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NORBA US national series #7 - NE
Snowshoe, WV, USA, August 18-21, 2005
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
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