Aussies are kings of Kirkwood |

Aussies are kings of Kirkwood

The Jeep” King of the Mountain Series celebrated the final championship race of its new three-part professional mountain bike racing Series Saturday at Lake Tahoe’s Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

The French entered the third race at Kirkwood Mountain Resort boasting their Paul Mitchell leader jerseys.E

At the first competition at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, both Cedric Gracia and teammate Sabrina Jonnier were first awarded the leader jerseys after winning individual and team gold medals for France. At Telluride Mountain Village in Colorado, Jonnier won individual gold again, but teammate Gracia ranked seventh. However, their combined points enabled them to retain the Paul Mitchell leader jerseys for the third and final championship race at Kirkwood.E

Nevertheless, the Aussies dominated the “Y” and Saturday’s race, scoring two individual medals, best team of the day medals and earned the most points throughout the series, thus ranking first overall for the Jeep King of the Mountain Series.E

Team France’s Jonnier and Gracia each placed third Saturday, so instead, Team One Australia’s Wade Bootes and Katrina Miller will go home with the Paul Mitchell $10,000 bonus and new Infinity sound systems.

Jonnier, however, proudly takes home the Jeep Wrangler X, while Team Holland’s Bas de Bever will drive beside Jonnier in his very own Jeep Wrangler X. de Beaver earned his Jeep after dramatically leaping from fifth to first place in the series ranking after the final race.

In total, 16 top mountain bike racers challenged the “Y” on the Kirkwood course in the head-to-head progressive race format. Two runs, one on each course, advanced winners to the finals. The time, differential between the two racers in the first run was used to determine the headstart time the leader received at the beginning of the second run. Victories were determined by who wins the second head-to-head match up.E

The Jeep King of the Mountain Professional Mountain Biking race will be televised this September via national syndication.E

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