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Plaxton, Batty Lead Pro XCT Overall

Final lap on the pavement, Emily Batty settled into time trial mode with Catharine Pendrel on her wheel. Photo by Wil Matthews

After his performance at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, Specialized’s Max Plaxton has a 10-point lead over Jeremiah Bishop in USA Cycling’s 2011 Pro XCT standings.

Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing), Sam Schultz (Subaru-Trek) and teammate Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski fill out the top five positions. Stephen Ettinger (BMC Mountain Bike Development) is the top U23 rider, sitting in eighth place, 240 points behind Plaxton, who hails from Canada.

Women’s Standings

Despite being even in overall points, Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) has taken the overall lead in the women’s standings in a tie breaker over Lea Davison (Specialized Factory Racing) by virtue of owning a first-place finish this season. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) sits in third place 20 points behind the leaders. Luna’s Catharine Pendrel and Chloe Forsman (BMC Mountain Bike Development) round out the top five women riders.

In the team standings, Specialized Racing USA has a 10-point lead on Subaru-Trek after each team earned 46 points at the Sea Otter Classic. Luna Pro trails the leader by 23 points. BMC Mountain Bike Development has a 32-point margin on Specialized Factory Racing in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

The next event on USA Cycling’s Pro XCT calendar is the Mellow Johnny’s Classic in Dripping Springs, Texas on Saturday, April 30.

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