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Katerina Nash leading Luna team-mate Catharine Pendrel up the longest climb during lap two

Katerina Nash leading Luna team-mate Catharine Pendrel up the longest climb during lap two

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Round 3 free live video streaming schedule announced

Coming just one week after round 2 of the 2014 USA Cycling US Cup Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group in Bonelli Park, Fontana will host round 3 of the world-class mountain bike race series. Top racers, such as Bonelli Park winners Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team), will be on the start line in Fontana, California, on Saturday, March 22.

"We're excited to host many of the world's best mountain bikers for a second week in a row here in California," said Sho-Air President Scott Tedro. "We expect some more tight battles among North America's and Europe's elite stars in Fontana."

The Fontana race will be a UCI categorized C1 race.

Series standings ahead of Fontana

At the halfway point of the USA Cycling US Cup Series, Canadian Geoff Kabush and Czech Republic native Katerina Nash head into round 3 in Fontana atop the standings.

Kabush leads the men's standings with 80 points ahead of round 1 Mellow Johnny's Classic winner Max Plaxton (Cannondale Factory Racing) with 64 points, US Short Track National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) with 56 points, Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air Cannondale) with 45 points and Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Trek Factory Racing) with 37 points.

Nash is ranked number one among the women with 80 points after winning both the Mellow Johnny's Classic and Bonelli Park. Her teammate Catharine Pendrel is second with 64 points while Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) has moved up to third overall with 57 points. Daniela Campuzano (Mexican National Team) has 49 points in fourth while Geogia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rounds out the top five with 47 points.

Standings could see a shake-up at Fontana, where the men's and women's winners will collect 25 points for their victories. And all racers, including the winners, will pick up an extra five points for lining up on the start line. Full series standings are below.

The elite men's contenders

USA Cycling US Cup Series leader Geoff Kabush (Scott 3Rox) of Canada will face some tough competition in the elite men's race in Fontana. Kabush, a veteran racer with many years of experience, powered to victory last weekend at Bonelli Park after riding a tactically smart race while his rivals took turn attacking and tiring out their legs.

Among the other North Americans to watch are Canadian Max Plaxton (Cannondale Factory Racing), American Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) and American Stephen Ettinger (BMC). Wells won in Fontana in 2010 and 2013 while Plaxton earned the victory there in 2011. Both riders are highly motivated to do well in the series, with Plaxton now sitting in second place overall after his third place Bonelli Park finish and Wells in third place overall after his fourth place Bonelli Park finish. US Cross Country National Champion Ettinger missed round 1, but came on strong in round 2 as the second-best placed American.

Plaxton's Cannondale European teammates, including Marco Fontana of Italy and Manuel Fumic of Germany cannot be counted out. Fontana played a big role in the outcome of the Bonelli Park cross country with an attack mid-race, and he also won the short track race the next day.

Bonelli Park runner-up Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory Racing) of Spain now sits in fifth place in the series after proving he is on form and able to mix it up with the best this past weekend.

Sho-Air/Cannondale will be well represented with top riders Jeremiah Bishop, Sam Schultz and Alex Grant. Bishop, who is currently fourth in the USA Cycling US Cup series, made it to Bonelli Park last weekend just in time to race after the birth of his second child while Schultz continues his comeback after nearly a year out of competition due to a back injury.

The elite women's contenders

After winning both the cross country and short track races at Bonelli Park and the USA Cycling US Cup series opener at Mellow Johnny's, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) is undoubtedly the woman to beat in round 3 in Fontana. She'll again have the support of her super strong teammates Catharine Pendrel of Canada and Geogia Gould of the United States. Between the three Luna ladies, they've got three of the top five spots in the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series covered.

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) racing proved she was on form in Bonelli with a third place finish. The consistent Canadian, racing thus far without teammates, is sitting in third overall in the series.

Mexican Daniela Campuzana (Mexican National Team) has showed up consistently at both rounds of the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series so far and after finishing fourth at Bonelli Park, is fourth overall in the series.

Evelyn Dong's fifth place finish at Bonelli Park did not go unnoticed. The rider from the US continues to climb the elite domestic ranks.
The favorites can't count out Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda/Stans No Tubes) and Pua Mata (Sho-Air/Cannondale) of the United States and the up and coming Mikaela Kofman (Scott 3 Rox Racing) of Canada. All three put in top 10 finishes at Bonelli Park.

The course

Though it is essentially an urban race, the venue at Southridge Park in Fontana is much closer to the edge of the Los Angeles metropolis - nearly in the desert. The "classic" mountain bike course covers 3.5 miles and has 650 feet of climbing per lap and features smooth, flowing singletrack on a bald, treeless hill. It also includes lots of rocks and roots, which creates a racing experience unlike any other presently found within the US Cup circuit.

