Sho-Air/Cannondale Announce World-Class 2015 Team

 

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New Faces Join Seasoned Veterans to Tackle 2015 Calendar

 

Huntington Beach, Calif.—October 24, 2014—Sho-Air International today presented the Sho-Air/Cannondale Professional Mountain Bike Team at the team’s headquarters, Sho-Air Cyclery in Orange, California. The team will face the 2015 campaign with a stacked lineup, welcoming newcomers and bringing a former member back “home.”

 

Canadian National Champion Max Plaxton returns to Team Sho-Air/Cannondale after being on loan to Cannondale Factory Racing during the 2014 season. In addition, up and coming women’s athlete Evelyn Dong also joins the team; this is Dong’s second full year as a pro rider. Over the past two years Dong has shown significant growth in the pro ranks to merit considerable attention.

 

“We’ve been impressed with Evelyn’s rapid advance to the front of the women’s races,” said Sho-Air owner Scott Tedro. “It was easy for us to name her as our choice to battle it out in the women’s events. She has a never-give-up attitude that is inspiring to fans, both men and women alike, and I personally can’t wait to see her continue to grow in the sport.”

 

Two young guns, who have already achieved national championship status, will complete the team. These athletes include 2013 US Cross Country National Champion and current Short Track National Champion Stephen Ettinger as well as current U23 Short Track National Champion Keegan Swenson. Together, these riders form a formidable cross country team ready and able to take on an invigorated national cross country calendar.

 

“This is a powerhouse team,” said Tedro. “With all the great things happening in American cross country racing, I’m proud to see this group of racers fly our colors. It’s going to be an incredible season and I can’t wait for it to get started.”

 

“XC mountain bike racing is growing across the United States,” said Dave Manchester,

Cannondale’s senior vice president of sales and marketing for North America. “We’re looking forward to be at the forefront of the sport in America and are excited to be partnering with Sho-Air Cycling Group as XC racing expands.”

 

With three HC races and an additional six UCI events between the U.S. Cup and PRO XCT, as well as the Pan-American Games and two North American World Cup events, the UCI points on offer in North America in 2015 are more than enough to qualify the maximum number of Olympic riders as well as provide premium start positions at the World Championships without ever leaving North America.

 

During today’s team presentation, Sho-Air Cycling Group also announced the creation of the Ridebiker Alliance, which is designed to create sustainable club teams in partnership with bicycle retailers across the United States. In addition, the Ridebiker Alliance will provide an exciting privateer program for six aspiring pros, three men and three women, to be part of a turnkey self-promoting, revenue-generating program.

 

The six riders selected will join the existing four Ridebiker National Professional Representatives, Tinker Juarez, Alex Grant, Kimber Tedro, and Sam Schultz to form a ten-person Ridebiker Alliance Professional Program. The six riders will be chosen from applications submitted via ridebiker.com. These selected Ridebiker professionals will receive a minimum $2,500 in direct sponsorship, five custom-designed race kits, and special pro discount pricing on equipment from participating Ridebiker Alliance sponsors such as Cannondale, Kenda, SUGOI and GU among others.

 

They will also receive free entry to all U.S. Cup events, along with personalized website and social media support from Sho-Air Cycling Group. Full application details, qualifications, and rules will be posted on ridebiker.com on December 1st, with the final selection announcement slated for December 15th.

 

The 2015 USA Cycling U.S. Cup schedule is as follows:

Round 1: March 14 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas Calif. (UCI Category C1)
Round 2: March 21 – Fontana, Fontana City, Calif. (UCI Category HC)
Round 3: April 11 – Bonelli Park, San Dimas, Calif. (UCI Category HC)
Round 4: April 18 – Sea Otter, Monterrey, Calif. (UCI Category C3)
Round 5: June 27 – Colorado Springs, Colo. (UCI Category HC)

 

Been Down So Gosh Darn Long, That It Looks Like Up To Me

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Jason Harrod

 

Wow. I have been away for some time. I apologize. And for what it’s worth, it has not been a party. Life has handed me, well, lemons and while trying to make them into margaritas I have found myself slipping into a darkness I have only borne witness to once before. That time was no fun either. I have dragged my ass for long enough. I have let my riding slip away for long enough. I have stopped writing and reading for long enough. Don’t get me wrong, I did not quit life or let my family down, but I did quit me and let myself down. I have had enough. I found the cure to what was ailing me with a desire for change and the simple lifting of a leg. No, not that. Come on now. The leg I lifted was over the top tube of a mountain bike, and as hard as it was to get my rounder self rolling, pointing said mountain bike at some singletrack was a quick and potent cure for my malaise.

