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Bonelli Park XC - US Cup #2

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |May 14, 2014 2:13 AM
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Bonelli Park XC - California
US Cup #2
UCI-HC

Geoff Kabush and Katerina Nash Take Maximum Points at Bonelli Park

Geoff 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.

 

Elite women

Katerina 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.

Nash 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.

Near 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 lead.

Nash would ride the remaining laps, uneventfully, on her own at the front of the race on her way to victory.

Pendrel, 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.

The 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 finish.

Bonelli Park drew an impressive 41 elite women to the start line.

 

Elite men

In 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.

Seven 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).

As 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.

Plaxton 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.

The 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.

With 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 Ettinger.

As 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.

At 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.

"This 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."

"It 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."

Many 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 history.

Mantecon 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 fifth place.

 

USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series standings

After 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.

The 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.

110 elite men lined up in Bonelli Park.


Results

Pro Women

1 KATERINA NASH LUNA PRO TEAM 19:42.9
2 CATHERINE PENDREL LUNA PRO TEAM 20:07.1
3 EMILY BATTY TREK FACTORY RACING 20:36.0
4 DANIELA CAMPUZANO CHAVEZ MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM 23:02.4
5 EVELYN DONG BACKCOUNTRY.COM 24:18.4
6 MARY MCCONNELOUG KENDA/STANS NO TUBES 24:32.3
7 MIKAELA KOFMAN SCOTT 3 ROX RACING 24:39.9
8 GEORGIA GOULD LUNA PRO TEAM 24:49.6
9 MONIQUE MATA SHO-AIR/CANNONDALE 25:05.1
10 SANDRA WALTER 26:30.5
11 ERIN HUCK TOKYO JOES-VCGRAPHIX 27:47.8
12 RACHEL LLOYD CALIFORNIA GIANT BER 27:53.1
13 CANDICE NEETHLING BUNDU BASHERS 28:15.8
14 AMANDA NAUMAN SDG/FELT 29:21.4
15 LARISSA CONNORS MARIN BIKES FACTORY 30:02.2
16 ROSE GRANT SPORTSMAN & SKI HAUS 30:36.6
17 MAGHALIE ROCHETTE LUNA PRO TEAM 31:12.5
18 AMANDA SIN SCOTT 3 ROX RACING 32:24.4
19 KATE COURTNEY SPECIALIZED FACTORY 32:54.4
20 CINDY MONTAMBAULT CVM 2 VALS 33:13.4
21 NINA BAUM STANS NO TUBES WOMEN 33:39.0
22 JAMIE BUSCH JULIANA/SANTA CRUZ B 33:53.2
23 AMY BEISEL LIV/GIANT-TUFFSHED 34:28.6
24 ERIN ALDERS LIV/GIANT 35:05.3
25 HANNAH RAE FINCHAMP LUNA PRO TEAM 35:46.3
26 TONYA BRAY PAA/MTBCHICK.COM DOWN 1
27 ERICA TINGEY TEAM JAMIS DOWN 1

