Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Jul 22, 2017 at 13:08
by USAC  

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017


Despite waves of rain and thunder, the 2017 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships hosted a full-day of cross-country and short-track racing on Friday. Fifteen XC and four short-track winners earned Stars-and-Stripes jerseys on the day. Overnight rain stretched into the morning and doused the course for the early age-group categories, making for slick conditions on the West Virginia rocks and roots.

In the afternoon, the course dried out a bit for the short-track XC races. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./Cannondale-3Rox) won her second consecutive title. She took the lead with six laps to go in the eight-lap event when early leader Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif./Specialized Factory Team) flatted. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Clif Pro Team) and Rose Grant (Columbia Falls, Mont./Stan's-Pivot Pro Team) led the chase behind Huck, coming in second and third, respectively. Courtney, who leads the Pro XCT individual standings, ultimately finished fifth.

In the Men’s Pro Short Track XC race defending champion Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) soloed to the line to secure his second national title. Grotts was off the front with teammate Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.) for the first three laps, when Blevins succumbed to a flat tire. Grotts was able to maintain the lead for the nine-lap contest, with Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale-3Rox) finishing second and Luke Vrouwenvelder (Chapel Hill, N.C./Bear Development Team) finishing third.


Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Wet and Wild Short Track XC Action - US MTB National Champs 2017

Photos by Bruce Buckley



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8 Comments

  • + 4
 Looks like the winners earned it, no doubt. Just looking at those pictures made my legs feel wobbly.
  • + 1
 That's at least 3 Specialized sponsored riders flatting on their new tires during the ST or XC races. Sounds like they're not able to get down to the weight of the old Fast Trak Sworks 2.2's without serious durability issues...
  • + 2
 Now this recap is Stellar - Great work!!!
  • + 1
 That looked like some great racing!!! Salute to the effort... thanks PB for the coverage!
  • + 2
 Nice legs
  • + 2
 HEHE.
  • + 1
 Good Stuff PB!
  • - 3
 Nut huggers ftw

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