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NORBA National Series #2 - NE

Deer Valley, Utah, USA, July 6-9, 2006

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Race 5 - July 9: Downhill

Minaar and Hannah choke out Deer Valley DH wins

By Steve Medcroft

South African Greg Minnaar (Team G-Cross/Honda) took his second NORBA win in a row Sunday at round four of the US National Series at the Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah. Seventeen year old Aussie Tracey Hannah (Edge Cycles) grabbed her second-ever international win as well (the first came at Sugar Mountain in June).

Riders had to deal with thick layers of dust in the harder-hit corners on the Deer Valley downhill course, fighting to find lines through thick clouds of dust. "It was a real challenge to keep the bike from slipping off course," Minaar said. "The dust is incredible here."

Minaar says the conditions, coupled with the draining altitude, made him take a cautious approach to the race. He says he took his lines carefully and focused on flow rather than pushing the edge of speed. The tactic paid off; Minaar finished a full second ahead of Aussie Sam Hill (Monster Energy/Iron Horse).

"Feels good to win here today," he said. "Even though I went harder in the final, I still backed off in some places, as I wanted to be smoother rather than faster. When I got to the bottom, though, I worked a bit harder and sprinted to the line. I'm really happy to get the win after last weekend's bad luck (in Balneario Camborio, Brazil where Minaar punctured on course while on track for a top result and fell to 23rd)."

Hannah is somehwhat of a phenom on the NORBA scene. Younger sister of downhiller Mick Hannah, the Ciarns teenager managed a seven-second advantage over veteran April Lawyer (Team Maxxis) for her victory.


