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Craig, Decker Win Rally Race

World Cup cross-country riders Adam Craig and Carl Decker competed in the May 15-17 Oregon Trail Rally as team AC/CD (which stands for Adam Craig and Carl Decker). The event included more than 100 miles of auto racing through the dense woods of rural Oregon.

The two escaped with the overall title in the Open division.

Decker pilots the car while Craig is the co-driver, and is responsible for telling Decker about upcoming obstacles and hazards.

“We still have a lot of work to do when it comes to communication,” Decker said. “It seemed like the notes that Adam was giving me were correct about a third of the time, not helpful about a third of the time and totally wrong the other third of the time. Because of that, when we were right, we were hauling ass. But when we were confused or wrong, we nearly died a couple of times.”

With the mountain bike race season in full swing, Decker is unsure if the two will be able to again compete in rally this year, but he’s confident that a summer of practicing will help them the next time.

Pro XCT Continues In Alabama

USA Cycling’s Pro Cross-country tour (ProXCT) continues this Sunday with Alabama’s Bump and Grind cross-country race, the third round of the 2009 series. The Bump and Grind is also the second round of the Kenda Cup East, the East Coast wing of the Sho Air-Specialized U.S. Cup of mountain bike racing.

The race is held at Oak Mountain State Park, just outside Birmingham, and the course also serves as the Xterra triathlon Southeast Cup championchip event. While the course includes no soaring climbs, it features plenty of punchy ascents and tight singletrack.

With the event falling one week after the World Cup in Madrid, Spain, the continent’s best cross-country riders will look to score a result on home soil. Riders such as Americans Todd Wells (Specialized), Georgia Gould (Luna), Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Canadians Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) and Sid Taberlay (Sho Air-Specialized) will look to take home victories.

Pro XCT Standings (after two rounds)
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, 140

1. Georgia Gould, Luna, 210 points
2. Catherine Pendrel (Can), Luna, 195
3. Willow Koerber, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 170
4. Kelli Emmett, Giant, 165
5. Heather Irmiger, Subaru-Gary Fisher, 165

Emmett, Cares Take XC At Chile Challenge

Colin Cares (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes) took his first major victory of 2009, winning Sunday’s Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, New Mexico. The event was the third round of the Mountain States Cup. Cares, a former member of USA Cycling’s U23 team, out gunned teammate Andy Schultz by 50 seconds for the victory.

Taking the women’s win was Giant rider Kelli Emmett. Emmett took over the lead after national cyclocross champ Katie Compton suffered a flat tire early. Emmett held on to win ahead of Judy Freeman by 29 seconds.

Compton had her revenge in the short track, winning the race by nearly one minute on Emmett. Taking the men’s short track was New Mexico rider Macky Franklin.

2009 Chile Challenge
1. Colin Cares, Kenda-Tomac-Hayes, 1:59:12
2. Andy Schultz, Kenda-Tomac-Hayes, 2:00:02
3. Jay Henry, Tokyo Joe’s, 2:00:38
4. Damian Calvert, 2:01:13
5. Macky Franklin, Transparent Racing, 2:03:00

1. Kelli Emmett, Giant, 1:47:23
2. Judy Freeman, Tough Girl-Scott, 1:47:52
3. Gretchen Reeves, Tokyo Joe’s, 1:49:22
4. Jennifer Gersbach, Dale’s-Spot, 1:50:12
5. Katherine Compton, Spike Shooter, 1:53:54

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