Sunday, July 22, 2007

USA MTB Championship Wrapup (STXC, DH, SD)

The final races from this year's USA Cycling MTB Championship have finished back east at Mount Snow.

Bring home a championship to NorCal, Rachel Lloyd (Fairfax, Calif./Proman Paradigm) garnered her second podium performance by winning the women’s super D. Lloyd finished 28 seconds ahead of Marla Streb (Los Osos, Calif./Luna). Lloyd also podiumed in the short track competition, placing third. Adam Craig (Bend, Ore.) won the men's Super D.

In the downhill competitions, Kathy Pruitt (Lake Almanor, Calif./Jamis) and Cole Bangert (Twin Lakes, Colo./Morewood) earned national titles. After securing the second seed in the qualifying round, Pruitt beat top-seeded Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz./KHS) by two seconds in the finals, while the 36th-seeded Bangert rode a flawless final to beat second-seeded Luke Strobel (Renton, Wash./Maxxis) by just one second.

In the short track competition, Ryan Trebon and Mary McConneloug took home national championship jerseys.

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