Bishop and Batty lead Pro XCT standings

Trek Factory Racing ranked as top team

Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) vaulted into the USA Cycling Pro Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) lead with their performances at the Bonelli Park US Cup, held on March 16-17 in San Dimas, California.


With the absence of first-round winner Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing), Bishop and Todd Wells (Specialized Racing), who were second and third, respectively, in last week's standings, had the top spot in their sights heading into the Bonelli Park race.

Bishop and Wells, along with Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain) quickly separated themselves from the pack, but as Bishop applied the pressure on the technical and warm course, Wells and Gagne could not keep pace and Bishop crossed the line with over a minute to spare on Gagne and over two minutes on Wells.

With his victory, Bishop takes over the US Pro XCT men's standings lead with 450 points, followed by Wells with 350 points and Sam Schultz (Trek Factory Racing) with 280 points. McConnell and Gagne round out the top five of the men's standings with 250 and 200 points, respectively.


Lesley Paterson (Scott Bicycles), the 2011 and 2012 XTerra Triathlon world champion, bested a field that included Olympic cross country mountain bikers Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing), Lea Davison (Specialized Factory Racing) and Annie Last (Trek Factory Racing) to claim victory on the redesigned course at Bonelli Park.

After starting near the back row, Paterson caught up to the three Olympians on the second of five laps and then broke away with Batty on the third circuit. Paterson would slowly pull away from Batty to finish more than 20 seconds in front.

The silver medal by Batty, along with her third-place finish at the Mellow Johnny's Classic season opener on March 2, gives the Canadian the series lead in the Pro XCT women's standings after two events with 375 points. Last is close behind Batty with 340 points, followed by Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers Race Club 11) with 300 points, and Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe's) with 260 points. Mellow Johnny's Classic winner Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) is fifth in the women's standings with 250 points. Henderson was racing at home in Australia instead of at Bonelli Park.

Trek Factory Racing maintains its lead in the Pro XCT team standings after two of nine races on the calendar with 935 points. Sho-Air-Cannondale sits in second place with 540 points, followed by Specialized Racing in third place with 525. BMC MTB Development Team has a slim lead over Kona for the fourth-place spot with 145 points to Kona's 140 points.

Elite men US Pro XCT standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremiah Bishop450 pts
2Todd Wells350 
3Sam Schultz280 
4Daniel McConnell250 
5Raphael Gagne200 
6Ryan Woodall195 
6Benjamin Sonntag195 
7Derek Zandstra150 
8Mitchell Hoke145 
9Cameron Jette140 
9Antoine Caron*140 
10Colin Cares120 
10Adam Morka120 
11Zachary Valdez*111 
12Russell Finsterwald*100 
13Alexander Grant90 
14Kris Sneddon85 
15Robert McCarty81 
16Tristan Uhl80 
16Kerry Werner*80 
17Casey Williams*78 
18Jason Sager75 
19Payson McElveen*70 
19Travis Woodruff70 
20Peter Glassford65 
21Macky Franklin60 
21Barry Wicks60 
22Keegan Swenson*55 
22Rotem Ishay55 
23Cole Oberman51 
24Menso de Jong50 
24Michael Zanetti*50 
25JoseJuan Escarcega40 
25Colin Osborn40 
26Kalan Beisel38 
27Miguel Valadez36 
28Clinton Claassen34 
28William Melone34 
29Connor McCutcheon*32 
29Tristan Cowie32 
30Ryan Chandler28 
30Drew Edsall28 
31Shawn Milne26 
31David Hanes26 
32Ignacio Torres*24 
33Joel Titius*23 
33Matt Gordon23 
34Bryan Fawley22 
34Jason Siegle22 
35Riley Howard*21 
36Ivan Lizardi20 
36Sean Donovan20 
37Ernie Watenpaugh19 
37Elliot Reinecke19 
38Jonathan Sundt18 
38Samuel Morrison18 
39Craig Wohlschlaeger17 
39Taylor Smith*17 
39Kyle Taylor17 
40Mathieu Bilodeau16 
41Ely Woody15 
42Jacob Albrecht*14 
42Charles Jenkins14 
43Nathan Guerra13 
43Jakub Valigura13 
44Nathan Brown12 
44Kevin Bradford-Parish12 
45Blake Harlan11 
46Eliel Anttila*10 
46Keith Hargis10 
47Billy Wood9 
47JuanCarlos NunezGalvan*9 
48Brad Wilhelm8 
49Derek Hermon7 
50Nick Truitt6 
51Hal Helbock5 
51Garet Steinmetz5 
52Craig Kunz4 
52Thomas Turner4 
53Gerald Drummond*3 
53Sam Gross*3 
54Wiley Mosley2 
55Alex Wild*1 
55Garnet Vertican1 
Elite women US Pro XCT standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emily Batty375 pts
2Annie Last340 
3Chloe Woodruff300 
4Erin Huck260 
5Rebecca Henderson*250 
5Lesley Paterson250 
6Christina Gokey-Smith230 
7Judy Freeman210 
8Erica Tingey200 
9Lea Davison175 
10Nina Baum165 
11Rebecca Gross150 
12Amanda Sin120 
13Jamie Busch85 
14Larissa Fitchett80 
15Lisa Uranga70 
15Krista Park70 
16Victoria Barclay65 
16Shayna Powless*65 
17Mikaela Kofman60 
17Karlee Gendron*60 
18Kata Skaggs55 
18Katherine Sherwin55 
19Sydney Fox50 
19Amy Beisel50 
20Deidre York*45 
21Anna Dvorak40 
23Vanessa Humic36 
Teams US Pro XCT standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Trek Factory Racing935 pts
3Specialized Racing525 
4BMC MTB Development Team145 
Author: Cycling News

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