Stander – Gould Wins at Round 2 of US Pro XCT
Burry Stander of Specialized and Georgia Gould of Luna were the victors at the USA Pro Mountain Bike Cross Country Tour Round Two, which took place with the Sea Otter Classic at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area in Monterey, California.
The current U23 world champion Stander bested Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) who placed second and Todd Wells (Specialized) who settled for third place. However, Wells continued to remain in the lead with 255 points overall standings with Kabush not far behind at 250 points. Crossing the finish line for fourth place was Christopher Sauser (Specialized) and placing fifth was Roel Paulissen (Cannondale).
In the elite women’s race, five women set the pace and took the lead. The pack included Gould, Lene Byberg (Specialized), Catharine Pendrel (Luna), Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher). Byberg tried to take the lead from Gould but Gould countered her attack and sprinted to her victory. Byberg came in second, while third, fourth and fifth place went to Pendrel, Koerber and Irmiger respectively.
Overall standings for Elite Women have Gould and Byberg tied at the no.1 spot with 270 points each. The next venue for the Pro XCT will be at Mellow Johnny’s Classic in Dripping Springs, Texas on May 29.
1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized) – 255
2. Geoff Kabush (CAN/Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) – 250
3. Burry Stander (RSA/Specialized)- 200
4. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) – 145
5. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Cannondale)- 142
1. Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho/Luna) – 270
1. Lene Byberg (NOR/Specialized) – 270
2. Willow Koerber (Durango, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) – 215
3. Pua Sawicki (Yucaipa, Calif./OkoleStuff.com) – 210
4. Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher) – 185