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The MTX gate that never was... - 2009 U.S. National Championships Photo Feature - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB

The gate-turned-bleachers. A monster crowd does the wave under the command of announcer, Mike Kreger (18th place pro!). Since posting up the USAC statement about the MTX gate, a lot of you have said the riders made the call and the USAC officials listened. Well, I attended both rider meetings (Thursday and Friday) and no rider expressed concern over the pro gate (FOR OR AGAINST). I know officials were getting individual opinions (for and against) from MTX riders, but why was nothing said at the meetings, in a communal format? Had MTX riders attended and/or spoken up at the meetings about the pro gate (other than Ross Milan, who asked about getting actual gate practice time and Melissa Buhl asking about the chalk lines on the smaller gate), maybe the MTX gate fiasco could have been handled better and USAC wouldn't get all the blame.

Credit: Spomer
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  • Aaron Gwin, Men's Downhill National Champ
  • Duncan Riffle, 2nd, Men's Downhill
  • Shaun Palmer Returns!
  • Palmer with his eyes on the prize
  • And another Palmer
  • Shaun Palmer shots never get old.
  • The MTX gate that never was...
  • Mitch Ropelato, Men's MTX National Champion
  • Unused MTX doubles turned entertainment
  • Big Rich Houseman, 2nd in Men's MTX
  • The Beer Cart at the MTX track was busy all night!
  • Bryn Atkinson, chillin'.
  • Jill Kintner, Women's MTX National Champion
  • Reynolds and Theo
  • Beautiful National XC track
  • Melissa Buhl, Women's Downhill National Champ
  • J.D. Swanguen, 3rd place
  • Matt Thompson, 50 foot gap jump
  • Gwin and Cody Warren in a train for the jumps
  • Lisa Myklak, the peoples champ!
  • Did you bring your sunscreen?
  • Kain Leonard, ripping
  • Luke Strobel, focused
  • Autograph signing at the Pro Meet 'n' Greet
  • Jared Rando with his bike
  • Scott Papola, dust in the wind
  • Kirt Voreis and the Rexican, filming
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