At the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross Country National Championships last weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho, the top pros were out to get what they deserved.
Todd Wells (Specialized Racing) and Lea Davidson (Specialized Factory Racing) both came back from less-than-perfect performances on Saturday to capture hard-fought short track titles on Sunday.
Wells flatted during the final lap of the cross country race on Saturday, but in the short track event on Sunday he beat out Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Racing) and Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) to earn a third national title.
Wells started to build a gap on the field with Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore.) early in the race, further advancing the lead after Trebon dropped his chain late in the first lap. Wells took that opportunity to build an advantage as quickly as possible, he told USA Cycling.
“[Last year] I led the whole race until the finish line,” Wells said. “I wasnʼt going to do that this year. Once I saw that I had a gap, I gave it everything to hold it.”
On the womenʼs side, US Olympic team members Davidson and Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) owned both Saturdayʼs cross country and Sundayʼs short track races. Gould came out on top on Saturday, but Davidson saw her chance for revenge on Sunday, attacking in the last lap to beat out Gould by just one second. Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) came in third in Sundayʼs race.