News Source: Eric Schutt
Congratulations to all the racers that competed in the new Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT). While the Port Angeles course may have been a bit challenging for competitors to get there, racers were rewarded by a great course and excellent competition.SRAM racer Curtis Keene was not only there, he won the inaugural event! Here’s what Keene had to say about the Port Angeles Pro GRT race...
“Once again P.A. was amazing! Awesome turn out, good vibes, great weather, killer track, and tight racing. We were welcomed with perfect weather even thought sat evening we got some showers, but only to make the track perfect for race day. The usual fast people were there. Strobel, Lars Sternberg, Bart McDaniel, Casey Northern. A bunch of rippers showed up for this race as well...Kieran Bennet, Ryan Condro, J.D Swaguen, Chris Boice, Joey Schusler, Andrew Mitchell, Neko Mullany and others. Over 80 pros I believe.
They awarded $160 for the fastest qualifier, so I decided to give a solid run and got it by 2.5 secs over Bart McDaniel..who by the way is 44 years old!!! My fricking idol!! Race time came and I was feeling it. I knew it would take a good run to win. Especially with Strobel/ Sternberg in the house. So I was last to go and gave it!!! Smooth run, good lines, pedal hard and ended up winning by 3 secs over Strobel. Stoked!! Katie Holden smoked the womens by 5 secs over Kathy Pruitt. Pinner!!
I even got some money - $1000!
Bike feels amazing. So excited for the race year. I’m pumped on the whole program I have going. Specialized, SRAM/Avid/RockShox/Truvativ, Gamut, Chromag, DT Swiss, Five Ten, Scott goggles, and Trail Head Cyclery.”
Congrats to Curtis and Katie!About the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) - From USACycling.org
Created in 2009 to provide world-class athletes with a consistent competitive arena on American soil, the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (ProGRT) consists of five total races, including three UCI sanctioned events in 2009. As the top national-level gravity mountain bike calendar in the country, the Pro GRT recognizes the best professional gravity athletes competing on U.S. soil. The tour employs a season-long rankings system that will identify overall men’s and women’s series leaders with a unique leader’s jersey. Upon completion, the overall winners are recognized by the mountain bike community as the best professional Gravity riders in the U.S.. For more information on the USA Cycling Pro Mountain Bike Gravity Tour, visit www.usacycling.org/proxct, or to become a part of the nation’s premier Cross Country mountain bike calendar, contact USA Cycling Mountain Bike Events and Program Director, Kelli Lusk at 719-434-4285 or email@example.com.