Tough Round Three of UCI Mountain Bike World Cup for American XC Riders

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Top 10 showing in Men Under 23 for Ettinger a Highlight for U.S. Racers

Windham, N.Y. – The hard, dry track at Offenburg, Germany set a relentless pace as the current leaders continued to dominate at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano this past weekend.

Julien Absalon (FRANCE) took first place in the Men’s Elite — his fifth consecutive win at Offenburg — and Julie Bresset (FRANCE) took first place in Women’s Elite coming off of her win last week at Yorkshire Dalby Forest.

American racers fell to the middle of the pack with Todd Wells (Specialized Racing team) the highest placing U.S. rider in the Men’s Elite, finishing 33rd and four U.S. Women’s Elite riders finishing in the top 30: Katherine Compton (Rabobank – Giant Off-Road Team) finished 16th, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) finished 20th, Lea Davison (Specialized Racing) finished 28th and Mary McConneloug finished 30th.

Aspirations for Windham medals are still high with Todd Wells ranked 18th overall in the Men’s Elite and Georgia Gould ranked 15th overall in the Women’s Elite. Up and comer Stephen Ettinger continues to show impressive numbers with his 6th place finish in the Men’s Under 23 category at Offenburg.

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; Yorkshire Dalby Forest, Great Britain; 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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