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NORBA Series #1 - E1
Big Bear, California, USA, May 17-18, 2003
Race 3 - May 18: Short track cross-country
Haywood & Bonilla demonstrate short-track smarts
By Andy Lee, USA Cycling
Susan Haywood (Trek Volkswagen), and Jose Adrian Bonilla (Costa Rica) each took home gold medals today in the Short Track Cross Country event at the NORBA National Championship Mountain Bike Series in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Haywood, who placed fifth in yesterday's Cross Country event, benefited from a brilliant tactical move with two laps to go to seal the victory in the women's race. Early on, it was Katerina Hanusova (RLX Ralph Lauren) who held a steady gap on a group of eight riders, including Haywood, and yesterday's winner, Alison Dunlap (Luna Women). Kim Anderson (T-Mobile) led the chase back to Hanusova for much of the way, opening the door for the decisive move. With two laps to go, it would come down to a show of tactics as Haywood closed the gap to Hanusova with Dunlap right on her wheel. Coming into the first turn just past the start-finish, Haywood took a tight line beneath Hanusova on the inside of the corner. Dunlap was left with only one option, to take the outside route around a tiring Hanusova, but by the time she had made it around it was too late. Haywood had powered away and solo'd the final lap for a well earned win.
Afterwards, a thrilled Haywood said, "This just feels awesome. I've been waiting to win a short track race for a while. It's a really big deal for me. It's so cool, it's just the best feeling. In 2001 I was the Short Track National Champion without winning a round of the series. So for me it means a lot to finally get a win. Now I feel I have a chance of winning the series title as well as the national championship."
Dunlap, perhaps tired from yesterday's hard fought victory, seemed happy with the second spot on the podium, "The race went according to plan. Katerina did just what we'd planned she'd do, and it was all perfectly positioned, but I just didn't have the legs. "I'm not disappointed, I just didn't have enough juice today."
The men's race was fast immediately from the gun, as Roland Green (Trek Volkswagen) attacked on the first lap. Still nursing a serious shoulder injury sustained at last months Tour of Georgia road race, Green pushed the pace and remained off the front for the first few laps, until Todd Wells (Mongoose Hyundai) closed the gap on Green for good. Throughout the next few laps, the pace remained extremely high as Wells, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (RLX Ralph Lauren), and Jeff Hall (Salsa Cycles) all took turns on the front with hopes of a victory. With five laps to go, a group of six distanced themselves from the rest of the riders and the winning move was formed. Horgan-Kobleski, Wells, Hall, Bonilla, Chris Sheppard (Haro Lee Dungarees), and Carl Swenson (RLX Ralph Lauren) were all there. Mirroring the women's race, two laps to go seemed like the right time to make a move as Bonilla attacked hard through the start-finish with Horgan- Kobelski right on his wheel. On the tight turn at the top of the course, Horgan-Kobelski went down, and although he recovered immediately, the damage had been done and Bonilla was on his way to winning his first NORBA NCMBS event after placing second here in Big Bear last year.
An elated Bonilla explained his winning move, "My coach said to make sure I was in the top two in the last couple of laps, so I made sure I was. When I attacked with two to go, all the other guys sort of looked at each other without immediately responding, "I can't believe it, I am so happy"
Horgan-Kobelski accepted his misfortune on the last lap, " I crashed when attempting to pass at the top of the course, I was passing on the inside on the loose dirt, my front tire washed out and I went down. It was a super-aggressive move, so I'm not really complaining. This is the best I've ever felt in a short track race before. That's racing"
Images by Bob Wilson/www.wilsonsphotography.com