 

Singletrack can cure anything. Really. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. I dare you. Sure the first day or two was humbling as I had to find my rhythm, my focus, my line. But I did. In finding the aforementioned, I found myself as well. I am glad to be back.

 

I am blessed to live in an area where dirt and singletrack and good riding are as easy to find as my much more cavernous belly button. And I am blessed to have friends and family and people who support me. Did I mention singletrack? My recent dirty escapades have lit a proverbial fire under my ass; it has spilled over into all aspects of my life. I am writing again. I am reading more. I am spending more and better time with my family and friends. I have become more passionate about my coaching, about my diet, my sleeping habits. Simply put, getting back on the bike has completely and fully enhanced every aspect of my life.

 

I suppose if you are reading this I am preaching to the choir. But I was lost.   Now I am found.   Down no longer looks like up … to me. Rediscovering myself through the bike has been a truly enlightening and heart pounding experience. It’s all good. The path is clear, dusty and off camber at times, but clear. I have no choice but to follow.   Wanna come?

Must Watch:Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

#TheRidge is the brand new film from Danny Macaskill… For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline

 

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Mammoth Mountain Bike Park: Bullet Downhill Course Preview

Kamikaze Bike Games:

Bullet is a true gnarly DH (downhill) trail from top to bottom. You’ve got some fast flowy sections, into gnarly rocking sections, into the triple drop and some man-made features into the house jump. It’s definitely a pro-line,” says Cliff Klock, Mammoth Mountain’s Bike Park Manager.

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2014 UCI MTB World Cup – Meribel – XCE Action Clip

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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup: Stirnemann & Mels crowned Eliminator World Cup Champions for 2014

The final round of the Eliminator series in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano saw some of the most exciting racing of the season in Méribel, France. Linda Indergand (Struby-Bixs) took the first World Cup win of her career in the women’s race, ahead of World Cup overall winner Kathrin Stirnemann (Sabine Spitz Haibike), while Fabrice Mels (Salcano Alanya) took the men’s win to lock up the overall title.
Stirnemann had already mathematically won the women’s title going into the final round of the World Cup, but there were still other podium positions to fight for, plus the honour of winning what will be the final Eliminator World Cup, since the event has been dropped from the World Cup series after this year.
Indergand, the fastest qualifier, and Stirnemann, the second fastest, were joined in the women’s Final by the other top qualifiers – Jenny Rissveds (Scott-Odlo) and Ingrid Boe Jacobsen (Sepura XC Superior). As she did through every heat, Indergand rocketed off the front in the women’s Final to easily win. Stirnemann took second after an early battle with Rissveds, before the Swedish champion suffered a mechanical, dropping her to fourth.
“It’s unbelievable,” stated Indergand after her win. “I knew the course and it was very technical, which is good for me. The crowd was awesome and it is incredible to have my first win.”
Stirnemann takes the 2014 World Cup title with 265 points from two wins, three seconds and a fourth place – never missing a Final all season. Rissveds finishes second overall with 185 points and one win, while World Champion Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory) ends up third with 160 points and two wins, despite missing the second half of the series due to illness.
“For me, tonight was just about enjoying the jersey, enjoying the overall win,” said Stirnemann. “Taking second place with a double victory for Switzerland [behind Indergand] was just amazing. I’m so happy. Now I hope for a good battle at the World Championships.”
The men’s series was much tighter than the women’s going into Méribel, with four riders still able to upset Mels – World Champion Paul van der Ploeg of Australia, defending World Cup champion Daniel Federspiel (Otztal Scott), Round 5 winner Andres Soto (MMR Bikes) and German rider Simon Gegenheimer, the winner of Round 4.
Van der Ploeg was the first to drop out of contention for the title after failing to make it through the quarterfinal round, then Federspiel, who didn’t make it into the Final. However, Gegenheimer could still take the title if he won the Final and Mels finished fourth. The two contenders were joined in the final by local favourite and fastest qualifier Kevin Miquel of France and Round 5 winner Andres Soto.
The Final started poorly for Mels and an upset looked possible, as Miquel got the holeshot into the first corner with Gegenheimer on his wheel while Mels was fourth. But the Belgian champion and World Cup leader gradually worked his way to third, then second and finally the lead to outsprint Gegenheimer at the line for the title.
“It was a difficult night,” commented Mels. “The first heats did not go like I wanted because I did not have good starts and had to sprint at each finish. Only in the Final was I the strongest. I’m so happy that I could take a victory here and the World Cup overall. I knew I had to go flat out all night because Gegenheimer, van der Ploeg, Federspiel and Soto were all so close [in points] that I had to push it all night. It’s such a relief that it worked out for me.”
Mels wins the title with 217 points and two wins, with Gegenheimer jumping from fourth to second in the standings at 164. Federspiel and van der Ploeg are next, tied at 150 points, but Federspiel gets the nod for third place after winning the small final in Méribel to finish fifth, while van der Ploeg ended up ninth on the night.

