Atkinson and Jonnier Claim U.S.Open of Mountain Biking Titles
|Bryn Atkinson||Sabrina Jonnier|
For Immediate Release- May 29, 2007 (Vernon, NJ)- America’s premier downhill event, the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, took place this past weekend at Diablo Freeride Park under sunny skies, a full pit of teams and a nearly sold-out race roster. Top racers from seven different countries and 35 different U.S. states competed at Diablo Freeride Park to take part in America’s richest and most prestigious downhill event.
The U.S. Open pro categories were fiercely contested with racers competing for a healthy $20,000 cash purse and the coveted U.S. Open title. Bryn Atkinson, Australian standout riding for GT Bicycle’s, was consistently spotted throughout the weekend throwing down smooth, mind blowing runs on the technical U.S. Open course. When it mattered most, Atkinson bested his third place qualifying position and claimed the 2007 U.S. Open Men’s Title. Posting a time one-minute and fifteen seconds ahead of second-place Cove Factory rider Steve Smith, Atkinson clearly felt at home on the technical terrain of Diablo Freeride Park.
Sabrina Jonnier (Monster Energy / Iron Horse) dominated the women’s pro category claiming her second U.S. Open title in three years. Fionn Griffiths (Norco / Griffiths Racing) and Kathy Pruitt (Jamis Bikes) rounded out the top-three placing second and third respectively.
1. Bryn ATKINSON GT Bicycles 2:43.19 ***
2. Steve SMITH Cove Factory Bikes 2:44.34 +1.15
3. Jurgen BENEKE Old World Plaster 2:46.65 +3.46
4. Duncan RIFFLE Honda Iron Horse 2:46.86 +3.67
5. Curtis KEENE SRAM / Specialized 2:48.79 +5.60
1. Sabrina JONNIER Monster Energy / Iron Horse 2:58.71 ***
2. Fionn GRIFFITHS Norco / Griffiths Racing 3:06.66 +7.95
3. Kathy PRUITT Jamis Bikes 3:16.64 +17.93
4. Missy GIOVE Trixter / Suzuki / No Fear 3:19.68 +20.97
5. Amelia COLASURDO Bear Naked Cannondale 3:26.58 +27.87
Initial planning for the 2008 U.S. Open of Mountain Biking is already underway and Diablo Freeride Park will host the sixth edition of America’s premier downhill event on May 23-25, 2008.
For more information, including complete results, please visit www.diablofreeridepark.com
Official Diablo Freeride Park Sponsors:
Toyota Vehicles, www.ironhorsebikes.com , SRAM, RockShox, ethirteen, Mavic, Magura USA, Kenda USA, Fox Riders Co., Dakine, Scott USA, WTB and www.ridemonkey.com .
Home of the U.S. Open of Mountain Biking, the Diablo Freeride Park at Mountain Creek Resort is America’s premier mountain bike park. Located only 47 miles from New York City and offering over forty feature-filled downhill and freeride trails, Diablo is setting the standard for American bike parks.