Fontana City National-Race Report
Round #3 of the Rock N Road West Cup series
rolled into the Fontana City Nationalthis past weekend with a brand new course waiting to challenge the 700+ cross
country racers that descended upon Southridge Park.
The new cross country layout cut out the old
"National Climb” seen in the last two years and added much more technical
single track climb to get to the top of "Granite Mountain”. The SRC crew then added a new descent that had
been incorporated into their Super D events, throwing rock drops, ledges and
switch backs into the mix. All in all, the new course was met with rave reviews
from the riders.
With threats of torrential rain forecasted
all week, the men’s and women’s pro field went off under dark ominous skies at
the 1:15pm start. Except for a 10 minute dumping on lap two of the four lap
affair, riders most skirted the rain that held off till later in the afternoon.
In the men’s pro cross country race, 19 year
old Brendon Davids of the Sho-Air/Specialized team rebounded from a dismal race
at Bonelli two weeks ago to take a solid win over Kenda/Felt rider Drew Edsall,
Trek/Canada’s Peter Glassford and thirty other pro men that lined up to do
Davids controlled the race early from lap one
and even a small crash couldn’t hold the speedy U23 rider down as he gathered
his composure to take his first Pro Cross Country win in the US.
Post race, Davids was happy with his
performance. "I’m glad to get my first Pro win in the US under my belt,
especially after a poor performance at Bonelli. My Specialized 29 Hard Tail just ate up the course today and allowed me
to grab the victory. Hats off to Drew
and Peter for riding a superb race,” commented Brendon.
In the women’s pro class, Jamie Busch of the
Calmar Bicycles ran away to an almost five minute victory over second place
finisher Deidre York (The Gear Movement/Epic Endurance), while 19 year old
Quebec rider Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau rounded out the top three on her Rocky
Mountain Factory backed bike.
Next up is the Rock N Road West Cup Series round #4 on April 1stat new venue Sycamore Canyon Park in Riverside, California.