Upcoming Mountain Bike and BMX World Championship Events to Air on Universal Sports Network

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Adrenaline-Spiked Cycling Events Highlight Remaining 2014 Cycling Series on Universal Sports Network

 

Los Angeles (July 14, 2014) – Universal Sports Network presents national television and online coverage of 2014 UCI Mountain Bike and BMX World Championship events beginning with the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships on Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m. ET.

Next week, the 2014 UCI BMX World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands will air on Sunday, July 27, at 4 p.m. ET. Fans who do not normally receive Universal Sports Network as a part of their television package will be able to watch the BMX action from Holland during week-long free previews from DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, BendBroadband and CenturyLink Prism starting on July 22.

Following World Cup stops in Windham, New York and Meribel, France, the mountain bike season culminates at the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Hafjell, Norway. Coverage of the week-long event begins Tuesday, September 2 at 5 p.m. ET.

Universal Sports Network Mountain Bike and BMX TV Schedule:

ALL TIMES ET – subject to change

Date

TV Time

Event

Location

July 15

6 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

July 27

4 p.m.

UCI BMX World Championships

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Aug. 8

9 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Windham, New York

Aug. 9

8 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Windham, New York

Aug. 10

8 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Windham, New York

Sep. 2

5 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Hafjell, Norway

Sep. 6

1 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Hafjell, Norway

Sep. 6

3 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Hafjell, Norway

Sep. 7

1 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Hafjell, Norway

Sep. 7

3 p.m.

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

Hafjell, Norway

With more than 185 hours of exclusive television coverage this year, Universal Sports Network is firmly established as the leader in cycling coverage on American television. Marquee events in this year’s cycling series include the Vuelta a España, Volta a Cataluyna, Tour of Belgium, Tour of Britain, La Course by Le Tour de France, Track Cycling World Championships, Road Cycling World Championships, and the Cyclo-cross World Championships. To find Universal Sports in your channel lineup, please visit universalsports.com.

 

Universal Sports Network 2014 Road Cycling Schedule:

ALL TIMES ET – subject to change

 

DATE                                     EVENT                                                                                   LOCATION

July 27                                   La Course by Le Tour de France                                 Paris, France

Aug. 11-17                           Eneco Tour                                                                         Netherlands/Belgium

Aug. 23-Sep. 14                 Vuelta a España                                                                Spain

Aug. 31                                 Grand Prix de Plouay                                                      Belgium

Sep. 2-7                                Tour of Alberta                                                                 Alberta, Canada

Sep. 7-14                             Tour of Britain                                                                   Great Britain

Sep. 17                                 Grand Prix de Wallonie                                                  France

Sep. 23-28                           UCI Road Cycling World Championships                 Ponferrada, Spain

Oct. 10-14                            Tour of Beijing                                                                   Beijing, China

SNOW SUMMIT SURPRISES WITH EARLY OPENING

 

THEIR PAIN, OUR GAIN

SNOW SUMMIT SURPRISES WITH EARLY OPENING

DOWNHILL MTB RIDING LOOKING UP AT BIG BEAR

 APRIL 19, 2014, BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. Words and images by Philip Beckman/PB Creative — You have to feel sorry for SoCal skiers and boarders. A touch of sympathy. A couple of soft pats on the shoulder and perhaps some warm, quiet words. A scrunch of the eyebrows with a benevolent shake of the head. Boo-Hoo.

