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Canadian National MTB XC championships - CN

Kamloops, BC, Canada, July 15, 2006


Premont and Kabush repeat at Canadian Nationals

Marie-Hélène Prémont (Rocky Mountain Business-Objects) and Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) repeated as national champions at the Canadian Mountain Bike Cross-country Championships on Saturday, July 15 at Sun Peaks Resort in Kamloops BC.

Held at the Sun Peaks Resort north of Kamloops, the circuit proved to be more demanding than anticipated. The 5.4 kilometre course was similar to that used in the past, with two major climbs and lots of technical, rooty descending. Riders had praise for the course, calling it both physically demanding and technically challenging The women did four laps (plus a start loop), with Prémont and team mate Alison Sydor moving into the lead by the end of the start loop.

Marie had stretched her lead to over 20 seconds when she took a wrong turn, missing a course change. "The course changed a bit after I pre-rode it the day before, so I didn't realize that I was going the wrong way at first. But once I got back on course it was okay, I wasn't too worried." Prémont quickly realized her mistake and rejoined the race in fifth place.

After that initial confusion, Prémont took her predictable place at the front and gradually rode away to a comfortable three minute winning margin. Alison Sydor (Rocky Mountain Business Objects) finished second. Kiara Bisaro (Team RACE.com) finished third.

Geoff Kabush almost lost his iron grip on elite Canadian cross country racing. He crashed in the first lap, coming down hard on one side and suffering, as determined later, a grade one concussion. Kabush shook off the crash and managed to maintain his lead throughout the rest of the race despite a strong push from both Ricky Federau (Team R.A.C.E.) and Seamus McGrath (Felt), who came second and third respectively.


