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May 31/10 8:15 am - US Open of DH: Miller 5th, Smith 4th


Posted by Editoress on 05/31/10
 

Trek World Racing Owns US Open, Neethling and Moseley Win Again

 

May 30th in Vernon, New Jersey USA

 

Andrew Neethling (RSA) and Tracy Moseley (GBR) backed up their wins from the previous week at the Pro Gravity DH #2, with impressive wins at the even more prestigious US Open that saw many World Cup stars attending. In winning the Men's race, Andrew relegated 2008 World Champion Gee Atherton (GBR) to 2nd, and pre-race favorite Sam Hill (AUS) to 5th.

The US Open is also notable for paying a pro rider purse worthy of professional downhill racing, making it a popular stop for the top riders every May. In all, the 3 Trek World Raving riders took home $13,000 in prize money following their 4 podium results, and ensuring that this is an event that TWR will visit again.

The weather was ideal for the week, but the rocky sections of the course were often tough on tires. A few big names punctured in qualifying (Marc Beaumont, Kyle Strait and Bryn Atkinson), so without a protection system for these world ranked riders they were out for the finals. Our riders ran Maxxis Minions all week on their Session 88's and never had an issue, except for a big crash in training for Justin that left him with a corked leg that was promptly iced before qualifying.

In qualifying for the Women's race, Tracy finished 2nd. This was her first visit to the US Open and was sure she could find time in the final against fastest qualifier Melissa Buhl (USA) and Jill Kintner (USA) who crashed on the line in qualifying yet was OK to race the final. Andrew was third behind Mick Hannah (AUS) and Gee, and Justin was in 6th. Both guys knew they had more in the tank.

For the finals all 3 riders stepped it up and in a repeat of last weekend's results, finished with two wins and a 3rd. Back to back wins for Andrew and Tracy are a huge boost for confidence, and moral. Andrew said: "After qualifying I knew I had a chance at the win today and my goal was to go for it. For sure I was a bit nervous at the start, but that's normal against such a world class field. My game plan was to be smooth and keep the flow exiting the woods because after practice in the morning I realized that being too aggressive in the rock section wasn't going to pay off. I punched hard to the finish in the open section, and to be honest, I am absolutely over the moon."

Tracy said: "It's pretty cool to be at the US Open for the first time. The crowds in the rock section were huge and having a great party. I was really happy with my top section, but I slid out exiting the woods and it felt like I had flatted. So I rode a bit cautiously for a little while after that. When I realized it wasn't actually a flat I attacked the last section really hard. I'm very happy to win here. Such a great weekend for the team and now I'm so looking forward to Fort William!"

Justin said: "I'm happy with the aggression I showed in my riding here, I pushed really hard. I just made a couple of mistakes that I need to eliminate for the future. Again, I'm happy with the podium and am stoked for Andrew. The team is on a natural high right now!"

A big thanks again to Neko Mulally and his grandmother Rosaline who fed the team like royalty for the past 10 days and no doubt was the fuel behind the victories!

Trek World Racing press release

Pro Women Time Diff
1 Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) 2:40.16 0
2 Jill Kintner (Transition Racing) 2:40.57 0.41
3 Melissa Buhl (KHS Bicycles) 2:42.58 2.42
4 Jacqueline Harmony (Vixen Racing/All Mountain) 2:50.19 10.03
5 Miranda Miller (Santa Cruz/Pinkbike/) 2:51.12 10.96
6 Fionn Griffiths (Norco World Team / G) 2:51.71 11.55
7 Joanna Petterson (Ind) 2:51.85 11.69
8 Rebecca McQueen (Rocky Mountain Bicyc) 2:58.08 17.92
9 Katie Holden (Specialized) 3:03.85 23.69
10 Vaea Verbeeck (Ind) 3:07.71 27.55
11 Anne Laplante (XPREZO) 3:08.43 28.27
12 Anne Galyean (East Coast Gravity P) 3:12.37 32.21
13 Amanda Pilling (HIGHGEAR RACING) 3:27.84 47.68
14 Karen Eagan (Highland Mountain Bi) 4:04.77 1:24.61
 
