Bishop makes it two in a row

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

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


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Elite men Triple Crown Round #1 Final Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory2pts
2Max Plaxton (USA) Specialized4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda H20 Overdrive5Row 2 - Cell 3
4Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory8Row 3 - Cell 3
5Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain9Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Trek12Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski Subaru-Trek15Row 6 - Cell 3
8Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC MTB Development16Row 7 - Cell 3
9Barry Wicks (USA) Kona19Row 8 - Cell 3
10Adam Craig (USA) Giant MTB Team22Row 9 - Cell 3
11Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Factory Team22Row 10 - Cell 3
12Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona24Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jeff Herrera (USA) Bicycleworld.Tv31Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ryan Woodall (USA) Brick City Bicycles.31Row 13 - Cell 3
15Kerry Werner (USA) BMC MTB Development33Row 14 - Cell 3
16Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis35Row 15 - Cell 3
17Bryson Perry (USA) Life Time Fitness39Row 16 - Cell 3
18Tj Woodruff (USA) Trek Bicycles Boulder40Row 17 - Cell 3
19Adam Morka (USA) Trek Canada43Row 18 - Cell 3
20Tristan Uhl (USA) Atc Racing44Row 19 - Cell 3
21Kalan Beisel (USA) Yeti/SRAM46Row 20 - Cell 3
22Troy Wells (USA) Team Cliff Bar48Row 21 - Cell 3
23Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt50Row 22 - Cell 3
24Zachary Valdez (USA) Whole Athlete-Specialized51Row 23 - Cell 3
25Aaron Bradford (USA) Family Cycling/Specialized52Row 24 - Cell 3
26Francis Morin (Can)53Row 25 - Cell 3
27Dana Weber (USA) Trek/Jax Bicycle World53Row 26 - Cell 3
28Jack Hinkens (USA) BMC MTB Development55Row 27 - Cell 3
29Bryan Fawley (USA) Orbea USA57Row 28 - Cell 3
30Clinton Claassen (USA) Team Mad Cat58Row 29 - Cell 3
31Vincent Lombardi (USA) Steven K Pro Team60Row 30 - Cell 3
32Brad Bingham (USA)60Row 31 - Cell 3
33Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda/Felt68Row 32 - Cell 3
34Kevin Smallman (USA) Incycle/Cannondale73Row 33 - Cell 3
35Zachary Keller (USA) Form Cycles/Griffin73Row 34 - Cell 3
36Jason Siegle (USA) SDG/Felt75Row 35 - Cell 3
37Mitchell Peterson (USA) Life Time Fitness Cycling75Row 36 - Cell 3
38Romolo Forcino (USA) Chains Required Bike81Row 37 - Cell 3
39Greg Carpenter (USA) Devo/Giant86Row 38 - Cell 3
40John Nobil (USA) Bear Valley Bikes88Row 39 - Cell 3
41Cody Kaiser (USA) Cal Giant MTB/Specialized91Row 40 - Cell 3
42Nicholas Weighall (USA) Cal Giant MTB/Specialized95Row 41 - Cell 3
43Anthony Sinyard (USA) Specialized95Row 42 - Cell 3
44Kevin Kane (USA) Rocky Mountain Factory96Row 43 - Cell 3
45Matthew Connors (USA) Bicycle Ranch101Row 44 - Cell 3
46Eric Bierman (USA) Steven K Sports103Row 45 - Cell 3
47Gerry Cody (USA) Bike Blood103Row 46 - Cell 3
48Rich Weis (USA) Trek109Row 47 - Cell 3
49Peter Odonnell (USA) GT Bicycles112Row 48 - Cell 3
50Peter Glassford (Can) Canada MTB Team114Row 49 - Cell 3
51Garnet Vertican (USA) Giant116Row 50 - Cell 3
52Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar133Row 51 - Cell 3
53Jordan Kahlenberg (USA) Giant Mid-Atlantic165Row 52 - Cell 3


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