Plaxton claims men's TT

Gould too good in women's race

Today’s race was the first of a three-day US Pro XCT stage race and is part of the Carmichael Training Systems International Classic. Max Plaxton (Sho-Air/Specialized) powered his way to victory, followed by Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis/Rocky Mountain) just nine seconds back.

Plaxton seemed like he was on par with the other riders in the technical first mile, but then applied the gas once the trail became double track. “It’s a hard time trial course,” he said. “In that first section, the rocks are really tough. You can’t get a rhythm, and I was hitting my pedals and I hit my shoulder pretty hard once.

“I think I chose the right bike,” he said. “I was riding the dual suspension…it was better through the rocks.”

Despite hitting a tree with his shoulder, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) was able to ride himself back to third place. Trek teammates Sam Schultz and rookie Russell Finsterwald finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The race was on a challenging 4.39-mile track, with 393 feet of climbing, and a base elevation above 6,000 feet. It began on pavement but quickly entered the Medicine Wheel Trail for about 25 percent of the course. This trail is extremely twisty and is littered with huge rock obstacles. Several areas are so tight that riders' pedals could be heard scraping against rock. Pre-riding the course helped many of the top professional riders not only to find faster lines, but to also gain confidence in the tight sections.

Once through the Medicine Wheel Section, the course mostly followed the Sundance Trail, which is hard-packed doubletrack, often covered with slippery pea stone. The climb to the high point on the course is also twisty, broken up by an occasional downhill, so that it does not feel like a sustained climbing effort. The final downhill section of the course is wide but tricky. Not only are there slippery, off-camber corners, but there are also about 10 water bars that can throw a rider off their bike.

“I am just going to try to clean it…no dabs…just going to have to manage it clean through the first section and then there are lots of places to lay down the power in the middle out there, then cruise to the finish and not wash out,” said Kabush before the race.

“The downhill is all about cornering speed…going fast enough but not too fast and staying smooth,” he said. “Today is all about tyres - big volume and low pressure. It’s pretty skittish out there so you need a lot of rubber on the ground.”

Gould rides smoothly en route to victory

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) took a 45-second victory over an ever-improving Katie Comton (Planet Bike) in the women’s race. Heather Irmiger had a solid ride to third ahead of Chloe Forsman (Tokyo Joes) who had another impressive ride to finished fourth. Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) continued her acclimation to racing at altitude by finishing fifth.

Two hours before race time, the course was soaked with downpours. It was quite amazing that the course seemed to soak up almost all of the water before race time. “The rain definitely made it a little bit better traction,” said Gould. “I was worried that it had made the rocks slippery but it had all dried off by the time I got there. I definitely was riding better than in my pre-rides, when my laps kept getting worse and worse.”

“I was really relieved to have a clean run in the technical section,” Forsman said. “My strategy was to bury myself in the first minute-and-a-half then try to recover a bit, and ride smooth through the technical stuff.”

On Saturday, the riders will move on to the cross country competition. Women start at 4:00 PM while the men start at 6:00 PM. The men will race approximately 120 minutes and the women 105 minutes.

