American XC Riders Hold Strong During Round Two of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Dalby Forest

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New Faces Join Top Finishers in Quest for Home Country Victories at Windham

Windham, N.Y. – The challenging track at Yorkshire Dalby Forest scrambled the leader board, but allowed American XC riders to hold or bump up their rankings in the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano this past weekend.

In the Men’s Elite, Top 40 U.S. finishers included Todd Wells (Specialized Racing team) placing 16th, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek team) at 34th and Jeremiah Bishop at 39th place.

Finishing in the Top 40 of the U.S. Women’s Elite division, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) kept the pressure on to finish at 13th, Mary McConneloug finished 27th, Lea Davison (Specialized Racing team) nabbed 30th place and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek team) finished 40th.

Cross-country racers will continue their pursuit of the World Cup next weekend at Offenburg, Germany.

The World Cup will arrive in Windham in July (7–10) and features cross-country and downhill courses similar to those praised last year by riders and officials. In addition to the UCI races, Windham World Cup festivities will include Pro-Am Race the World XC and Gravity East DH races, a Block Party on Main Street, live music on Saturday night (bands TBA), and a heart-racing “Big Wheel” race(BYOBW). Unlike most international World Cup venues, there will be no fees charged to enter the venue or the consumer and tech expos. To help defray the tremendous organizing costs and to keep the World Cup in the U.S., a minimal fee for parking – $10 for an entire carload for one day, or $25 for three days – will be charged.

Windham is the seventh stop on the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup tour; additional stops include Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; Offenburg, Germany; Fort William, Great Britain; Leogang, Austria; Mt. Sainte-Anne, Canada; La Bress, France; Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic; and Val di Sole, Italy.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.racewindham.com.

Source: Penelope Vavura

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