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Cross-Country Nats: JHK Ends Weekend with Win

July 17 Round-Up

Amateur Short Track Cross-Country

In the men’s 15-18 race short track race, Howard Grotts (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo) collected his second gold medal of the week, posting a time of 21:24. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Whole Athlete-Specialized) earned the silver medal, nosing out Payson McElveen (Austin, Texas) at the line.

In the women’s category 1 race, AliciaRose Pastore (Durango Colo./Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Devo) also earned her second gold of the week, posting a time of 20:52, 10 seconds faster than Helene Drumm (San Anselmo, Calif.). Jena Greaser (Newton, Mass./NorEast Cycling) earned the bronze medal with a time of 21:15.

Jafer Beizer (Conyers, Ga./Tbb Sports) won the men’s 19-29 race for the third consecutive year. After the race, Beizer said he dedicated the race to the memory of his recently-passed father.

Beizer’s chain dropped on the first turn after the start, creating approximately a 20-second gap between him and the race leaders. He made up that deficit to earn the gold medal, narrowly edging silver medalist Tyler Gauthier (Ishpeming, Mich./Range Mountain Bike Association) at the finish line.

In the men’s 30+ short track cross-country race, Ty Kady (Brea, Calif.) grabbed an early lead and won by an :18 margin ahead of Eric Carlson (Ketchum, Idaho/Kryki Sports) and Mark Legg Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

Amateur Super D
Mason Bond (Cedar Ridge, Calif./Nevada Union High School Mountain Bike Team) posted the best time among the amateur racers to win the Men 18-and-under category by 6.28 seconds over Bobby Zidek (Novato, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized).

Greg Krieger (Cedarburg, Wisc.) topped the men’s 19-29 race with a time of 21:49.42 while Billy Damon (Auburn, Calif./Bicycle Emporium) took the gold medal home with a time of 21:33.19. Michael Pastore (Avon, Colo.) won by a narrow .93 seconds in the men’s 40-49 category over Stanislaus Bankston (Nevada City, Calif./Bicycle Emporium). The father of Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Whole Athlete-Specialized), who is a rider in the USA Cycling National Development Program, Jordan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cole Sport) won the men’s 50+ category by nearly 40 seconds.

In the women’s amateur races, it was Simone Kastner (Hailey, Idaho/Mud Honey) who took home the jersey ahead of teammate Sara Schroeder in the 19-29 category.

Kaylee Blevins (Durango, Colo.) posted the best time of the women’s amateur racers and won the 18-and-under category with a time of 23:31.77. Simone Kastner (Hailey, Idaho/Mud Honey) topped the women’s 19-29 podium with a time of 25:05.72 while Tara Walhart (San Francisco, Calif.) took the gold medal home in the women’s 30-39 category with a time of 25:26.37. Helene Drumm (San Anselmo, Calif.) won the women’s 40-49 category with the second-best time among women amateur racers, 24:42.29.

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