Fontana wins Bonelli Park short track

Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) proved that short track racing is not just for North Americans when he won the elite men's race, which drew 69 men to the start line. The men set out to race 20 minutes plus two laps. Fontana beat Stephen Ettinger (BMC Racing) and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory Racing) at Bonelli Park in California on Sunday afternoon.

Another European Sergio Mantecon Gutierrez (Trek Factory Racing) of Spain took the hole shot ahead of US Cross Country National Champion Stephen Ettinger (BMC Racing). The two led a large group as it snaked its way through lap one.

Gutierrez continued to set the pace for the first two laps, followed by Fontana and Ettinger. The Spaniard rode so strongly that he created a gap on his rivals early on lap 2.

Canadian Max Plaxton (Cannondale Factory Racing) first led the chase, along with Ettinger, Fontana and Todd Wells (Specialized). Their efforts paid off as the leaders were reunited for the third lap, largely thanks to US Short Track National Champion Wells putting the hammer down to close down the last part of the gap. Plaxton unfortunately lost control on on the far side of the course and crashed out of the race.

Eight men were then together at the front with a slight gap on a chase group led by Saturday's cross country winner Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox). The Canadian, as he did the previous day, tended to ride his own pace, evening out the surges and ebbs of the other top riders until he eventually caught up with the leaders on lap four.

Wells won the Sho-Air hot lap prime of $200 on lap five, crossing the line just ahead of Fontana.

A brief respite after the hot lap meant 12 men raced together in the lead group, but at minute 17, Wells launched an attack to break up the group and improve his own chances at a win. Fontana was the first to react to Wells.

With one lap to go, Gutierrez came back to the front, leading Fontana, Raphael Gagne (Scott-3Rox) and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing). Only eight men remained in contention for the win, while Europeans Fontana and Fumic proved their condition in an unfamiliar format by never being outside of the top five places for almost the entire race.

Fontana took over the lead on the back straight of the final lap with Ettinger and Gagne in tow. The Italian successfully negotiated the tight final corner and held off Ettinger and Gagne in the dash to the finish line.

Wells rolled in for fourth place ahead of Gutierrez in fifth. Cross country winner Kabush rode in for sixth.

"I love this format," said Fontana after the short track. "We decided to stay at the front today to avoid any crashes and it paid off. I'm glad to come away from this weekend with at least one victory and can't wait for the next race that they were so kind to name after me already!"

Full Results

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Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Marco Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory
2Stephen Ettinger (USA) BMC Mountain Bike
3Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain
4Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory
5Sergio Mantecon Gutie (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
6Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing
7Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory
8Russell Finsterwald (USA) Sram/Troy Lee Design
9Troy Wells (USA) Team Cliff Bar
10Kerry Werner (USA) BMC Project Dirt
11Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona
12Mitchell Hoke (USA) The Pros Closet/Stan's
13Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Team
14Benjamin Sonntag (USA) Stans No Tubes Elite
15Cole Oberman (USA) Rare Disease Cycling
16Alex Grant (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale
17Cameron Jette (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing
18Jeremy Martin (Can)
19Joseph Maloney (USA) Ks Energy Services
20Barry Wicks (USA)
21Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Canada
22Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona
23Tom Sampson (USA)
24Alexandre Vialle (Can) Espresso Sport
25Patrick Chartrand (Can) Rocky Mountain
26Tristan Uhl (USA) 787 Racing
27Tj Woodruff (USA) Backcountry.Com
28Joel Titius (USA) Socal Endurance
29Kalan Beisel (USA) Giant-Tuff Shed
30Payson Mcelveen (USA) Usa U23
31Ryan Woodall (USA) The Pros Closet/Stan's
32Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Stans No Tubes
33Evan Guthrie (Can) Norco Factory Team
34Christopher Hamlin (USA)
35Marc-Antoin Nadon (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing
36Bryan Alders (USA) Marin Bikes Factory
37William Melone (USA) Riverside Racing
38Michael Hosey (USA) Marin Factory
39Colin Osborn (USA) Honey Stinger
40Sepp Kuss (USA) BMC Project Dirt
41Ryan Geiger (USA) Topix-Frm Factory
42Alex Wild (USA) Trail Head Racing
43Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar
44Quinn Moberg (Can) Rocky Mountain
45Casey Williams (USA) Whole Athlete/Specialized
46Jarred Jordan (USA)
47Madison Matthews (USA) Toasted Head Racing
48Jakub Valigura (USA) 92Fifty' Cyclery
49Noah Tautfest (USA) Bicycle Express/Kona
50Dan Wolf (USA) Old Line Velo
51David Flaten (USA) Giant Factory North
52Aaron Oakes (USA) Bicycle Express
53Matthew Turner (USA) Summit Utah Devo
54Derek Hermon (USA) Bear Valley Bikes
55Trey Jarno (USA) Bear Valley Bikes
DNFAntoine Caron (Can) Specialized Racing
DNFStephane Roch (USA) Swami's/Skliz
DNFBrodie Stringer (USA) Team Baghouse
DNFSam Schultz (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale
DNFErnest Watenpaugh (USA)
DNFNick Thomas (USA) Az Devo
DNFEmil Lindgren (Swe) Giant Pro Xc Team
DNFKeegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory
DNFRotem Ishay (USA) Team Jamis Bikes
DNFAdam Morka (Can) Wfp Coaching/Trek
DNFRyan Trebon (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale
DNFMax Plaxton (Can) Cannodale Factory
DNFChristopher Wieczorek (USA) Total Cyclist
DNFLucas Newcomb (USA) Bear Development

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