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NORBA US national series #7 - NE

Snowshoe, WV, USA, August 18-21, 2005

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Race 1 - August 18: Marathon, 48 miles

Etough and Sawicki clinch marathon series in Snowshoe

By Steve Medcroft in Snowshoe

Thursday's NORBA men's marathon at Snowshoe Mountain Resort looked like a training ride for Trek/VW teammates Jeremiah Bishop and Chris Etough on paper. The two broke away from the pack in the first few miles of the race and put 45 minutes on third place by the end. But Etough says that he and Bishop were in a true battle for the win.

"It was pretty epic," Etough said on Saturday. "This is probably the best mountain bike course I've ever done." Perfect because it rained, he says. "It started out not too wet, just a little bit muddy, a little bit slick in places. About halfway through the race, it poured down. Which is actually good here because it's better wet than when the sun comes out and the mud turns sticky and clumpy!"

Etough says he wanted to set an aggressive pace. "Jeremiah and I went off right from the beginning; I wanted to make it a hard race, make it tough from the start." So he and Bishop slipped away from the pack. "Interestingly enough though," Etough says, "We never rode more than twenty seconds apart."

Etough led the race much of the time but Bishop maintained a relentless chase. "He (Bishop) caught and passed me on the second lap (of two). I re-passed him and was able to get small gaps on the long technical sections but it was pretty even." The big move for Bishop came on the last long climb, right around the forty mile mark in the fifty mile race. "Jeremiah actually put a minute on me on that climb," Etough said.

By this point in the race, a thick fog had settled over the course. "The visibility was like fifteen yards," Etough said. "I was a minute, twenty seconds back with only about ten minutes to go and I actually, surprisingly, caught him. He appeared out of the fog; it was a bizarre image."

Etough says Bishop saw him coming and pushed away. "Before I made contact, he sprinted. I was already at maximum after chasing him the last fifteen minutes so I couldn't match it. He won the race right there."

Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va.) crossed the line in 3 hours, 55 minutes and 30 seconds, just 18 seconds ahead of Eatough.

Heading into the seventh and final round, Eatough held a slim 13-point lead over Jay Henry (Ford/Specialized.) in the overall series competition. Henry opted to compete at this weekend's UCI Marathon World Championships in Lillehammer, Norway instead of the NORBA at Snowshoe so with his second-place points, Etough captured the overall championship. Henry will take second. Michael Janelle (Tokyo Joe's) takes third.

In the women's marathon, Sawicki only needed to finish the race to clinch the series title. She came to Snowshoe with an insurmountable 839-466 lead over Shannon Gibson (El Paso, Texas

 

Results

Open Men
 
1 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/Vw                         3.55.30
2 Chris Eatough (USA) Trek/Vw                              0.18
3 Robert Lichtenwalner (USA) Cannondale                   46.52
4 Jonathan Bruno (USA) Independen                         49.38
5 Andy Mills (USA) Trek-Vw                                51.32
6 Arlo Buijten (USA) Titus/Schw                           55.46
7 Ben Klimas (USA) Specialize                           1.02.30
8 Daniel Matheny (USA) Wood&Wave                        1.11.10
9 Jason Hilimire (USA) Gary Fishe                       1.18.08
10 Kip Biese (USA) Cannondale                           1.34.19
11 Jonathan Martin (USA) Custom Con                     1.36.04
12 Thom Parsons (USA) Independen                        1.41.27
13 Brian Lariviere (USA) Tm Bulldog                     1.46.54
14 William Sullivan (USA) Southpark                     1.57.03
DNF Ernesto Marenchen (USA) Speedgoat.                         
DNF Andrew Thomas (USA)                                        
DNF Travis Werts (USA) Scott Usa                               
 
Men 19-29
 
1 David Layman (USA) Fat Tire C                         5.45.06
2 Anthony Delauder (USA) Blackwater                       12.18
 
Men 30-39
 
1 Gregory Moore (USA) Custom Con                        5.54.32
2 Jeremy Larson (USA)                                   1.16.01
DNF Chris Eckert (USA) Nrc/Pedalm                              
 
Men 40-49
 
1 Mike Stone (USA)                                      8.07.50
 
Men 50+
 
1 Zeke Lilly (USA) Cycle Sout                           7.14.45
 
Open Women
 
1 Monique Sawicki (USA) Team Mata                       5.53.14
 
Women 30-39
 
1 Jodi Grabowski (USA) Team Prest                       7.56.55
 
Women 40+
 
1 Lydia Barter (USA) Team Bicyc                         7.31.39
2 Caroline Goulard (USA) Afp/Velosp                       53.30
DNF Tammy Kaufman (USA) Spydersmom                             
 
