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US Pro XCT #2: Fontana 2011

Date range:
March 26-27, 2011

March 26, Elite men cross country:

Plaxton solos to cross country win

By:
Dave McElwaine
Published:
March 26, 2011, 22:17 GMT,
Updated:
March 27, 2011, 19:39 BST

Bishop, Schultz round out top three

Max Plaxton (Specialized) faced down the toughest climb on the US Pro XCT circuit and proved he deserved the win at round two in Fontana, California. A resurgent Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) was second, but could not quite hang on to Plaxton's wheel. Sam Schultz (Trek-Subaru) nailed down third place.

USA Champion Todd Wells (Specialized), respecting the fact that his teammate Plaxton was up the road, settled for fourth place. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) rounded out the podium with a strong fifth place ride.

The new course at Fontana proved to be much more difficult than in past years. The climb up the mountain was made twice as long. Riders were calling it "The Beast" while the race announcer called it "Hurl Hill". Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) and Bishop took early turns on leading up the mountain, but Plaxton launced a third-lap attack that left the other contenders scratching their heads in amazement.

"I'm just trying to find my pacing," said Plaxton. "Other years I've gone out hard and faded the last couple laps. Now I'm trying to make my last couple of laps strong. Today I just punched it near the top of the climb on the third lap."

Bishop gave kudos to Plaxton "Max was definitely really strong. He came around me right at the top. He was riding full suspension. I was riding a hardtail. He definitely had the course dialed. He was the fastest on the descents - flowing and saving a lot of energy. I was glad that I pulled together a clean race and salvaged a great result."

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Max Plaxton (Can) Specialized 1:48:32  
2 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale 0:01:33  
3 Samuel Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:02:01  
4 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Racing 0:02:18  
5 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek 0:02:26  
6 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:05:32  
7 Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda/H2O Overdrive 0:05:43  
8 Derek Zandstra (Can) 0:06:01  
9 Rotem Ishai (Isr) Jamis 0:06:23  
10 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team 0:07:16  
11 Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain 0:08:10  
12 Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Development 0:08:23  
13 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona 0:08:52  
14 Adam Morka (Can) 0:09:14  
15 Peter Glassford (Can) 0:09:48  
16 Ryan Woodall (USA) 0:11:12  
17 Travis Woodruff (USA) 0:11:25  
18 Troy Wells (USA) 0:12:04  
19 Jesse Anthony (USA) 0:12:35  
20 Miguel Valdez (Mex) 0:12:56  
21 Bryson Perry (USA) 0:13:03  
22 Antoine Caron (Can) 0:13:07  
23 Kevin Fish (USA) 0:14:11  
24 Francis Morin (Can) BH-Suntour-Peisey Vallandry 0:14:33  
25 Vincent Lombardi 0:14:36  
26 Kalan Beisel (USA) 0:14:40  
27 Benjamin Bostrom (USA) 0:14:47  
28 Tyson Wagler (Can)    
29 Sean Donovan (USA) 0:14:56  
30 Adam Snyder (USA) 0:15:51  
31 Marton Blazso (Hun) 0:15:54  
32 Aaron Bradford (USA) 0:16:08  
33 Kevin Smallman (USA) 0:16:11  
34 Jack Hinkens (USA) 0:16:40  
35 Tim Allen (USA) 0:17:02  
36 Ken Onodera (Jpn) 0:17:37  
37 Jason Siegle (USA) 0:17:40  
38 Jim Hewett (USA) 0:17:42  
39 Colin Osborn (USA) 0:17:46  
40 Ned Overend (USA) 0:17:48  
41 Marcus Hayward (USA) 0:18:10  
42 Zachary Valdez (USA) 0:18:22  
43 Yuki Ikeda (Jpn) 0:18:38  
44 Brad Bingham (USA) 0:19:17  
45 Brent Steinberg (USA) 0:19:44  
46 Bryan Fawley (USA) 0:20:00  
47 Dana Weber (USA) 0:20:06  
48 Zachary Keller (USA) 0:20:13  
49 Clinton Claassen (USA) 0:20:31  
50 Jeff Herrera (USA) 0:20:51  
51 Cody Kaiser (USA) 0:21:50  
52 Brandon Draugelis (USA) 0:21:56  
53 Gregory Carpenter (USA) 0:22:08  
54 Braden Kappius (USA) 0:23:22  
55 Nate Whitman (USA) 0:23:47  
56 John Nobil (USA) 0:24:25  
57 Ryan Atkins (Can) 0:25:03  
58 Will Curtis (USA) 0:25:07  
59 Franklin Macky (USA) 0:27:18  
60 Michael Mooradian (USA) 0:29:06  
61 Graham Aldredge (USA) 0:29:40  
62 Bradley Johnson (USA) 0:30:18  
63 Charles Jenkins (USA)    
64 Kerry Werner (USA)    
65 Alex Boone (USA)    
66 Brad Wilhelm (USA)    
67 Matthew Cochran (USA)    
68 Nicholas Weighall (USA)    
69 Keisuke Goda (Jpn)    
70 Will Patterson (USA)    
71 Riley Predum (USA)    
72 Matthew Paziuk (Can)    
73 Hal Helbock (USA)    
74 Ben Jones (USA)    
75 Sean Ahmadi (USA)    
76 Matthew Connors (USA)    
77 Chris Heinrich (USA)    
78 Chris Suter (USA)    
79 Derek Herman (USA)    
80 Rich Weis (USA)    
81 Kendal Johnson (USA)    
DNF Chris Hurst (USA)    
DNF Paul Freiwald (USA)    
DNF Robert Herber (USA)    
DNF Andy Schultz (USA)    
DNF Menso De Jong (USA)    
DNF Barry Wicks (USA)    
DNF Kris Sneddon (Can)    
DNF Russell Finsterwald (USA)    
DNF Osan Poshard (USA)    
DNF Mitchell Peterson (USA)    
DNF Eric Batty (Can)