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US Pro XCT #1: Bonelli Park 2011

Date range:
March 12-13, 2011

March 13, Elite men short track:

Bishop makes it two in a row

Ty Kady
March 14, 2011, 0:01 GMT,
March 15, 2011, 14:34 GMT

Cannondale racer comes out on top at end of tactical race

Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) sweeps the Pro-XCT events with his strongest performance in years.

Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) sweeps the Pro-XCT events with his strongest performance in years.

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Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) took his second victory in as many days at the short track at Bonelli Park in California.  Max Plaxton (Specialized) was second ahead of Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain) in third.

In the men's race, Sid Taberlay took to the front of the large men's field. However, after not even a half lap, Taberlay went down while in the third spot on a tricky little off camber sweeper. The Aussie looked to have a broken collarbone from initial reports, but later reports said he had dislocated his shoulder.

Taberlay's crash opened the door for Plaxton, who opened up a lead.  He was chased down by Kona's Spencer Paxson.  Other chasers included Adam Craig (Rabobank/Giant), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek), Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) and Bishop, among others.

Out front, Plaxton and Spencer dangled at the five-minute mark by about three seconds.

Behind Plaxton, Adam Morka (Trek Canada) took a turn at the front of the chasers.

Then at the seven minute mark, Bishop exploded from the field to go in search of Plaxton's wheel. However by the 10-minute mark, the pack had shuffled around, with Bishop back to ninth and JHK taking up the lead group chase of Plaxton.

No sooner had the race seemed to settle down than Barry Wicks (Kona) popped off the front of the group on the asphalt section and went after Plaxton. A quarter lap later, Wicks joined Plaxton at the front.

But then Bishop countered out of the chase group to bring the leaders back. But he was left with Gagne, Schultz and a few others not more than a second and a half back.

The chase groups were constantly morphing throughout the race. Under 23 rider Zach Valdez was one youngster who made an impression by making the main chase group.

Down to the last lap, Bishop made contact with Plaxton as both tried to jockey for position heading into the infield. As the riders popped out of the trees, Bishop had the lead. Gagne, Schultz and Wicks hadn't been dislodged too far and were still in the mix all the way into the final chicane before the finish line.

Stephen Ettinger, Morka, Ryan Woodall, Jeff Herrera, and 19-year-old Zach Valdez all made the top 10.

With his win, the 34-year-old Bishop cemented the men's Bonelli Triple Crown overall with a fine display of riding.  Plaxton and Taberlay were second and third overall.   With his performance this weekend, Bishop looks likely to be a serious cross country threat for the 2011 season.

Gagne put in another notable performance.  He was the sole Rocky Mountain team representative after his elder teammate Geoff Kabush left Saturday evening. The young Canadian quietly put in three podium rides on the weekend with a 5-3-4 combo, landing him fourth overall for the weekend ahead of some of the sport's bigger names.

Kabush used his short track as his throw out round, and used a six-three combo from the cross country and super D to round out the top five overall.

Schultz edged out his teammate Horgan Kobelski for sixth, while Ettinger, Wicks and Craig rounded out the top 10.  Wells wa

The Bonelli Park US Pro XCT round drew nearly 800 total racers in pro and amateur categories. 

The next Triple Crown will take place on March 26 and 27 at Fontana, California.