 

Due to drought conditions and minimal snowfall in southwestern U.S. this past winter, fans of sliding sports were literally left high and dry — except in their eyes.

 

Their pain, our gain. Cyclists around these parts, on the other hand, took great comfort in a summerlike winter. Then when it was announced that the Snow Summit Bike Park was going to open early, all we could shout was Boo-Ya! (Just not within earshot of our snow-bereft buddies.)

 

This venerable ski hill in Big Bear Lake — backyard playground for 18 million day-tripping Los Angelenos — is going through a renaissance when it comes to mountain bikes. Once the virtual center of the universe in terms of MTB riding of all types, the property was closed to two-wheelers for nearly a decade following a couple of serious injuries, a change of ownership and pressure from the Forest Service.

 

True downhill bikes in particular came under severe scrutiny. If a rider showed up with a bike sporting a dual-crown fork, eight inches of suspension travel and weighed more than 38 pounds, they were met with a stern shake of the head and gesture toward the exit. And there really was no plan B in terms of lift-serviced mountain biking.

 

That all changed last year when Snow Summit once again opened its arms — and two ski lifts — to owners of all types of MTBs. Riders were delighted with what they found: new or refurbished, professionally designed trails with big, swoopy berms, man-made jumps and wooden features reminiscent of those built in iconic locations such as Whistler and Snowmass. The real deal.

 

Snow Summit Bike Park began its sophomore season with the first annual Summer Kickoff Party on Saturday, April 19th, earlier than any other “lifted” facility in North America. The base area — at 7000 feet above sea level — was the event’s hub, with enough color, sound and energy to remind us of the heydays of the sport at this resort (think early- to mid-1990s).

 

An expo row included displays from Trek, Marin, Redline, Intense, Oakley, Marzocchi, Ryders Eyewear, Troy Lee Designs, Five Ten, Smith Optic and Freestyle USA. The unmistakable Red Bull MXT truck had DJ Slip Matt cueing tunes. Numerous raffles and prize giveaways helped keep off-bike excitement high.

 

Common topics of discussion centered on some new obstacles and trail sections, as well as the rerouting of some old trails. It was announced that an all-new “green” trail (parlance for beginner-friendly) will be open by July 4th. Many of the hundreds in attendance were dazzled by the day’s traction, thanks to a quick but convincing thunderstorm that had rolled through the previous afternoon.

 

The Snow Summit Bike Park has a lot to offer, at reasonable prices. Season passes are now on sale for just $279; hard to beat if visiting often this summer and fall. Downhill mountain biking is back in a big way in Big Bear.

 

For more, visit bigbearmountainresorts.com/summer/

 

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

 

You may encounter Trouble on the black-diamond Party Wave Trail.

You may encounter Trouble on the black-diamond Party Wave Trail.

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You may encounter Trouble on the black-diamond Party Wave Trail.

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

Exhibitors put the final touches on the expo before the doors open for the season.

It didn’t take long for the lift lines to fill with eager downhillers once the event got started.

It didn’t take long for the lift lines to fill with eager downhillers once the event got started.

It had been a while since genuine downhill bikes were being hoisted onto Snow Summit’s lifts. This event marked the second season in a row they’ve been allowed back.

It had been a while since genuine downhill bikes were being hoisted onto Snow Summit’s lifts. This event marked the second season in a row they’ve been allowed back.

A view from the Scenic Sky Chair shows what little remains of this past “winter’s” snowfall.

A view from the Scenic Sky Chair shows what little remains of this past “winter’s” snowfall.

Snow Summit Bike Park offers fun and adventure for all ages.

Snow Summit Bike Park offers fun and adventure for all ages.

SoCal is not very green these days, but you’ll find some at Big Bear.

