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Plaxton and Batty lead US Pro XCT overall after three rounds

Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
April 20, 2011, 22:38 BST,
April 20, 2011, 23:38 BST
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Thursday, April 21, 2011
US Pro XCT #3: Sea Otter Classic, Elite women cross country
Max Plaxton (Specialized) leads former teammate Sid Taberlay (H2O Overdrive)

Max Plaxton (Specialized) leads former teammate Sid Taberlay (H2O Overdrive)

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Wells and Batty victorious at Sea Otter cross country

Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) and Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) won the third round of the USA Cycling US Pro XCT at the Sea Otter Classic on Saturday in Monterey, California.  Max Plaxton (Specialized) and Batty now lead the US Pro XCT series after three rounds.

Wells won Sea Otter by 53 seconds ahead of teammate Max Plaxton. Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory), Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant Offroad) and Sam Schultz (Subrau-Trek) rounded out the top five finishers.

"It's my first win this year and I've never won the Sea Otter cross country," Wells told Cyclingnews, "although I've been coming here for about 15 years. I'm glad to finally get a win."

After his performance in Monterey, California, Plaxton has a 10-point lead over Bishop in the US Pro XCT Standings. Wells, Schultz and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) fill out the top five positions. Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountain Bike Development) is the top Under 23 rider, sitting in eighth place, 240 points behind Plaxton.

In the women's race at Sea Otter, Batty edged Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro) by one second at the finish line. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro) was third, completing the course two minutes and 46 seconds behind Pendrel. Lea Davison (Specialized Racing USA) and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) filled out the top five finishers.

Despite being even in overall points, Batty has taken the overall lead in the US Pro XCT standings in a tie breaker over Davison by virtue of owning a first-place finish this season. Gould sits in third place 20 points behind the leaders. Pendrel and Chloe Forsman (BMC Mountain Bike Development) round out the top five women riders.

In the team standings, Specialized Racing USA has a 10-point lead on Subaru-Trek after each team earned 46 points at the Sea Otter Classic. Luna Pro trails the leader by 23 points. BMC Mountain Bike Development has a 32-point margin on Specialized Factory Racing in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Both Batty and Wells will be heading to the World Cup opener in Pietermartizburg, South Africa this weekend while Plaxton will skip it.

"It's a long season and the World Cup starts next week. Hopefully I'll keep improving," Batty told Cyclingnews.

"It's a whole new story next week. You have to get your elbows out, there's a lot more of us. But this win helps mentally. It's an honor to be able to race with these women here - these girls are getting top five in World Cups. It's a big confidence boost."

"It's nice to get a victory and it's good for the confidence," Wells told Cyclingnews, "but the World Cup is a whole other ball game. We'll just have to wait and see until next weekend."

"I will go to the second and third World Cups, but not the first one in South Africa," Plaxton told Cyclingnews. "I go home after this and rest up until the fourth round of the US Pro XCT at Mellow Johnny's in Texas."

See Cyclingnews' complete coverage of the Sea Otter Classic.

The next US Pro XCT event will be the Mellow Johnny's Classic in Dripping Springs, Texas on Saturday, April 30.

