Geoff Kabush Dominates First Race of ProXCT With Record-Tying Victory
Words: Ryan LaBar
The new national pro XC race series, the Pro XCT, kicked off over the weekend at the Fontana City National in Southridge, California. More than 125 pro riders showed up to compete at the inaugural event of the Pro XCT.
The cross country course was well-received by most riders, starting off as winding doubletrack with some short climbs to spread out the field before leading into a steep, technical lung-buster climb. This was followed by a tight singletrack descent into the final big climb before the course slowly wound down to the finish.
“The course was pretty good,” said Team Giant’s Carl Decker, who won the Super D race and finished thirteenth in the XC event. “For around here, they did an awesome job—way better than it has ever been. (It was) more technical and more interesting—something you might actually ride on your own.”
Geoff Kabush, riding for team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain, again started the season off strong with a podium-topping finish—tying John Tomac's record for the most national series wins. Max Plaxton, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Sam Schultz and Adam Craig rounded out the rest of the men’s podium.
In the women's XC race, Georgia Gould dominated the field to take top honors, while Catherine Pendrel, Heather Irmiger, Emily Batty and Willow Koerber secured the other podium spots.
The downhill race, along a rocky and technical course, was won by GT rider Eric Carter, who beat his teammate Kevin Aiello to stand atop the podium. Melissa Buhl won the women's DH event.