US Cup cross country racing is underway in Vail Lake, Cali. this weekend, with Peter Disera and Haley Smith leading the Canadian team early on. Disera was fourth in pro men at Friday’s Short Track XC, with Smith sixth in pro women.
Those results were matched by a strong showing by Canada’s junior athletes. Nicole Bradbury, Juliette Larose-Gingras and Cody Scott all finished in the top 10 in Friday’s junior STXC racing.
While this week has seen widespread cancellation of events, US Cup organizers Team Big Bear and Sho-Air Cycling Group decided to leave the decision up to individual athletes. Several athletes in each category opted not to start. Many others, having already travelled to California, opted to race.
Racing is scheduled to continue on Sunday with the US Cup XCO event.
Pro Men’s Short Track XC
In the Pro men’s race, Mexico’s Jose Gerardo Ulloa Arevalo narrowly edged out Christopher Blevins (Specialized Racing) of Durango Colorado. Peter Disera (Norco Factory Team) was the top Canadian, 11 seconds back. Pivot Cycles-OTE landed a pair of racers in the top 10 as well. Raphael Auclair finished seventh, with new signing Gunnar Holmgren two seconds behind in eighth.
Leandre Bouchard (Pivot Cycles-OTE) transitioned well from the frozen waters of Traversee du Lac-Sainte-Jean, which he won last weekend for a third straight year, to the dirt of California. The Alma, Que. racer was 11th. Andrew L’Esperance joined Bouchard in the top-15 with a 14th place.
Pro Women’s Short Track XC
Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM) led the pro women’s field at Vail Lake, followed by Prescott, Ariz.’s Chloe Woodruff (Stan’s Pivot). Sofia Gomez Villafane, recently signed to Clif Pro Team, was third. Haley Smith (Norco Factory Team) led the Canadians in sixth. She was followed by Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) in seventh.
Sandra Walter (Liv Racing) and Jenn Jackson (Norco Factory Team) squeezed into the top-15, finishing 14th and 15th, respectively.
Junior Men’s and Women’s Short Track XC
Hamilton, Ont.’s Nicole Bradbury (Hamilton United) was sixth and top Canadian in the junior women’s race. Juliette Larose-Gingras (Velo Cartel) of Lac-Beauport was close behind Bradbury, finising eighth.
Cody Scott (Giant Canada) of North Vancouver led the Canadian junior men in 10th. Jeremie La Grenade (Ride with Rendall p/b Biemme) was 15th.
2020 US Cup #1, Vail Lake, Cali. – Short Track XC
Vail Lake US Cup #1 – STXC Pro Men (Top 40)