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NORBA US national series #5 - E2

Schweitzer Resort, Idaho, USA, July 16-17, 2005

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Race 2 - July 16: Cross country

Killeen & Vanlandingham top XC podium

Pro men XC
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The 2005 Shimano NORBA National Mountain Bike Series resumed in the northwestern corner of the U.S. on Saturday as the eight-race men's and women's pro cross country series made it to the season's halfway mark. After four rounds, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Geoff Kabush are deadlocked at 642 points as co-leaders of the overall men's standings while Sue Haywood held on to her slim series lead in the women's standings ahead of Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger.

In Saturday's cross country event, Liam Killeen and Shonny Vanlandingham notched wins on a treacherous course that only became more difficult after morning and mid-race rainstorms added an extra element of difficulty. Vanlandingham's cross country win was her second in a NORBA National this season after taking the previous round last month in Park City, Utah.

In the men's race, Adam Craig set the early pace and settled into a rhythm that gave him the early lead after the first of three laps, but close behind lurked a solid cast of pre-race favorites including Killeen and Kona teammates Ryan Trebon and two-time world champion Roland Green.

Todd Wells (GT)
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By the end of the second lap, Killeen had overtaken Craig and claimed a lead that he would not relinquish. At the end of the day, he held a 1 minute 20 second advantage over runner-up Trebon and a 1:36 gap on Green.

Series leader entering round four, Geoff Kabush , was fourth and Craig held on for fifth. Horgan-Kobelski was sixth, and after the points were tallied, last year's NORBA series champion and the reigning U.S. national cross country champion were tied for the overall series lead with four events remaining.

Ryan Trebon (Kona)
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In the women's race, the up-and-coming Irmiger held the lead after one of two laps as Dara Marks-Marino, Kiara Bisaro, Haywood, Koerber, and Vanlandingham sat closely behind.

Irmiger, who is becoming a familiar fixture on the podium this year, conceded the lead to Vanlandingham and gave up an additional spot to Marks-Marino before all was said and done. Vanlandingham crossed the line 44 seconds ahead of Marks-Marino and 1:17 in front of Irmiger to add to her growing point total in the overall series standings.

Haywood placed fifth to retain her series lead with 665 points, but Koerber and Irmiger sit closely behind with 614 and 609 points respectively.


1 Liam Killeen (GBr) Specialized
2 Ryan Trebon (USA)	Kona
3 Roland Green (Can) Kona
4 Geoff kabush (Can) Maxxis
5 Adam craig (USA) Giant
6 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher
Pro Women 
1 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens Mtb Team
2 Dara Marks-Marino (USA) Ford/Specialized               0.44.17
3 Heather Irmiger (USA) Tokyo Joes/Go Lite               1.17.14
4 Kiara Bisaro (Can) Gearsracing.Com                     1.27.52
5 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek-Volkswagen                    1.33.63
6 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                1.41.95
7 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Womens Mtb Team               4.03.25
8 Georgia Gould (USA) Tamarack                           4.45.45
9 Kelli Emmett (USA) Ford/Specialized                    6.20.69
10 Kerry Barnholt (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher               8.13.05
11 Katerina Hanusova (Cze) Luna Womens Mtb Team          9.10.34
12 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Ford/Specialized           9.39.63
13 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Biogen-Idec                      10.02.08
14 Jenna Zander (USA) Cannondale                        10.43.79
15 Mical Dyck (Can) Terrascape Racing                   10.52.85
16 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/Dt Swiss/Gu               11.43.03
17 Catherine Pendrel (Can) The Bike Barn                11.44.08
18 Lea Davison (Can) Team Devo                          11.44.49
19 Nina Baum (Can) Cannondale                           12.51.04
20 Danelle Kabush (Can) Timex                           13.17.76
21 Heather Svahn (USA) The Backcountry                  14.27.72
22 Sandra Walter (Can) Adventurebound.Ca                14.57.63
23 Megan Monroe (USA) Pcw Cycling                       15.08.27
24 Kyia Malenkovich (USA) Headmethod.Com                15.40.67
25 Shannon Gibson (USA) Crazy Cat Cyclery/Yeti G        18.04.50
26 Susan Schubel (USA) Dark Horse Brewery               19.06.41
27 Lorien Lightfield (USA) Tamarack                     19.29.69
28 Kristi Berg (USA) Bicycle Centers Racing             19.34.87
29 Madeline Bate (Can) Terrascape Racing                20.03.96
30 Lesley Clements (Can) Marin Bikes                    20.48.29
31 Cindi Hansen (USA) Mtbchick.Com/Cannondal            21.12.52
32 Marisa Tosi (Can) Terrascape Racing                  23.03.95
33 Kristi Lewis (USA) Sun & Ski Sports                  23.46.74
34 Rebecca Gross (USA) Sun And Ski Sports               26.31.32
35 Jennifer Schulz (Can) Fresh Air Experience           37.11.60
DNF Laura Anderson (USA) Bicycle Johns                          
DNF Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycles                   
DNF Stacey Scanlan (USA) Tamarack                               
DNF Megan Elliott (USA) Bianchi-Grand Performan                 
DNF Alicia Hamilton (USA) Dark Horse/Giant                      
DNF Patricia Sinclair (USA) Scott Usa                           
DNF Ruby Evans (USA) Helens Cannondale