Wednesday, July 13, 2011

American Riders Find The Podium At Windham World Cup

Georgia Gould placed fifth in the women's elite cross-country race at the UCI World Cup in Windham. (Photo by Rob Jones,

Several American mountain bikers enjoyed success at the Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, N.Y., including Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Durango Development) who became the first-ever American to win a junior men's cross-country World Cup. In all, American riders totaled two wins and five top-five finishes through the weekend’s races.

Riding with USA Cycling's National Development Program mountain bike squad, Grotts became the first-ever American junior to win a stop on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Grotts won with a time of 1:10:50. Another development program rider, Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Whole Athlete-Specialized), earned a podium spot grabbing fifth in the junior men's cross country contest.

"Howard's win is a significant for our program not only because of the way he won but also because we have worked toward this goal since the junior World Cup races were introduced,” USA Cycling’s Cycling, Mountain Bike and Cyclo-cross Program Director Marc Gullickson said. “It's great to see an American jersey on the top step of a World Cup Cross-Country podium again."

A couple of cross-country ladies also shared in the podium action. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) earned a fifth-place finish in the women's elite cross-country race while another development program rider, AliciaRose Pastore (Durango, Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory DEVO Sweet Elite) earned a second-place finish in the junior women’s cross-country race on Saturday.

Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) won the downhill race on Sunday by just over two seconds. After qualifying with the fastest time on Friday, Gwin posted his fourth UCI Mountain Bike World Cup win of the season. The leader of the UCI’s men’s elite downhill rankings, Gwin previously won the downhill at Mont Sainte-Anne (last week), Leogang and Pietermaritzburg earlier this season.

The 10-stop UCI Mountain Bike World Cup makes its eighth stop of the year on August 6-7, in La Bresse, France.

**American cyclo-cross star Jeremy Powers did win the junior race at the Napa Valley World Cup in 2001, however the UCI did not begin recognizing official Junior World Cup races until 2009.

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
Windham, N.Y.
July 9-10, 2011

Women’s Elite Cross-Country
1. Julie Bresset (FRA) 1:35:36
2. Catharine Pendrel (CAN) 1:36:15
3. Annika Langvad (DEN) 1:37:00
4. Marie-Helene Premont (CAN) 1:37:05
5. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro) 1:37:06

Women’s Juniors Cross-country
1. Frederique Trudel (CAN) 1:06:02
2. AliciaRose Pastore – (Durango, Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory DEVO Sweet Elite) +01:51

Men’s Juniors Cross-country
1. Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Durango Development) 1:10:50
2. Andri Frischknecht (SWI) +00:24
3. Andrey Fonseca (CRC) +01:38
4. Andres Alpizar (CRC) +01:58
5. Keegan Swenson – (Park City, Utah/Whole Athlete-Specialized) +02:39

Men’s Downhill
1. Aaron Gwin (Temecula, Calif./Trek World Racing) 2:24.037
2. Steve Peat (GBR) +2.339
3. Andrew Neethling (RSA) +3.207

by Dave Gaylinn
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