Women 1 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek-VW 25.59.0 2 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Women 0.11.7 3 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Seven Cycles 0.12.0 4 Katerina Hanusova (USA) Luna Women 0.13.6 5 Jimena Florit (Arg) RLX Ralph Lauren 0.13.9 6 Kim Anderson (USA) T-Mobile 0.16.8 7 Alison Sydor (Can) Trek-VW 0.27.7 8 Dara Marks (USA) Sobe/Cannondale 0.35.9 9 Lanie Mason (USA) 0.41.1 10 Chrissy Redden (Can) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.45.8 11 Kiara Bisaro (Can) Gearsracing 0.46.6 12 Karen Matamoros Zungiga (CRc) Costa Rica 0.47.9 13 Mary Grigson (Aus) Subaru/Gary Fisher 0.48.6 14 Jamie Whitmore-Cardenas (USA) Feltfssa M 0.58.3 15 Willow Koerber (USA) Rlx Ralph 1.03.0 16 Rhonda Quick (USA) Clif Bar 1.05.7 17 Kerry Barnholt (USA) Sobe Canno 1.09.2 18 Gina Hall (USA) Clif Bar 1.15.8 19 Trish Sinclair (Can) Gearsracin 1.16.5 20 Karen Dewolfe (Can) Cal Dried 1.16.8 21 Sara Bresnick (USA) Team Dried 1.23.3 22 Jennifer Todd (USA) Sobe Canno 1.27.4 23 Gretchen Reeves (USA) Rocky Moun 1.31.8 24 Melanie Mcquaid (Can) Ford Outfi 1.32.9 25 Heather Irmiger (USA) Ritchey/K2 1.33.3 26 Kelli Emmett (USA) Hillenbran 1.44.3 27 Lisa Matlock (USA) Ford Outfi 1.52.5 28 Dellys Franke (Aus) Rocky Moun lapped 29 Lesley Tomlinson (Can) Rocky Moun 30 Tonya Laffey (USA) Mtbchick.C 31 Sonia Lopez (Mex) Telcel-Spe 32 Susy Pryde (USA) Specialize 33 Sally Warner (USA) Biogen 34 Lorenza Morfin (Mex) Turbo 35 Barbara Howe (USA) G6 36 Kathy Sherwin (USA) 37 Tiffany Kenny (USA) Ford Outfi 38 Annemarie Huisman (USA) Sobe/Canno 39 Becca Blay (USA) Tram Deam 40 Nina Baum (USA) Lenz Sport 41 Judy Freeman (USA) Sobe/Canno 42 Joan Orgeldinger (USA) Redhook 43 Rachel Massey (USA) Ford Outfi 44 Shannon Gibson (USA) Crazy Cat 45 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Team Peggy 46 Julie Emmerman (USA) Ritchey Ro 47 Robin Mcgee (USA) 48 Shari Hausbeck (USA) 49 Lisa Peck (USA) Biogen Pro Men 1 Jose Adrian Bonilla (CRc) Costa Rica 25.19.5 2 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) RLX Ralph lauren 0.01.8 3 Todd Wells (USA) Mongoose/Hyundai 0.04.9 4 Seamus Mcgrath (Can) Haro Lee Dungarees 0.06.3 5 Jeff Hall (USA) Salsa Cycles 0.06.9 6 Carl Swenson (USA) RLX Ralph Lauren 0.10.9 7 Paul Rowney (Aus) Sobe Cannondale 0.19.0 8 Chris Sheppard (Can) Haro Lee Dungarees 0.22.4 9 Geoff Kabush (Can) Kona 0.33.1 10 Andreas Hestler (Can) Rocky Mountain 0.40.8 11 Roland Green (Can) Trek/VW 0.51.4 12 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.51.8 13 Frank Mapel (USA) Specialized 0.56.9 14 Travis Brown (USA) Trek/Volks 1.01.5 15 Jay Henry (USA) Specialize 1.06.0 16 Ryan Trebon (USA) Krystal/Wc 1.09.2 17 Doug Swanson (USA) Trek/Vw/Jb 1.13.3 18 Ricky Federau (Can) Gearsracin 1.14.4 19 Jimi Mortenson (USA) Specialize 1.22.2 20 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Gearsracin lapped 21 Carl Decker (USA) 22 Cody Peterson (USA) 3 D Racing 23 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) 24 Ziranda Madrigal (Mex) Turbo 25 Brent Miller (Aus) 26 Walker Ferguson (USA) Subaru - G 27 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona Usa 28 Alan Obye (USA) Team Balan 29 Adam Craig (USA) 30 Nick Waite (USA) Team West 31 Brent Bookwalter (USA) Balance Ba 32 Michael Broderick (USA) Seven Cycl 33 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona-Clark 34 Eric Jones (USA) Team Bioge 35 Christian Cuesta Navarrete (Mex) Team Morat 36 Derek Wilkerson (USA) Hillenbran 37 Deiber Esquivel Benavide (CRc) Costa Rica 38 Julian Hine (Can) Gearsracin 39 Diego Garavito (USA) 40 Matt Shriver (USA) 3D Racing/ 41 Scott Keller (USA) Speedbikes 42 Stefano Barberi (USA) Mapei 43 Russ Tiles (USA) Sling Shot 44 Neil Shirley (USA) Trek West 45 Micheal Lee (USA) Trek/Vw/Jb 46 Salvador Barriga Vidales (Mex) Turbo 47 Matt Pacocha (USA) Ritchey/K2 48 Amon Pease (USA) Trek/Vw Jb 49 Brad Van Orden (USA) Ritchey/No 50 Dan Swanson (USA) Nature Val 51 Ben Moody (USA) Team Dried 52 Josh Bezecny (USA) 53 Charles Pendry (USA) Krystal 54 Grant Berry (USA) 3D Racing/ 55 Mike West (USA) 56 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 57 Troy Barry (USA) 58 Jesse Rients (USA) Penn Cycle 59 Brian Astell (USA) Independen 60 Ladd Mcclain (USA) Subaru/Gar 61 David Binker (USA) Ritchey/No 62 Adam Bucklin (USA) Dried Plum 63 Steve Kinney (USA) 64 John Foley (USA) Team Dried