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NORBA series #6 - NE

Brian Head, Utah, USA, August 6-7, 2005

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Race 6 - August 7: Short Track

Kabush, Hanusova extend short track leads with wins

By Andy Lee, USACycling.org

Round six of the 2005 Shimano NORBA National Mountain Bike Series concluded on Sunday as Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) extended his lead in the overall series standings with a win in the pro men's short track race and Katerina Hanusova (Team Luna) outsprinted teammate Shonny Vanlandingham in the pro women's race.

After losing his series lead in the cross country standings to Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) on Saturday, Kabush redeemed himself a day later and chased down Adam Craig (Giant) late in the 20-minute timed event at an altitude of 9,600ft and soloed across the line with an emphatic victory after a bout of bad luck derailed him on Saturday. Kabush now holds a 954-858 lead over Todd Wells (GT/Hyundai) in the overall standings with just two events remaining.

In Sunday's race, Craig made the first move, attacking a timid field about midway through the race and eventually opening up a significant advantage. Behind, Kabush, Horgan-Kobelski and Wells kept the gap at a manageable distance before Kabush finally tacked on to Craig and left the other two chasers behind.

Suffering from the altitude and solo effort, Craig was outmatched against Kabush, who knew that controlling his efforts was the key to the race. "I felt pretty confident and watched the women's race and it looked like proper pacing was really paying off," explained Kabush after his fourth NORBA national short track victory this season, "so I was just trying to control myself in the first half and not punch it too hard."

The women's event featured the powerful one-two punch of Luna teammates Hanusova and Vanlandingham as the duo finished first and second respectively ahead of a numerically disadvantaged Dara Marks-Marino (Ford/Specialized). About halfway through the race, after the blistering pace characteristic of a short track event and the high altitude took its toll on the field, Vanlandingham made the first serious attack to which only Saturday's cross country winner, Heather Irmiger (Tokyo Joes/Go Lite), Hanusova and Marks-Marino could respond. Irmiger was the first to fall off the pace as the other three motored away creating the final selection.

Once the trio was clear, team tactics came into play as Vanlandingham and Hanusova clearly had the upper hand on Marks Marino. "We kept attacking Dara and making her pull," explained Vanlandingham.

Eventually, that strategy gave Vanlandingham a serious advantage that looked as though it would stick, but after Marks-Marino began to fade, Hanusova hit the gas to avoid being caught by the next group of chasers. "I could tell Dara was done," said Hanusova. "I just looked behind and saw a bunch of people possibly coming back, so I was like 'I'm going', I felt good and I had to go."

Once clear of Marks-Marino, Hanusova made up the distance to Vanlandingham and narrowly took the win in a photo finish. "I just felt good today and it was down to a few of us. We both need a lot of points because we're both sitting high in the overall," clarified Hanusova. "It's about winning races and I just wanted to win today."

Marks-Marino held on for third place ahead of Irmiger and Sue Haywood (Trek-Volkswagen), who rounded out the top five respectively.

Hanusova now has a 50-point lead in the overall pro women's short track standings ahead of Haywood.

Results

Men
 
1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis                            26.34
 
1 lap behind
 
2 Adam Craig (USA) Giant                                         
3 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                
4 Todd Wells (USA) Gt/Hyundi                                     
5 Carl Decker (USA) Giant                                        
6 Trent Lowe (Aus) Subaru-Gary Fisher                            
7 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/Vw                                  
8 Seamus Mcgrath (Can) Haro Bicycles                             
9 Brent Miller (Aus) Wtb/Fox Shox/Santa Cruz                     
10 Chris Sheppard (Can) Haro Bicycles                            
11 Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycles                    
12 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona/Les Gets                               
13 Cody Peterson (USA) 3D Racing                                 
14 Alan Obye (USA) U23 National Team                             
 
