Posted by Editoress on 06/30/12
It is a warm morning as the U23 and Junior Men set out for the first of 6 XC races today.
The U23 men will do 5 laps of the course with the first lap being a bit longer as the start has been moved into downtown Windham
The Junior will take the start 2 min after the U23 men and do 4 laps.
Howard Grotts (Specialized Racing) took the lead and at the end of the first lap was 28 seconds ahead of 3 chasers: Michiel van der Heijden (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team), Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Focus Mig Team), Gerhard Kerschbaumer (TX Active Bianchi)
Mitchell Bailey (Team Canada) was 9th at 32 seconds. Bailey's teammates Leandre Bouchard , Jeremy Martin and Evan McNeely all together at 1:10 back
At the end of second lap, Michiel van der Heijden has taken the lead with Grotts on his wheel. Schulte-Luenzum 3rd at 18 sec. Bailey 12th at 1:33, Antoine Caron 17th at 2:20
At the end of lap 3 - van der Heijden has extended hi lead over Grotts to 32 sec. Schulte-Luenzum 3rd at3
7 sec. Bailey 12th at 2:50, Caron 17th at 3:37, Martin 20th at 4:08, Bouchard 23rd at 4:15, Guthrie 25th at 4:38 and McNeely 25th at 4:40
Starting the fourth lap, van der Heijden leading with Schulte-Luenzum now 2nd at 29 sec. Grotts 3rd at 44 sec
Russell Finsterwald (Subaru - Trek) 11th, Bailey 12th at 3:55
1/2 way through the lap: van der Heijden leading Schulte-Luenzum by 48 sec. Reto Indergand (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team) 3rd at 1:19. Grotts 4th at 1:24, Ruben Scheire (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) 5th at 1:33
Bailey 13th at 4:40. Caron 16th at 5:37
Finish - UNOFFICIAL
1 Michiel van der Heijden (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team
2 Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Ger) Focus Mig Team
3 Reto Indergand (Sui) BMC Mountainbike Racing Team
4 Ruben Scheire (Bel) BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry
5 Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing
11 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru - Trek
13 Mitchell Bailey (Can)
Anton Cooper (Trek World Racing) blasted up the 3 km climb and at the end of the first lap was 47 seconds ahead of Keegan Swenson (Cannondale Factory Racing).
Peter Disera (Team Canada) top Canadian in 11th at 1:08 back.
Marc-Antoine Nadon (SCOTT-3RoxRacing) had some sort of mechanical and was sitting 21st
Cooper has started to work his way through the U23 eild that started 2 min ahead.
Swenson 2nd at 1:55, Luis Camacho (Costa Rica) has moved into 3rd at 2:41, Nicolas Sessler (Brazil) 4th at s.t.
Peter Disera (Team Canada) sitting 10th, Marc-Antoine Nadon (SCOTT-3RoxRacing) 13th
Copper starts the 3rd lap with a gap of 2:32 on Swenson, Sessler now 3rd at 3:45
Nadon has made it up to 10th, but is 5:32 behind the leader. Julien Gagne is the next Canadian sitting 15th at 6:33 back. Vincent Belhumeur 18th, Alexandre Vialle 21st and Disera 22nd
1/2 way through the final lap
Coopper leading Swenson by 2:39. Swenson 3rd at 4:28, Ben Bradley (Australia) 4th at 4:51
WOW.... Nadon 6th at 6:09
1 Anton Cooper (NZl) Trek World Racing, 1:08:12
2 Keegan Swenson (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing at 3:18
3 Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Brazil,5:06
4 Ben Bradley (Aus) Australia, 5:16
5 Lucas Newcomb (USA) United States of America, 6:07
6 Marc-Antoine Nadon (Can) SCOTT-3RoxRacing, 6:42
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