British downhiller Dan Atherton stormed to victory at the opening round of the American National Gravity Calendar series, just in front of his brother Gee.
Dan clocked a time of 3mins 9.1463secs in the pro downhill race at the Mob N Mojave in Boulder City, Nevada, beating 2008 world champion Gee into second place, 0.14 seconds behind.
The Team Animal Commencal pair are staying in California for some pre-season training. They described the course as “pretty gnarly, with sharp rocks, loose off camber and some fast sections”.
They were five seconds ahead of the rest of the field, with David Klaassen Van Oorschot (Riverside, California) coming third, followed by Espen Johnsen (Norway) and Kevin Aiello (Rancho Santa Margarita, California).
Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Arizona) won the women’s race, followed by Lisa Myklak (Felton, California) and Darian Harvey (Durango, Colorado). For complete results, visit www.usacycling.org.
The National Gravity Calendar was created by USA Cycling in 2006 to increase opportunities for competitors and race promoters. It consists of eight mountain bike races across six states with a season-long rankings system that results in overall men’s and women’s champions. The calendar includes downhill, dual slalom, 4X and Super D races. The next round is the Fluidride Cup in Port Angeles, Washington, from 1-3 May.