Pulled
 
15 Tristan Schouten (USA) Trek Midwest                           
16 Roland Green (Can) Kona/Les Gets                              
17 Marcus Roy (NZl) Cabinracing.Com                              
18 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis                            
19 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona/Lesgets                               
20 Eric Jones (USA) Biogen-Idec                                  
21 Mike West (USA) Maverick                                      
22 Eric Ransom (USA) Tamarack Resort/Intense                     
23 Josh Bezecny (USA) 3D Racing                                  
24 Amon Pease (USA) Intense                                      
25 Matt Shriver (USA) 3D Racing/Easton                           
26 Alex Hagman (USA) Cannondale MTB Team                         
27 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona/Les Gets                               
28 Nick Martin (USA) Trek-Vw                                     
29 Travis Woodruff (USA) Pcw Cycling                             
30 Lance Runyan (USA) Titus/Stein Ericksen Sports/Titus          
31 Christian Favata (USA) Campmor/Hutchinson                     
32 Kevin Day (USA) Stein Eriksen Sport                           
33 Spencer Paxson (USA) Devo Balance Bar                         
34 Thomas Spannring (Aus) 1800 Contacts/Jans                     
35 Douglas Ryden (USA) Pro Cycling                               
36 Waylon Smith (GBr)                                            
37 David Klaassenvanoorsch (USA) Khs/Spy/D3                      
 
Women
 
1 Katerina Hanusova (Cze) Luna Womens MTB Team              24.04
2 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team            0.00
3 Dara Marks-Marino (USA) Ford/Specialized                   0.33
4 Heather Irmiger (USA) Tokyo Joes/Go Lite                   0.49
5 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek-Volkswagen                        0.49
6 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycles                  1.04
7 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Ford/Specialized                1.04
8 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Biogen-Idec                            1.09
9 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                    1.17
10 Georgia Gould (USA) Tamarack                              1.24
11 Kelli Emmett (USA) Ford/Specialized                       1.37
12 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team                  1.46
13 Kerry Barnholt (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                   1.50
14 Nina Baum (USA) Cannondale                                2.05
 
1 lap behind
 
15 Megan Monroe (USA) Pcw Cycling                                
16 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/Dt Swiss/Gu                        
 
Pulled
 
17 Jenna Zander (USA) Cannondale                                 
18 Sue Abbene (USA) Biogen-Idec                                  
19 Dj Morisette (USA) Ellsworth/Copper Chase Condos              
20 Megan Elliott (USA) Bianchi-Grand Performance                 
21 Cindi Hansen (USA) MTBchick.Com/Cannondale                    
22 Kristi Lewis (USA) Sun & Ski Sports                           
23 Stacey Scanlan (USA) Tamarack                                 
24 Heather Svahn (USA) The Backcountry                           
25 Molly Hummel (USA) Team Dean                                  
26 Tara Llanes (USA) Titus                                       
27 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Defeet                                   
28 Becca Blay (USA) Team Dean                                    
DNS Lea Davison (USA) Balance Bar/Devo                           
 
