March 29, 2010
Wells, Byberg ride to victory in Pro XCT opener
The 2010 USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) kicked off on Saturday with the US Cup in Fontana, Calif. With high winds and sand storms, the first of the Pro XCT’s five UCI-inscripted events was heated as the world’s top mountain bikers competed for valuable UCI points.
Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./ Specialized) won the elite men’s race ahead of Canadians Geoff Kabush and Max Plaxton. Australian Sid Taberlay was fourth while USA Cycling Development Program alum Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Gary Fisher) rounded out the top five.
On the women’s side of competition, Norwegian Lene Byberg won her first big U.S. race ahead of endurance strong woman Pua Sawicki (Yucaipa, Calif./OkoleStuff.com) who has switched her focus from endurance to cross country events this season in hopes of representing the U.S. at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Quebec in August. Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) took third while Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo./Giant) was fourth, and Allison Mann (Murietta, Calif./Rock N Road) made her first national-level podium, taking fifth.
For complete results from the 2010 Pro XCT opener in Fontana, click here.
With the first of five Pro XCT events complete, Wells and Byberg have taken the early leads. The standings are as follows:
1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized) – 120
2. Geoff Kabush (CAN/Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) – 100
3. Max Plaxton (CAN/Sho-Air-Specialized) – 90
4. Sid Taberlay (AUS/Sho-Air-Specialized) – 80
5. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Gary Fisher) – 75
1. Lene Byberg (NOR/Specialized) – 120
2. Pua Sawicki (Yucaipa, Calif./OkoleStuff.com) – 100
3. Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) – 90
4. Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo./Giant) – 80
5. Allison Mann (Murietta, Calif./Rock N Road) – 75
*To see the 2010 USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour standings or leaders board, please visit USA Cycling’s Pro XCT webpage.
The Pro XCT will continue on April 18 with the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Calif.
Photos from top to bottom: Todd Wells took a very close win in the men’s race over Geoff Kabush. Norwegian Lene Byberg claimed her first big win on U.S. soil. Photos courtesy of Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net
About the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT)
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. Created in 2009 to consistently provide world-class athletes with a competitive arena on American soil, the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour (Pro XCT) consists of six UCI sanctioned events in 2010. As the top national-level cross country mountain bike calendar in the country, the Pro XCT recognizes the best professional cross country teams and athletes competing on U.S. soil by employing a season-long rankings system to identify overall men’s and women’s series leaders. Upon completion of the calendar, the overall winners will be also awarded a spot on the 2010 U.S. Mountain Bike World Championship squad. For more information on the USA Cycling Pro XCT, visit www.usacycling.org/proxct.
source: Keri S. Kahn
USA Cycling, Inc.