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Todd Wells wins Pro 40 Grand

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Troy Wells (Cliff Bar) had a spot on the front row tonight

Troy Wells (Cliff Bar) had a spot on the front row tonight
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Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) celebrates winning the Grand Junction Fat Boy Crit.

Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) celebrates winning the Grand Junction Fat Boy Crit.
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The Pro Men streak through the streets of downtown Grand Junction

The Pro Men streak through the streets of downtown Grand Junction
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The Pro Men’s field was large and deep with talent.

The Pro Men’s field was large and deep with talent.
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Many riders raced on their full-suspension bikes that they would use in Sunday’s Off-Road event, but many traded their knobby tires for semi-slicks

Many riders raced on their full-suspension bikes that they would use in Sunday’s Off-Road event, but many traded their knobby tires for semi-slicks
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Due to the flatness of the course, a large group stayed together for much of the race

Due to the flatness of the course, a large group stayed together for much of the race
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Garrett Gechar (Cliff Bar) hammers out of the saddle after one of the turns on the course

Garrett Gechar (Cliff Bar) hammers out of the saddle after one of the turns on the course
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Barry Wicks (Kona) was having one of his best races in recent memory

Barry Wicks (Kona) was having one of his best races in recent memory
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Riders round the final turn on the course with two laps remaining

Riders round the final turn on the course with two laps remaining
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Troy Wells (Cliff Bar) with a massive lead over the peloton

Troy Wells (Cliff Bar) with a massive lead over the peloton
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High winds tonight made drafting highly advantageous

High winds tonight made drafting highly advantageous
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Prior to the pro men’s race, costumed riders took part in a “Klunker” race

Prior to the pro men’s race, costumed riders took part in a “Klunker” race
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Ben Sonntag (Cliff Bar) leading the race with two laps togo as the sun was settting

Ben Sonntag (Cliff Bar) leading the race with two laps togo as the sun was settting
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Troy Wels (Cliff Bar) was active early and challenging for the lead

Troy Wels (Cliff Bar) was active early and challenging for the lead
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Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) took the hole-shot and led the men’s field into an immediate left hand turn

Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) took the hole-shot and led the men’s field into an immediate left hand turn
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Ricky Creel (CZ Racing) leads a large group that includes Todd Wells through the final turn on the course

Ricky Creel (CZ Racing) leads a large group that includes Todd Wells through the final turn on the course
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Ben Sonntag (Cliff Bar) finished second last year in the Grand Junction Off-Road

Ben Sonntag (Cliff Bar) finished second last year in the Grand Junction Off-Road
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Taylor Lideen (Pivot) briefly found himself alone between the leaders and the peloton

Taylor Lideen (Pivot) briefly found himself alone between the leaders and the peloton
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Troy Wells (Cliff Bar) and Barry Wicks (Kona) had a good breakaway going mid-race but were finally caught

Troy Wells (Cliff Bar) and Barry Wicks (Kona) had a good breakaway going mid-race but were finally caught
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Carl Decker (Team Giant) took a flier and held off the peloton for a lap or so

Carl Decker (Team Giant) took a flier and held off the peloton for a lap or so
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Adam Bucklin (Team Rowanda) rounding a corner mid-race

Adam Bucklin (Team Rowanda) rounding a corner mid-race
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Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) edges out Barry Wicks at the line to take the win

Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) edges out Barry Wicks at the line to take the win
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With one lap to go, the lead group was still huge.

With one lap to go, the lead group was still huge.
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Barry Wicks (Kona) found himself pulling the chase group behind leader Troy Wells

Barry Wicks (Kona) found himself pulling the chase group behind leader Troy Wells
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A race spectator trying to get a better view of the race

A race spectator trying to get a better view of the race
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Deidre Morrison (Stages Cycling) descending into one of the many valleys on the course

Deidre Morrison (Stages Cycling) descending into one of the many valleys on the course
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Isnaraissa Moir (Pivot) riding a rock drop

Isnaraissa Moir (Pivot) riding a rock drop
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Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) getting well behind her saddle on a technical descent

Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) getting well behind her saddle on a technical descent
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Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) riding to a podium finish in her first big mountain bike race

Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) riding to a podium finish in her first big mountain bike race
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USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans Notubes-Pivot) wins the Grand Junction Off-Road and a check for $5,000

USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans Notubes-Pivot) wins the Grand Junction Off-Road and a check for $5,000
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The views on the course were spectacular

The views on the course were spectacular
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USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans Notubes-Pivot) celebrating her victory

USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans Notubes-Pivot) celebrating her victory
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Twenty-five women competed in the 40-Grand pro race

