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Max Plaxton and Georgia Gould currently lead the USA Cycling Pro Cross-country Tour standings. Plaxton (Sho Air-Specialized) is tops in the men’s field with 195 points, 10 points up on Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher).

Gould (Luna) leads Canadian teammate Catherine Pendrel 210 points to 195.

So far the Pro XCT has completed two of seven rounds, the March 26 Fontana National cross-country race and the April 19 Sea Otter Classic.

Plaxton, the bronze medalist at the 2006 U23 world championships, finished second in Fontana and third at Sea Otter.

Gould, a member of the 2008 American Olympic team, won both the Fontana and Sea Otter races.

The Pro XCT continues May 31 at the Bump and Grind in Pelham, Alabama.

2009 USA Cycling Pro XCT Standings

1. Max Plaxton (Can), Sho Air-Specialized, 195 points
2. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 185
3. Sid Taberlay (Aus), Sho Air-Specialized, 180
4. Sam Schultz, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 175
5. Jeremiah Bishop, Monavie-Cannondale/Todd Wells, Specialized, 140

1. Georgia Gould, Luna, 210
2. Catherine Pendrel (Can), Luna, 195
3. Willow Koerber, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 170
4. Kelli Emmett, Giant/Heather Irmiger, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 140

Taberlay Wins Kenda Cup West
Australian Sid Taberlay has won the Kenda Cup West, the west-coast wing of the new Sho Air-Specialized US Cup. Taberlay, who rides on the Sho Air-Specialized pro team, took wins at the series opener, the Bonelli Park cross-country, and at the round No. 3 Sagebrush Safari and round No. 5 race, the Santa Ynez Classic.

Those results are enough to earn the Australian the overall title, as he currently leads second-place rider Andy Schultz (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes) 276 points to 184.

One round remains in the series, the June 13 Carmichael Training Systems Sand Creek International Classic.

Taberlay also currently leads USA Cycling’s mountain bike national calendar standings. The Australian won the Idyllwild Spring Challenge in Idyllwild, California on May 2 ahead of teammate Mauel Prado. Taberlay currently leads the USA Cycling standings with 265 points. Second-place Max Plaxton (Sho Air-Specialized) has 195 points.

In women’s racing Pua Sawicki (Ellsworth) took home the victory in Idyllwild, and now leads the USA Cycling standings with 235 points. Georgia Gould (Luna) is second with 210 points.

Krista Park (Incycle-Magura) leads the women’s Kenda Cup West standings with 173 points, just two points up on Natasha Hernday (Amgen).

Kenda Cup West

1. Sid Taberlay (Aus), Sho Air-Specialized, 276 points
2. Andy Schultz, Kenda-Tomac-Hayes, 184
3. Manuel Prado (CR), Sho Air-Specialized, 168
4. Dana Weber, Trek-World Bicycle Relief, 141
5. Sean Donovan, Cycomax-KHS, 115

1. Krista Park, Incycle-Magura, 173 points
2. Natasha Hernday, Amgen, 171
3. Allison Mann, Sho Air-Specialized, 160
4. Kathy Sherwin, Kenda-Tomac-Hayes, 149
5. Amanda Carey, Kenda-Tomac-Hayes, 144

USA Cycling Mountain Bike National XC Calendar

1. Taberlay, 265
2. Max Plaxton (Can), Sho Air-Specialized, 195
3. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 185
4. Sam Schultz, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 175
5. Prado, 150

1. Pua Sawicki, Ellsworth, 235
2. Georgia Gould, Luna, 210
3. Catherine Pendrel (Can), Luna, 195
4. Mann, 180
5. Willow Koerber, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 170

Pro GTR Kicks Off in Washington
USA Cycling’s new Pro Gravity Tour series kicked off on May 3 at the second round of Washington’s Fluidride Cup downhill series in Port Angeles, Washington. Curtis Keene of Freemont, California took home the victory in the pro men’s downhill, crossing the line in 2:39.37, nearly three seconds up on former U.S. champ Luke Strobel (Maxxis).

Ryan Condrdashoff (X-fusion), Andrew Mitchell and Joey Schusler (Yeti-Fox) rounded out the top five.

In the women’s pro race Katie Holden (Specialized) slammed the field, winning by five seconds ahead of Kathy Pruitt (Jamis), the former junior world downhill champion. Katrina Strand (Oakley, Abigail Hippely (Yeti) and Darian Harvey (Cannondale) rounded out the top-five.

The Pro GTR continues May 23-25 at New Mexico’s Chile Challenge, which is part of the Mountain States Cup.

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