E*thirteen team riders sweep the US Open

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Gee Atherton (Commencal) takes win in front of huge home town crowd at Fort William World Cup

Leominster, MA & Petaluma, CA

The US Open took place May 29th and 30th under sunny skies and perfect track conditions in Vernon, NJ at the Diablo Freeride Park. In conjunction with the announcement of the Hive and e*thirteen merger and the release of the new e*thirteen DH crank, team riders dominated the podium in the DH and Giant Slalom events. The US Open once again drew a highly competitive international field of World Cup level riders and made for a great weekend of racing.

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In the DH finals, Andrew Neethling and Tracy Moseley flexed some Trek World Racing muscle to take home the top spots in what has become one of the top DH events in North America. Gee Atherton (Commencal), Justin Leove (Trek World Racing), Steve Smith (Evil Bikes/Redbull) and Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized) rounded out the top five and e*thirteen by the Hive riders took the top 7 mens spots


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The Giant Slalom finals were equally successful for riders on the Hive e*thirteen guides. Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy/Specialized) and Jill Kintner (Transition Racing) took the top spots with blazing fast times. Ex Drinks rider Mitch Ropelato had a vicious crash but his 1st run time was good enough to slot him comfortably in the 2nd spot. E*thirteen riders Troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized), Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized) and George Ryan (Jamis/Pro-tec/Vans) rounded out the top 5.

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The highly anticipated Fort William World Cup took place this past weekend in Great Britain. Consistently one of the most exciting stops of the World Cup, the Ft. Bill track is notoriously unforgiving. The conditions were dry and the points race was already looking tight.

In front of a hometown crowd of over 15,000 spectators Gee Atherton (Commencal) took a very closely contested race on the rough, loose and long track. Gee’s LG1 guide keep watch over him on the pedaling heavy lower section which ended up being key to the win. The almost 5 minute course claimed a number of victims over the weekend including Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized) and Steve Smith (Evil Bikes/Redbull), while in the finals e*thirteen riders took home 8 of the top 10 Mens Elite DH spots.

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Jared Graves (Yeti/Fox) took the win in the 4 Cross and solidified his overall lead in the UCI Points standings.

Next stop Leogang, Austria…See you then.

Source: Chris Costello
the Hive
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petaluma ca 94952
www.bythehive.com

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• Forged and then machined 7050 Aluminum arms.
o 7050 is 40% stronger than most common hollow forged alloys.
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• New: 24-38 Shift ringset option available.
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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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