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Shimano Athletes Dominate 20th Annual Southridge USA Challenge
Event Participation Surges, Creates Momentum Heading into Winter Series

Shimano sponsored athletes swept the fields this past weekend at the 20th Annual Southridge USA Challenge, highlighted by current World Cup champion Aaron Gwin who rode his Shimano Saint equipped Trek downhill bike to win the pro men’s downhill field with a time of 2:15.32. The final podium included three other Shimano athletes including KHS riders Kevin Aiello, Logan Bingelli and Neko Mulally of the Trek World Racing Team.

The Shimano Super D was a huge hit with entrant numbers more than triple from previous events. Shimano’s efforts to make sure the Super D event was top notch and fun for all made a big impact on all who attended the event. The debut of the two run combined time format was met with open arms and enthusiasm and is expected to continue on into the popular Winter Series which starts up January 7th at Fontana, CA. See www.southridgeusa.com for details.

Shimano riders found their way to the Super D podium by filling three of the five spots including the top spot taken by Super D Specialist Waylon Smith of the newly formed team with veteran Downhill Champion Eric Carter. Carter, who was not in attendance due to the flu was disappointed he missed the event, but is looking forward to the 2012 Winter Series where he and his team will be competing at all 5 rounds in the Super D and the Downhill.

Another rider that has committed to doing the Super D events is Aaron Gwin who commented: “It was awesome coming back to Southridge this weekend. It was the first place I ever raced a downhill bike, and it's crazy to see how things have developed. Always a good time hangin’ with the home crowd. I’m looking forward to racing Downhill and Super D at the winter series in January!”