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Todd Wells and Willow Koerber continued their early season success with victories in the Pan American Mountain Bike Championships in Guatemala City over the weekend.
Koerber, who won the short-track two weeks ago at the first Pro XCT race of the season in Fontana, California, lead the women’s elite field from the get-go. She shared the podium with fellow Amercians Mary McConneloug and Heather Irmiger.
Wells, meanwhile, continued his good form, as he won the men’s cross-country race at Fontana. On Sunday he battled Brazilian Rubens Valeriano for the win. Despite an early race crash, Canadian Max Plaxton managed to work his way back to a bronze medal.
With the first World Cup at Dalby Forest in the UK two weeks away, several notable North American contenders, such as Canadians Geoff Kabush, Emily Batty, Marie-Helene Premont and Catharine Pendrel, opted not to make the trip to Guatemala City.
American Adam Craig remained in the States where he is rehabbing after knee surgery. Katie Compton was on the start list but did not race due to continued problems with leg cramping, which kept her off her bike at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships in January.
1. Todd Wells (USA) 1:52:55
2. Rubens Valeriano (Brazil) 1:53:32
3. Max Plaxton (Canada) 1:53:55
4. Luís Anderson Mejía Sánchez (Colombia) 1:54:26
5. Andrew Watson (Canada) 1:54:45
6. Sam Schultz (USA) 1:55:09
7. Derek Zandstra (Canada) 1:55:31
8. Catriel Soto (Argentina) 1:55:50
9. Paolo Montoya (Costa Rica) 1:56:05
10. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) 1:56:07
13. Manuel Prado (Costa Rica)
16. Michael Broderick (USA) 1:59:25
1. Willow Koerber (USA)
2. Mary McConneloug (USA)
3. Heather Irmiger (USA)
4. Angela Parra Sierra (Colombia)
5. Mical Dyck (Canada)
7. Amand Sin (Canada)
8. Lorenza Morfin Macouzet (Mexico)
9. Daniela Campuzano Chavez (Mexico)
10. Alexandra Serrano (Ecuador)
Homepage Photos: Wells and Koerber at the 2009 World Championships by Frank Bodenmüller.