At the first NMBS race in Fountain Hills, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix, the future of US mountain biking showed two bright spots. Sam Jurekovic and Colin Cares, both members of the US National Development Team, logged strong performances on the March 30 to April 1 weekend.
Beginning with Friday's time trial, the two U23 riders grabbed top ten finishes, with Jurekovic placing fifth in a time of 20:29.93 and Cares turning in a 20:45.78 to place eighth. For comparison, the winning time was set by Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski in 19:44:10.
In Saturday's short track cross country race, Jurekovic crossed the line in seventh place, less than 15 seconds back from the day's winner, Canadian Geoff Kabush. Cares finished just out of the top twenty, placing 22nd.
In the final day's pro men's cross country race, Jurekovic and Cares finished 23rd and 27th respectively in the 100+ rider field. Kabush again took the win.
The team will next race the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California from April 12-15.