Monday, March 3, 2014

Podiums, Pain, and Pleasure in Texas for Whole Athlete/Specialized Team

Casey Williams
Casey Williams adds style to a top-20 ride in his season opener. (photo:

The season opening ProXCT in Dripping Springs, Texas proved eventful as always with impressive race performances, unpredictable weather, and an all around memorable experience for the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team. Michael Mace opened up the team's account with back to back wins in the Junior 14 & Under and Cat 2 races, while Casey Williams earned a hard fought top-20 finish in a very deep Pro field, the 2nd U23 finisher in 18th. 

Michael Mace
Mike Mace goes two for two in Texas. 

Casey Williams
Williams navigates the technical trails. (photo: Mark Avery)

On Sunday the weather quickly deteriorated from 70 degree clear skies the day prior, to cold rain, heavy mud, and temperatures in the 30s. Sean Bennett fought his way through the brutal conditions for 3rd place in the Junior Cat 1 race where most of the field dropped out, mud-covered and hypothermic.

Sean Bennett
Sean Bennett with a gutsy ride in the frigid rain and mud. (photo: Mark Avery)

Sean Bennett
Only a handful of junior riders survived the extreme conditions. (photo: Mark Avery)

Neilson Powless
Both riders and equipment felt the sting of Spring. (photo: Mark Avery)

Josh Snead
Intrepid head mechanic Josh Snead does not stop until the bikes are perfect. (photo: Mark Avery)

And oh what perfect bikes they are... (photo: Mark Avery)

(photo: Mark Avery)
Next stop, ProXCT rounds 2 and 3 at Bonelli Park on March 15 and Fontana, CA on March 22.

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