Kabush wins Bonelli Park round of the US Cup

Canadian takes over US Cup series lead

Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox) won round 2 of the US Cup at Bonelli Park, California on a hot and dusty Saturday afternoon. The veteran Canadian Kabush rode a savvy race, conserving his energy in the first half of the race and launching a powerful move in the final few laps to take the victory after his top rivals had already tired themselves out.

Seven men formed a lead group on the first of seven laps including Olympic bronze medallist Marco Fontana and Manuel Fumic (both Cannondale Factory Racing), US Short Track National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized), Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Trek Factory Racing), Kabush and US Cross Country National Champion Stephen Ettinger (BMC).

As the first man to attack, Fontana surged on lap two and established a 10-second gap over the other six men. His teammate Fumic crashed in the uphill rock garden, but recovered well to quickly chase back on. The gap from Fumic's crash helped Fontana, and he pushed the pace off the front on his own for two laps. Kabush seemed to barely hang on to the main chase group, but after the race, he admitted that he was just conserving his energy.

Plaxton calculated that it was time to reel in Fontana on the fourth lap, and he did just that to bridge up to the Italian so that the two riders rolled through together as the race leaders with three laps to go.

The savvy Kabush knew that it would not be a good idea to let Cannondale Factory Racing teammates Fontana and Plaxton get away together, so he chased them down and joined them. Taking barely a breather after his effort to bridge, Kabush wasted no time in counter-attacking the duo and getting a gap on them.

With two laps remaining, Kabush lead Plaxton by about five seconds, but the early effort had already cost Fontana, who had dropped further back and was then caught by Mantecon. Wells rode on his own in fifth place, ahead of Fumic and Ettinger.

As Kabush continued to apply pressure, Plaxton blew up and Kabush quickly extended his lead. Plaxton struggled to hold off Mantecon until the Spaniard eventually overtook him just before the bell lap. Meanwhile, Wells' consistency on the day started paying off as he bridged up to and passed Fontana - the two rode across the line together with one lap to go.

At the front, Kabush cruised to a solo victory on the final lap, finishing with plenty of time to enjoy the feeling of taking the win.

"This whole week, I had a little something going on in my head, but I never gave up hope that I could pull out something special on the day," said Kabush. "I wanted to be conservative at first, and I kind of rolled along there on the back, saving my legs for the end."

"It was motivating to come out in March for a win. It was special to come here and take the win - it's been awhile since I won a national series event," said Kabush. "It's also unique to have this UCI HC-category race here."

Many racers were excited to have the chance to compete in a UCI category HC event on North American soil; it was the first such race in the US in mountain biking's history.

Mantecon followed for second place on the day while an exhausted Plaxton held on for third. Wells finished strong to take fourth place while Fontana ended up in fifth place.

110 elite men lined up in Bonelli Park.

After round two of four in the USA Cycling US Cup series, Kabush leads ahead of previous series leader Plaxton and Wells.

