Mountain Bike Racing: Pro Gravity Tour swings through Northstar |

Mountain Bike Racing: Pro Gravity Tour swings through Northstar

Sylas Wright/Sierra SunJustin Small of Santa Rosa airs over a jump as he competes in the Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour at Northstar-at-Tahoe on Sunday.

Hundreds of mountain bikers took to the slopes of Northstar-at-Tahoe this past weekend to compete on the third stop of the Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT).

The four-day event began Thursday with practice and included four-cross and downhill racing on Saturday and Sunday. Both pros and amateurs competed, from locals to world-class riders from around the globe.

Among the pro contingent, World Cup series leader Greg Minnaar of South Africa raced to a first-place finish in the downhill, posting a time of 3:59.9 on the Gypsie Trail. Minnaar was trailed closely by Bryn Atkinson of Australia, who finished in 4:03.3, and Steve Peat of Britain, who finished in 4:06.5.

Mikey Sylvestri of Truckee was right on the leaders’ heels, as he tied for fifth in the pro division with a time of 4:07.4.

In the pro women’s downhill, Jill Kintner of Seattle, Wash., took first place with a time of 4:29.7, and was followed by Kathy Pruitt (4:37.5) and Leigh Donovan (4:45.2).

Melissa Buhl defeated Pruitt to capture the win in the pro women’s four-cross event, while Jon Wilson of the Northstar-at-Tahoe/Giant Bicycles Development Team beat Mike Haderer for the top spot in the pro men’s four cross.

The five-event Pro GRT heads to Winter Park, Colo., on Aug. 1 and wraps up at Lake Placid, N.Y., on Sept. 12. For more information about the Pro GRT, including complete results from the Northstar stop, visit the event website at To view a photo gallery from the event, go to

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