Overall standings after round 6
 
Men
 
1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis                              954 pts
2 Todd Wells (USA) Gt/Hyundi                                  858
3 Adam Craig (USA) Giant                                      842
4 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fishe              829
5 Seamus Mcgrath (Can) Haro Bicycles                          823
6 Chris Sheppard (Can) Haro Bicycles                          807
7 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona/Les Gets                             758
8 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis                          731
9 Trent Lowe (Aus) Subaru-Gary Fishe                          695
10 Brent Miller (Aus) Wtb/Fox Shox/Sant                       686
11 Cody Peterson (USA) 3D Racing                              621
12 Liam Killeen (GBr) Specialized                             621
13 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona/Les Gets                            542
14 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona/Les Gets                            529
15 Carl Decker (USA) Giant                                    498
16 Sid Taberlay (GBr) Specialized                             455
17 Eric Jones (USA) Biogen-Idec                               413
18 Tristan Schouten (USA) Trek Midwest                        402
19 Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycle                  388
20 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona/Lesgets                            385
21 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/Vw                              383
22 Roland Green (Can) Kona/Les Gets                           346
23 Matt Shriver (USA) 3D Racing/Easton                        345
24 Alan Obye (USA) U23 National Team                          309
25 Amon Pease (USA) Intense                                   307
26 Josh Bezecny (USA) 3D Racing                               297
27 Nick Martin (USA) Trek-Vw                                  294
28 Nick Ranno (USA) Trek Rocky Mtn Re                         284
29 Mike West (USA) Maverick                                   278
30 Sam Schultz (USA) U23 National Team                        276
31 Douglas Ryden (USA) Pro Cycling                            261
32 Ricky Federau (Can) Gearsracing.Com                        252
33 Bart Gillespie (USA) Biogen-Idec                           252
34 Roddi Lega (Can) Norco Factory Te                          213
35 Andy Schultz (USA) Cannondale                              202
36 Bryan Fawley (USA) Wheelsinmotion/Ke                       191
37 Keiichi Tsujiura (Jpn) Bridgestone Anch                    189
38 Jason Sager (USA) Team Hotel San Jos                       187
39 Thomas Spannring (Aut) 1800 Contacts/Jans                  186
40 Christian Favata (USA) Campmor/Hutchins                    184
41 Andreas Hestler (Can) Rocky Mtn/ Busines                   183
42 Lance Runyan (USA) Titus/Stein Erickse                     176
43 Eric Ransom (USA) Tamarack Resort/I                        172
44 Charles Pendry (USA) Inland - Btd                          169
45 Spencer Paxson (USA) Devo Balance Bar                      164
46 Raita Suzuki (Jpn) Bridgestone Anch                        155
47 Alex Hagman (USA) Cannondale MTB Te                        151
48 Robert Cotton (USA) Structural Syste                       150
49 Clint Muhlfeld (USA) Big Mtn Montana                       147
50 Takahiro Ogasawara (Jpn) Subaru-Gary Fishe                 144
51 Sam Jurekovic (USA) U23 National Team                      140
52 Patrick Bush (USA) Clif Bar                                132
53 Kashi Leuchs (NZl) Bianchi Agos                            132
54 Anthony Colby (USA) Team Health Fx                         132
55 Martin Lazarski (Can) Rocky Mountain Bu                    131
56 Kristophe Holden (USA) Wheelsport/Specia                   127
57 Travis Brown (USA) Trek/Frs Plus                           122
58 Andy Johnston (USA) Kenda/Cycle Youth                      117
59 Jay Henry (USA) Ford/Specialized                           117
60 Evan Plews (USA) Santiam Bicycles                          111
61 Carsten Bresser (Can) Rocky Mountain Bu                    111
62 John Devine (USA) U23 National Team                        102
63 Joey Thompson (USA) Balance Bar/ Devo                      101
64 Andrew Lee (USA) Grand Sports/Cro                          100
65 Marcus Roy (NZl) Cabinracing.Com                            99
