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Apr. 1, 2009
Troy Wells Finishes 11th—Comes Away with Firsts

Troy Wells just raced US Pro XCT #1 down in Fontana, CA. He finished a very solid 11th and came away with a number of firsts.

It was Troy’s best MTB finish to date.

And it was also the first time Team Clif Bar has ever had fully-sponsored pro MTB riders in the mix. Both Troy & Brady Kappius were out there in Fontana flying the colors of TCB Mountain Biking.

Here’s Troy’s race report:

Well this past weekend was the first mountain bike US-Cup in Fontana CA. The US-Cup is the new national mountain bike series in the US. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect since it is basically the same set of races we have been doing for years. It definitely didn’t feel like the NMBS race. There actually seemed to be a good number of spectators out on the course. Also they changed the course, which was a lot more difficult with the steepest climb I’ve seen in a race in a while. I would say the US-Cup is a step in the right direction for sure with the race being promoted the correct way and being run much smoother it seemed.

So going into the first race of the year I never exactly know what the form will be like. I just finished out my base training two weeks ago so definitely lacking some high-end intervals. I was motivated to have a good ride considering it was my first MTB race in the CLIF Bar colors. I have two seasons of Cyclo-Cross racing for CLIF Bar but this is my first year I will be racing all three disciplines for Team Clif Bar—Road, Mountain, and Cyclo-Cross. We are also on Salsa so I was on a new bike that I only got a handful of rides in on.

The race took place Sunday with 5 laps on a very challenging course that got into a single track within the first couple minutes. The call-ups were a little off to say the least and with 115 people on the start line obviously the call up was important I got a 4th or 5th row call up which left quite a bit of work to get towards the front of the race. I worked my way up into the top 15 by the end of the first lap. I was hoping I could keep moving up by concentrating on riding the climbs hard and recovering on the descents. I was able to make it as high as 7th but then began to pay for my efforts of the first and second lap and fell back to 10th. Then my brother Todd came by me with about a lap to go. He broke his chain right off the start and had to battle back from 115th place. He must have put in a couple of the fastest lap times for sure to finish only 5:30 back on Kabush for the day. I settled into 10th for most of the finally lap. Andy Schutlz, a good friend of mine, caught me with less than 10 minutes to go to the finish. We came to the line together and I was able to hold him off in the sprint for 11th. The sprint basically takes place on a small steep climb about two minutes before the line. If you can lead over the climb it is going to take a special move to get around. It is tight single-track all the way from the climb to the last corner before the line and then you only have 50 meters to the finish line. 11th at Fontana is the best result I have had in a mountain bike race in my life so I hope it is a sign of how this season will go.

I’m currently on the plane heading back to Durango for a week and half at home. Hopefully it stays nice in Durango so I can get some more time in on my new Salsa Moto Rapido and Mamasita (29er). Next up is a road race with the TCB road team in NorCal followed by Sea Otter. I have my finger crossed that my form will continue to improve for Sea Otter.

Also a new mountain bike website—which is awesome—with a number of interviews and live reports from all the US-Cups is


Watch Troy's post-race video here.

Thanks to Team CLIF MTB sponsors Capo, Salsa, SRAM, Mavic, Maxxis, Ritchey & Chris King. We couldn’t do it without you!
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Le Sensation American
Team Clif Bar

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