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Rain! and lots of it. That was the story as racers woke up this morning in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. An overnight storm left the course very wet and muddy.

In the Men's Pro race, Logan Binggeli pulled out a surprising win over first place qualifier Aaron Gwin. Gwin qualified nearly 12 seconds faster than the entire field yesterday, but a crash during the finals set him back into second place, almost 4 seconds behind Binggeli. Hats off to Binggelli for staying upright when it counted, and for his first National Championship Title.

Men Pro
1. Logan Binggeli (Saint George, UT/KHS Bicycles) 02:44.7
2. Aaron Gwin (Temecula, CA/Trek World Racing) 02:48.3
3. Mitch Ropelato (Ogden, UT/SPS North America) 02:48.6
4. Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, CA/Giant Mountain Bike Team) 02:50.4
5. Phillip Kmetz (Keene, NH) 02:50.8

Men's Pro Podium - Photo: Kristian Jackson
Jill Kintner added another stars and bars jersey to her collection, backing up her first place qualifier position and overall lead in the ProGRT series. Jill edged out Jacqueline Harmony by just 2.3 seconds.

Women Pro
1. Jill Kintner (Seattle, WA/RedBull/ Transition Racing) 03:27.5
2. Jacqueline Harmony (Sedona, AZ) 03:29.8
3. Jaime Rees (Spokane, WA/The Bike Hub) 03:51.7
4. Rebecca Gardner (Marlboro, NY) 03:52.5
5. Anne Galyean (Gaithersburg, MD) 04:09.2

Women's Pro Podium - Photo: Kristian Jackson
Fresh off the World Cup season, Neko Mulally also earned his stripes today. Mulally had the fastest time of the day in any category, and was 11 seconds faster than second place finisher Austin Warren. USA Cycling rules prevented Mulally from racing in the Pro class due to his age.

Men Category 1 - 17-18
1. Neko Mulally (Reading, PA/Trek World Racing) 02:43.2
2. Austin Warren (Alpine, CA) 02:54.0
3. Ray Syron (Rockport, MA) 02:59.4
4. Cody Kelley (Riverton, UT) 03:01.4
5. Nikolas Dudukovich (Port Matilda, PA) 03:02.2

Junior X 17-18 Podium - Photo: Kristian Jackson

Neko's younger brother, Logan Mulally, also won a championship title in the Junior 15-16 class. He was over 8 seconds faster than second place finisher David Morin.

Men Category 1 - 15-16
1. Logan Mulally (Reading, PA) 03:05.8
2. Damon Morin (Dunbarton, NH) 03:13.2
3. Luca Shaw (Hendersonville, NC) 03:13.6
4. Walker Shaw (Hendersonville, NC) 03:15.1
5. Noah Fairburn (Huntsville, AL) 03:15.8

Junior X 15-16 Podium - Photo: Kristian Jackson

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