US Pro XCT Standings

Elite men US Pro XCT standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Max Plaxton (Can) Specialized Racing USA 570  pts
2 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale 560  
3 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 540  
4 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek 460  
5 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek 440  
6 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant 390  
7 Sid Taberlay (Aus) H20 Overdrive 370  
8 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC MTB Development Team 330  
9 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 290  
10 Raphael Gagne (Can) 250  
11 Rotem Ishay (Isr) 220  
12 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 205  
13 Adam Morka (Can) 190  
14 Troy Wells (USA) 161  
15 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 160  
16 Kerry Werner (USA) BMC MTB Development Team 145  
17 Lachlan Norris (Aus) 130  
17 Derek Zandstra (Can) 130  
19 Peter Glassford (Can) 100  
20 Tj Woodruff (USA) 94  
21 Ryan Trebon (USA) 90  
22 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 88  
23 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) 85  
24 Thomas Turner (USA) 80  
25 Bryson Perry (USA) 72  
26 Ryan Woodall (USA) 60  
27 Jason Sager (USA) 55  
28 Vincent Lombardi (USA) 50  
29 Jack Hinkens (USA) 48  
30 Emmanuel Valencia (Mex) 45  
31 Jesse Anthony (USA) 40  
32 Miguel Valadez (Mex) 39  
33 Kalan Beisel (USA) 35  
34 Juan Carlos Herndandez Fernan (Mex) 30  
35 Colin Cares (USA) 28  
35 Antoine Caron (Can) 28  
37 Kevin Fish (USA) 26  
39 Francis Morin (Can) 24  
38 Justin Lindine (USA) 24  
40 Lukas Buchli (Swi) 22  
41 Brian Van Ulden (USA) 20  
41 Ignacio Torres (Mex) 20  
43 Ben Bostrom (USA) 18  
43 Jeff Herrera (USA) 18  
47 Ryan Woodall (USA) 16  
46 Tyson Wagler (Can) 16  
45 Brady Kappius (USA) 16  
48 Sean Donovan (USA) 14  
50 Adam Snyder (USA) 12  
49 David Tinker Juarez (USA) 12  
53 Alejando Barajas (Mex) 10  
52 Marton Blazso (Hun) 10  
51 Carl Decker (USA) 10  
55 Aaron Bradford (USA) 9  
54 Eric Batty (Can) 9  
57 Kevin Smallman (USA) 8  
56 Joshua Carlson (Aus) 8  
59 Tim Allen (USA) 6  
58 Mitchell Hoke (USA) 6  
60 Ken Onodera (Jpn) 5  
62 Ned Overend (USA) 4  
61 Jason Siegle (USA) 4  
64 Menso De Jong (USA) 3  
63 Jim Hewett (USA) 3  
66 Dana Weber (USA) 2  
65 Colin Osborn (USA) Honey Stinger 2  
67 Zachary Valdez (USA) 1  
Elite women US Pro XCT standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek 530  pts
2 Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing USA 530  
3 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team 510  
4 Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team 390  
5 Chloe Forsman (USA) BMC MTB Development Team 390  
6 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek 350  
7 Amanda Carey (USA) 340  
8 Krista Park (USA) 298  
9 Judy Freeman (USA) 295  
10 Zephanie Blasi (USA) 260  
11 Sarah Kaufmann (USA) 196  
12 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team 180  
13 Lydia Tanner (USA) 174  
14 Erica Zaveta (USA) BMC MTB Development Team 170  
15 Carolyn Popovic (USA) 168  
16 Kelli Emmett (USA) 160  
16 Marie-Helen Premont (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 160  
18 Pua Mata (USA) 140  
19 Daniela Campuzano Chavez (Mex) 130  
19 Amanda Sin (Can) 130  
21 Mical Dyck (Can) 120  
22 Kelsy Bingham (USA) 92  
23 Kathy Sherwin (USA) 90  
24 Nina Baum (USA) 85  
25 Sarah Maile (USA) 83  
26 Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) 80  
27 Shannon Gibson (USA) 75  
28 Deyanira Guerrero (Mex) 67  
29 Erica Tingey (USA) 65  
30 Kaila Hart (USA) 56  
31 Laura Bietola (Can) 50  
31 Rebecca Rusch (USA) 50  
33 Catherine Vipond (Can) 45  
34 Aleksandra Mooradian (Pol) 30  
35 Danelle Kabush (Can) Luna Pro Team 26  
36 Kristina Laforge (Can) 24  
37 Alice Pennington (USA) 24  
38 Brandi Heisterman (Can) 20  
39 Rebecca Beaumont (Can) 18  
40 Linnea Koons (USA) 16  
41 Caroline Mani (Fra) 12  
42 Anna Fortner (USA) 10  
43 Caley Brooks (Can) 9  
44 Laura Winberry (USA) 8  
Teams US Pro XCT Standings after three rounds
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Specialized Racing USA 142  pts
2 Subaru-Trek 132  
3 Luna Pro Team 119  
4 BMC MTB Development Team 104  
5 Specialized Racing 72  
6 Kona Bikes 64  
7 Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 52  
8 Honey Stinger/Trek 1  

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