Pro Men

1 GEOFF KABUSH SCOTT 3 ROX RACING 1:34:31.16
2 SERGIO MANTECON GUTIERRE TREK FACTORY RACING 1:35:21.18
3 MAX PLAXTON CANNODALE FACTORY TE 1:36:01.77
4 TODD WELLS SPECIALIZED FACTORY 1:36:37.71
5 MARCO AURELIO FONTANA CANNONDALE FACTORY R 1:37:01.66
6 MANUEL FUMIC CANNONDALE FACTORY R 1:37:46.85
7 STEPHEN ETTINGER BMC MOUNTAIN BIKE RA 1:38:01.09
8 JEREMIAH BISHOP SHO-AIR/CANNONDALE 1:38:21.68
9 ALEX GRANT SHO-AIR/CANNONDALE 1:38:25.49
10 RAPHAEL GAGNE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FACTO 1:38:57.29
11 DEREK ZANDSTRA SCOTT 3 ROX RACING 1:39:18.57
12 BENJAMIN SONNTAG STANS NO TUBES ELITE 1:39:44.64
13 ADAM MORKA WFP COACHING/TREK BI 1:40:11.04
14 CAMERON JETTE SCOTT-3 ROX RACING 1:40:42.97
15 SAM SCHULTZ SHO-AIR/CANNONDALE 1:41:05.28
16 SPENCER PAXSON KONA 1:41:10.38
17 HECTOR RIVERS SCOTT ROTOR USA 1:41:12.47
18 KERRY WERNER BMC PROJECT DIRT 1:41:35.32
19 MITCHELL HOKE THE PROS CLOSET/STAN 1:42:04.38
20 JEREMY MARTIN 1:42:41.74
21 TROY WELLS TEAM CLIFF BAR 1:43:45.33
22 JAMES REID TREK RACING SOUTH AF 1:43:52.92
23 RUSSELL FINSTERWALD SRAM/TROY LEE DESIGN 1:44:07.37
24 JOSE ESCARCEGA ALU BIKE-KRBO CYCLIN 1:44:26.09
25 CASEY WILLIAMS WHOLE ATHLETE/SPECIA 1:45:00.24
26 EVAN GUTHRIE NORCO FACTORY TEAM 1:45:12.36
27 KRIS SNEDDON KONA 1:45:14.20
28 BARRY WICKS 1:45:17.54
29 MICHAEL BRODERICK KENDA/STANS NO TUBES 1:45:49.11
30 KEEGAN SWENSON CANNONDALE FACOTRY T 1:46:09.73
31 WILLIAM MELONE RIVERSIDE RACING 1:46:13.84
32 RYAN WOODALL THE PROs CLOSET/STAN PULLED
33 ROTEM ISHAY TEAM JAMIS BIKES PULLED
34 JASON SIEGLE SDG/FELT PULLED
35 TRISTAN UHL 787 RACING PULLED
36 SEPP KUSS BMC PROJECT DIRT PULLED
37 JULIEN BOURDEVAIRE TEAM BLACKSTAR PULLED
38 CHRIS BADDICK THE GEAR MOVEMENT/EP PULLED
39 MARC-ANTOINE NADON SCOTT 3 ROX RACING PULLED
40 CARL DECKER GIANT FACTORY TEAM PULLED
41 TOM SAMPSON PULLED
42 MIGUEL VALADEZ ORTIZ BEAR VALLEY BIKES PULLED
43 ERNEST WATENPAUGH PULLED
44 CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN PULLED
45 JASON SAGER BACKCOUNTRY.COM PULLED
46 ALEXANDRE VIALLE ESPRESSO SPORT PULLED
47 DAVID (TINKER) JUAREZ SHO-AIR/CANNONDALE PULLED
48 MICHAEL HOSEY SOULCRAFT PULLED
49 TJ WOODRUFF BACKCOUNTRY.COM PULLED
50 ELLIOT REINECKE VELO HANGAR/FOCUS BI PULLED
51 BRADEN KAPPIUS TEAM CLIF BAR PULLED
52 RYAN GEIGER TOPIX-FRM FACTORY RA PULLED
53 COLE OBERMAN RARE DISEASE CYCLING PULLED
54 CHARLES JENKINS KHS/CYTOMAX/ESI PULLED
55 PAYSON MCELVEEN USA U23 PULLED
56 JOSEPH MALONEY KS ENERGY SERVICES/T PULLED
57 JAKUB VALIGURA 92FIFTY' CYCLERY PULLED
58 KALAN BEISEL GIANT-TUFF SHED PULLED
59 SEAN DONOVAN PULLED
60 GUSTAVO PEDROZA ELLIN CYCLING TEAM PULLED
61 BRYAN ALDERS MARIN BIKES FACTORY PULLED
62 GARETH FELDSTEIN MUSCLE MILK PULLED
63 MENSO DE JONG TEAM CLIF BAR CYLCIN PULLED
64 JETT CHANDLER DOUG CHANDLER PERFOR PULLED
65 SERGIO HERNANDEZ INCYLE-PREDATOR COMP PULLED
66 PATRICK CHARTRAND ROCKY MOUNTAIN FACTO PULLED
67 STEPHANE ROCH SWAMI'S/SKLIZ PULLED
68 MADISON MATTHEWS TOASTED HEAD RACING/ PULLED
69 CRAIG WOHLSCHLAEGER GIANT BICYCLE PULLED
70 AARON OAKES BICYCLE EXPRESS PULLED
71 COLIN OSBORN HONEY STINGER/BONTRA PULLED
72 JUAN CARLOS NUNEZ GALUAN PULLED
73 JARRED JORDAN PULLED
74 JOHN NOBIL BEAR VALLEY BIKES PULLED
75 QUINN MOBERG ROCKY MOUNTAIN FACTO PULLED
76 CHRISTOPHER WIECZOREK TOTAL CYCLIST PULLED
77 ROCKY GINGG MOMENTUM ENDURANCE PULLED
78 MATTHEW TURNER SUMMIT UTAH DEVO PULLED
79 ELIEL ANTTILA UC BERKELEY PULLED
80 DAVID FLATEN GIANT FACTORY NORTH PULLED
81 NOAH TAUTFEST BICYCLE EXPRESS/KONA PULLED
82 JOEL TITIUS SoCal ENDURANCE PULLED
83 DAVID PINEDO ELLIN CYCLING TEAM PULLED
84 HAL HELBOCK PULLED
85 TREY JARNO BEAR VALLEY BIKES PULLED
86 PETER GLASSFORD TREK CANADA PULLED
999 MARCO ANTONIO ESCARCEGA SALAZAR ALU BIKE-KRBO CYCLIN DNF
999 DAN WOLF OLD LINE VELO DNF
999 EMIL LINDGREN GIANT PRO XC TEAM DNF
999 RYAN TREBON SHO-AIR/CANNONDALE DNS
999 SKYLER TAYLOR BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEA DNF
999 BRODIE STRINGER TEAM BAGHOUSE DNF
999 ALEX WILD TRAIL HEAD RACING DNF
999 LUCAS NEWCOMB BEAR DEVELOPMENT TEA DNF
999 NICK THOMAS AZ DEVO DNS
999 ANTON COOPER CANNONDALE FACTORY R DNS
999 ANTOINE CARON SPECIALIZED RACING C DNS
999 MIGUEL RAMOS BEAR VALLEY BIKES DNS
999 ANTHONY STEIN DNF

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