Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ProXCT Racing Heats Up at Colorado Springs

Casey Williams
Williams giving it all in the Short Track.

At sharp contrast to the humid Montana "Hub of Five Valleys", the ProXCT series continued with the fifth round in the desert-like Southern Rockies of Colorado Springs. With temperatures in the 90s at 6400 ft. elevation, the riders were challenged by both the competition and conditions.

Haley Batten kicked off the Whole Athlete/Specialized Team's weekend with a solo victory in the Junior Women 15-18 race, while teammate Kelsey Urban embraced the heat and high elevation, finishing 6th.

Christopher Blevins
Batten hammers in the heat of the Springs.

Battling a competitive junior men's field, Silas Blunk landed a solid 6th place finish as he builds toward XC Nationals. And wrapping up the weekend with his best ProXCT finish to date, Casey Williams earned a hard fought 11th place in the Pro Men's Short Track. 

Silas Blunk
Blunk in pursuit on the loose descent.

Kelsey Urban
Urban focused at the bottom of the XC descent.

Haley Batten
Batten wins the Junior Women combined.

Casey Williams
Staying cool and hydrated in the dry Colorado Springs heat.

Check out all the team's 2014 Top-10 results here.

Next up for Whole Athlete/Specialized:
7/12 ProXCT#6 - Portage, WI
7/18 XC National Championships - Bear Creek, PA
7/26 ProXCT #7 - Catamount, VT
7/31 World Cup #5 - Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, CAN
8/07 World Cup #6 - Windam, NY

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