all youth programs.  Charlie’s Dad, Ken was there to cheer him to victory, Ken is a fireman in Orange County

Youth is the future of all of us, as is Electric Bikes. Introducing the new peddle assisted E Mountain bike were industry leaders. Leading off the unveiling were Claus Fleischer and Claudia Wasko of Bosch. Jim Felt founder of Felt Bikes. Sugie Pello of Heibike, and  Sara Burdon of Lapierre.  In attendance to cheer this launch was Larry Pizzi of Accell North America. Besides representing Lapierre, they have Raleigh, Redline, Pryme, SBS, Torker and XLC in their family. I took a Heibike for a spin around Laguna Seca Raceway. Heibikes marketing slogan is THE NEXT BIG THING.  Notice I have two cameras on my shoulders. It’s well balanced to support extra weight.

Industry Leaders enjoying Sea Otter Classic.

Industry Leaders unveil the future, peddle assisted Mountain Bikes.

See you at Sea Otter next year.

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Henderson and McConnell Sweep Bonelli Short Track for Trek Factory Racing

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Henderson and McConnell Sweep Bonelli Short Track for Trek Factory Racing

San Dimas, CA – April 12, 2015:  

Rebecca Henderson and Dan McConnell made it a Sunday to remember for Trek Factory Racing by winning the women’s and men’s short track races, wrapping up the racing action at Bonelli Park.

 

Elite Women

Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance) got things underway in the women’s race by leading the first two laps of a twenty-minute plus three laps race. A full complement of Luna Pro racers lined up behind her followed by Jenny Rissveds (Scott/ODLO Mtb Race Team), Kate Courtney (Specialized Factory Racing) and Emily Batty and Henderson (both Trek Factory Racing).

The Luna Pro Team took over affairs on the third lap, with Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash taking the lead before Chloe Woodruff (Stans NoTubes/Niner) launched a serious attack. By the end of the next lap, the group had reformed to about fifteen, with two more joining by the end of lap five. It was here that Nash was seen off the back of the lead group, evidently having chain troubles, but determined to make contact with the leaders and chasing desperately to do so.

The seventh lap was also a prime lap, which Henderson won thanks to a strong charge that saw her build up a large lead and at the same time blew the front group to bits. This move saw Luna down to just Gould and Pendrel in the front group, with Connors and Andrea Waldis (Luna Pro Team) chasing back on at the end of lap seven.

With just three to go, the front group sat up just long enough for Nash to rejoin.  Connors put in one more dig on the pavement with two to go and the chasing group down to just ten. On the last time around, the lead group passed the grassy descent in tatters, the result of a crash by Rissveds. On the final lip just before the pavement, it was Henderson who took the inside line leading to the pavement and taking the win from Gould and Waldis.

 

Elite Men

The men lined up for the same twenty-plus-three format as the women and right off the bat Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) was in front with the hole shot, with teammate Sam Gaze just behind. The two Speclalized riders animated the first few laps, mixing it in the front along with Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Bicycles), Keegan Swenson (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Colombian Hector Fernando Riveros Paez (Raleigh-Clement).

By the end of the fourth lap, cross country winner Nino Schurter (Scott/ODLO) moved his way to the front along with Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory Racing) right before McConnell made his presence known with a hard charge on the pavement section after the start/finish. After lap five there was a general regrouping at the front as reigning US Short Track Champion Stephen Ettinger (Sho-Air/Cannondale) made his presence known in the front. Just before the prime lap, Estonian Martin Loo (Hawaii Express) put in a huge effort and built up a lead that took him through the prime lap and lasted for another two laps until he was pulled back by the efforts of the chase group being led by Wells.

On the final timed lap, McConnell put in his decisive attack, quickly building up a lead that hovered at five seconds for two laps, then extended again on the grassy descent to the midfleld for the last time. Weaving his way through the grassy midfield, McConnell had enough time in hand to take it easy and ease into the finish. Wells crossed the line in second just a few seconds later ahead of Kohei Yamamoto (Trek Factory Racing) and Junior XC World Champion Simon Andreassen (Team Webike-DMK). US CUP XC overall leader Raphael Gagne rounded out the podium in fifth.