Twenty-five women competed in the 40-Grand pro race
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Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) finishing fourth would collect $1,000 for her effort

Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) finishing fourth would collect $1,000 for her effort
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Amy Beisel (Team Ridebiker) has looked strong all season, but was riding with a chest cold this weekend

Amy Beisel (Team Ridebiker) has looked strong all season, but was riding with a chest cold this weekend
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Amy Beisel (Team Ridebiker) putting in a solid ride which netted her third place

Amy Beisel (Team Ridebiker) putting in a solid ride which netted her third place
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Alexis Skarda (Stans NoTubes) riding in second place early in the contest

Alexis Skarda (Stans NoTubes) riding in second place early in the contest
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Accomplised cyclocross racer Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) was impressive on the mountain bike

Accomplised cyclocross racer Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) was impressive on the mountain bike
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The trail dropping down into Andy’s Loop was highly technical

The trail dropping down into Andy’s Loop was highly technical
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At one point Alexis Skarda (Stans NoTubes) reduced the lead to Rose Grant to 15 seconds

At one point Alexis Skarda (Stans NoTubes) reduced the lead to Rose Grant to 15 seconds
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Rose Grant (Stans Notubes-Pivot) riding a rock drop off the front of the race

Rose Grant (Stans Notubes-Pivot) riding a rock drop off the front of the race
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Mical Dyck (Stan’s NoTubes) was having a podium ride. She finished fourth

Mical Dyck (Stan’s NoTubes) was having a podium ride. She finished fourth
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The racecourse in the mountains outside of Grand Junction is quite rugged

The racecourse in the mountains outside of Grand Junction is quite rugged
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The Grand Junction course was rocky from end to end

The Grand Junction course was rocky from end to end
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Jenny Smith (Stans NoTubes) riding a drop-off

Jenny Smith (Stans NoTubes) riding a drop-off
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Isnaraissa Moir (Pivot) from nearby Fruita, Colorado was impressive all weekend

Isnaraissa Moir (Pivot) from nearby Fruita, Colorado was impressive all weekend
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Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) was certainly one of the pre-race favorites

Todd Wells (SRAM TLD) was certainly one of the pre-race favorites
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USA Marathon Champion Todd Wells (SRAM-TLD-Scott) dropped the large peloton on the first climb and rode solo to victory. Ben Sonntag (Cliff Bar) finished second again this year while newcomer Nic Beechan (Trek) finished in third place.

USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans-Pivot) held off Alexis Skarda (Stans Notubes) to win the Grand Junction Off-Road. Skarda finished second and Amy Beisel (Team Ridebiker) finished in third place.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Todd Wells (USA) SRAM TLD Scott3:01:48
2Benjamin Sonntag (USA) Clif Bar, Niner, Maxxis0:01:43
3Nic Beechan (USA) Trek Test Team, Shimano, Fox0:08:15
4Menso De Jong (USA) Clif Bar, Niner Bikes, SRAM0:09:08
5Brian Matter (USA) Team Wisconsin, Trek, Shimano0:09:10
6Cole House (USA) Door County Brewing Co , intelligentsia coffee , FSA0:10:38
7Payson Mcelveen (USA) RideBiker, Sho-Air, Kenda0:10:56
8Adam Bucklin (USA) Team Rwanda0:11:35
9Bryan Dillon (USA) Topeak, Ergon, Canyon0:11:36
10Kyle Trudeau (USA) CZ Racing, Go Tenac0:13:01
11Pablo Fernandez (USA) Novamex, Bicycle Co. El Paso, No Tube NM0:14:22
12Jay Henry (USA) Tokyo Joe's0:15:14
13Carl Decker (USA) Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Schwalbe Tires0:15:57
14Michael R Sampson (USA) Competitive Cyclist. Summit Bike Club. Pivot Cycles.0:15:58
15Josh Tostado (USA) Santa Cruz, Shimano, Maxxis0:18:24
16Mathieu Belanger-barrette (Can) Pivot Cycle - On the Edge Canada0:18:50
17Ernie Watenpaugh (USA) Jack Daniels, Telluride Venture Accelerator, BMC0:19:15
18Barry Wicks (USA) Kona, Maxxis, Shimano0:19:36
19Jason Donald (USA) Skratch Labs/Donkey Label/Foundry Cycles0:21:58
20Elvind Roed (USA) CMU Cycling, LTR Sports0:22:41
21Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona, Maxxis, Shimano0:22:52
22Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF Bar0:23:49
23Tim Racette (USA) McDowell Mountain Cycles, Mikes Mix Recovery Drink, Crank Brothers0:25:19
24Bart Flynn (USA) Hoback Sports, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort,0:27:41
25Weston Rassmussen (USA) CZ Racing, Go Tenac
26Donny Warbritton (USA) Stages Cycling0:29:07
27Cary Smith (USA) The Hub Bikes, Cannondale, VFuel0:29:19
28George Flynn (USA) Hoback Sports, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Hard Work0:29:54
29Levi Kurlander (USA) The RideBiker Alliance, Sho-Air International, Kenda Tires0:30:19
30Jason Hanson (USA) QUARV Imports0:31:00
31Garrett Gerchar (USA) Clif0:34:39
32Cody Cupp (USA) San Juan Cycle, P/B Steamworths0:35:06
33Alex Pond (USA) Sonoran Cycles, Giant Bikes, Jayne Pond0:35:23
34Brett Denney (USA) Honey Stinger, Bontrager, Trek0:35:58
35Dean Hill (USA) Aspen Pro Cycling/ Ute City Cycles/ Limelight Hotel0:37:33
36Mason Shea (USA) Me, myself, mom & dad0:38:51
37Jeff Minotto (USA) Centennial Bank/Moots0:39:22
38Mark Currie (USA) Lifetime Fitness, Scott Bikes, Champion System0:40:06
39Josh Allen (USA)0:44:20
40Nicolas Jimenez (USA) Yeti Bicycles, Colorado School of Mines0:44:58
41Michael Lange (USA) unsure as of now0:45:28
42Nick Thomas (USA) AZ Devo, Trek, Bontrager0:47:09
43Jorge Munoz Jr. (USA) CZ Racing/ Go Tenac0:50:37
44Sam Vickery (USA)0:50:58
45Noah Sears (USA) MRP, ENVE, Ergon, Stages0:51:05
46Eric Landis (USA) Bicycle Outfitters, MRP Deity0:51:52
47Colby Lash (USA) Bicycle Outfitters and Sunlight Bike and Ski0:56:33
48Ian Wilkey (USA) Az Devo, Trek, Bicycle Ranch Tucson0:56:38
49Adam Looney (USA) Bikeparts.com1:25:22

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rose Grant (USA) Stans NoTubes, Pivot Cycles, Shimano3:41:50
2Alexis Skarda (USA) Stans NoTubes Elite Womens0:05:21
3Amy Beisel (USA) Team RideBiker | Isoride | LIV0:05:31
4Mical Dyck (Can) Stans NoTubes Elite Women/Cannondale0:07:23
5Courtenay Mcfadden (USA) American Classic, Zones0:07:46
6Sofia Gomez Villafane (USA) summit bike club, competitive cyclist and keegan swenson0:09:20
7Isnaraissa Moir (USA) MRP, Ergon, Pivot Cycles0:10:17
8Maghalie Rochette (USA) LUNA Pro Team (Clif Bar), Shimano, Fox0:10:37
9Jennifer Smith (USA) Stans NoTubes, Cannondale, Kenda Tires0:13:05
10Serena Bishop Gordon (USA) LIV Giant Schwalbe0:15:45
11Rebecca Gross (USA) KHS, Sped Precision, Ritchey Logic0:18:22
12Gretchen Reeves (USA) Tokyo Joes SRAM0:19:40
13Deidre Morrison (USA) Stages Cycling, Carborocket0:22:26
14Nicole Tittensor (USA) Jans Park City/Scott Bikes/Reynolds Cycling0:27:08
15Marlee Dixon (USA) mtbracenews.com, Pivot Cycles0:27:57
16Liz Carrington (USA) Honey Stinger/Bontrager/Big Agnes0:28:00
17Elizabeth Gruber (USA) Lost Coast Brewery, Criterium Bike Shop, POC0:28:14
18Heidi Rentz (USA) The Cyclists Menu, Ibis Cycles, GU Energy Labs0:30:14
19Jen Hanks (USA) Pivot Cycle, DNA Cycling0:35:18
20Emily Schaldach (USA) Ride Biker, Sho-Air, Kenda Tires0:40:22
21Erin Alders (USA) Ride Biker Alliance, Sho-Air, SQ Lab0:40:41
22Katie Compton (USA) Trek Factory Racing0:45:28
23Sian Crespo (USA) Bike Like a Girl, O2-Fitness, Silver Sage Sports and Fitness0:48:35
24Tiziana Dehorney (USA) Stans NoTubes, Pivot Cycles, Shimano0:50:37
25Carri Wullner (USA) The Hub Bikes, Vfuel, Mountain Local0:53:37

 

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