66 Oscar Alb Campos (Mex) Mexicao National                     96
67 Sean Donovan (USA) Steven K Sport                           94
68 Michael Weiss (Aut) Srm Simplon Team/A                      93
69 Carl Swenson (USA) Rlx Ralph Lauren                         90
70 Charles Storm (USA) Inlandconst/Btd                         90
71 Phillip Spencer (GBr) Trek Uk                               87
72 Derek Zandstra (Can) 3 Rox Racing                           87
73 Karl Platt (Can) Rocky Mountain Bu                          84
74 Nick Gould (USA) Santa Cruz/Honey                           83
75 Chris Eatough (USA) Trek/Vw                                 81
76 Kevin Day (USA) Stein Eriksen Spor                          80
77 David Klaassenvanoorscho (USA) Khs/Spy/D3                   78
78 Steven Carwile (USA) Jamis Nw                               78
79 Nick Waite (USA) U23 National Team                          78
80 Mark Weir (USA) Wtb/Fox Shox/Sant                           75
81 Jesse Jakomait (Can) Dark Horse/Giant                       72
82 Andy Mills (USA) Trek-Vw                                    71
83 Ryan Hopping (Can) Redbike Ertc                             69
84 Brian Smith (USA) Trek/Rocky Mtn Re                         69
85 Emanuel Valencia (Mex) Mexico National                      66
86 Marc Hug DEU Srm Simplon Team /                             66
87 Travis Woodruff (USA) Pcw Cycling                           63
88 Matt Gordon (USA) Team Six                                  63
89 Adam Snyder (USA) Balance Bar/Devo                          60
90 Mike Andres (USA) Soulcraft                                 59
91 Todd Johnson (USA) Jackson Hole                             57
92 Ethan Harrison (USA) Vertical Earth                         56
93 Ryan Lynch (USA) Maverick/Ciber                             56
94 Cale Redpath (USA) 3D Racing                                56
95 Arlo Buijten (USA) Titus/Schwalbe                           55
96 Michael Janelle (USA) Tokyo Joes/Go Lite                    50
97 Waylon Smith (GBr)                                          48
98 Aren Timmel (USA) Soul Craft                                48
99 Joshua Powers (USA) Red Rock Racing                         43
100 Jesse Rients (USA) Nature Valleypenn                       40
101 Charles Jenkins (USA) Cytomax/Khs                          40
102 Leonardo Sandoval (USA) Bicycle Johns/Lites                39
103 Scott Wingo (USA) Team Cavina                              39
104 Thomas Turner (USA) Cannondale Pro M                       38
105 Ali Goulet (USA) Rhodes/Mccann/Eri                         37
106 Guido Visser (Can) Bromont/Cycles                          36
107 Collin Becker (USA) Maverick Ciber                         33
108 Miles Venzara (USA) Team Health Fx                         33
109 Nat Ross (USA) Subaru- Gary Fishe                          32
110 Shun Matsumoto (Jpn) Trek                                  32
111 Eric Jellum (USA) Ford/Giant                               31
112 Todd Tanner (USA) Scottusa MTB Team                        31
113 Derek Prechtl (USA) Bells Beer/Trek                        30
114 Earl Bradley (USA) Trek Factory Regi                       30
115 Jj Clark (USA) Stein Erikson                               29
116 Jason Eder (USA) Team Devo/Balance                         28
117 Nathan Phillips (USA) Solar Eclipse                        28
118 Joseph Marshall (USA) Ritchey                              25
119 Tim Carleton (Can) Sport Swap Racing                       25
120 Lucas Livermon (USA) Pacesetter Steel                      23
121 Josh Kravetz (USA) Cannondale/360 Cy                       16
122 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing                            14
123 Duncan Meyers (USA) Soulcraft                              13
124 Adam Hoppe (USA) Team Sol/Cannond                          12
125 Daniel Corum (USA) Paceline Bikes                          10
126 Matt Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing                             8
127 Damian Calvert (USA) Cannondale MTB Te                      7
128 Matt Unger (USA) Team Dean                                  5
129 Luke Pennington (USA) Desalvo/S&M                           1
130 Juan Hernandez (Mex) Team Ghost                             1
131 Whitey Debroux (USA) Maverick/Cibe                          1
132 Mark Batty (Can) Gears Racing                               1
133 Jonathan Palframan (Can)                                    1
134 Hal Helbock (USA) Cytomax/Khs                               1
 
