Davison and Wells win Subaru Cup to take over standings leads
It was truly a special weekend for the Specialized Racing Team in the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT). Victories by Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) and Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) at the Subaru Cup in Mt. Morris, Wis., propelled both riders to the top of their respective standings and also gave the Specialized Racing Team the lead in the team standings with just one event remaining on the 2013 Pro XCT calendar.
Davison won her second straight Pro XCT event to surge to the top of the Pro XCT women’s standings with 910 points. She unseats Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Crankbrothers Race Club) from the top spot in the standings. Woodruff had led the women’s standings for five straight events, but she now falls to second place with 855 points after finishing fourth at the Subaru Cup. Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah/Jamis) hangs on to third place with 692 points, but two new riders have joined the top five. Monique “Pua” Mata (Yucaipa, Calif./Sho-Air /Cannondale) won the bronze medal at the Subaru Cup and now sits in fourth place in the women’s standings with 600 points. By virtue of her fifth-place finish at the Subaru Cup, Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Tokyo Joe’s) rounds out the women’s top five with 580 points.
The season-long seesaw battle between Wells and Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) has swung back in favor of Wells as we get primed for the ProXCT finale on Aug. 3 at the Specialized Catamount Classic in Williston, Vt. Bishop held the top spot in the Pro XCT men’s standings through the second and third events, Wells gained the advantage over the next three events only to have Bishop regain the lead at the Windham XC on June 29. But with his win at the Subaru Cup, and with Bishop placing seventh at the event, Wells as gone back on top in the standings with 1,385 points. Bishop is close behind in second place with 1315 points. Stephen Ettinger (Bozeman, Mont./BMC Mountain Bike Racing) placed second to Wells at the Subaru Cup and now sits in third place in the standings with 605 points. Ryan Woodall (Ocala, Fla./Top Gear Bicycles) and Mitchell Hoke (Boulder, Colo./Kenda-Felt) round out the men’s top five with 585 and 565 points, respectively.
Specialized Racing has seized control of the Pro XCT team standings with 2375 points, but the team from Sho-Air/Cannondale is right on their heels with 2226 points. The rest of the top five remains unchanged after the Subaru Cup results. Trek Factory Racing is in third place with 1305 points, followed by BMC Development with 1065 points and Kenda-Felt with 805 points.
Full results from the 2013 Subaru Cup [HERE].
USA Cycling Pro XCT Standings:
1. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Sho-Air-Cannondale) — 1195
2. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) —1135
3. Ryan Woodall (Ocala, Fla./Top Gear Bicycles) — 485
3. Mitchell Hoke (Boulder, Colo./Kenda-Felt) — 485
5. Benjamin Sonntag (Durango, Colo./American Interbanc) — 433
1. Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Crankbrothers Race Club) — 705
2. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) — 660
3. Erica Tingey (Salt Lake City, Utah/Jamis) — 637
4. Judy Freeman (Littleton, Colo./Crankbrothers Race Club) — 461
5. Emily Batty (CAN/Trek Factory Racing) — 445
1. Sho-Air/Cannondale — 1876
2. Specialized Racing — 1875
3. Trek Factory Racing — 1165
4. BMC Development — 715
5. Kenda-Felt — 699
For complete standings, visit the Pro XCT’s official webpage at usacycling.org/proxct.
The Specialized Catamount Classic, Aug. 3-4, in Williston, Vt., is the final race in the 2013 Pro XCT series and plans a big show for the Pro XCT finals, including an increased prize list and the premier afternoon time slot for the pro women
Photos by Nathan Long.
Words: USA Cycling