Smith and Kintner take early US Pro GRT leads

NW Cup kicks off national series racing

The USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour (US Pro GRT) kicked off over the weekend with the NW Cup in Port Angeles, Washington. Canadian Steve Smith (Devinci Global Racing) and American Jill Kinter (Team Norco International) earned wins to take slight leads following the first of six 2012 Pro GRT races. The race also doubled as round one in the US Grand Prix of Mountain Biking downhill series.

Smith outdid 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup downhill champion Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) by just over two seconds to take the victory in the elite men's event hosted at Dry Hill. Mick Hannah (Hutchinson United Ride) took third, just three seconds off Smith's pace at 2:33:57.

Mountain biking veteran and 2011 US Pro GRT champ Kintner took yet another victory, descending Dry Hill faster than any other female. Miranda Miller (Santa Cruz-SRAM) finished two seconds slower than Kinter for second while Holly Feniak earned bronze.

See full results from the NW Cup.

The US Pro GRT will head east for the Eastern States Cup - Mountain Creek on May 20 in New Jersey, before moving to nearby Roxbury, New York for Eastern States Cup - Plattekill on May 27.

Top Five Standings

Elite men's US Pro GRT Standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steve Smith (Can) Devinci Global Racing60 pts
2Aaron Gwin (USA )Trek World Racing40 
3Mick Hannah (Aus) Hutchinson United Ride30 
4Josh Bryceland (GBr) Santa Cruz Syndicate25 
5Neko Mulally (USA) Trek World Racing20 
Elite women's US Pro GRT Standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jill Kintner (USA) Team Norco International60 pts
2Mirando Miller (Can) Santa Cruz-SRAM40 
3Holly Feniak (Can) GoPro-Cove-Shimano30 
4Joanna Petterson (USA)25 
5Katie Holden (USA) Specialized SRAM20 

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