Women
 
1 Katerina Hanusova (Cze) Luna Womens MTB T                  1026 pts
2 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek-Volkswagen                         976
3 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens MTB T                960
4 Dara Marks-Marino (USA) Ford/Specialized                    920
5 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fishe                      823
6 Heather Irmiger (USA) Tokyo Joes/Go Lite                    804
7 Kerry Barnholt (USA) Subaru-Gary Fishe                      802
8 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Womens MTB T                       800
9 Georgia Gould (USA) Tamarack                                747
10 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Biogen-Idec                            718
11 Kelli Emmett (USA) Ford/Specialized                        675
12 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Ford/Specialized                649
13 Nina Baum (USA) Cannondale                                 603
14 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/Dt Swiss/Gu                     528
15 Megan Monroe (USA) Pcw Cycling                             480
16 Jenna Zander (USA) Cannondale                              450
17 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycle                   432
18 Cindi Hansen (USA) MTBchick.Com/Cann                       340
19 Megan Elliott (USA) Bianchi-Grand Perf                     315
20 Rebecca Gross (USA) Sun And Ski Sports                     304
21 Becca Blay (USA) Team Dean                                 298
22 Kyia Malenkovich (USA) Headmethod.Com                      285
23 Alicia Hamilton (USA) Dark Horse/Giant                     283
24 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Defeet                                268
25 Kristi Lewis (USA) Sun & Ski Sports                        260
26 Stacey Scanlan (USA) Tamarack                              260
27 Melissa Thomas (USA) Tokyo Joes                            250
28 Kiara Bisaro (Can) Gearsracing.Com                         244
29 Lyne Bessette (Can) Elicycle/Louis Gar                     237
30 Lea Davison (USA) Balance Bar/Devo                         231
31 Jennifer Smith (NZl) Go Lite/Tokyo Joes                    213
32 Gretchen Reeves (USA) Rocky Mtn / Busine                   212
33 Kristy Mantz (USA) Snowshow/Dirtbea                        211
34 Jenny Copnall (GBr) Subaru-Gary Fishe                      207
35 Alice Pennington (USA) Desalvo                             201
36 Paula Burks (USA) Defeet                                   197
37 Alison Sydor (Can) Rocky Mtn Busines                       182
38 Shannon Gibson (USA) Crazy Cat Cyclery/                    178
39 Heather Svahn (USA) The Backcountry                        176
40 Dj Morisette (USA) Ellsworth/Copper                        167
41 Laura Anderson (USA) Bicycle Johns                         164
42 Julie Emmerman (USA) Maverick                              156
43 Carolyn Popovic (USA) Bike Works                           147
44 Judy Freeman (USA) Cannondale Mtn Bi                       144
45 Molly Hummel (USA) Team Dean                               141
46 Jennifer Wilson (USA) Titus                                139
47 Laura Bowles (USA) Inlandconst/Btd                         137
48 Jennifer Tilley (USA) Sunflower                            134
49 Jaqueline Mourao (Bra) Scottusa/Red Bull                   126
50 Theresa Richardson (USA) Cannondale Mtn Bi                 124
51 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) Trekvw                                  123
52 Wendy Simms (Can) Frontrunners                             114
53 Lorien Lightfield (USA) Tamarack                           113
54 Kristina Andrus (USA) Canyon Cycles                        112
55 Lesley Clements (Can) Marin Bikes                          109
56 Dellys Starr (Aus) Fuentes Design                          108
57 Catherine Pendrel (Can) The Bike Barn                      105
58 Ruby Evans (USA) Helens Cannondal                          105
59 Theresa Mattingly (USA)                                    100
60 Mical Dyck (Can) Terrascape Racing                          99
61 Erin Winter (USA) Trek                                      98
62 Sue Abbene (USA) Biogen-Idec                                96
63 Monique Sawicki (USA) Team Mata                             96
64 Carla Salgado (Mex)                                         90
65 Robin Farina (USA) Cumberland Transi                        88
66 Lisa Matlock (USA) MTBchick.Com/Cann                        87
67 Tonya Laffey (USA) MTBchick.Com/Cann                        84
68 Niki Gudex (Aus) Srm/Intense Cycle                          81
69 Abigail Hippely (USA) Maverick                              81
70 Tara Llanes (USA) Giant Pearl Izumi                         72
71 Kristi Berg (USA) Bicycle Centers R                         63
72 Amy Bowen (USA) Platinum Performa                           63
73 Abbie Lueders (USA)                                         56
74 Mandi Riddle (USA) Snowshoe Racing/                         48
75 Susan Schubel (USA) Dark Horse Brewe                        46
76 Kathy Pruitt (USA) Luna Womens MTB T                        46
77 Rebecca Much (USA)                                          42
78 Cheryl Olson (USA) Advantage Benefit                        39
79 Shari Hausbeck (USA) Sram/Rockshox                          38
80 Suzanne Aguero (USA) Orbea/Mad Duck                         37
81 Leah Tingley (USA) Team Us Armed For                        36
82 Melissa Buhl (USA) Khs Bicycles                             31
83 Mary Lynn Wikar (USA) Titus Titanium                        26
84 Lisa Peck (USA) Biogen-Idec                                 26