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April 13/15 9:50 am - Bonelli Short Track: Report and Results

Posted by Editoress on 04/13/15

Batty Top Canadian at Bonelli Short Track

Australians Rebecca Henderson and Dan McConnell, both racing for Trek Factory Racing, dominated the women's and men's short track races at Bonelli Park.  Three Canadians made it onto the podium, with US Cup XC series leader Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) fourth and Catharine Pendrel (Luna) fifth in the women's event and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain) fifth in the men's.


Pro Women

Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance) got things underway in the women's race by leading the first two laps of a twenty-minute plus three laps race. A full complement of Luna Pro racers (Pendrel, Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash) lined up behind her, followed by Jenny Rissveds (Scott/Odlo), Kate Courtney (Specialized Factory Racing) and Emily Batty and Henderson.



Reigning US Short Track Champion Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leads the field at the elite women's short track




Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) makes her winning move at the elite women's short track race


The Luna Pro Team took over affairs on the third lap, with Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash taking the lead before Chloe Woodruff (Stans NoTubes/Niner) launched a serious attack. By the end of the next lap, the group had reformed to about fifteen, with two more joining by the end of lap five. It was here that Nash was seen off the back of the lead group, evidently having chain troubles, but determined to make contact with the leaders and chasing desperately to do so.

The seventh lap was also a prime lap, which Henderson won thanks to a strong charge that saw her build up a large lead and, at the same time, blew the front group to bits. This move saw Luna down to just Gould and Pendrel in the front group, with Connors and Andrea Waldis (Luna Pro Team) chasing back on at the end of lap seven.




With just three to go, the front group sat up just long enough for Nash to rejoin.  Connors put in one more dig on the pavement with two to go and the chasing group down to just ten. On the last time around, the lead group passed the grassy descent in tatters, the result of a crash by Rissveds. On the final lip just before the pavement, it was Henderson who took the inside line leading to the pavement and taking the win from Gould and Waldis.


Pro Men

The men lined up for the same twenty-plus-three format as the women and right off the bat Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) was in front with the hole shot, with teammate Sam Gaze just behind. The two Speclalized riders animated the first few laps, mixing it in the front along with Raphael Gagne, Keegan Swenson (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Colombian Hector Fernando Riveros Paez (Raleigh-Clement).



Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) leads the early action at the elite men's short track


By the end of the fourth lap, cross country winner Nino Schurter (Scott/Odlo) moved his way to the front along with Sergio Mantecon (Trek Factory Racing) right before McConnell made his presence known with a hard charge on the pavement section after the start/finish.

After lap five there was a general regrouping at the front as reigning US Short Track Champion Stephen Ettinger (Sho-Air/Cannondale) made his presence known in the front. Just before the prime lap, Estonian Martin Loo (Hawaii Express) put in a huge effort and built up a lead that took him through the prime lap and lasted for another two laps until he was pulled back by the efforts of the chase group being led by Wells.



Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing) alone out front at the elite men's short track





On the final timed lap, McConnell put in his decisive attack, quickly building up a lead that hovered at five seconds for two laps, then extended again on the grassy descent to the midfield for the last time. Weaving his way through the grassy midfield, McConnell had enough time in hand to take it easy and roll into the finish. Wells crossed the line in second a few seconds later, ahead of Kohei Yamamoto (Trek Factory Racing) and Junior XC World Champion Simon Andreassen (Team Webike-DMK). US Cup XC overall leader Raphael Gagne rounded out the podium in fifth.

The USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series will continue with Round 4, a UCI Category C3 race, at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, on Saturday, April 18th.


