U.S. MTB Marathon National Championship Preview

Saturday is the U.S. MTB Marathon National Championship in Sun Valley, Idaho. Below we take a quick look at who is registered in the Men’ and Women’s Pro Open classes and see who might be a favorite to take home the star spangled red, white and blue jersey of the National Champion.

The Course

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The Pro Women’s field is not large, at just twelve racers, but it’s a race that could be fun to watch. I would bet on a battle between Amanda Carey (Stan’s No Tubes Elite Women’s Team) who will be looking to win in her home state and the reigning XCM National Champion Pua Mata of Team Sho-Air/Cannondale.

Registered Pro Open Women

  • Nina Baum (Stan’s No Tubes Elite Women’s Team)
  • Amanda Carey (Stan’s No Tubes Elite Women’s Team)
  • Jessica Cerra (Focus Bicycles USA)
  • Elizabeth English
  • Serena Gordon
  • Rose Grant (Sportsman & Ski Haus)
  • Rachel Hadley
  • Pua Mata (Sho-Air/Cannondale)
  • BethAnn Orton
  • Jana Repulski (Broken Spoke Cycling)
  • Elizabeth Sampey
  • Meghan Sheridan

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Pro Open Men

The Men’s class is quite a bit larger then the Women’s field and has a number of notable racers that could easily be considered favorites to take the National Championship. Some racers to watch out for include last year’s champion Toddy Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) and 2012 runner up Carl Decker along with other past podium visitors and contenders like Jeremiah Bishop and Alex Grant of Team Sho-Air/Cannondale and Barry Wicks (Kona). Note: Wonder if Wick’s will run the singlespeed again?)

 Registered Pro Open Men

  • Alan Adams (Velo/Hagens Berman/Society Consulting )
  • Jacob Albrecht (Whole Athlete/Whole Athlete/Specialized)
  • Benjamin Aufderheide
  • Kalan Beisel (Orbea/Tuff Shed)
  • Jeremiah Bishop (Team Sho-Air/Cannondale)
  • Benjamin Bostrom
  • Cameron Brenneman (Bike ‘n Sport Racing)
  • Matt Butterfield (Sportsman & Ski Haus )
  • Clinton Claassen
  • John Curry (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrinsik Archite)
  • Gian Dalle Angelini (Monster Systems Racing)
  • Carl Decker
  • Trevor DeRuise (Blu World Inspired/GetReal Nutrition)
  • Justin Desilets
  • Bryan Dillon (Griggs Orthopedics)
  • Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountainbike Racing Team)
  • John Gaston
  • Brent Gorman (Joyride-Cycles.com)
  • Richard Cypres (Gorry Whole Athlete/Whole Athlete/Specialized)
  • Alexander Grant (Sho-Air/Cannondale)
  • Zach Guy (Griggs Orthopaedics)
  • Zachary Heath
  • Chris Jackson (Castex Racing powered by Felt)
  • Chad Jarrett
  • Braden Kappius (Team Clif Bar Cycling)
  • Clint Muhlfeld (Sportsman & Ski Haus)
  • Ian Mullins (Monster Systems Racing/Team NW Sho-Air/Raleigh pb S.E.T.)
  • Ben Parsons (Sportsman & Ski Haus)
  • Chris Peariso (Adventure 212)
  • Bradford Perley (Champion System/Cannondale)
  • Cody Peterson
  • Scott Romero (Team El Paso)
  • Jason Sager (Team Jamis)
  • Taylor Squillaci (Get Out! New Mexico)
  • Michael Tobin
  • Dana Weber
  • Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing )
  • Barry Wicks (Kona)
  • Griffin Wigert (Team Swift)
  • Brennan Wodtli (All Access Racing)
  • Sam Young

You can see all the racer’s registered for this Saturday’s race by clicking [HERE], including the age groups and the Men’s and Women’s singlespeed divisions. Speaking of singlespeed, in the women’s division we could easily see the winner coming out of Tennessee as Carey Lowery of Athens and long time XXC Magazine contributor Andrea Wilson of Cordova are both racing, and both are strong, experienced endurance racers whith a knack for winning.

The great thing about Nationals, and mountain bike racing in general, is that at any given race, anything can happen. A heavily favored racer could take the win easily or an unknown could make a name for themselves. Anything can happen and XXC wishes the best of luck to all the racers this weekend.

Photo: From USA Cycling

Note: Information from USA Cycling as of the morning of July 5th.

 

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