Full Results

Elite men short track
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremiah Bishop (USA)    
2 Max Plaxton (Can)    
3 Raphael Gagne (Can)    
4 Sam Schultz (USA)    
5 Barry Wicks (USA)    
6 Stephen Ettinger (USA)    
7 Adam Morka (USA)    
8 Ryan Woodall (USA)    
9 Jeff Herrera (USA)    
10 Zachary Valdez (USA)    
11 Kris Sneddon (Can)    
12 Bryan Fawley (USA)    
13 Adam Craig (USA)    
14 Bryson Perry (USA)    
15 Kerry Werner (USA)    
16 Colin Cares (USA)    
17 Aaron Bradford (USA)    
18 Dana Weber (USA)    
19 Peter Glassford (Can)    
20 Kalan Beisel (USA)    
21 Francis Morin (Can)    
22 Tristan Uhl (USA)    
23 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA)    
24 Zachary Keller (USA)    
25 Spencer Paxson (USA)    
26 Brad Bingham (USA)    
27 Jack Hinkens (USA)    
28 Clinton Claassen (USA)    
29 Jason Siegle (USA)    
30 Mitchell Peterson (USA)    
31 Andy Schultz (USA)    
32 Tj Woodruff (USA)    
33 John Nobil (USA)    
34 Cody Kaiser (USA)    
35 Kevin Smallman (USA)    
36 Vincent Lombardi (USA)    
37 Braden Kappius (USA)    
38 Kevin Kane (USA)    
39 Romolo Forcino (USA)    
40 Matthew Connors (USA)    
41 Anthony Sinyard (USA)    
42 Nicholas Weighall (USA)    
43 Peter Odonnell (USA)    
44 Garnet Vertican (USA)    
45 Derek Hermon (USA)    
46 Dean Poshard (USA)    
DNF Eric Bierman (USA)    
DNF Sid Taberlay (Aus)    
DNF Troy Wells (USA)    
DNF Greg Carpenter (USA)    
DNF Russell Finsterwald (USA)    
DNF Noah Holcomb (USA)    
DNF Rotem Ishay (Isr)    
DNF Jason Sager (USA)    
DNF Gerry Cody (USA)    


Elite men Triple Crown Round #1 Final Standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory 2  pts
2 Max Plaxton (USA) Specialized 4  
3 Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda H20 Overdrive 5  
4 Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory 8  
5 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 9  
6 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek 12  
7 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski Subaru-Trek 15  
8 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC MTB Development 16  
9 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 19  
10 Adam Craig (USA) Giant MTB Team 22  
11 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team 22  
12 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 24  
13 Jeff Herrera (USA) Bicycleworld.Tv 31  
14 Ryan Woodall (USA) Brick City Bicycles. 31  
15 Kerry Werner (USA) BMC MTB Development 33  
16 Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis 35  
17 Bryson Perry (USA) Life Time Fitness 39  
18 Tj Woodruff (USA) Trek Bicycles Boulder 40  
19 Adam Morka (USA) Trek Canada 43  
20 Tristan Uhl (USA) Atc Racing 44  
21 Kalan Beisel (USA) Yeti/SRAM 46  
22 Troy Wells (USA) Team Cliff Bar 48  
23 Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt 50  
24 Zachary Valdez (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized 51  
25 Aaron Bradford (USA) Family Cycling/Specialized 52  
26 Francis Morin (Can) 53  
27 Dana Weber (USA) Trek/Jax Bicycle World 53  
28 Jack Hinkens (USA) BMC MTB Development 55  
29 Bryan Fawley (USA) Orbea USA 57  
30 Clinton Claassen (USA) Team Mad Cat 58  
31 Vincent Lombardi (USA) Steven K Pro Team 60  
32 Brad Bingham (USA) 60  
33 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda/Felt 68  
34 Kevin Smallman (USA) Incycle/Cannondale 73  
35 Zachary Keller (USA) Form Cycles/Griffin 73  
36 Jason Siegle (USA) SDG/Felt 75  
37 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Life Time Fitness Cycling 75  
38 Romolo Forcino (USA) Chains Required Bike 81  
39 Greg Carpenter (USA) Devo/Giant 86  
40 John Nobil (USA) Bear Valley Bikes 88  
41 Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant MTB/Specialized 91  
42 Nicholas Weighall (USA) Cal Giant MTB/Specialized 95  
43 Anthony Sinyard (USA) Specialized 95  
44 Kevin Kane (USA) Rocky Mountain Factory 96  
45 Matthew Connors (USA) Bicycle Ranch 101  
46 Eric Bierman (USA) Steven K Sports 103  
47 Gerry Cody (USA) Bike Blood 103  
48 Rich Weis (USA) Trek 109  
49 Peter Odonnell (USA) GT Bicycles 112  
50 Peter Glassford (Can) Canada MTB Team 114  
51 Garnet Vertican (USA) Giant 116  
52 Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar 133  
53 Jordan Kahlenberg (USA) Giant Mid-Atlantic 165