Pro women
1 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Edge Cycles                                    3.32.43
2 April Lawyer (USA) Maxxis                                          3.39.67
3 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Monster Energy/Iron Horse                    3.45.02
4 Amelia Colasurdo (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale                       3.45.77
5 Lisa Myklak (USA) Morewood Bikes Usa                               3.46.06
6 Tenille Smith (USA)                                                3.57.87
7 Jackie Harmony (USA) Brodie/Cactus                                 4.02.08
8 Katie Holden (USA) Sombrio/Bombshell/Deity                         4.03.21
9 Anka Martin (RSA) Honda/Ironhorse                                  4.06.15
10 Darian Harvey (USA)                                               4.06.46
11 Katrina Strand (Can) Scott/Marzocchi                              4.09.96
12 Leana Gerrard (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale                         4.15.81
13 Joanna Petterson (RSA) Morewood Bikes                             4.18.33
14 Wendy Reynolds (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale                        4.24.48
15 Michelle Camp (USA) Kona/Mcfatson                                 4.34.16
16 Allegra Rau (USA) Velo Bella/Kona                                 4.35.86
17 Stephanie Hatalsky (USA) Astrix                                   4.52.57
18 Carol Gibbs (USA) Ellsworth                                       5.34.95
19 Neven Steinmetz (USA) Full Tilt Cyclery                           6.02.67
20 Jessica Vogt (USA) Turner/Wahoos                                  6.15.38
DNF Addie Lepper (USA) Go Ride/Maxxis/Xbalm/Harbt Wear/Amys/Odi/661
DNF Britney White (USA) Morewood Bikes
Pro men
1 Greg Minnaar (RSA) G-Cross Honda                                   2.49.60
2 Sam Hill (Aus) Monster Energy/Iron Horse                           2.50.98
3 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) Gt Bikes                                       2.53.28
4 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) G-Cross Honda                               2.54.36
5 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti/Fox                                        2.54.86
6 Cody Warren (USA) C-Dub Racing                                     2.56.89
7 Jared Rando (Aus) Giant/Michelin                                   2.57.91
8 Duncan Riffle (USA) Honda Iron Horse                               2.58.17
9 Amiel Cavalier (Aus) Giant/Sram/Rockshox/Smith                     2.58.38
10 Luke Strobel (USA) Downhill Zone/Turner/Fox Racing Shox           2.58.61
11 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Mongoose                                   2.59.17
12 Kain Leonard (USA)                                                3.01.03
13 Andrew Mitchell (Can) Cove/Sram                                   3.01.53
14 Evan Turpen (USA) Iron Horse/Fox Shox                             3.02.37
15 Justin Leov (NZl) Yeti/Fox                                        3.03.61
16 Justin Havukainen (USA) Monster Energy/Iron Horse                 3.03.77
17 Cole Bangert (USA) Morewood Bikes                                 3.07.06
18 Rich Houseman (USA) Yeti/Fox                                      3.08.42
19 David Klaassenvanoorsch (USA) Khs Bicycles                        3.08.46
20 Waylon Smith (GBr) Khs                                            3.08.73
21 Joel Bain (Aus) Cannondale/The Cut/Cvc                            3.09.54
22 Christopher Canfield (USA) Canfield Bros.                         3.10.02
23 Andres Jaramillo Botero (Col) Specialized/Herragro-Columbia       3.11.58
24 Ian Odom (USA) Khs                                                3.12.81
25 Matt Thompson (USA) Big Crank Racing                              3.13.19
26 Doug Ewer (USA) Team Big Crank                                    3.13.21
27 Kyle Adams (USA) Odi/Southridge                                   3.15.17
28 Steve Wentz (USA) Turner/Wahoos                                   3.15.24
29 Christopher Herndon (USA) Cane Creek                              3.15.27
30 Connor Macleod (Can) Cove Bikes                                   3.15.83
31 Matt Fisher (USA) Turner/Wahoos                                   3.16.29
32 Billy Owczarski (USA) Down Fast Racing                            3.16.37
33 Mike Haderer (USA) Foxshox/Yeti/Easton/Michelin                   3.16.79
34 Karl Rogne (USA) Go-Ride                                          3.17.71
35 Lars Sternberg (USA) Fluidride/Ironhorse                          3.17.79
36 Chris Heath (USA) Pedal The Peaks/Ironhorse/Smith                 3.19.41
37 Sean McClendon (USA) Aventcycles/Bombshell/Smith                  3.19.60
38 James (Jp) Lutterloh (USA) Go-Ride.Com                            3.19.79
39 Ian Richards (USA) Specialized                                    3.20.05
40 Keith Mott (USA) Khs                                              3.21.18
41 Daniel Weinman (USA) Paradise Power/Taos Cyclery/Maxxis/Azonic    3.21.22
42 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Cur/Manitou/Shimano                          3.22.44
43 Jonathan Neethling (RSA) Morewood                                 3.22.45
44 Jason Simon (USA) Pedal The Peaks                                 3.22.46
45 Quinton Spaulding (USA) Khs Bicycles                              3.22.62
46 Ryan Cranston (USA) Ruby Canyon/Specialized/Shimano/Smith         3.23.31
47 Sanjay Shanbhag (USA) Commencal                                   3.24.23
48 Garrick Anderson (USA) Avent/Bombshell                            3.25.41
49 Tim *Tj* Sharp (USA) Yeti/Fox                                     3.27.48
50 Mihai Moga ROM Big Crank Racing                                   3.28.23
51 Ryan Condrashoff (USA) Planetx/Michelin                           3.28.54
52 Ryan Finney (USA) Wtb/Fox/Santacruz                               3.28.59
53 Jorge Jaramillo (Col) Ild Santa Cruz/Herragro-Columbia            3.29.50
54 Des Curry (NZl) Odi/Smith/Romic                                   3.29.74
55 Curtis Zamora (USA) Down Fast/Troy Lee                            3.30.78
56 Mark Christensen (USA) Blue Dart Racing                           3.31.90
57 Eli Krahenbuhl (USA) Fox/Arrow/Oakley                             3.33.66
58 Dante Harmony (USA) Brodie/Cactus                                 3.33.79
59 Jim Beckman (USA) Fetish Cycles                                   3.37.34
60 Travis Bond (USA) Yeti/Fox                                        3.50.64
61 Peter Shaffer (USA) Blue Dart Racing                              4.08.31
62 Jeff Evans (USA) Khs/Utopia                                       4.11.71
63 James Schwanke (USA) Khs/Kenda                                    5.15.15
64 Sven Martin (RSA) Honda/Ironhorse                                 5.53.59
65 Jonathan Canfield (USA) Honda/Ironhorse                          11.55.25
DNF Ben Bell (Aus) Yeti/Fox Racing
DNF Dave Ziegman (USA) Big Crank Racing
DNF Matt Johnston (USA) Go Ride/Lost Art Tatto0