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Courtney tops Americans’ on second day of MTB World Championships

South Africa (August 29, The 2013 UCI Mountain Bike Championships continued Thursday in South Africa, with the cross-country races and the seeding of the juniors downhill on a hot and dry day.

Kate Courtney finished in the juniors women’s cross-country (Photo by Rob Jones)

Kate (Kentfield, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) the American’s effort in the juniors cross-country race, placing Alessandra Keller (SUI) the 39-rider field, completing her laps in 1:18.24. Courtney, who won the women’s world cup race in on Aug. 10, stopped the clock behind Keller while Blevins (Durango, Colo./Durango was 7:58 behind the winner. Collomb (ITA) earned the medal while Sarah (GER) took home the medal.

Courtney was unable to improve on her position. She started the race in place, slipped briefly seventh place after the lap before regaining sixth for the final two laps of the four-lap, contest. Blevins managed to two positions through the course of the After finishing her first lap in place, Blevins improved to after the second lap. She in 17th place following her circuit before passing Tasca (ITA) on the final lap to in 16th place.

Sean Bennett (El Cerrito, Athlete-Specialized) used a tremendous to move up through the pack to top the effort in the juniors men’s by placing 28th, 8:46 the winner Lukas Baum Baum finished the five-lap, contest in 1:20:06. Neilson (Roseville, Calif./Folsom Bike-VW-Raley’s), who to America placing seventh in the team relay on Wednesday, 49 seconds behind Bennett in place. Luke Vrouwenvelder Hill, N.C./Cycle Youth) was the American to finish the race, 37th, 10:39 behind Peter Disera (CAN) the silver medal, finishing 42 behind Baum, but 20 seconds of Gioele Bertolini (ITA), who away with the bronze

Bennett completed his first lap in place, but used the subsequent to gradually improve his position. moved into 44th after the second circuit, place after three before completing the five-lap in 28th place. Powless his first turn in 38th and moved as high as 13th one lap remaining, but slipped back 32nd place in the end. sat in 24th place after one lap slipping into 37th at the race’s conclusion.

The United placed four riders in the top 20 in the men’s downhill seeding on Thursday. Richard Rude Jr. Conn./Yeti-Fox Factory Racing) the second-best time, completing his run in only .754 seconds Loris Vergier (FRA). will be the second-to-last rider to the championship run on Friday.

Cole Picchiottino (Murrieta, Racing) posted the 13th-best completing the 3.021-kilometer course in 11.091 seconds behind Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, Gravity DH) placed 15th, the clock at 4:26.865. Luca (San Diego, Calif./Nema and Jay Fesperman (Davidson, N.C./Yeti Fox Team) placed 17th and respectively. Cometti finished behind Vergier while was 14.022 behind the top time. Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C./Specialized USA) rounded out the Americans’ effort, placing 40th, seconds behind Vergier.


The 3.021-kilometer course featured sections such as a downward step-like rock garden, screw and many berms and as well as pedal and power

The racing in Pietermaritzburg continues Sept. 1. Friday’s competition the juniors men’s and women’s competitions as well as the under-23 and women’s races.

For more including the complete schedule. visit the event website .

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Aug. 1

Cross-Country

Juniors Women

1. Baum (GER) 1:20:06

2. Disera (CAN) +00:42

3. Bertolini (ITA) +01:02

28. Bennett (El Cerrito, Calif./Whole +08:46

32. Neilson Powless (Roseville, Bike-VW-Raley’s) +09:35

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