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NORBA US national series #5 - E2
Schweitzer Resort, Idaho, USA, July 16-17, 2005
Race 6 - July 17: Short track cross-country
Haywood, JHK take dramatic short track wins
Round four of the 2005 Shimano NORBA National Mountain Bike Series concluded on Sunday as Sue Haywood and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski rode to wins in the short track cross country events and Andrew Neethling and Bernardita Pizarro Lazo descended to downhill victories.
Haywood earned a well-deserved victory after putting forth an all-out effort from the outset of the 20-minute timed event. From the gun, Haywood played the role of aggressor as she dangled off the front of the field, setting the high pace characteristic of a short track event. With the field stretched out behind her in pursuit, several pre-race favorites remained within striking distance including Willow Koerber, Dara Marks-Marino, Heather Irmiger and current series leader Katerina Hanusova.
At mid-race, Haywoods 10-second gap on the small group of chasers held steady and eventually Marks-Marino started to close the gap on her own. With each passing lap, Marks-Marino managed to make up a second or two on Haywood as it appeared as though Haywoods ultra-aggressive style would give way to the perpetual pace of her unremitting pursuer. The race proved to be one lap too short for Marks-Marino however as Haywood held her off by just two seconds at the finish line.
Despite Haywoods win, she remains in second place in the overall short track points standings thanks to a solid third-place effort from Hanusova on the day. Currently, the point standings favor Hanusova over Haywood 689 to 665.
In an equally exciting mens short track race, Horgan-Kobelski moved into the overall series lead with his win on Sunday after the series leader entering the event, Todd Wells, fell victim to a flat tire and did not finish.
Shortly after the 20-minute event began, a group of six riders clearly established themselves as the race leaders. Horgan-Kobelski was joined by Geoff Kabush, Adam Craig, Chris Sheppard, Ryan Trebon and Saturdays cross country winner Liam Killeen as the group pedaled away from the remainder of the starters.
As the race reached the halfway point, it was clear the victor would come from this group, and as each rider looked strong and took his turn at the front, there was no clear-cut favorite amongst them.
In the closing laps, the pace was pushed first by Trebon an effort that put Craig and Sheppard on the rivet. Kabush then took over the pacemaking and only Horgan-Kobleksi and Killeen were able to hold the wheel of the Canadian as the trio entered the final lap.
Destined for a sprint, Horgan-Kobelski took the lead and a chaotic backstretch littered with lapped riders caused enough of a slight encumbrance to affect the positioning of the podium contenders as they set themselves up for the final hairpin turn. Horgan-Kobelski was first around the turn and held off Killeen to take the win while Kabush placed third.
Horgan-Kobelski held a one-point advantage on Kabush prior to Sundays event, but after its conclusion Horgan-Kobelski now sits atop the short track standings with a 610-590 lead over his Canadian rival.
Pro Men 1 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 23.24.01 2 Liam Killeen (GBr) Specialized 0.00.27 3 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis 0.01.59 4 Adam Craig (USA) Giant 0.02.63 5 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona/Les Gets 0.05.99 6 Chris Sheppard (Can) Haro Bicycles 0.06.30 7 Seamus McGrath (Can) Haro Bicycles 0.10.13 8 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona/Les Gets 0.17.10 9 Kristopher Holden (USA) Wheelsport/Specialized 0.25.41 10 Trent Lowe (Aus) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.32.48 11 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis 0.36.26 12 Brent Miller (Aus) Wtb/Fox Shox/Santa Cruz 0.42.07 13 Cody Peterson (USA) 3D Racing 0.44.13 14 Tristan Schouten (USA) Trek Midwest 0.45.25 15 Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycles 0.48.60 16 Eric Jones (USA) Biogen-Idec 0.51.91 17 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona/Les Gets 18 Todd Wells (USA) Gt/Hyundi 19 Sid Taberlay (GBr) Specialized 20 Amon Pease (USA) Intense 21 Nick Martin (USA) Trek-Vw 22 Mike West (USA) Maverick 23 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona/Lesgets 24 Steven Carwile (USA) Jamis Nw 25 Matt Shriver (USA) 3D Racing/Easton 26 Andy Schultz (USA) Cannondale 27 Ryan Hopping (Can) Redbike Ertc 28 Bryan Fawley (USA) Wheelsinmotion/Kenda 29 Patrick Bush (USA) Clif Bar 30 Carl Decker (USA) Giant 31 Christian Favata (USA) Campmor/Hutchinson 32 Ethan Harrison (USA) Vertical Earth 33 Evan Plews (USA) Santiam Bicycles 34 Robert Cotton (USA) Structural System 35 Sam Schultz (USA) U23 National Team 36 Spencer Paxson (USA) Devo Balance Bar 37 Lance Runyan (USA) Titus/Stein Ericksen Sports/Titus 38 Thomas Spannring (Aus) Jans 39 Adam Snyder (USA) Balance Bar/Devo 40 Roland Green (Can) Kona/Les Gets 41 Ricky Federau (Can) Gearsracing.Com Pro Women 1 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek-Volkswagen 21.45.42 2 Dara Marks-Marino (USA) Ford/Specialized 0.01.60 3 Katerina Hanusova (Cze) Luna Womens Mtb Team 0.13.30 4 Heather Irmiger (USA) Tokyo Joes/Go Lite 0.13.48 5 Kerry Barnholt (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.15.61 6 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens Mtb Team 0.18.29 7 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.20.41 8 Kelli Emmett (USA) Ford/Specialized 0.25.11 9 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Womens Mtb Team 0.33.01 10 Kiara Bisaro (Can) Gearsracing.Com 0.39.89 11 Georgia Gould (USA) Tamarack 0.51.59 12 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Biogen-Idec 1.05.15 14 Nina Baum (USA) Cannondale 15 Catherine Pendrel (Can) The Bike Barn 16 Megan Monroe (USA) Pcw Cycling 17 Mical Dyck (Can) Terrascape Racing 18 Kyia Malenkovich (USA) Headmethod.Com 19 Jenna Zander (USA) Cannondale 20 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/Dt Swiss/Gu 21 Lorien Lightfield (USA) Tamarack 22 Megan Elliott (USA) Bianchi-Grand Performance 23 Lea Davison (USA) Team Devo 24 Lesley Clements (USA) Marin Bikes 25 Cindi Hansen (USA) Mtbchick.Com/Cannondale 26 Rebecca Gross (USA) Sun And Ski Sports 27 Heather Svahn (USA) The Backcountry 28 Ruby Evans (USA) Helens Cannondale 29 Kristi Berg (USA) Bicycle Centers Racing DNF Tara Llanes (USA) Giant Pearl Izumi DNF Alicia Hamilton (USA) Dark Horse/Giant DNF Stacey Scanlan (USA) Tamarack DNF Madeline Bate (Can) Terrascape Racing