Kabush (Scott-3Rox) and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) won round 2 of the USA
Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group in Bonelli Park in
San Dimas, California, on Saturday afternoon. With two rounds done and two to go, Kabush and Nash also lead the USA
Cycling US Cup Pro Series.
Nash won her second consecutive USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series race of 2014 on a
warm, sunny Saturday afternoon at Bonelli Park. The Czech rider dominated the elite women's cross country mountain bike
race from start to finish.
and her Luna Pro teammate Catharine Pendrel rode away from their competition on
the first lap of the five-lap race. Behind them, Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) led the chase while
Daniela Campuzano Chavez Peon (Mexican National Team), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro
Team), Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Stan's NoTubes), Evelyn Dong (Backcountry.com)
and Mikaela Kofman (Scott-3Rox) followed.
the end of lap three of the UCI category HC race, Nash rode the uphill A-line
and got a gap on Pendrel, who opted for the longer, but less technically
challenging B-line. Just a few seconds
was all Nash needed to make her move. She applied pressure and quickly turned her advantage into a decisive
would ride the remaining laps, uneventfully, on her own at the front of the
race on her way to victory.
once left to ride on her own, measured her effort for the duration of the race
and successfully defended her second place while Batty and then Campuzano each
rode solo to third and fourth places respectively.
tightest battle was for the fifth and final podium spot. A chase group of four women formed in the
final laps, including Gould, McConneloug, Dong and Kofman. While Gould and McConneloug faded as the race
progressed, Dong and Kofman became stronger. In the end, Dong made a last lap move to secure herself a fifth place
Park drew an impressive 41 elite women to the start line.
the elite men's race later in the afternoon, veteran racer Geoff Kabush rode a
tactically smart race to bide his time and attack for the victory after his top
rivals had already tired themselves out.
men formed a lead group on the first of seven laps including Olympic bronze
medallist Marco Fontana and Manuel Fumic (both Cannondale Factory Racing), US
Short Track National Champion Todd Wells (Specialized), Sergio Mantecon
Gutierrez (Trek Factory Racing), Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) and US Cross
Country National Champion Stephen Ettinger (BMC).
the first man to attack, Fontana surged on lap two and established a 10-second
gap over the other six men. His teammate
Fumic crashed in the uphill rock garden, but recovered well to quickly chase
back on. The gap from Fumic's crash
helped Fontana, and he pushed the pace off the front on his own for two laps.
Kabush seemed to barely hang on to the main chase group, but after the race, he
admitted that he was just conserving his energy.
calculated that it was time to reel in Fontana on the fourth lap, and he did
just that to bridge up to the Italian so that the two riders rolled through
together as the race leaders with three laps to go.
savvy Kabush knew that it would not be a good idea to let Cannondale Factory
Racing teammates Fontana and Plaxton get away together, so he chased them down
and joined them. Taking barely a breather after his effort to bridge, Kabush
wasted no time in counter-attacking the duo and getting a gap on them.
two laps remaining, Kabush lead Plaxton by about five seconds, but the early
effort had already cost Fontana, who had dropped further back and was then
caught by Mantecon. Wells rode on his own in fifth place, ahead of Fumic and
Kabush continued to apply pressure, Plaxton blew up and Kabush quickly extended
his lead. Plaxton struggled to hold off
Mantecon until the Spaniard eventually overtook him just before the bell lap. Meanwhile, Wells' consistency on the day
started paying off as he bridged up to and passed Fontana - the two rode across
the line together with one lap to go.
the front, Kabush cruised to a solo victory on the final lap, finishing with
plenty of time to enjoy the feeling of taking the win.
whole week, I had a little something going on in my head, but I never gave up
hope that I could pull out something special on the day," said Kabush.
"I wanted to be conservative at first, and I kind of rolled along there on
the back, saving my legs for the end."
was motivating to come out in March for a win. It was special to come here and take the win - it's been awhile since I
won a national series event," said Kabush. "It's also unique to have
this UCI HC-category race here."
racers were excited to have the chance to compete in a UCI category HC event on
North American soil; it was the first such race in the US in mountain biking's
followed for second place on the day while an exhausted Plaxton held on for
third. Wells finished strong to take fourth place while Fontana ended up in
USA Cycling US Cup presented by
Sho-Air Cycling Group series standings
round two of four in the USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group
series, Kabush leads the series ahead of previous series leader Plaxton and
Wells while Nash continues to lead the series ahead of Pendrel and Batty.
USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series will continue with
round 3, a UCI Category HC race in Fontana, California on Saturday, March 22.
elite men lined up in Bonelli Park.