Cross Country
 
Semi-Pro Men
 
1 Harlan Price (USA) Gettysburg                         2.43.12
2 Brett Racine (USA) Team Jamis                            3.17
3 Daniel Vaillancourt (USA) Giant/Gorh                     6.30
4 James Driscoll (USA)                                     8.22
5 Shawn Altizer (USA) Cannondale                           9.28
6 Eric Kriberney (USA) Specialize                         13.05
7 Brandon Draugelis (USA) Cannondale                      13.58
8 Jeff Schalk (USA) Bikeworks                             14.03
9 Michael Raney (USA)                                     14.49
10 Justin Rinehart (USA) Cannondale                       15.40
11 Justin Finn (USA)                                      21.07
12 Jonathan Bruno (USA) Independen                        21.36
13 Jason Hilimire (USA) Gary Fishe                        23.52
14 Joseph Stone (USA) Dirtbean.C                          26.08
15 Robert Lichtenwalner (USA) Cannondale                  27.55
16 Darrell Prillaman (USA)                                29.28
17 Ross Scatchard (USA) Bliss Raci                        33.05
18 Kevin Hall (USA) Southpark                             37.34
19 Justin Desilets (USA) Kona Midwe                       37.36
20 Jordan Kahlenberg (USA) Gretna Bik                     39.01
21 Weston Shirey (USA)                                    39.41
22 Joey Riddle (USA) Dirt Bean/                           40.49
23 Paul Hanson (USA) Nicolletbi                           44.41
24 Chad Davis (USA) Scott/Ritc                            46.24
25 Benjamin Souza (USA)                                   49.42
26 Peter Ehmann (USA) Kona Midwe                        1.07.53
27 Travis Werts (USA) Scott Usa                         1.14.38
28 David Wagoner (USA) Cycle Mast                       1.19.34
DNF Ray Adams (USA)                                            
DNF Patrick Wallace (USA) Mud Sweat                            
DNF Chris Hamilton (USA) Matrix                                
DNF Robert Herber (USA) Intense/Ie                             
DNF Mike Joos (USA) Dean                                       
DNF Dustin Greer (USA) Honeysting                              
DNF Scott Fleckenstein (USA) Catamount/                        
DNF Jason Cyr (USA) Dirty Harr                                 
DNF Robert Anderson (USA) Fralock                              
DNF Rick Wetherald (USA) Tamarack R                            
DNF Matthew Bailey (USA)                                       
DNF Stephen Sontag (USA) Red Rock R                            
 
U18 Junior Expert Men
 
1 Daniel Johnston (Aus) Australian                      2.56.14
2 Cal Britten (Aus) Aus Natl T                             0.36
3 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Balance Ba                       6.06
4 Dan Wilson (USA) Dirty Harr                             10.24
5 Aaron Snyder (USA) Tailwind                             11.20
6 Bradford Perley (USA)                                   14.26
7 Scott Stewart (USA) Main Stree                          17.24
8 Joel Healy (Aus) Australian                             20.05
9 Alex Ryan (USA) Paceline B                              21.27
10 Travis Mann-Gow (USA) Bliss Raci                       23.03
11 Andrew Will (USA)                                      26.42
12 Taylor Mcclain (USA) Visitpa.Co                        27.16
13 Cory Hancock (Can) Baycycle/3                          32.30
14 Paul Davis (USA) Tri Power                             33.43
15 David Scherp (USA) Bikers Edg                          38.37
16 John Purvis (USA) Nwa Bushme                           43.12
17 John Benoit (USA) Cw-X                                 45.04
18 Joseph Adams (USA) Bliss Raci                          49.52
19 Austin Carroll (USA) Balance Ba                        52.43
20 Travis Livermon (USA) Pacesetter                     1.00.52
21 Matthew Rotoff (USA) Paceline B                      1.07.40
22 Kyle Hammaker (USA) Trek Vw                          1.07.52
23 Caley Fretz (USA) Bliss                              1.08.32
DNF Andrew Wilson (Can) 3 Rox Raci                             
DNF Steven Gordon (USA) Bike Stop                              
DNF Alex Cox (USA) Indiana Cy                                  
DNF Ryan Owens (USA) Bikes Unli                                
DNF Andrew John Arthur NSW Aus Natl T                          
DNF Gary Millburn (Aus) Australian                             
DNF Norris Lachlan (Aus) Australian                            
DNF Shane Gouldthread (USA) Ultimate S                         
DNF Matt St. Marie (USA) Sycamore C                            
DNF Trevor Dericks (USA) Skylands C                            
 
U16 Junior Expert Men
 
1 Greg Carpenter (USA) Cannondale                       3.11.52
2 Jerome Townsend (USA) Coyote Hil                         1.46
3 Ethan Gilmour (USA) Coyote Hil                           5.34
4 Chris Peterson (USA) Balance Ba                         20.18
5 Nick Pointon (USA) Indiana Pa                           55.40