On a warm, sunny southern California day, round 2 of the US Pro XCT series drew a host of new faces to the front of the pack. With many of the top 10 riders opting to prepare for the upcoming World Cup next weekend in South Africa, the race was wide open and both the men's and women's races were taken by first-time winners.
In the women's race, local Allison Mann (Sho-Air/Specialized) made the best of home track knowledge and good form to earn herself a runaway victory, the first of her US Pro XCT career. Mann got to the front of the women's field and simply road away to a convincing solo win.
Behind Mann, several riders battled. Things broke apart late in the five-lap race as the rising heat of the afternoon began to wear on competitors. Zephanie Blasi (WXC World racing team) eventually took second.
Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes), Jaime Busch and Canadian Andreanne Pichette (Opus-OCG team) rounded out the top 10. Pichette was also the first U23 racer to finish.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Allison Mann (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized||0:28:25|
|2||Zephanie Blasi (USA) WXC World Racing||0:02:25|
|3||Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo Joes||0:03:18|
|4||Jamie Busch (USA)||0:03:38|
|5||Andreanne Pichette (Can) Opus-OGC/Equipe Queb||0:04:26|
|6||Erica Tingey (USA)||0:05:15|
|7||Jennifer Smith (NZL) Trek/VV||0:05:49|
|8||Sarah Kaufmann (USA) No Tubes Elite Women||0:07:33|
|9||Mariske Strauss (RSA)||0:08:49|
|10||Sage Wilderman (USA) Kenda/Felt||0:09:42|
|11||Cayley Brooks (Can)||0:11:17|
|12||Vicky Barclay (USA) Stans No Tubes Women||0:13:23|
|13||Valerie Meunier (Can)||0:13:52|
|14||Liz Carrington (USA) Bear Valley Bikes||0:15:35|
|15||Andreane Lanthier Nadea (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory||0:17:49|
|-1 Lap||Anna Fortner (USA) The Team-Socalcross|
|-1 Lap||Kaila Hart (USA) No Tubes Elite Women|
|-1 Lap||Caeli Barron (Can) Cynergy Racing|
|-2 Laps||Alicia Rose Pastore (USA) Bmc MTB Development|
|-2 Laps||Vanessa Humic (USA) Stans No Tubes/Kenda|