Wells, Gould first in Pro XCT after Sea Otter; Woodruff victorious

Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) used his Sea Otter Classic win on Saturday in Monterey, Calif., to return to the top spot in the men’s Pro Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT) standings, while Georgia Gould (LUNA Pro Team) overtook the women’s lead.

Wells clocked a 1:23:03 at the event, outlasting Nicola Rohrbach (SWI/Goldwurst-Power-Felt) and Stephen Ettinger (Ridebiker p/b Focus) in a three-man sprint at the finish to take the win, giving him a standings-best 182 points.

Video: Monterey Herald

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Trudeau: ‘Level of talent insane’

Tuscon’s Kyle Trudeau (CZ Racing) took 23rd in the men’s pro cross country race and squeezed his way into the top 30 in short track.

Trudeau has been racing pro for 10 months, but this was only his second HC event – the highest classification a race can be without being a World Cup event.

“The level of talent for the cross country and short track race was insane, and the atmosphere that Sea Otter has just added to the excitement,” Trudeau said. “The pro short track and cross country went pretty well for me. I had pretty sh*tty starting positions in both races but was able to work forward in both races, earning 29th in short track and 23rd in cross country, which I’m super pumped about.”

Kyle Trudeau rips it at Sea Otter.

Kyle Trudeau rips it at the Sea Otter Classic Pro Cross Country race.

Gould top of standings, Woodruff wins short track

The women’s race also came down to the top three riders finishing within a second of each other, as Gould took second in the race in 1:10:42 and overtook the top women’s spot with 170 points.

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In the short track pro competition, Prescott’s Chloe Woodruff (Stan’s No Tubes-Pivot) climbed to the top of the podium ahead of Gould and her teammate Katerina Nash.

Woodruff took ninth in the cross-country race and is sitting in fifth place in the Pro XCT standings.

Video: Antoine Caron

Full Sea Otter Classic results

2016 USA Cycling Pro XCT Standings:

Elite Men
1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Factory Racing) – 182
2. Raphael Gagne (CAN/Cannondale 360fly p/b SUGOI) – 160
3. Nicola Rohrbach (SWI/Goldwurst-Power-Felt) – 150
4. Stephen Ettinger (Bellingham, Wash./Ridebiker p/b Focus) – 138
5. Derek Zandstra (CAN/SCOTT 3 ROX) – 84

Elite Women
1. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA Pro Team) – 170
2. Larissa Connors (Silverado, Calif./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) – 162
3. Katerina Nash (Emeryville, Calif./LUNA Pro Team) – 145
4. Erin Huck (Boulder, Colo./SCOTT 3 ROX) – 113
5. Chloe Woodruff (Prescott, Ariz./Stan’s NoTubes-Pivot) – 92

Full Pro XCT standings

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