Ryan Cross survives, but not for long as a number of racers close in on the top spot.
Ryan Cross’ recent move to Colorado leaves the top place in the Top Banana Competition undefended. There are a number of names on the move, and with no less than six days until points are back up for grabs, Cross’ amazing run at the top may come to an end at Saturday’s Battle at the Burg.
Adam York made big in-roads, jumping into second place just three points back. He lead the chase for a long time at Saturday’s Ithaca GP, where Sven Bauman and Brad White proved themselves head and shoulders above the field so far. York’s efforts mean he’s now well within striking distance, though he would need to make at least a few mountain bike starts, as well as hit the Cross the Bay race in order to keep any lead he might takes.
The same goes for new number three spot Scott Hoffner. He jumped up as well, though all eyes will be on the mountain bike contingent this weekend. Hoffner is registered, and he’ll have some leeway with a nice points buffer over race favorites Derek Graham, Jorden Wakeley, and Mike Simonson.
Graham, Wakeley and Nate Williams will need to make the most of the Burg this weekend to close ground, but with the next big target coming at Peak2Peak on October 19, they look like the real front-runners headings into the rest of the fall. With so small of gaps in the top ten, smaller races like the Lowell 50 could decide the podium by the end of the series on December 1.
Here are the standings as of September 8, 2013.
|Nate St. Onge||7|
|Jeff Van Dermark||3|