 

USA Cycling US Cup presented by Cannondale Round Four

The USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series will continue with round 4, a UCI Category C3 race, at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterrey, California on Saturday, April 18.

 

Bonelli Park 2 short track cross country brief results

Elite women

1 Rebecca Henderson (Canada) Trek Factory Racing; 26:53

2 Georgia Gould (Canada) Luna Pro Team; 26:54

3 Andrea Waldis (Switzerland) Luna Pro Team; 26:54

4 Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing; 26:56

5 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team; 26:57

 

Elite men

1 Daniel McConnell (Australia) Specialized Factory Racing

2 Todd Wells (United States) Specialized Factory Racing

3 Kohei Yamamoto (Japan) Trek Factory Racing

4 Simon Andreasson (Denmark) Team Webike-DMK

5 Raphael Gagne (Canada) Rocky Mountain Bicycles

Schurter Lives Up To Expectations, Batty Takes Her Second US CUP Win This Year

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Schurter Lives Up To Expectations, Batty Takes Her Second US CUP Win This Year

San Dimas, CA – April 11, 2015:

Round three of the USA Cycling US CUP presented by Cannondale was raced on a near-perfect Southern California day and produced worthy winners in Emily Batty and three-time World Champion Nino Schurter.

 

Elite Women

Luna Pro Cycling’s Georgia Gould got hole shot in the women’s race, with Specialized’s Lea Davison charging hard just behind. The women flew around the start loop and headed out for the first of six laps. Scott ODLO’s Swedish National Champion Jenny Rissveds was first to attack and establish a commanding lead over the chasing group which contained the Luna Pro contingent of Gould, Katerina Nash and Katharine Pendrel, along with Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing), Erin Huck (Scott 3 Rox) and Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance).

By the second lap, with Rissveds still out front, the chase group began to come apart under the stress of an attacking Pendrel, who continued to apply pressure on the climbs. At this point the chasers were reduced to just Pendrel, Batty, Nash and Huck. Pendrel and Batty continued to attack putt the others in trouble. At the end of lap two, Pendrel put in another effort which brought back Rissveds back at the start of lap three.

Midway through the race, the front group was whittled down to just Pendrell, Batty and Huck, establishing a nice lead as they entered the infield loop at the end of lap three. Pressure on the climbs saw off Huck, as Pendrel and Batty built up a commanding lead that would last until lap five. The leaders sat up for a breath, which enabled Huck to come close to rejoining, followed again by Rissveds. Just as they were about to make contact, Pendrel put in another hard effort to build up another gap on Huck during the descent, Batty again on her wheel.

The two leaders (Pendrel and Batty) seemed content to face off in a finish line sprint, where Batty made a crafty move just past the final left hand turn to come around Pendrel in a tight sprint for the win. Rissveds made it in for third, followed by Gould and Huck.

“I’ve worked so hard leading up to this,“ said an thrilled Batty after the sprint. “Hats off to Catharine for not making it easy! I really just had fun with it, throwing the rhythm off and dictating how I wanted it to go. I threw an attack in the corner and left it all out there.”

 

Elite Men

Cannondale Factory Racing’s Henrique Avancini continued the team’s fast starts by taking the early lead after the start lap and heading into the first full lap. Three-time World Champion Nino Schurter (Scott-ODLO Mtb Racing Team) took over, standing up and attacking on the first pass of the steep gravel climb. With Schurter taking the early lead, only New Zealander Sam Gaze was able to match the Swiss Champion. Stephen Ettinger (Sho-Air/Cannondale), Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) and Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory Racing) made up the early chase group. The race settled into this situation for the next few laps, with Schurter maintaining and even extending his lead up to a maximum of thirty seconds.

By the end of the fourth lap of seven, Mantecon and Gagne began to work together and slowly pull back Schurter’s lead. The chase worked and the chasers made contact on lap five after Schurter changed a rear flat. Unfortunately for Mantecon and Gagne, Schurter capitalized on the extra effort spent in the chase and pulled away with ease toward the start of the penultimate lap. Tired from the chase, Mantecon and Gagne fought hard to keep the Swiss Champion in their sights, only to see Schurter take the win convincingly.

