Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) earned a convincing win in the men's cross country race this past weekend at Mount Snow's Mountain Bike Festival, the fifth stop on the American ProXCT series presented by Sho-air. Another Canadian, Catherine Pendrel (Luna) took the women's victory.
The results of round five mixed up the men's series standings. With all but the finals completed, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) took over the series lead from Max Plaxton (Sho-air-Specialized), and Sid Taberlay (Sho-air-Specialized) moved into second position.
In the women's standings, Catherine Pendrel (Luna) continues to lead the women with Georgia Gould (Luna) hot on her heels.
The Mount Snow race weekend also featured a short track contest. Specialized's Todd Wells finished second and held onto his short track series lead. And although Katerina Nash (Luna) won the women's race, Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher) holds the women's series lead.
The US ProXCT will conclude this weekend at the Yankee Clipper at Windham Mountain in New York on August 15.
Colin Kerr seemed to race to a win in the final stage three of the TR3, a three-day solo version of the TransRockies on Tuesday. However, Kerr's win wasn't truly a win. While riding in second place in the open men's division, Kerr inadvertently shortcut the course and passed the first place rider Cory Wallace - as well as the first place overall team, Rocky Mountain. Kerr was penalized 10 minutes, which dropped him to third for the stage.
Behind, Wallace and Roddi Lega (Team Pedal Head) were having a classic battle with Lega using his singletrack skills to close in the technical sections only to have Wallace pull back out on the climbs. In the end, the final climb was enough to give Wallace a 20-second win and the overall GC as well. Kerr and Lega would finish, respectively, second and third overall.
In the open women's category of the TR3, Katharina Beeler of Arizona confirmed her overall win with a third straight stage win. Craig Bartlett of Canmore won his battle extraordinaire with Calvin Zaryski with his second straight stage win in the Master Men (40+) category.
The TR3 is in its first year after participants requested a solo version of the TransRockies. While the TR3 spanned only the first three days of the full event, TransRockies participants, racing in the original two-person team format, have another four stages to go.
Stefan Widmer and Marty Lazarski (Team Rocky Mountain) are leading the race ahead of the hard-battling Portugese team of Joao Marinho and Jose Silva and visitPA.com's Ray Adams and Ryan Leech.
Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage of the TransRockies.
(Updated) Racing action to heat up at next year's World Cup venue
All of the top North Amercian racers will head to Windham Mountain this weekend for the finale of the US Pro Cross Country Tour (ProXCT) series. Cross country, short track, and team titles will be awarded after a highly competitive six-race series that started in Fontana, California, back in April.
Gravity events will also be held as part of the Windham Yankee Clipper and the US Pro Gravity (ProGrt) Tour. Some top level racers are expected to compete so they can check out the newly built four cross and modified downhill courses. Racing disciplines will also include super D, dual slalom, and downhill.
UCI points will be awarded for cross country, four cross and downhill events.
Last year was Windham Mountain's first year hosting mountain bike events. The ski resort, only 140 miles from downtown Manhattan, made a major investment into course construction and it has paid off. Windham Mountain has been named as a 2010 World Cup Venue for both gravity and cross country events and will directly precede the World Championships held at Mont Sainte Anne a week later. Riders from as many as 35 countries are expected to attend the races at Windham.
Cyclingnews reported last year that the courses were "World Cup class" and "the most fun courses of the year". Then US national cross country champion and current US national short track champion Adam Craig (Giant) said, "That is a hard, proper, mountain bike course". US short track national champion Georgia Gould (Luna Women's MTB) said, "They did such a great job building this course. You could tell they put a lot of work into it-it is really great."
US ProXCT series leaders Catherine Pendrel (Luna Women's MTB) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski will attempt to wrap up their series titles. Pendrel, the second ranked rider in the world, has won three straight ProXCT events including Mt. Snow last weekend. JHK, while winless this season in the...
German cross country champion focusing instead on World Cup finale
Following a discussion with team management, Wolfram Kurschat, the German national cross country champion, decided against travelling to Australia for the World Championships at the beginning of September. Instead, Kurschat will continue to focus his efforts on the World Cup series.
Kurschat has been having his best season ever on the circuit after taking two second place finishes in Offenburg and Houffalize, and he is currently fifth in the general classification. The German hopes to make a strong impression as the series wraps up in late September.
Kurschat cited several reasons for not going to the World Championships including the time required for the World Championships, adjusting to the local time zone, the lengthy flight and the stress of the event. The World Cup penultimate round, in Switzerland on September 12-13, comes just one week after the worlds in Australia. The finale follows one week later on September 19-20, in Austria.
"Undoubtedly this is detrimental to the chances of winning for the rest of the year, and the penultimate World Cup is just a week following Australia. When looked at from this perspective, it is a clear decision," read a statement from the team.
The 2010 calendar may be more appealing to some as the World Championships will be the final major international event, just one week after the final World Cup and located geographically in the same time zone on the same continent. Next year the final World Cup in Windham, New York, will precede the World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, Canada.