Pro GRT # 5 Race Report

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The Whiteface Mountain Bike Park in Wilmington, N.Y. welcomed Pro GRT racers from accross the country. This weekend provided plenty of sunshine and fast riders. With sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 70′s all weekend, riders like Logan Binggeli and Jacqueline Harmony showing up, we knew the weekend was going to be great!

The Main DH event was on Sunday, but Saturday offered some dual slalom action. Seen here is reigning USA Cycling Champ, Logan Binggeli placing the dual slalom award on 4 year old Ewan MacNaughton.

The trails were nice and dry all weekend, and since it was opening weekend at the Bike Park, the racers experienced buffed-out trails that have not had seen action since last Fall.
Logan Binggeli pictured below in his usual fine form:

With the Pro GRT’s being a qualifier for the Junior Worlds, the Junior Experts (Category 1 15-18) field was competitive, to say the least! Wow, the junior experts traveled great distances to take adavantage of this qualifying race.

1st place in Category 1 15-18 was Shane Leslie from Birmingham, Michigan. Shane races for High Gear Racing and came in 1st in Jr. Ex. with a 3:46.13.
2nd place was Ray Syron from Rockport, Mass. Shane races for KHS Bicycles and his time was 3:48.83.
3rd place was Alex Willie who traveled all the way from Longmount, Colorado, and clocked a 3:48.95.
Only 2.5 seconds was the gap between 1st and 3rd place in this highly competitive category. These our the future pros of our sport. Great job guys!

The Pro Womens field saw some regional and national pros.
1st place from Sedona, Arizona was Jacqueline Harmony riding for a Culture of Speed with a 4:14.80. Jackie’s 1st place win puts on the very top position in Pro GRT Tour!
2nd place from Marlbor, N.Y. was Becky Gardner racing for Gardner Racing with a time of 4:32.04.
3rd place was Elinor Wesner hailing from Wappingers Falls, N.Y. with a 4:52.71.
4th place was Amber Price all the way from Westmiinster, Colorado with a 5:47.86.
5ht place was Mary Elges from Windsor, CT.

There was a lot on the line in the Pro Mens field as well, with Logan Binggeli gaining points on Aaron Gwin. Logan’s 1st place finish at the Whiteface 5K DH (Pro GRT # 5), was enough to make the finals at Northstar, possibly be the most exciting race of the year.

1st place: Logan Biggeli, 3:36.65, St. George, Utah, KHS Bicycles.
2nd place was last years 5K DH winner Yann Gauvin from Quebec City, QU. Yann races for Kona/Race Face and had a time of 3:42.17.
3rd place: Austin Hackett-Klaube from Dillon, CO with a 3:42.24. Ausitn races for WRR / Trek / Novik.
4th place: Nikolas Dudukovich from Port Matilda, PA with a time of 3:42.35. Nikolas races for One Ghost Industries
5ht place: Ex Lake Placidian Heikki Hall. Heikki traveled from Durango, Co and had a time of 3:49.10 Sponsors include: The Hive / E13.

We would like to thank all of the racers for coming to Whiteface Mountain and supporting the Pro GRT Series!

Our next race will be the First Ever US/Canadian Open at Whiteface on September 8/9, 2012.

Source: Downhill Mike

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