2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country Nationals Start with Categories 2 and 3 Races

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Ketchum, Idaho (July 14, 2011) The first of four days of the 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships began at  the Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho, on Thursday with all of the categories 2 and 3 races throughout the day.

The first year in Sun Valley, the event warmed up on Thursday with non-national championship categories 2 and 3 national competition races.

Seventy category 3 riders traversed the 12.5-kilometer course to start the day’s racing on a cool, but comfortable morning. The riders were broken up into age groups and released onto the course with one-minute intervals between each wave. Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo.), who estimated he passed 10 riders, posted the best time of the morning session as the 15-year-old finished in 49:23 to win the 15-18 category 3 division.

“It’s a loose, steep and technical course, which I really like,” Gerchar said. “There’s a really fun, beautiful downhill. It’s nice and rolling. There are not a lot of drops. You can get your speed up. The only real problem is there are a lot of really tight switchbacks.”

Over 150 category 2 riders navigated the course in the second session and Chris Ellis (Bellingham, Wash./Cycling Northwest) posted the best time of the afternoon, traversing 15.25 kilometers in just 53:55.

National championship mountain bike racing gets underway on Friday with the junior and under-23 cross-country national championship races, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Sun Valley Resort in Ketchum, Idaho.

Visit the official event webpage of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships for more information on the event, including complete schedule, results, photo gallery and more.

USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships
Sun Valley Resort, Ketchum, Idaho
July 14-17, 2011

Category 2 Men 15-18
1. Erik Johnson (Incline Village, Nev./Norcal High School Mountain Bike 58:45
2. Wyatt Myers (Oak Hills, Calif.) 59:19
3. Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif./All American Bicycle Club, Inc.) 59:28
4. Liam Earl (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS) 1:00:11
5. Anders Nystrom (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS) 1:00:45

Category 2 Women 15-18
1. Emily Schaldach (Durango, Colo.) 1:11:15
2. Jessica Kruse (Chester, N.J./Team Bulldog) 1:12:56
3. India Waller (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo) 1:12:56
4. Emily Shull (Libertyville, Ill./Alberto’s Sport) 1:17:48
5. Emma Klingaman (Idyllwild, Calif.) 1:18:00

Category 2 Men 19-29
1. Chris Ellis (Bellingham, Wash./Cycling Northwest) 53:55
2. Robert Gilbert (Redmond, Ore.) 54:02
3. Corey Bray (San Francisco, Calif.) 55:28
4. Jedediah Young (Albuquerque, N.M.) 56:02
5. Levi Grabow (Carson City, Nev./Alta Alpina Cycling Club) 56:22

Category 2 Women 19-29
1. Ashley McQueen (Ketchum, Idaho/Mud Honey Cycling) 1:07:21
2. Courtenay McFadden (Bellingham, Wash./Cycling Northwest) 1:07:29
3. Stephanie Jones (Lakeside, Ariz.) 1:11:14
4. Christa Baker (Nevada City, Calif./Nevada Union High School Mountain Bike) 1:15:19
5. Brianne Spiersch (Salinas, Calif.) 1:17:51

Category 2 Men 30-34
1. Matthew McNeal (Ketchum, Idaho/Sun Valley Road and Dirt Camps) 54:10
2. Kellen Tanner (Grand Junction, Colo.) 54:29
3. Casey Cardwell (Garden City, Idaho) 56:36
4. Micah Clinger (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 57:28
5. Trey Knox (Ketchum, Idaho) 58:48

Category 2 Women 30-39
1. Ingrid Lovitt (Missoula, Mont./Hellgate Cyclery) 1:08:51
2. Heather Rose (Santa Barbara, Calif./Polli Veloce) 1:17:41
3. Jordan Schlekeway (Meridian, Idaho/Boise Velowomen-Team Ridgeline) 1:23:32

Category 2 Men 35-39
1. Brian Wallace (Carson City, Nev.) 55:35
2. Matthew Pollard (Moscow, Idaho/University of Idaho) 57:57
3. Andrew Shaber (Kuna, Idaho/Broken Spoke Cycling) 58:42
4. Steven Horvath (Fort Worth, Texas/Team Bicycles Inc.) 1:00:14
5. Brad Bitz (Boise, Idaho) 1:01:10

Category 2 Men 40-44
1. Jason Sparks (Brigham City, Utah) 56:19
2. Mark Messer (Cedar City, Utah/) 56:31
3. Ryan Nielsen (Morgan, Utah) 59:09
4. Tim Taylor (Lewiston, Idaho/Two Wheeler-Specialized) 1:00:15
5. Vernon Harris (Louisville, Colo./Justin’s-Titus Mountain Bike) 1:01:05