The USA Cycling US Cup series will continue with round 3, a UCI Category HC race in Fontana, California on Saturday, March 22.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing1:34:31 
2Sergio Mantecon Gutierre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:00:50 
3Max Plaxton (Can) Cannodale Factory0:01:31 
4Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory0:02:07 
5Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory0:02:30 
6Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory0:03:16 
7Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountain Bike0:03:30 
8Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale0:03:51 
9Alex Grant (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale0:03:54 
10Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory0:04:26 
11Derek Zandstra (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing0:04:47 
12Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Stans No Tubes Elite0:05:13 
13Adam Morka (Can) WFP Coaching/Trek0:05:40 
14Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing0:06:12 
15Sam Schultz (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale0:06:34 
16Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona0:06:39 
17Hector Rivers (Col) Scott Rotor USA0:06:41 
18Kerry Werner (USA) BMC Project Dirt0:07:04 
19Mitchell Hoke (USA) The Pros Closet/Stans0:07:33 
20Jeremy Martin (Can)0:08:11 
21Troy Wells (USA) Team Cliff Bar0:09:14 
22James Reid (RSA) Trek Racing South0:09:22 
23Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Troy Lee Design0:09:36 
24Jose Escarcega (Mex) Alu Bike-Krbo Cycling0:09:55 
25Casey Williams (USA) Whole Athlete/Specialized0:10:29 
26Evan Guthrie (Can) Norco Factory Team0:10:41 
27Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona0:10:43 
28Barry Wicks (USA)0:10:46 
29Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Stans No Tubes0:11:18 
30Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory0:11:39 
31William Melone (USA) Riverside Racing0:11:43 
LappedRyan Woodall (USA) The Pros Closet/Stan's  
LappedRotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis Bikes  
LappedJason Siegle (USA) Sdg/Felt  
LappedTristan Uhl (USA) 787 Racing  
LappedSepp Kuss (USA) BMC Project Dirt  
LappedJulien Bourdevaire (Fra) Team Blackstar  
LappedChris Baddick (GBr) The Gear Movement  
LappedMarc-Antoine Nadon (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing  
LappedCarl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team  
LappedTom Sampson (USA)  
LappedMiguel Valadez Ortiz (Mex) Bear Valley Bikes  
LappedErnest Watenpaugh (USA)  
LappedChristopher Hamlin (USA)  
LappedJason Sager (USA) Backcountry.Com  
LappedAlexandre Vialle (Can) Espresso Sport  
LappedDavid (Tinker) Juarez (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale  
LappedMichael Hosey (USA) Soulcraft  
LappedTj Woodruff (USA) Backcountry.Com  
LappedElliot Reinecke (USA) Velo Hangar/Focus  
LappedBraden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar  
LappedRyan Geiger (USA) Topix-Frm Factory  
LappedCole Oberman (USA) Rare Disease Cycling  
LappedCharles Jenkins (USA) KHS/Cytomax/Esi  
LappedPayson Mcelveen (USA) Usa U23  
LappedJoseph Maloney (USA) Ks Energy Services  
LappedJakub Valigura (Cze) 92Fifty' Cyclery  
LappedKalan Beisel (USA) Giant-Tuff Shed  
LappedSean Donovan (USA)  
LappedGustavo Pedroza (Mex) Ellin Cycling Team  
LappedBryan Alders (USA) Marin Bikes Factory  
LappedGareth Feldstein (USA) Muscle Milk  
LappedMenso De Jong (USA) Team Clif Bar  
LappedJett Chandler (USA) Doug Chandler  
LappedSergio Hernandez (USA) Incyle-Predator  
LappedPatrick Chartrand (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory  
LappedStephane Roch (Swi) Swami's/Skliz  
LappedMadison Matthews (USA) Toasted Head Racing  
LappedCraig Wohlschlaeger (USA) Giant Bicycle  
LappedAaron Oakes (USA) Bicycle Express  
LappedColin Osborn (USA) Honey Stinger  
LappedJuan Carlos Nunez Galuan (Mex)  
LappedJarred Jordan (USA)  
LappedJohn Nobil (USA) Bear Valley Bikes  
LappedQuinn Moberg (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory  
LappedChristopher Wieczorek (USA) Total Cyclist  
LappedRocky Gingg (USA) Momentum Endurance  
LappedMatthew Turner (USA) Summit Utah Devo  
LappedEliel Anttila (USA) Uc Berkeley  
LappedDavid Flaten (USA) Giant Factory North  
LappedNoah Tautfest (USA) Bicycle Express/Kona  
LappedJoel Titius (USA) Socal Endurance  
LappedDavid Pinedo (Mex) Ellin Cycling Team  
LappedHal Helbock (USA)  
LappedTrey Jarno (Est) Bear Valley Bikes  
LappedPeter Glassford (Can) Trek Canada  
DNFMarco Antonio Escarcega Salazar (Mex) Alu Bike-Krbo Cycling  
DNFDan Wolf (USA) Old Line Velo  
DNFEmil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro XC Team  
DNSRyan Trebon (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale  
DNFSkyler Taylor (USA) Bear Development Team  
DNFBrodie Stringer (USA) Team Baghouse  
DNFAlex Wild (USA) Trail Head Racing  
DNFLucas Newcomb (USA) Bear Development Team  
DNSNick Thomas (USA) Az Devo  
DNSAnton Cooper (NZl) Cannondale Factory  
DNSAntoine Caron (Can) Specialized Racing  
DNSMiguel Ramos (USA) Bear Valley Bikes  
DNFAnthony Stein (USA)  
Elite men brief US Cup series standings after two rounds
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoffrey Kabush (Canada) Scott-3Rox Racing77 pts
2Max Plaxton (Canada) Cannondale Factory Racing64 
3Todd Wells (United States) Specialized Racing56 
4Jeremiah Bishop (United States) Sho-Air/Cannondale45 
5Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Spain) Trek Factory Racing37 

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