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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.
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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 http://www.progrt.com. To view a photo gallery from the event, go to http://www.sierrasun.com/photos.


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