Woodruff, Swenson, Others Top National and Enduro Podiums
July 31, 2019
Last week, Pivot riders competed in National Championship and Enduro events across the Americas, taking many top podium steps in the process. For 2019, USA MTB Nationals took place in Winter Park, CO. Stans Pivot Pro Team rider Chloe Woodruff's season-long focus and smart racing tactics paid off resulting in dominating wins in both the Pro Women's XC and Short Track, making her the new USA National Champion of both disciplines.
Fellow Pivot rider Evelyn Dong finished 2nd in the XC as well. In the Short Track XC, current USA Marathon National Champ Rose Grant showed that she’s not just a long distance racer, laying down fast lap times to bookend the Pivot podium with a bronze medal.
In the pro men's field, Keegan Swenson captured his first elite title to become the USA XC National Champion. In similar fashion, Matthew Sterling was fastest on the day to become the Juniors 17-18 Downhill National Champ. Kialani Hines raced her first USA Nationals, quickly finding speed on track to bring home silver in Slalom and bronze in Downhill.
In Telluride, CO, Pivot riders tackled the third round of the Big Mountain Enduro Series. Pivot riders Lia Westermann, Cooper Ott, and Stefanie McDaniel continued their domination of the Pro Women's class finishing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in that order. Fresh off her 3rd place finish at USA Enduro Nationals, Lia continued her quick pace to win every stage at Telluride and thus the overall, making it her first win in the BME Series.
In the Pro Men's Class, Carson Lange managed to put together clean and fast runs on every stage and finished 2nd overall. Teammate Clayton Otto showed that he is just as fast on an enduro track as he is on an XC course and finished 5th overall.
To the north, riders from Team Pivot Cycles OTE finished on the podium in several categories at the Canadian National Championships. Vincent Thiboutot took silver in the Junior Men's XC race. Raphael Auclair took silver in the U23 Men's XC race. In the Pro Men's XCO, Léandre Bouchard finished 2nd for a silver medal with teammate Marc-André Fortier coming in 3rd right behind him for the bronze. With all the individual events done, the team entered two teams in the team relay. Both teams rode well and brought home gold and silver medals.
To the south, Stans Pivot Pro Team Rider Sofia Gomez-Villafañe competed for Argentina in the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru. In front of countless South American spectators, she claimed an impressive silver in the Pro Women’s XC race!
Congratulations to all the riders on their amazing rides and results!