Pro Women
1 Rebecca Henderson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
2 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team
3 Andrea Waldis (Sui) Luna Pro Team
4 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing
5 Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team
6 Chloe Woodruff (USA) Team Stans NoTubes
7 Larissa Connors (USA) Ridebiker Alliance
8 Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Factory
9 Rose Grant (USA) Stans NoTubes Elite
10 Katerina Nash (USA) Luna Pro Team
11 Jenny Rissveds (Swe) Scott Odlo
12 Amy Beisel (USA) Liv Co-Factory
13 Alexis Skarda (USA) Bicycle Outfitters
14 Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team
15 Rotem Gafinovitz (Isr)
16 Evelyn Dong (USA) Team Sho-Air/Cannond
17 Nina Baum (USA) Stans No Tubes Women
18 Andreane Lanthier Nadeau (Can) Rocky Mountain Factory
19 Elizabeth White (Can) Bicycle Express
20 Elyse Nieuwold (Can) Holiday Inn Express
21 Emily Shields (USA) Stans NoTubes Elite
22 Karlee Gendron (Can) Trek Red Truck Racing
23 Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh Clement Cycling
24 Megan Chinburg (USA)
25 Katlyn Dundas (Can) Wolfpak Racing/Inception Cycles
26 Abbey Alexiades (USA) Liv/Giant Co-Factory
DNS Kaylee Blevins (USA) Stans NoTubes Niner
DNS Shayna Powless (USA) Liv Cycling
Pro Men
1 Daniel Mcconnell (Aus) Trek Factory Racing
2 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory
3 Kohei Yamamoto (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing
4 Simon Andreassen (Den) Team Webike-DMK
5 Raphael Gagne (Can) Rocky Mountain
6 Hector Paez (Col) Raleigh Clement Cycling
7 Cole Oberman (USA) Rare Disease Cycling
8 Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing
9 Stephen Ettinger (USA) Team Sho-Air/Cannondale
10 Martin Loo (Est) Hawaii Express
11 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar
12 Sam Gaze (NZl) Specialized
13 Nino Schurter (Sui) Scott Odlo
14 Sergio Mantecon (Esp) Trek Factory Racing
15 Antoine Caron (Can) Pivot Cycles-OT
16 Tom Sampson (USA) Vittoria/Yeti/Adigga
17 Mitchell Hoke (USA)
18 Andri Frischknecht (Sui) Scott Odlo
19 Ryan Geiger (USA) Frm Factory Race Tea
20 Ryan Woodall (USA) Team TGB/Felt Bicycles
21 Max Plaxton (Can) Sho-Air/Cannondale
22 Jeremy Martin (Can) Rocky Mountain Bicycles
23 David Flaten (USA) Us Military Cycling/
24 Luke Vrouwenvelder (USA) Champion-System/Cannondale
25 Russell Finsterwald (USA) SRAM/TLD Race Team
26 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Bicycles
27 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona
28 Joseph Maloney (USA) B&L Bicycle/Trek
29 Kerry Werner (USA) Raleigh Clement Cyclng
30 Lewis Gaffney (USA) American Classic XPE
31 Brodie Stringer (USA) Stringer MTB Racing
32 Robert Marion (USA)
33 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona
34 Jon Slaughter (Can) Csajcc P/B Norco LG
35 Ingvar Omarsson (Isl) Tindur
36 Cody Kaiser (USA) Lange Twins/Specialized
37 Evan Guthrie (Can) Norco Factory Team
38 Charles Faucher-Robert (Can) Team Pivot Cycles-OT
39 Ken Onodera (Jpn) Iyata Merida Bicycles
40 TJ Woodruff (USA) Momentum Endurance
41 Jose Alfred Pacheco (USA) Buena Park Bicycles
42 Garrett Gerchar (USA) Clif Bar
43 Felix Belhumeur (Can) Pivot Cycles/Ote
44 Keegan Swenson (USA) Team Sho-Air/Cannondale
45 Nick Thomas (USA) AZ Devo
46 Luke Dimarzo (Can) Bicycling BC
47 Tyler Orschel (Can) Trek Canada Mountain
48 Jun Matsuo (Jpn) Miyata-Merida Biking
49 Ian Wilkey (USA) Az Devo
50 JT Toepel (USA) Groove Subaru Excel
51 Stuart Gonzalez (USA) Bear Valley Bikes
52 Greg Gibson (USA) Bear Valley Bikes
53 Derek Hermon (USA) Bear Valley Bikes
54 Jesse Kelly (USA) Toasted Head Racing
55 Trey Jarno (Est) Bear Valley Bikes/Sp
DNS Thomas Gauthier (Can) Pivot Cycles-OT
DNS Cameron Wurf (Aus) Ridebiker Alliance
DNS Alex Wild (USA)
DNS Jakub Valigura (Cze) 92fifty/Elevated Leg
DNS Michael Van Der Heijden (Ned)
DNS Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Clif Bar
DNS Elliot Reinecke (USA) Focus Bikes/Velo Han
DNS Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada



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