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Plaxton (Can) Sho/Air-Specialized0:17:11 
2Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain0:00:09 
3Jermey Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Trek0:00:10 
4Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek0:00:29 
5Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru-Trek0:00:53 
6Benjamin Sonntag (USA)0:00:57 
7Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona0:01:08 
8Brady Kappius (USA)0:01:09 
9Troy Wells (USA)0:01:15 
10Colin Cares (USA)0:01:18 
11Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda / Seven / No Tubes0:01:24 
12Spencer Paxson (USA)0:01:28 
13Bryan Alders (USA)0:01:36 
14Robert Marion (USA)0:01:39 
15John Bennett (USA)0:01:43 
16Greg Carpenter (USA)0:01:46 
17Kevin Kane (USA)0:01:47 
18Menso De Jong (USA)0:01:48 
19Mitch Hoke (USA)0:01:49 
20Andy Schultz (USA)0:01:50 
21Doug Johnson (USA)0:01:52 
22Kerry Werner Jr. (USA)0:01:55 
23Kalan Beisel (USA)0:01:57 
24Joe Schneider (USA)0:02:06 
25Scott Frederick (USA)0:02:10 
26Matt Wiebe (USA)  
27Peter Ostroski (USA)0:02:11 
28Aaron Elwell (USA)0:02:13 
29Matthew Beaton (USA)0:02:19 
30Tristan Uhl (USA)0:02:24 
31TJ Woodruff(USA)0:02:25 
32Cody Peterson (USA)0:02:37 
33Bryan Mickiewicz (USA)0:02:41 
34John Nobil (USA)0:02:44 
35Matt Connors (USA)0:02:47 
36JJ Clark (USA)0:02:48 
37Macky Franklin (USA)0:02:55 
38Michael McCalla (USA)0:03:00 
39Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:03:01 
40Graham Aldredge (USA)0:03:03 
41CR Wohlschlaeger (USA)0:03:32 
42Will Patterson (USA) Whole Athlete Cycling Team0:03:48 
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:19:14 
2Katherine Compton (USA)0:00:45 
3Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek0:01:05 
4Chloe Forsman (USA)0:01:07 
5Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda / Seven / No Tubes0:01:09 
6Krista Park (USA) Incycle / Cannondale0:01:17 
7Allison Mann (USA)0:01:39 
8Amy Dombroski (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:40 
9Pua Sawicki (USA)0:01:41 
10Amanda Carey (USA)0:01:46 
11Judy Freeman (USA)0:02:00 
12Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Trek0:02:08 
13Jennifer Smith (NZl)0:02:21 
14Molly Throdahl (USA)0:02:36 
15Michelle Bellamy (NZl)0:02:49 
16Aleksand Mooradian (Pol)0:02:58 
17Bryna Blanchard (USA)0:03:35 
18Danae York (USA)0:04:54 
19Erin Disterheft (USA)0:05:08 
20Deidre York (USA)0:05:46 
Cat. 1 Women 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Meghan Kane  
2Kara Uhl  
Cat. 1 Women 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philicia Marion  
2Kerri Stone  
Cat. 1 Women 30+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katina Walker  
2Lauren Ziedonis  
3Syrae Weikle  
Cat. 1 Men 15-16
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chase Dickens  
2Taylor Smith  
3Ryan Geiger  
Cat. 1 Men 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Skyler Trujillo  
2Tony Smith  
3William Curtis  
4Zachary Valdez  
5Alex Stevenson  
6Nicholas Newcomb  
7Colby Pastore  
8Lewis Gaffney  
9Riley Predum  
10Joseph Yoham  
11Roman Brockley  
Cat. 1 Men 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter O'donnell  
2Chris Hurst  
3Matthew Mooradian  
4Derek Brinkerhoff  
5Matt Williams  
Cat. 1 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kervin Quinones  
2Brent Gorman  
3Jean Matthews  
4Kyle Ashton  
5Kevin Noleen  
6Darian Founds  
7Craig Kennedy  
8Patrick Coady  
9Jacob Gonzales  
Cat. 1 Men 40-49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dario Fredrick  
2Ron Bollenberghe  
3Art Macfarland  
4Brian Maslach  
Cat. 1 Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steve Cherry  
2Russell Asleson  
3Miroslav Novak  
4Roy Gryskevich  
Cat. 2 Men 15-16
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Philip Meyer  
Cat. 2 Men 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bobby Zidek  
2Sven Beer  
Cat. 2 Men 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Benjamin Hess  
2Zach Bodhane  
3Ranjodh Gill  
4Rafael Olvera  
5Daniel Gerow  
Cat. 2 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Steven Thompson  
 Pete Vanbreemen  
Cat. 2 Men 40-49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Willcox  
2Chip Stadjuhar  
3Chris Kuzma  
4Juan Gutierrez  
5David Rosenbaum  
6Bob Catalano  
7Stephen Trahey  
8Bill Harms  
Cat.2 Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emil Gercke  
2Robert Rodriguez  
Cat. 3 Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Megan Henning  
Cat. 3 Men 15-16
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zach Kuzma  
2Connor Mason  
Cat. 3 Men 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dakota Pittman  
Cat. 3 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Guillermo Guerra  
2Craig Oboyle  
3Scott Swandal  
Cat. 3 Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steve Simmons  
2Tim Gaffney  
3Paul Mcchellan  
Singlespeed men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Chambers  
2Ben Ollett  
3Jeff Walker  
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