Category 2 Women 40-44
1. Kirsten Gustafson (Boise, Idaho/Eastside Cycles-Idaho) 1:17:03
2. Renee Kline (Boise, Idaho/Team Therapeutic Associates-Dobiacco) 1:18:03
3. Karen Oppenheimer (Bend, Ore.) 1:20:28
4. Sarah Murphy (Burlingame, Calif.) 1:23:33

Category 2 Men 45-49
1. Frank Benzing (Boise, Idaho/Boise Cycling Club) 56:22
2. Jesse Ferrer (Star, Idaho) 1:01:55
3. Tom Courtney (Paoli, Pa./Mainline Cycling) 1:02:40
4. Bruce Armstrong (San Francisco, Calif.) 1:04:01
5. Steve Wade (Monte Sereno, Calif./Planet Bike) 1:04:22

Category 2 Men 50-54
1. Russell Thorstrom (Boise, Idaho/Intermountain Cycling Organization) 1:02:31
2. Charles Bruni (Flagstaff, Ariz./Absolute Bikes) 1:04:09
3. Ronnie Gallego (Montebello, Calif.) 1:06:41
4. James Santa (Hailey, Idaho) 1:07:07
5. Daniel Nicholas (Ketchum, Idaho) 1:08:20

Category 3 Men 15-18
1. Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo.) 49:23
2. Brent Burcham (Fallbrook, Calif.) 50:49
3. David Hight (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Sports Cycling-Giorda) 51:38
4. Ensei Kaneko (Rough and Ready, Calif.) 53:09
5. Chance Tiner (Santa Cruz, Calif./Northern California-Nevada Cycling Association) 53:23

Category 3 Women 15-18
1. Rachel Harris (Louisville, Colo./Justin’s-Titus Mountain Bike) 1:06:56
2. McKenzie Melcher (Mentone, Calif.) 1:09:46
3. Megan Bradley (Lake Arrowhead, Calif.) 1:10:27
4. Emily Cerna (Salinas, Calif.) 1:10:50
5. Sarah Lowe (Nevada City, Calif./Nevada Union High School Mt Bike) 1:12:07

Category 3 Senior Men 19-29
1. Nathan Smith (Mount Airy, N.C.) 49:56
2. Shane Wiegel (Hanover, Pa.) 56:06
3. Tyrell Guglielmetti (Boise, Idaho/Joyride Cycles-Id) 1:00:14
4. Peter Dailey (Herndon, Va./Potomac Velo Club) 1:04:23

Category 3 Junior Women 19-29
1. Rebecca Zink (Indianapolis, Ind./Team Nebo Ridge) 1:12:54

Category 3 Masters 30-39

1. Zach Latham (Hailey, Idaho) 49:56
2. Kyle Peppo (New York, N.Y.) 55:17
3. Derek Vallejos (Boise, Idaho) 55:43
4. David Nolletti (Wolcott, Conn./Asheville Bicycle Racing Club) 58:08
5. Ian Sundby (Ketchum, Idaho) 1:00:59

Category 3 Masters 40-44 Women
1. Tessa Oshea (Boise, Idaho) 1:10:28
2. Geneva Ayarra (Boise, Idaho/Eastside Cycles-Idaho) 1:12:43
3. Christine Dexter (Helena, Mont./Big Sky Cyclery-Helena) 1:25:05

Category 3 Masters Men 40-49

1. Kirk Grynwald (Crestwood, Ky./Bob’s Red Mill p/b Focus Bikes) 50:41
2. Kevin Hoffman (Boise, Idaho/Aerocat Cycling) 53:17
3. Ryosei Kaneko (Rough and Ready, Calif./Nevada Union High School Mountain Bike) 53:48
4. Pete Dailey (Reston, Va./Potomac Velo Club) 57:10
5. Josue Perez (Miami, Fla./Sun Cycling Team) 57:46

Category 3 Masters Men 50-54
1. Mike Sanchez (Phoenix, Ariz./Procon Cycling-Carlos O’Briens) 58:27
2. Will Fernyhough (Bellevue, Wash./Jet City Velo) 1:00:10
3. Harley Parson (Meridian, Idaho) 1:07:07
4. Tim Gaffney (Angel Fire, N.M./Team F.I. Taos) 1:14:03

About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 70,000 licensees; 2,400 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,900 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year, manages 17 national championship events and is responsible for fostering the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.

Source: Dave Gaylinn, USA Cycling
www.usacycling.org

Photos by: teami4.com

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