SoCal is not very green these days, but you’ll find some at Big Bear.

Getting high at more than 7000 feet above sea level.

Getting high at more than 7000 feet above sea level.

Snow Summit does not lack for breathtaking scenery.

Snow Summit does not lack for breathtaking scenery.

Ski lifts and downhill mountain bikes go together like peas and carrots.

Ski lifts and downhill mountain bikes go together like peas and carrots.

 

RACE REPORT: KENDA CUP #4, SANTA YNEZ VALLEY CLASSIC

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APRIL 5-6, 2014, LOS OLIVOS, Calif. Words and images by Philip Beckman/PB Creative — It’s fitting that the Santa Ynez Valley Classic is situated in the heart of wine country. Like a fine wine, this event is not getting older, it’s getting better.

 

Over the years there has been a lot of hard, championship-level racing at this particular chunk of land. But this scenic acreage just a few minutes north of touristy Solvang has changed hands and names several times since competitive MTB events started staging here in the late 1990s, without distinguishing itself as a must-do date. You might even say things had become stagnant.

 

Until, that is, area native Mike Hecker came aboard a few years ago. A self-described “diehard cycling activist,” Hecker and his small crew tidied things up, started cutting in new singletrack, added features like a pump track and playground, increased marketing and created The Dirt Club, selling memberships for access to this private property. Members can now ride on Wednesdays and weekends, as long as they put some time into “community service” at the property. At the moment The Dirt Club has approximately 50 active members. All mountain bike riders are invited to join the fun; the $15 gate fee is waived for members.

 

Veteran competitors who rolled in for the 15th Annual Santa Ynez Valley Classic last weekend were in agreement: this was the best it’s ever been. Recent rains had greened up the rolling hills, brought out the poppies and quelled the dust without leaving a spec of mud. The weather cooperated nicely, although breezy on Saturday for the Super D and warm on Sunday during the Cross Country. The significant amount of new trail was universally praised for its creativity and flowing nature. Add in the well-oiled machine that is Team Big Bear to run the race program, and Round 4 of the 2014 Kenda Cup Series presented by the Sho-Air Cycling Group turned out to be a true mountain bike delight.

 

“Fun” seemed to be the operative word during a festive awards ceremony. It was even the first thing Frenchman Julien Bourdevaire brought up during an interview after winning the Pro Men’s class. The Blackstar team member — also the winner of Round 1 at Vail Lake — had held off the advances of brothers Eric Bostrom (Next Level/Sho-Air Cyclery) and Ben Bostrom (Specialized) to win by just over a minute. Stephane Roch (Swami’s/Skilz) and John Nobil (Bear Valley Bikes) completed the podium.

 

“I enjoyed this race, and this circuit particularly,” stated Bourdevaire. “It is very different from Bonelli and Fontana [the second and third rounds, respectively]. It is more green and less rocky. I led after the first climb and had no problem. It was a smooth race; no mistakes.”

 

Several Endurance classes ran concurrently, and at the end of the day Sho-Air/Cannondale’s Tinker Juarez had completed the four-lap, 44-mile challenge in an amazing 3:13:30, more than ten minutes quicker than next-best Stu Gonzalez (Bear Valley Bikes).

 

Only two Pro Women entered the Cross Country event, so they were started with the Pro Men’s field. Eventual winner Larissa Connors (Marin/CTS) found this to be motivational. As she explained with her ever-present smile, “It’s good to have someone to chase. I went out really hard and tried to stay with the men as long as possible. The first lap was a little painful! It was a really fun course, even with doing an extra lap after my finish. And I’m still going out to do two more laps. I have to get ready for Sea Otter.”

 

Indeed, many of the competitors at Santa Ynez were moving straight on to Monterey. That classic course may have a hard time measuring up to The Dirt Club’s. For more info, visit thedirtclub.com.

 

The fifth of seven events on the Kenda Cup schedule takes place at Bonelli Regional Park on April 27. For more information and complete results and series standings, go to uscup.net.

 

Complete Super D and Cross Country galleries from the Santa Ynez Valley Classic can be found at pbcreativephoto.com.

