This past weekend Mountain Creek hosted their innagural Spring Classic race. Aaron Gwin took the win over a great pro field including Neko Mulally and many more. Rae Gandolf (Pro Women) and Luca Shaw (JrX Men) also took top honors.
Photos: Christopher Vanderyajt
Aaron Gwin and Rae Gandolf Win 2014 Mountain Creek Spring Classic ProGRT Vernon, NJ – May 19, 2014 – Specialized’s Aaron Gwin took home the win yesterday at stop #2 of the USA Cycling ProGRT Tour and the Eastern States Cup Series at Mountain Creek Bike Park. After missing out on last year’s event, Gwin returned to his winning ways in the Garden State recapturing his 2012 Spring Classic title in dramatic fashion. After opting to not take his seeding run on Saturday Trek World Racing’s breakout star Neko Mulally, a local favorite, was the first pro out of the gate putting him in the Hot Seat with a time of 2:09.29. Neko, held off the next 56 pro racers in what was the best represented pro field at an American race so far this season.
Last out of the gate was Gwin, the fastest racer in Saturday’s seeding runs. It all came down to line as Gwin was able to put together the fastest run of the weekend with a time of 2:08.21, edging out Mulally by an impressive 1.28 seconds. Aaron and Neko were joined on the podium by teammates Mitch Ropelato (Specialized), Brook MacDonald (Trek) and George Brannigan (Trek) taking 3rd For the Pro Women, Kona racer Rae Gandolf (OH) would not let any other racers pass (get it?… Gandolf), taking the top spot on the women’s podium with a time of 2:51.94. Rae was followed by Deity rider Lauren Daney (VA) in 2nd with Allison Zimmer (VT), Elinor Wesner (NJ) and Mary Elges (CT) rounding out the 3rd rounding out the 3rd through 5th spots.
For the CAT 1 Junior Class SRAM Factory Racing’s Luca Shaw (NC) showed why he’s currently one of the top ranked Juniors on the World Cup, dominating the field with a winning run of 2:13.76. He was followed on the podium by Specialized/ODI Development Team racers, Charlie Harrison (CA) and Shane Leslie (MI) rounding out 2nd and 3rd.
Over 350 racers took part in this year’s Spring Classic competing for points in both the USA Cycling ProGRT Series as well as the POC Eastern States Cup Atlantic Series.
2014 Mens Podium: Gwin, Mulally, Ropelato, MacDonald and Brannigan
(See the complete results link)
The USA Cycling Pro GRT and POC Eastern States Cup Series next move to Plattekill Bike Park in Roxbury, NY this weekend for the Gravity Open ProGRT & Super D.
Mountain Creek Bike Park would like to thank all the racers and fans that came out to make this our best Spring Classic to date. We would also like to thank USA Cycling, POC Eastern States Cup, Red Bull, SixSixOne, GoPro, Specialized Bicycles, Fly Racing, Oakley, Dakine, Polar Products, Muddy Tyre, HookIt, , Decline and Pinkbike.com
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