Free live video streaming

Building upon the success of the live video streaming offered for rounds 1 and 2 of the USA Cycling US Cup Series presented by the Sho-Air Cycling Group, round 3 at Fontana will again be streamed free online here at Cyclingnews. Stay tuned for further coverage.

Saturday, March 23 Fontana Race Schedule (all times Pacific Daylight 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

Elite men US Cup Series standings after two rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Geoff Kabush(Scott 3 Rox Racing) 77  pts
2 Max Plaxton(Cannodale Factory Team) 64  
3 Todd Wells(Specialized Factory Racing) 56  
4 Jeremiah Bishop(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 45  
5 Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez(Trek Factory Racing Team) 37  
6 Derek Zandstra(Scott 3 Rox Racing) 37  
7 Benjamin Sonntag(Stans No Tubes Elite Racing) 33  
8 Marco Aurelio Fontana(Cannondale Factory Racing) 28  
9 Spencer Paxson(Kona) 28  
10 Manuel Fumic(Cannondale Factory Racing) 26  
11 Payson Mcelveen(USA U23) 25  
12 Adam Morka(WFP Coaching/Trek Bikes) 25  
13 Stephen Ettinger(BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) 24  
14 Russell Finsterwald(Sram/Troy Lee Designs Race Team) 21  
15 Kris Sneddon(Kona) 20  
16 Alex Grant(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 20  
17 Troy Wells(Team Cliff Bar) 18  
18 Raphael Gagne(Rocky Mountain Factory) 18  
19 Tony Aguirre(Platinum X) 17  
20 Cameron Jette(Scott-3 Rox Racing) 17  
21 Sam Schultz(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 16  
22 Carl Decker(Giant Factory Team) 15  
23 Jason Sager(Backcountry.Com) 14  
24 Ryan Trebon(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 14  
25 Kerry Werner(BMC Project Dirt) 13  
26 Casey Williams(Whole Athlete/Specialized) 13  
27 Mitchell Hoke(The Pros Closet/Stans No Tubes MTB) 13  
28 Rotem Ishay(Team Jamis Bikes) 12  
29 Hector Fernando Riveros 11  
30 Miguel Valadez Ortiz(Bear Valley Bikes) 10  
31 Skyler Taylor(Bear Development Team) 10  
32 Elliot Reinecke(Velo Hangar/Focus Bikes) 10  
33 Gareth Feldstein(Muscle Milk) 10  
34 Ernest Watenpaugh 10  
35 Michael Hosey(Marin Factory) 10  
36 Craig Wohlschlaeger(Giant Bicycle) 10  
37 Ryan Geiger(Topix-Frm Factory Race Team) 10  
38 Menso De Jong(Team Clif Bar Cylcing) 10  
39 Bryan Alders(Marin Bikes Factory Team) 10  
40 Cole Oberman(Rare Disease 10  
41 Joseph Maloney(Ks Energy Services/Team Wisconsin) 10  
42 Tom Sampson 10  
43 Dan Wolf(Old Line Velo) 10  
44 Tj Woodruff(Backcountry.Com) 10  
45 Rocky Gingg(Momentum Endurance) 10  
46 Madison Matthews(Toasted Head Racing/Gu Energy) 10  
47 William Melone(Riverside Racing) 10  
48 Chris Baddick(The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling) 10  
49 Keegan Swenson(Cannondale Facotry Team) 10  
50 Alex Wild(Trail Head Racing) 10  
51 Braden Kappius(Team Clif Bar) 10  
52 Kalan Beisel(Giant-Tuff Shed) 10  
53 David Flaten(Giant Factory North East Pro Team) 10  
54 Tristan Uhl(787 Racing) 10  
55 Sepp Kuss(BMC Project Dirt) 10  
56 Ryan Woodall(The Pros Closet/Stans No Tubes MTB) 10  
57 Hector Rivers 9  
58 Jeremy Martin 6  
59 Gustavo Pedroza(Ellin Cycling Team) 5  
60 Brodie Stringer(Team Baghouse) 5  
61 Jordan Kahlenberg(Giant Mid-Atlantic) 5  
62 Lucas Newcomb(Bear Development Team) 5  
63 Michael Broderick(Kenda/Stans No Tubes) 5  
64 Noah Tautfest(Bicycle Express/Kona) 5  
65 Jarred Jordan 5  
66 Eliel Anttila(UC Berkeley) 5  
67 Antoine Caron(Specialized Racing Canada) 5  
68 Joel Titius(Socal Endurance) 5  