Kenda Cup #1 Report MTB CROSS-COUNTRY

RACE REPORT: KENDA CUP #1 MTB CROSS-COUNTRY

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Kenda Cup #1 Report

 

MARCH 1-2, 2014, TEMECULA, Calif. Words and images by Phil Beckman/PB Creative — Do you believe in miracles? Yes! After two years of virtually no precipitation in SoCal, leaving regional trails even more baked hard, sandy, rocky, dusty, dry-slick and grayish beige than usual (which is most of the time) an unexpected winter storm finally broke through and soaked the area with up to eight inches of rain and a coating of snow on nearby peaks.

 

Two days of sometimes heavy, flash flood-spawning showers took place just before round one of the 2014 Kenda Cup Series presented by the Sho-Air Cycling Group, raising considerable concern about course conditions. Would it be a mudder? What tires should I mount? Do I really want to subject my brand new carbon fiber steed to a couple of hours on a grinding wheel?

 

Thankfully, the thirsty soil soaked it up like a Scotch-Brite pad that’s been hiding under the sink for a decade or two. As a result, the 8.5-mile course laid out by the Team Big Bear and SoCal Endurance crews at Vail Lake Resort consisted almost entirely of hero dirt. Velcro.

 

An impressive turnout of competitors proved that mountain bike riders are not easily intimidated. It was gloomy, overcast, humid and cool enough to see your breath, but enthusiasm ran high and the mud factor low. In the midst of a winter that was very similar to summer, this was a miraculous turn of climatic events.

 

The French must love these sort of conditions, because there were two of them in the top three at the end of the three-lap Pro Men’s race. Twenty-three-year-old Julien Bourdevaire and younger brother Jean-Louis — both wearing freshly unwrapped Blackstar Racing kits after being recruited to the powerhouse team only days before — finished the season opener in first and third, respectively.

 

Jean-Louis set an inflammatory pace that shredded the field during the first two laps, then “Jules” took over and took off on lap three. Jason Siegle (SDG/Felt) was one of the shredees early on, but was sensible enough to avoid the red zone and ride his own race. Siegle gradually worked his way back into the picture and then all the way to second place, but at the line he was still 42 seconds in arrears of the elder Bourdevaire.

 

Fourth place fell to the veteran John Nobil (Bear Valley Bikes), while Mexican Miguel Oregel (Buena Park Bicycles) rounded out this cosmopolitan podium.

 

“I’m super happy,” the winner said later. “I didn’t know the names of the other racers except for my brother. I’m new here, since January. On the second lap my brother did the job for me. He went to the front and was pulling hard. Then I just had to sprint and finish the last lap as fast as I could. There were no problems at all. I am planning to do all of the U.S. Cup races until June, then my brother and I go to South Africa because we’re both qualified for the Marathon World Championships.”

 

An unfamiliar name ended up at the top of the Pro Women’s results sheet as well. Jen Todd (Platinum Performance), had little trouble dominating the small field, with Deya Guerrero (Veloz Team) and Kata Skaggs (Adventure Bicycle Co.) trailing by many minutes after three laps.

 

As we learned at the awards ceremony, Todd is a former Pro mountain bike racer who has been active in the sport of XTERRA racing since 2006. In fact, she is the reigning World Champion in the 35-39 age group.

 

“This is my first race back in about six years,” she revealed. “I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a great course; I couldn’t ask for better conditions. It was great being out there again. I forgot how much I love it. Everything went as smooth as I could have hoped for in my first race back. I think the stars were aligned for me. I’m planning of doing most of the series if it doesn’t conflict with the XTERRAs. That is still my first priority.”

 

A five-lap endurance race, run concurrently with all of the day’s foray, was once again the domain of mountain bike legend Tinker Juarez (Sho-Air/Cannondale). The Energizer bunny of MTB racing topped Danny Munoz (B-Rads) by just under three minutes to take the Open Men division in a time of 3:07.54. Nevada’s Timari Prius (Kenda/Pivot/Wins Wheels) rode over four and a half hours to take the Open Women win.

 

Six races remain in the 2014 Kenda Cup Series, with five of a rider’s best seven events on the calendar counting for the final standings. For more information, full results and more, visit uscup.net.

A full photo gallery can be found at pbcreativephoto.com.