Neko Mulally Rips Through Whiteface 5K

The nation's youngest pro rider at 16 won the downhill during the last stop on the Pro Gravity Tour over the weekend. Chris Heath and Darian Harvey take overall ProGRT titles.

Sixteen-year-old Neko Mulally (STA) and 44-year-old Dawn Bourque (Rhino Bike Works) won the final race on the 2009 USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour, the Whiteface 5K Downhill on Aug. 30.

Mulally outrode dozens of the region’s best downhillers to post the day’s best time at 7:48.15, while Bourque put up the best women’s time at 9:41.29. With his win, the young Mulally moved into sixth place in the final Pro GRT standings as Bourque propelled herself into fourth overall.

Chris Heath (Manitou-Hayes) and Darian Harvey (Cannondale) won the country’s only pro downhill series as the inaugural Pro GRT wrapped up on Sunday at Whiteface. The latest version of the USA Cycling Pro Gravity Tour standings are as follows:

Overall Pro GRT Men’s Standings

1. Chris Heath (Durango, Colo./Manitou-Hayes) 176
2. Kain Leonard (Gunnison, Colo./Crested Butte Mountain Sports) 100
3. Joey Schusler (Boulder, Colo./Yeti-Fox Shox) 100
4. Chris Boice (Albuquerque, N.M./Yeti) 90
5. Cameron Cole (NZL/Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) 90

Women’s Standings
1. Darian Harvey (Durango, Colo./Cannondale) 280
2. Jennifer Wolf (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) 154
3. Rachel Bauer (Aspen, Colo./Bansee-Poison) 140
4. Dawn Bourque (Campton, N.H./Rhino Bike Works) 135
5. Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz./Vixen-Loeka) 130


The Yankee Clipper wrapped up the inaugural Pro XCT 4X calendar on August 14th with 17-year-old Mitch Ropelato (Ogden, Utah/Cafe Rio-Canfield Bros) taking the Pro GRT 4X men’s crown. In addition to the downhill, Harvey also wrapped up the Pro GRT 4X crown.

Whiteface 5k Results

1. MULALLY Neko 7:48.15
2. BEYTAGH Geritt 7:50.85
3. BENEKE Jurgen 7:52.10
4. MEMMELAAR Jason 7:58.28
5. HALL Heikki 8:03.41
6. BEYTAGH Geritt (chainless) 8:03.73
7. HEATH Chris 8:03.76
8. ALEJANDRO Ivan 8:08.94
9. MOODY Benjamin 8:13.73
10. VAUGHAN Gavin 8:14.66

For results of other Whiteface 5K classes, including dual slalom, click here.