Pro Men
1 Andrew Neethling (Trek World Racing) 2:19.55 0
2 Gee Atherton (Commencal) 2:20.09 0.54
3 Justin Leov (Trek World Racing) 2:20.36 0.81
4 Steve Smith (Evil Bikes/Red Bull) 2:21.00 1.45
5 Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Specialized) 2:21.52 1.97
6 Brendan Fairclough (Monster Energy/Specialized) 2:22.30 2.75
7 Luke Strobel (Evil Bikes) 2:23.83 4.28
8 Jared Rando (Giant factory Team) 2:25.87 6.32
9 Richie Rude (Allride Academy) 2:25.94 6.39
10 Curtis Keene (Specialized/ Sram) 2:26.20 6.65
11 Troy Brosnan (Monster Energy/Specialized) 2:26.25 6.70
12 Duncan Riffle (Giant Factory Team) 2:26.38 6.83
13 Jason Memmelaar (Giant/HBG/ Smith/ Fi) 2:27.26 7.71
14 Hans Lambert (Primary Trek) 2:27.41 7.86
15 Kevin Aiello (GT Bicycles) 2:27.91 8.36
16 Mikey Sylvestri (Specialized AllRide) 2:27.97 8.42
17 Logan Binggeli (KHS Bicycles) 2:28.44 8.89
18 Matthew Beer (On The Edge/ Nema/ F) 2:28.96 9.41
19 Chris Heath (KHS Bicycles) 2:29.29 9.74
20 Matt Zdriluk (Lapierre - Raceface) 2:30.00 10.45
T21 Geritt Beytagh (Morewood Bikes USA) 2:30.29 10.74
T21 George Ryan (Jamis/Pro Tec/Vans) 2:30.29 10.74
23 Dean Tennant (Dunbar Cycles) 2:30.63 11.08
24 Jamie Biluk (BondTraining.ca) 2:31.00 11.45
25 Tyler McCaul (GT Bikes/ X-Fusion/) 2:31.19 11.64
26 Benoit Rioux (XPREZO-BORSAO) 2:31.30 11.75
27 Ethan Quehl (Gravity Pros) 2:31.54 11.99
28 Phillip Kmetz (Ind) 2:31.61 12.06
29 Brad Benedict (specialized) 2:31.64 12.09
30 Leif Lorenzen (Ind) 2:31.71 12.16
31 Cody Eichhorn (Team Geronimo) 2:32.79 13.24
32 Taylor Rowlands (Ind) 2:34.31 14.76
33 Robin Baloochi (DRD Tomac Nema) 2:35.06 15.51
34 Kieran Bennett (DRD Tomac Nema) 2:36.47 16.92
35 Mikey Haderer (Corsair Bikes) 2:37.18 17.63
36 Rob Fraser (Primary - Trek) 2:37.66 18.11
37 Luke Stevens (brysonracingclan.com) 2:38.13 18.58
38 Gavin Vaughan (Giant/HBG/Diablo/Fre) 2:40.93 21.38
39 Remi Gauvin (PerformX /Evil) 2:41.82 22.27
40 John Keep (DRD Tomac Nema) 2:43.53 23.98
41 Alejandro Ortiz (Morpheus Cycles/Form) 2:44.06 24.51
42 Naish Ulmer (KHS Bikes Spy Optic) 2:44.10 24.55
43 Kyle Marshall (Evil BIkes/Nema/Stra) 2:44.40 24.85
44 Lars Tribus (GT SRAM RockShox) 2:46.72 27.17
45 Josh Clark (Metcalf Construction) 2:48.97 29.42
46 Mick Hannah (GT Bicycles) 2:52.93 33.38
47 Jurgen Beneke (TRT tours & bicycles) 2:54.43 34.88
DNS Mitch Ropelato (Ex Drinks)
DNF Lars Sternberg (Transition Racing)
 
Junior Men
1 Kyle Sangers (J&J Cycle) 2:33.67 0
2 Lear Miller (Demon Dirt) 2:38.05 4.38
3 Logan Kemp (Point One Mainstreet) 2:38.85 5.18
4 Brad King (DRD Tomac Nema) 2:40.65 6.98
5 Alex Couture (Grant Bicycles) 2:40.83 7.16
6 Logan Mulally (TroyLee Designs/Oakley) 2:42.08 8.41
7 Jake Payne (the path bike shop) 2:42.50 8.83
8 Michael Oosterveld (Silent Davinci) 2:43.03 9.36
9 Harrison Ory (Mojo Wheels) 2:43.26 9.59
10 Dan Albert (Ind) 2:45.29 11.62
11 Dylan Conte (Team Iride/ Jimmz Pi) 2:45.49 11.82
12 Cody Wilkins (Ind) 2:45.58 11.91
13 Dan Bruxer (Adrenalineracer/ To) 2:46.49 12.82
14 Patrick Mccarter (Ind) 2:46.58 12.91
15 Eric Bercume (Ind) 2:50.38 16.71
16 Luen Proft (Killington/Raceface/) 2:51.25 17.58
17 Robert Lewis (7Springs Bike Park) 2:51.89 18.22
18 Jimmy Leslie (Pro-Bikes) 2:52.10 18.43
19 Travis Westerkamp (HBG/GEAX/DIABLO) 2:53.32 19.65
20 Alex Gross (Dark Horse Cycles) 2:54.28 20.61
21 Max Morgan (Team Morewood USA/ R) 2:58.18 24.51
22 David Renne (Mojo Wheels) 3:03.33 29.66
23 Matt Lareau (Killington/ Marzocch) 3:09.17 35.50
DNS Damon Morin (Ind)

 


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