“It was a super tough course out there,“ said Schurter at the finish. “You have to be really careful in cornering. One mistake and you’re crashing. I like the shorter climbs so it was a perfect course for me.”

 

USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series standings

After round three of the USA Cycling US Cup presented by Cannondale series, Gagne takes over the lead convincingly after his second win of the series, while Batty retakes the lead in the womens’ series ahead of Pendrel.

The USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series will continue with round 4, a UCI Category C3 race, at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterrey, California on Saturday, April 18.

 

Bonelli Park 2 cross country brief results

Elite women

1 Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing; 1:32:22

2 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team; 1:32:23

3 Jenny Rissveds (Sweden) Scott-ODLO Mtb Racing Team; 1:32:39

4 Erin Huck (United States) Scott 3 Rox; 1:32:42

5 Georgia Gould (United States) Luna Pro Team; 1:33:44

 

Elite men

1 Nino Schurter (Switzerland) Scott-ODLO Mtb Racing Team; 1:30:21

2 Raphael Gagne (Canada) Rocky Mountain Bicycles; 1:30:26

3 Sergio Mantecon (Spain) Trek Factory Racing; 1:30:43

4 Derek Zandstra (Canada) Scott 3 Rox Racing; 1:28:56

5 Stephen Ettinger (United States) Sho-Air/Cannondale Mtb Racing Team; 1:31:59

 

USA Cycling US Cup Series Standings after two rounds

Elite women

1 Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing; 114 points

2 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team; 95 points

3 Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) Luna Pro Team; 90 points

4 Georgia Gould (United States) Luna Pro Team; 90 points

4 Erin Huck (United States) Scott 3 Rox Racing; 77 points

 

Elite men

1 Raphael Gagne (Canada) Rocky Mountain Bicycles; 104 points

2 Sergio Mantecon (Spain) Trek Factory Racing; 83 points

3 Anton Cooper (New Zealand) Cannondale Factory Racing; 75 points

4 Derek Zandstra (Canada) Scott 3 Rox Racing; 66 points

5 Adam Morka (Canada) Trek Canada; 64 points

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USA Cycling’s US CUP Returns to Bonelli Park for Round 3

 

USA Cycling’s US CUP Returns to Bonelli Park for Round 3

Three-time World Champion Nino Schurter Expected to Line Up

San Dimas, CA – April 07, 2015:

The USA Cycling’s US CUP presented by Cannondale returns to Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, California this Saturday, April 11, after two exciting rounds of cross country racing action. Interest in the US CUP is higher than ever, with a men’s field expected to exceed 150, and a women’s field that should reach upwards of 80, numbers not seen in years.

For this UCI HC event, a modified version of the Bonelli Park Round 1 C1 course will test athletes with new obstacles. While much-needed and expected rain could make the course perfect for a weekend of hard racing, Sho-Air Cycling Group is not taking any chances, adding 12,000 gallons of reclaimed water on Monday, with another application scheduled for later in the week to ensure optimal course conditions.

The US CUP has consistently attracted a top field of racers, but the Bonelli Park 2 race will feature a top name in world mountain biking. Past U23 and two-time Elite World Champion Nino Schurter (Scott ODLO Mtb Racing) is scheduled to race the event, an addition that is sure to generate excitement from the fans and more than a little anxiety in the men’s field.

“There will be some great new features on the course that should keep things interesting,” said Scott Tedro, Sho-Air President and RideBiker founder. “The racing has been fantastic so far and I am thrilled that a three-time world champion like Nino is coming to race at Bonelli. It just shows how much interest the US CUP is getting from all over the world.”

 

Free video coverage schedule announced

Video coverage of the US CUP Round 3 will be streamed live online. The Elite Womens’ race will start at 11:00am PST followed by the Elite Men at 1:30pm PST. The race will be viewable at www.uscup.net, www.uscup.tv and also at a dedicated page under USA Cycling’s YouTube channel.