69 Evan Guthrie(Norco Factory Team) 5  
70 Trey Jarno(Bear Valley Bikes) 5  
71 Jack Hinkens(BMC MTB Development Team US) 5  
72 Christopher Hamlin 5  
73 Alexandre Vialle(Espresso Sport) 5  
74 Carson Lange 5  
75 Aaron Oakes(Bicycle Express) 5  
76 James Reid(Trek Racing South Africa) 5  
77 Quinn Moberg(Rocky Mountain Factory Team) 5  
78 Marco Antonio Escarcega S(Alu Bike-Krbo Cycling Team) 5  
79 Jose Escarcega(Alu Bike-Krbo Cycling Team) 5  
80 Christopher Wieczorek(Total Cyclist) 5  
81 Sergio Hernandez(Incyle-Predator Components) 5  
82 Charles Jenkins(Khs/Cytomax/ESI) 5  
83 David Vaughn 5  
84 David Pinedo(Ellin Cycling Team) 5  
85 Julien Bourdevaire(Team Blackstar) 5  
86 Brady Stewart 5  
87 Timothy Rugg 5  
88 Garet Steinmetz 5  
89 Pete Macleod 5  
90 Brian Barrow 5  
91 Alex Muecci 5  
92 Andrew Dahlheim 5  
93 Keck Baker 5  
94 Stephane Roch(Swami's/Skliz) 5  
95 Sean Donovan 5  
96 Drew Edsall(Kenda/Felt) 5  
97 Anthony Stein 5  
98 Peter Glassford(Trek Canada) 5  
99 Hal Helbock 5  
100 Juan Carlos Nunez Galuan 5  
101 David (Tinker) Juarez(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 5  
102 Steve Tilford 5  
103 Patrick Chartrand(Rocky Mountain Factory Team) 5  
104 Colin Osborn(Honey Stinger/Bontrager) 5  
105 Marc-Antoine Nadon(Scott 3 Rox Racing) 5  
106 Jason Siegle(Sdg/Felt) 5  
107 Ignacio Torres(Turbo Bicycles) 5  
108 Barry Wicks 5  
109 Jakub Valigura(92Fifty' Cyclery) 5  
110 Matthew Turner(Summit Utah Devo) 5  
111 Jett Chandler(Doug Chandler Performance) 5  
112 Emil Lindgren(Giant Pro Xc Team) 5  
113 Martin Cox(Endurancefac) 5  
114 John Nobil(Bear Valley Bikes) 5  
Elite women US Cup Series standings after two rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Katerina Nash(Luna Pro Team) 80  pts
2 Catherine Pendrel(Luna Pro Team) 64  
3 Emily Batty(Trek Factory Racing Team) 57  
4 Daniela Campuzano Cha(Mexico National Team) 49  
5 Georgia Gould(Luna Pro Team) 47  
6 Evelyn Dong(Backcountry.Com) 40  
7 Erin Huck(Tokyo Joes-Vcgraphix.Com) 37  
8 Rachel Lloyd(California Giant Berry Farms) 34  
9 Maghalie Rochette(Luna Pro Team) 28  
10 Larissa Connors(Marin Bikes Factory Team) 27  
11 Mary Mcconneloug(Kenda/Stans No Tubes) 26  
12 Mikaela Kofman(Scott 3 Rox Racing) 24  
13 Erica Tingey(Team Jamis) 22  
14 Amanda Nauman(Sdg/Felt) 21  
15 Monique Mata(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 20  
16 Christina Gokey-Smith(Colonels) 20  
17 Sandra Walter 18  
18 Amy Beisel(Liv/Giant-Tuffshed) 18  
19 Erin Alders(Liv/Giant) 16  
20 Shayna Powless(BMC Project Dirt) 14  
21 Candice Neethling(Bundu Bashers) 13  
22 Rose Grant(Sportsman & Ski Haus) 10  
23 Jessica Rawlins 10  
24 Vicky Barclay(Stans No Tubes Elite Women) 10  
25 Lorenza Morfin 8  
26 Amanda Sin(Scott 3 Rox Racing) 8  
27 Kate Courtney(Specialized Factory Racing) 7  
28 Cindy Montambault(Cvm 2 Vals) 6  
29 Andreanne Pichette(Opus-Ogc) 5  
30 Hannah Rae Finchamp(Luna Pro Team) 5  
31 Caroline Woods(Marin Factory Team) 5  
32 Cayley Brooks 5  
33 Jamie Busch(Juliana/Santa Cruz Bicycles) 5  
34 Nina Baum(Stans No Tubes Women Elite) 5  
35 Emily Shields(BMC Project Dirt) 5  
36 Kaylee Blevins(Bear Development) 5  
37 Tonya Bray(Paa/MTBchick.Com) 5  
38 Lisa Uranga 5  
39 Lesley Paterson(Scott Bikes) 5  
40 Jennifer Todd(Platinum Performance) 5  
41 April Morgan 5  
42 Melissa Ross(Faster Performance Center) 5  
43 Gabrielle April(Rocky Mountain/Pro Cycle) 5  
44 Frederique Larose-Gin 5  
45 Deyanira Guerrero(Veloz Team) 5  

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