Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 12, 2007)—After solid performances at the third round of the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series in Champéry, Switzerland on Saturday, the United States’ women’s mountain bike program moved closer to regaining its number-one world ranking, while the men’s program jumped two slots to fifth-place overall.
Led by Willow Koerber’s fifth-place effort in the elite women’s contest, the United States placed three women in the top-ten as Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./Kenda-Seven) placed seventh and Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho/Luna) finished tenth. Koerber (Horseshoe, N.C./Subaru-Gary Fisher) finished 4:25 off the pace of winner Margarita Fullana of Spain.
As the top-three ranked Americans in the individual standings, Gould (5), McConneloug (6) and Koerber (13) have the U.S. women ranked second in the world with 1,763 points, just off the pace of current leader China (1,771) and comfortably ahead of Germany (1,361), Canada (1,184) and Spain (1,080).
A nation’s ranking is the primary factor used in determining the number of start positions a country receives at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Success in Switzerland wasn’t limited to endurance racing as gravity riders Brian Lopes (San Clemente, Calif.) and Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash.) won the men’s and women’s 4-cross competition respectively.
American athletes can next accumulate international ranking points at several North American events including the Deer Valley National in Park City, Utah on June 16 and the next two rounds of the UCI World Cup in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec, June 23-24 and St. Félicien, Quebec on July 1.
2007 UCI Mountain Bike Rankings
As of June 12, 2007
Individual Women’s Rankings
1. Margarita Fullana (CHN) 770
2. Sabine Spitz (GER) 754
3. Ren Chengyuan (CHN) 737
5. Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho) 655
6. Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass.) 632
13. Willow Koerber (Horseshoe, N.C.) 476
22. Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo.) 356
34. Sue Haywood (Davis, W. Va.) 247
59. Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) 160
81. Chloe Forsman (Tucson, Ariz.) 122
87. Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 113
103. Melanie Meyers (Flagstaff, Ariz.) 90
183. Katherine Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 38
221. Megan Monroe (Boulder, Colo.) 26
226. Jenna Zander (Mankato, Min.) 26
251. Zephanie Blasi (Sparks, Nev.) 20
252. Luis Elena Rodriguez Vasquez (Sunnyvale, Calif.) 20
267. Nina Baum (Albuquerque, N.M.) 16
278. Tina Dominic (Petoskey, Mich.) 15
279. Sara Johnson (Portland, Ore.) 15
284. Jamie Whitmore Cardenas (Mount Aukum, Calif.) 14
300. Sue Butler (Portland, Ore.) 12
301. Carolyn Popovic (Philadelphia, Pa.) 12
315. Kyia Malenkovic (Saint Cloud, Minn.) 10
316. Betsy Shogren (Morgantown, W. Va.) 10
325. Sara Bresnick (Somerville, Mass.) 9
339. Theresa Richardson (Davidsonville, Md.) 8
358 Kathy Sherwin (Heber City, Utah) 6
365. Emily Van Meter (Alameda, Calif.) 6
366. Cassandra Perkins (Greenville, S.C.) 6
397. Johanna Kraus (Charlottesville, Va.) 4
407. Heather Svahn (Truckee, Calif.) 3
405. Jennifer Gersbach (Avon, Colo.) 3
414. Kristi Lewis (Durango, Colo.) 3
426. Megan Flaherty (Berkeley, Calif.) 2
428. Tanya Nestvogel (Morganton, N.C.) 2
444. Kristine Danielson (Durango, Colo.) 1
Women’s Nation’s Rankings
1. China 1,771
2. United States 1,763
3. Germany 1,361
4. Poland 1,184
5. Canada 1,080
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