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Walker’s Maddy Frank, 16, Michigan’s top-ranked cross country mountain bike racer, finished 11th in both the long and short course cross country races earlier this month at USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike Nationals in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

Frank, riding for the Freewheeler Bike Shop, opened with 11th in the Women’s Junior 15-16, Cat. 1-2 long course cross country race on Day 3 of the 5-day event held July 13-17 at the Mammoth Mountain ski area.

Frank finished in 1:22:53, just out of the top 10.

Frank came right back the next day with 11th in the short course XC race, finishing in 15:15.4.

Fenton’s Jessica Gilbert, 33, finished in the money and slotted into the 9-spot on USA Cycling’s Mountain Bike Pro Gravity Tour season standings with a sixth place finish in the Mountain Creek (N.J.) Spring Classic downhill on Sunday.CyclingIcon

Gilbert slipped in under the 3-minute mark at 2:59.77 to finish just under 39 seconds behind winner and series leader Jill Kintner in the second stop on the PRO GRT tour.

Gilbert finished out the 2015 season Sept. 7 with a win at the Southeastern Gravity Series, Snowshoe Championships downhill in Snowshoe, W. Va. after finishing 8th at the Windham Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham, N.Y. Aug. 8.

Next stop on the 7-event PRO GRT tour is the Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, N.M. June 23-36.

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