The Pro Gold Fontana City National Presented by Ride Biker Alliance and Southridge USA brought four days of racing in three disciplines, XC, DH and Enduro. The weekend started on Thursday with practice for the first round of the California Enduro Series race which would be held Friday. Even though there were plenty of complaints regarding the timeline of the event, there were still 300+ riders with 12 miles and 1800' of climbing over 4 stages.
The next event on the weekend was the Pro Women's XC event Saturday. The event draws International Competitors. We found riders from Japan, Tawain, Quebec, Switzerland and of course, the U.S.
Immediately after the Pro Women's race the Pro Men took to the dry dusty course.
Raphael Gagne, finishing 6 laps with a margin of just over ten seconds. Gagne a resident of Quebec, lives about 30 minutes from Mount Sainte-Anne but rarely trains in that area as he says he has several great training areas right out his back door. He is slated for several international events, but his next major XC race will be just down the highway at the National event in San Dimas CA next weekend.
Champagne Showers were in order for both XC Pro Podiums. No Cameras were harmed in the filming of these podium scenes.
Men's Pro XC Podium - 1st place: Rapheal Gagne 01:33:28.730, 2nd place: Nicola Rohrbach 01:33:38.915, 3rd place: Derek Zandstra 01:34:12.264, 4th place: Todd Wells 01:37:25.814, 5th place: Cameron Jette 01:38:19.784.
Women's Pro XC Podium - 1st place: Larissa Connors 01:27:51.578, 2nd place: Georgia Gould 01:30:04.009, 3rd place: Catharine Pendrel 01:31:16.651, 4th place: Lea Davison 01:31:56.048, 5th place: Kate Courtney 01:34:13.410.
After the Pro XC events we walked the scene around the venue to see what people were up to.
It didn't take long to figure out that many of the attendees were out on the DH course practicing. The format was such that the Pro / Expert racers practiced separately from the Sport / Beginner racers. We had shot photos of the Pro Practice that morning and while there didn't seem to be a big turn out for practice it seemed the Sport / Beginner racers were out on course for their afternoon practice session.
Sunday, held the final events of the weekend. Short on staff, I chose to stick to the DH event action, even though there were Pro XC Short Course races going on, we were partial to the Pro DH competition, so we jumped in the van to head up.
Jr. Expert Podium - 1st place: Jacob Jordan 02:07.69, 2nd place: Steven Walton 02:10.94, 3rd place: Andras Simon 02:13.30, 4th place: Trevor Boldi 02:20.65, 5th place: Dylan Gay 02:20.67
Vet Pro Podium - 1st place: Chad Hubbard 02:16.85, 2nd place: Joe Picchiottino 02:17.11, 3rd place: Rich Houseman 02:21.00, 4th place: Todd Kobayashi 02:34.14, 5th place: Vahe Aivazian 02:35.06
Women's Pro Podium - 1st place: Samantha Kingshill 02:30.22, 2nd place: Janea Perry 02:50.11, 3rd place: Christina Hirst 03:11.95
Men's Pro Podium - 1st place: Logan Binggeli 02:02.17, 2nd place: Jason Schroeder 02:06.15, 3rd place: Charlie Harrison 02:06.15, 4th place: Cole Picchiottino 02:10.61, 5th place: Christian Gonzalez 02:12.60
My final photo for the weekend - remember...
It's not the size of the dog in the fight it's the size of the fight in the dog. Keep it Pinned Pinkbikers!