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Grotts unseats Wells as US cross country champion

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The men’s field begins the climb out of the start of their six-lap race.

The men’s field begins the climb out of the start of their six-lap race. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Joe Devera put the final touches on Russell Finsterwald’s bike before the start of the men’s race. Devera spent the race in the pit near the feed zone, where he and other mechanics wait with spare wheels and components to be prepared for any occasion.

Joe Devera put the final touches on Russell Finsterwald’s bike before the start of the men’s race. Devera spent the race in the pit near the feed zone, where he and other mechanics wait with spare wheels and components to be prepared for any occasion. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Defending champion Lea Davison led the women’s field out of the start lane onto the dirt for their five-lap event.

Defending champion Lea Davison led the women’s field out of the start lane onto the dirt for their five-lap event. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Aaron Gwin will take the stars and stripes back to the World Cup circuit after descending like a meteor to claim his seventh downhill national championship.

Aaron Gwin will take the stars and stripes back to the World Cup circuit after descending like a meteor to claim his seventh downhill national championship. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Rose Grant claimed third in the pro women’s cross-country.

Rose Grant claimed third in the pro women’s cross-country. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Erin Huck rode to a silver medal in the pro women’s cross-country.

Erin Huck rode to a silver medal in the pro women’s cross-country. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Chloe Woodruff led the close-knit select group for the majority of the five-lap race, and won the national championship by just a second.

Chloe Woodruff led the close-knit select group for the majority of the five-lap race, and won the national championship by just a second. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Crowd favorite Georgia Gould was just out of contact of the select group, and finished fifth, just two and half seconds off the win.

Crowd favorite Georgia Gould was just out of contact of the select group, and finished fifth, just two and half seconds off the win. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Lea Davison fought hard in the thin air but could only muster fifth, ceding her national championship title.

Lea Davison fought hard in the thin air but could only muster fifth, ceding her national championship title. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Howard Grotts at the start, with fellow Durango resident Todd Wells. The thin air and 850’ of climbing per lap mad e course that suited Grotts,

Howard Grotts at the start, with fellow Durango resident Todd Wells. The thin air and 850’ of climbing per lap mad e course that suited Grotts, (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Jill Kintner followed up her dual slalom championship with an overwhelming 15.64 second victory in the downhill national championship.

Jill Kintner followed up her dual slalom championship with an overwhelming 15.64 second victory in the downhill national championship. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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The cross country feed zone, a critical component of racing in heat at altitude, was set up as a unique left-hand feed.

The cross country feed zone, a critical component of racing in heat at altitude, was set up as a unique left-hand feed. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Howard Grotts took over on the second-to-last lap as Wells faltered, and quickly built a nearly ten-second lead over the chasers.

Howard Grotts took over on the second-to-last lap as Wells faltered, and quickly built a nearly ten-second lead over the chasers. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Keegan Swenson, a Park City resident accustomed to elevation, finished second in the pro men’s race.

Keegan Swenson, a Park City resident accustomed to elevation, finished second in the pro men’s race. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Defending champion Todd Wells led the first three laps with a few seconds over Howard Grotts and several more seconds to the chase group.

Defending champion Todd Wells led the first three laps with a few seconds over Howard Grotts and several more seconds to the chase group. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Carl Decker, likely the only competitor in both the pro XC and Enduro disciplines, finished ninth.

Carl Decker, likely the only competitor in both the pro XC and Enduro disciplines, finished ninth. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Alexander Grant finished third in the pro men’s event.

Alexander Grant finished third in the pro men’s event. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Todd Wells’ cheering section on the course climb.

Todd Wells’ cheering section on the course climb. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Howard Grotts claimed his first national championship with a minute margin of victory.

Howard Grotts claimed his first national championship with a minute margin of victory. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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The women's pro podium of winner Chloe Woodruff, flanked by Erin Huck and Rose Grant.

The women's pro podium of winner Chloe Woodruff, flanked by Erin Huck and Rose Grant. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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The pro men's podium of Howard Grotts, Keegan Swenson and Alexander Grant celebrated with beer

The pro men's podium of Howard Grotts, Keegan Swenson and Alexander Grant celebrated with beer (Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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The start of the pro men’s cross country race featured 49 riders.

The start of the pro men’s cross country race featured 49 riders. (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Full Results

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing1:42:14
2Keegan Swenson (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale0:01:02
3Alexander Grant (USA) Ridebiker/Cannondale0:01:38
4Stephen Ettinger (USA) Sho-Air Cyclery0:03:34
5Russell Finsterwald (USA) SRAM- Troy Lee Designs Race Team0:03:49
6Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:04:21
7Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Bicycles Factory Team0:04:34
8Kerry Werner (USA) Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefits Strategies0:06:42
9Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Off-Road Team0:07:43
10Menso De Jong (USA) TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling0:08:31
11Cole House (USA) Isagenix / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching0:09:35
12Ernie Watenpaugh (USA) Jack Daniels0:10:11
13Ben Ortt (USA)0:10:48
14Brad Bingham (USA)0:10:52
15Troy Wells (USA) TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling0:11:06
16Joseph Maloney (USA)0:11:21
17Adam Bucklin (USA)0:11:41
18Travis (Tj) Woodruff (USA) Momentum Endurance0:12:23
19David Flaten (USA) US Military Cycling Team0:12:55
20Corey Stelljes (USA) 5Nines/Motorless Motion0:14:12
21Justin Desilets (USA) Adobe Cycling0:14:36
22Christopher Hamlin (USA) Bicycle Express Racing0:15:21
23Sam Chovan (USA) Honey Stinger/Bontrager Mountain Bike Race Team0:16:04
24Elliot Reinecke (USA)0:16:38
25Brett Denney (USA)0:17:00
26Noah Tautfest (USA) Bicycle Express Racing0:17:04
27Jeff Bender (USA)0:18:08
28Trevor Deruise (USA) KTM Bike Industries/Nature's Bakery0:18:18
29Kevin Day (USA) Team Endurance 3600:18:30
30Jim Hewett (USA)0:19:44
31Christopher Michaels (USA) American Classic/Kenda/Tomac0:20:20
32William Curtis (USA) Team Santa Cruz/X-Fusion0:23:14
33Stuart Gonzalez (USA) Bear Valley Bikes0:26:51
DNFAlex Wild (USA)
DNFJohn Nobil (USA) Team Ninja
DNFMichael Zanetti (USA)

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Woodruff (USA) Team Stan's NoTubes/Niner1:39:39
2Erin Huck (USA) SCOTT-3Rox Racing0:00:01
3Rose Grant (USA)0:00:37
4Larissa Connors (USA)0:01:49
5Georgia Gould (USA) LUNA Pro Team0:02:23
6Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Factory Racing0:03:03
7Amy Beisel (USA)0:06:08
8Alexis Skarda (USA)0:09:52
9Erin Alders (USA) SHO-AIR/ SERT0:11:18
10Evelyn Dong (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale0:12:01
11Amanda Nauman (USA) SDG Bellwether pb Krema Peanut Butter0:13:22
12Emma Maaranen (USA)0:14:00
13Hannah Williams (USA)0:14:08
14Ally Stacher (USA) Ally's Bar0:16:47
15Elisa Otter (USA) Bicycle Express Racing0:18:07
16Nicole Tittensor (USA)0:19:51
17Nina Baum (USA)0:23:51
18Fairlee Frey (USA) George's/2016 Ladies Team0:27:31
DNFMegan Carrington (USA) Naked Women's Racing
DNFCaroline Dezendorf (USA) Vanderkitten CX (VKCX)

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