“The production quality of the US CUP races being put out by Ridebiker Alliance is outstanding,” said Micah Rice, Vice President of National Events for USA Cycling.  “The visuals are impressive, the racing action is great and it feels like you’re watching a World Cup!”

 

The Womens’ Field

Katerina Nash, winner of Round 2 at Fontana City, is currently in the overall leaders’ jersey by way of winning the higher-valued HC race in Fontana City. Her teammates Georgia Gould (3rd) and Catharine Pendrel (4th) follow Round 1 winner Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) in second. Chloe Woodruff (Team Stan’s NoTubes-Niner) rounds out the overall podium in fifth.

Outsider and surprise of the first two rounds, Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance) is the only other rider to appear on a women’s podium this season. Connors will look for a repeat performance that saw her shoot to the front with the lead group in Bonelli 1, to the surprise and delight of many.

 

The Mens’ Field

Round 2 winner and overall men’s leader Anton Cooper (Cannondale Factory Racing) will not be present in Bonelli, opting for a different build up to the World Cup season. Bonelli 1 winner Raphael Gagne has confirmed a change in his schedule that will allow him to dispute the remainder of the series and go for the overall title.

Cannondale’s Marco Aurelio Fontana and Manuel Fumic will also scratch from Bonelli 2, leaving Brazilian teammate, 2015 Pan American Mtb Champion and multiple times Brazilian national champion Henrique Avancini to fill some big shoes.

Trek Factory Racing’s Sergio Mantecon is another consistent threat, having finished on the podium in each of the first two rounds.

Sho-Air/Cannondale’s Max Plaxton will look to improve on his second-placed finish in round one, while his young teammates Keegan Swenson and Stephen Ettinger will seek to build on rising form that saw Swenson take third place at the Pan American Mountain Bike Championships.

US CUP stalwart Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing), James Reid (Trek RECM), Derek Zandstra and 2014 US CUP winner Geoff Kabush (both Scott 3 Rox Racing) can never be counted out as well, and we could see any of them or many others atop the podium Saturday afternoon.

 

UCI Junior Races

New for the 2015 US CUP Series is that Bonelli Park #2, Round 3 will also include a UCI Junior race category for both men and women. The Junior XCO race will be held at 4:30pm Saturday, with more valuable UCI points and payout on offer.

 

Saturday, April 11 Bonelli Park Race Schedule, all times Pacific Daylight Time / Local California Time

11h00 – 11h15 PDT: Elite women cross country – staging and call-up

11h15 – 13h15 PDT: Elite women cross country race

13h30 – 13h45 PDT: Elite men cross country – staging and call-up

13h45 – 15h45 PDT: Elite men cross country race

15h50 – 16h00 PDT: Elite women and men cross country podium ceremony

16h15 – 16h30 PDT: UCI Junior Women and Men – staging and call-up

16h30 – 17h40 PDT: UCI Junior Women and Men XCO Race

Nash and Wells race to convincing Short Track Cross Country wins at USA Cycling’s US CUP Round 2 at Fontana City

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Nash and Wells race to convincing Short Track Cross Country wins at USA Cycling’s US CUP Round 2 at Fontana City

 

Fontana City, California – March 23, 2015:  Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) won the short track cross country races at the USA Cycling’s US Cup Pro Series presented by Cannondale at Southridge Park in Fontana City, California, on Sunday afternoon. The race wrapped up an exciting weekend of racing and saw riders heading to all corners of the globe in preparation for World Cup events or the next US CUP round in three weeks, the Sea Otter Classic.

 

Elite women

The 31-strong field of women’s racers lined up for fifteen minutes plus three laps of a dusty course that featured a pair of tricky bumps on the far side. Trek Factory Racing’s Emily Batty was crafty in shooting under the charging Luna Pro Team on the first turn to take the hole shot. After the first fast lap, it was all strung out with the Luna Pro Team leading the way.

