The 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships concluded Sunday in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, with the downhill national championships. An overnight downpour was slow to clear, leaving the course muddy. The dampened course didn't affect the spirit of the fans as an outstanding crowd, including an estimated 300 spectators in the rock garden, energized the riders.
Logan Binggeli (KHS Bicycles) descended into a stars-and-stripes jersey, beating Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) by nearly four seconds in the men's pro downhill. Mitch Ropelato (SPS North America), who topped the men's pro dual slalom podium Saturday, earned the bronze medal.
"It means everything. Everything has now paid off since I've gotten on a bicycle." Binggeli said of winning his first national title. "It's a dream come true. Titles are what you train for and to finally have one, I'm super pumped."
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Logan Binggeli (KHS)||0:02:44.73|
|2||Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing)||0:00:03.54|
|3||Mitch Ropelato (SPS North America)||0:00:03.90|
|4||Duncan Riffle (Giant)||0:00:05.62|
|11||Kevin Aiello (KHS)||0:00:15.80|
|14||Sam Benedict (Specialized)||0:00:17.65|
|18||Greg Nelson (East Coast Gravity Pros)||0:00:24.74|
|22||Harrison Reynolds (Spin)||0:00:25.53|
|24||Kenneth (Chuck) Pitts||0:00:33.04|
|31||Philip Noto (Lees-McRae College)||0:00:46.71|
|32||Fredrick Cecil Linder||0:00:50.96|
|34||Craig Carlson (Terminal Velocity Racing)||0:00:58.02|
|35||Oliver Levick (Drummer Racing)||0:00:59.21|
|DNF||Bradley Benedict (Specialized)|