Trek World Racing’s downhill men racers swept the podium at the second round of the Pro Gravity Tour in New Hampshire over the weekend.
With American Aaron Gwin, winner of the first World Cup DH of 2011, racing it was something of a surprise that the TWR guy on the top step at Highland Bike Park was Neko Mulally and not Gwin.
The race took place at Highland Park in New Hampshire, one of many courses where the teenaged racer Mulally cut his teeth. Mulally had a convincing gap of 2.5 secs over teammate Gwin and another second back to his fellow Trek rider Justin Leov of New Zealand.
After qualifying in dry, sunny conditions, rain on Sunday changed the course to slick and muddy terrain. Mulally said felt confident on the wet roots and rocks, but he was pretty sure he would get beaten.
“I was having a good time all weekend. It felt good to be back racing a local race again,” Mulally, who hails from Pennsylvania, said. “I really thought Aaron and Justin would have beat me if they had good runs. With a good race this weekend, I’m really looking forward to next weekend.”
The next race is round three of USA Cycling’s Pro GRT in Plattekill, New York, where UCI points will be up for grabs.
After his win at Highland Bike Park, Mulally has tied Danny Hart (Giant Factory Off Road Team) for the top spot in the 2011 Men’s Individual Pro GRT standings. Richie Rude, Jr. (Yeti Cycles) is in third place ahead of Gwin and Andrew Neethling (Giant Factory Off Road Team), who are tied for fourth.
On the women’s side, Jill Kintner (Transition Racing), who has won both Pro GRT races so far, was the only woman to finish in less than three minutes. Kintner completed the course 10 seconds ahead of Joanna Petterson (Specialized). Petterson, herself, had a 10-second cushion on third-place finisher Lauren Daney (Specialized Grom).