Lap two saw Chloe Woodruff (Stans No-Tubes-Niner) lead through the start/finish line, with Haley Smith (NORCO Factory Team) in second. One lap later, the Luna girls reclaimed their place at the front, with Catharine Pendrel and Georgia Gould being joined by teammate Andrea Waldis, who was doing some fine teamwork for her leaders. Behind them were Smith, Batty, Woodruff and Rose Grant (Stans No-Tubes).

A general regrouping took place on lap four with one notable exception as Gould flatted and withdrew from the race. Things heated up two laps later and showed the determination of the field, as some bumping occurred at the front on that first left-hander after the start/finish line.

With just two laps to go, the front group grew to fifteen riders, all battling it out for the win. On the penultimate lap, Nash and Batty made their selection, charging hard to establish the winning break. The field exploded at that point, with riders being strung out for the remainder of the race.

In the final run to the line, Nash charged to the win over Batty in an exciting and hard-fought sprint, with Woodruff, Grant and Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement Cycling Team) filling out the podium.

“This is such exciting racing for us, where we can all race so close together,” explained Nash. “I was in the right place at the right time, just like yesterday, so it was a good weekend for me. I knew I was in a good position when I was third at the top. There are so few places to pass here but I found my spot and was able to take the win!”

 

Elite men

The men’s race was also fifteen minutes plus three laps.

Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Bicycels) showed yet another sign of his great form, taking the hole shot as the large men’s field kicked up a dust storm at the start. Unfortunately, the Canadian rider had some bad luck and went down in the first hectic lap, which created a gap and the eventual winning move.  Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing), Kohei Yamamoto (Trek Factory Racing) and Russell Finsterwald (SRAM/LTD Racing Team) were the beneficiaries of the resulting gap, and these first two remained out front for the remainder of the race.

By the third lap, the gap to the chasing group was at eight seconds. Halfway through the fifteen minutes, Wells put in a huge effort at the start/finish line and attempted the solo break. Two laps later, his lead was up to fourteen seconds, which he more or less held onto until the final lap allowed him to ease up a bit. With four laps to go, Finsterwald was replaced in the first chase duo by Yamamoto’s Trek teammate Sergio Mantecon. This group was chased by Stephen Ettinger (Sho-Air/Cannondale), Leandre Bouchard (Equite Quebec), and Estonian Martin Loo.

Wells kept the pressure on and cruised the last lap in to take a commanding win of the short track event. Trek Factory Racing’s Mantecon preceded his teammate and Japanese sensation Yamamoto, while Bouchard was followed in by Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling).

“I heard a big crash on the first lap where there’s a blown out hump in a bottom corner and someone washed out there,” said Wells. “I got a separation with Kohei and Finsty and could tell I was gapping them a little bit on the downhill so I hit it. I looked up and we were only like six minutes into the race! I’m a steady rider so it was better for me to ride at my tempo. If I can get there by myself, I don’t have to follow the surges so it was better for me to ride steady by myself.”

 

US CUP Video Feed

A reminder that Saturday’s professional races are available for viewing at www.uscup.tv as well as on USA Cycling’s youtube channel.

 

Bonelli Park short track cross country brief results

Elite women

1 Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) Luna Pro Team 21:47.26

2 Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing 21:47.60

3 Chloe Woodruff (United States) Team Stans NoTubes – Niner) 21:48.24

4 Rose Grant (United States) Stans NoTubes Elite 21:50.21

5 Catroline Mani (United States) Raleigh Clement Cycling Team 21:53.24

 

Elite men

1 Todd Wells (United States) Specialized Factory Racing; 20:14.45

2 Sergio Mantecon (Spain) Trek Factory Racing; 20:27.36

3 Kohei Yamamoto (Japan) Trek Factory Racing; 20:33.36

4 Leandre Bouchard (Equipe Quebec); 20:34.11

5 Cole Oberman (United States) Rare Disease Cycling; 20:36.83

 

Please see attached PDF files for full results from the Fontana City short track cross country race.

 

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A complete gallery of Saturday’s cross country race can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tbsr7o6u3sfz2qs/AACRfifFCTeRucsUghlsKEaca?dl=0 , with all photos by Ridebiker Alliance)