Mata expands US Pro UET lead

Prado leads Cares in men's standings

The USA Cycling Professional Mountain Bike Ultra-Endurance Tour (US Pro UET) returned to action with the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge, Colorado, on July 4.

After winning the Firecracker 50, Colin Cares (Kenda-Felt) joined Manny Prado (Team Sho-air) atop the US Pro UET men's standings. Jonathan Schottler (Michelob Ultra-Big Shark) and Jay Henry are in a dead heat for third while Lee Unwin and Kelly Magelky (Honey Stinger-Trek) are knotted for fifth.

The 23-year-old Cares was one of only two riders to complete the highly-technical, 54-mile Firecracker course in less than four hours. Henry, who placed second in the final results, was one minute behind Cares for second place. The course, which was modified to account for large amounts of snow and wet conditions, was contested on two laps of a 27-mile, singletrack loop.

Pua Mata (Team Sho-air) bolstered her lead in the women's US Pro UET standings with a win at the Firecracker 50. She leads the women's standings by 80 points over Andrea Wilson (Mid South Velo) and Jennifer Smith (Alpine Orthopaedics), who are tied for second place.

Mata rode away with the win in the women's race, completing the 54-mile course nearly 20 minutes faster than Smith. Mata recently placed eighth in the 2011 Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Montebelluna, Italy, before competing in Breckenridge.

The US Pro UET will continue with the Galenda Grinder in Ketchum, Idaho, on July 23.

Standings

Men's US Pro UET standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Manuel Prado60 pts
2Colin Cares60 
3Jonathan Schottler40 
4Jay Henry40 
5Lee Unwin30 
6Kelly Magelky30 
7Nathan Rice25 
8Brian Smith25 
9Christian Tanguy18 
10Taylor Shelden16 
11Travis Scheefer14 
12Tim Allen12 
13Greg Krause10 
14Colby Pearce8 
15Jesse Jakomait6 
16Ezekiel Hersh4 
17Daniel Matheny3 
18Nick Truitt2 
19Ken Benesh1 
Women's US Pro UET standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pua Mata120 pts
2Andrea Wilson40 
3Jennifer Smith40 
4Kelly Boniface30 
5Jennifer Gersbach25 
6Sonya Bugbee18 
7Jennifer Tilley16 
8Sarah Rawley14 
Author: Cycling News

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