Oakley's Max Plaxton And Georgia Gould Win Mellow Johnny's Spring Classic
Oakley’s Georgia Gould and Max Plaxton overcame intense heat and a packed field to win the third Pro XCT, the 2010 Mellow Johnny’s Spring Classic, held on Lance Armstrong’s 447-acre ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. Oakley’s Geoff Kabush and Todd Wells rounded out the men’s podium, taking second and third respectively.
Mellow Johnny’s Spring Classic lived up to all the favorite Texas conjectures. It was hot (mid-day temperatures pushed 100 degrees), dusty and, of course, big. The race was the second largest recorded mountain bike race in Texas history, with 919 entries and easily over 4,000 spectators.
In women’s, Gould completed three, seven-mile laps in 1:42:53 ahead of Kelli Emmet and Katerina Nash. Gould most recently finished second at the World Cup stop in Offenburg, Germany and won the second stop of the Triple Crown series in Colorado earlier in May.
In men’s, Plaxton adjusted to the heat and established a healthy lead about half way into the four-lap race. He crossed the line at 2:01:31. Kabush made a last-lap surge and took second, crossing at 2:01:31 and Wells, in third, finished at 2:04:02.
“I felt comfortable all day and rode within myself and the conditions. It’s nice to see all my hard work paying off,” said Plaxton.
Oakley supported the race and even had a Factory Pilot lounge that included a plush couch, great tunes, fans, lots of shade and a weekend favorite “kiddie pool.” Oakley’s Steve Blick created custom glasses for the athletes and a few lucky fans.
Stay tuned for the next stop of the Pro XCT held in Wisconsin.