Pro men
1 Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis)                                              2.00.42
2 Ricky Federau (TEAMR.A.C.E.COM)                                            0.48
3 Neal Kindree* (Kona / Les Gets)                                            3.58
4 Seamus McGrath                                                             4.54
5 Mathieu Toulouse (Maxxis)                                                  6.16
6 Kris Sneddon (Kona Les Gets Factory Team)                                  7.43
7 Max Plaxton* (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                             8.02
8 Andreas Hestler (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                          8.05
9 Michael Garrigan (HBCC)                                                    8.25
10 Andrew Watson (TEAMR.A.C.E.COM)                                           8.26
11 Martin Lazarski* (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                        9.23
12 Eric Batty                                                               10.02
13 Derek Zandstra*                                                          10.41
14 Raphael Gagne* (Rocky Mountain Business Objects/ Equipe du Quebec)       11.52
15 Cory Wallace* (Bicisport)                                                12.06
16 Stefan Widmer* (Team Sugoi/Giant)                                        12.53
17 Matt Hadley (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                            13.21
18 Craig Richey* (Sugoi / Giant Bicycles)                                   15.02
19 Adam Morka* (Team Ontario)                                               15.45
20 Roddi Lega (Team Alberta)                                                16.10
21 Troy Misseghers (Mountain Bike City)                                     16.13
22 Benoit Simard (Specialized)                                              18.31
23 Andrew Kyle (Sugoi / Giant)                                              18.48
24 Peter Classford* (Team Ontario)                                          18.56
25 Jonathan Boulanger* (Specialized)                                        19.51
26 Evan Sherman (Team Alberta)                                              20.44
27 Edouard Duquette* (equipe du quebec)                                     20.47
28 Matthew Green*                                                           21.03
29 Daniel Sessford*                                                         21.51
30 Shawn Bunnin (TEAM SASKATCHEWAN)                                         22.15
31 Frederic Bussieres* (Equipe Quebec / Rocky Mountain Business Objects)    22.55
32 Ian Carbonneau (Equipe du Québec + Vélo Chambly)                         23.46
33 Jeff Ferguson                                                            24.03
34 Léni Gélinas-Trudel (Équipe du Québec + Le Yéti)                         24.44
35 Ryan Ingham (VC Riomois)                                                 25.31
36 Andre Sutton (Hadcore Cycling Club)                                      25.40
37 Manuel Fehlmann                                                          27.06
38 Benjamin Schmidt (Natural Earth Racing)                                  29.01
39 Mark Batty* (TEAMR.A.C.E.COM)                                            30.31
40 Jonathan Gormick (Steed Cycles/SRAM/Rockshox)                            31.21
41 Carsten Ivany (Natural Earth Racing)                                     32.49
42 Ian Mcavity* (Bikes and Beans)                                           33.30
43 Taylor Ryan* (Surly/Riding Fool/Hostel/Dodge City)                       33.31
44 Dion Clark (Bow Cycle/CMC)                                               34.56
45 Steve Martins (Hardcore)                                                 36.23
DNF Dustin Gordon (Team Whistler/Natures Path)                                   
DNF Earl Nolan (Cyclemeisters/Bow Cycle)                                         
DNF Drew Mackenzie (SUGOI/GIANT)                                                 
DNF Jonathan Burgess* (Cyclesmith.ca/KONA)                                       
DNF Tristan Galbraith (Dropmachine/Commencal)                                    
DNF Thomas Skinner (Sugoi Factory Team/Giant Bicycles)                           
DNF Galen Kehler (Wentings Cycle)                                                
DNF Brendan MacIntosh (Trek/Riders Cycles/Kenda/LX)                              
DNF Matthew Martindill (Cove Factory Racing)                                     
DNF Scott McGregor (Steed Cycles)                                                
DNF Sebastien Tremblay* (Specialized)                                            
DNF Daniel Nemetchek* (Manitoba)                                                 
DNF Christian Ravlic*                                                            
DNF Cameron Jette* (HBCC)                                                        
DNF Jon Nutbrown (Team Alberta)                                                  
DNF Robert Leeds (Cyclemeisters/ Bow Cycle)                                      
DNF Dallas Morris (Team Alberta)                                                 
DNS Kyle Douglas*                                                                
Pro women
1 Marie-Helene Premont (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                  1.33.34
2 Alison Sydor (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                                 
3 Kiara Bisaro (TEAMR.A.C.E.COM)                                             3.38
4 Catharine Pendrel (Norco Factory Team)                                     4.52
5 Patricia Sinclair (Scott USA/Kenda)                                        6.14
6 Wendy Simms (Velo Bella - Kona)                                            7.28
7 Mical Dyck (Team Alberta)                                                  7.49
8 Melanie McQuaid (Orbea)                                                   10.37
9 Amanda Sin                                                                     
10 Jean Ann-McKirdy (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                       13.13
11 Catherine Vipond* (Team Ontario)                                         14.03
12 Danelle Kabush (Timex)                                                   15.54
13 Meghan Kindree* (Rocky Mountain Business Objects)                        17.04
14 Sandra Walter (X.O-Felt)                                                 17.32
15 Caroline Villeneuve (équipe du québec/brunet-la vie sportive)            18.14
16 Ann Yew                                                                  18.46
17 Julie Sanders (Equipe du Quebec - Xprezo)                                19.17
18 Kylie Case* (Team Ontario)                                               19.22
19 Joanna Harrington                                                        21.19
20 Christine Misseghers (Mountain Bike City)                                21.49
21 Melissa Dekker (Jamis)                                                   22.21
22 Susan Trimble-Haviland (Havys Bike Shop)                                 22.25
23 Anne-Marie Jobin (XCLUZIV)                                               23.41
24 Leah Guloien (Team Sugoi/Giant)                                          24.15
25 Elsie Torresan* (Specialized)                                            24.47
26 Sophie Fortin (La cordée plein air)                                      26.31
27 Kelly Jones (Sugoi Factory Team)                                         27.43
28 Christy Love (Sugoi Factory Team)                                        27.50
29 Mathilde Hupin ((QC) Équipe du Québec - Sportif Bromont)                 28.09
30 Kate Scallion* (The Cyclery)                                             30.34
31 Andrea Nighbor (Rundle Mountain cycling club)                            31.01
32 Pepper Harlton* (DirtGirls)                                              32.30
33 Heather King (Natural Earth Racing)                                      33.57
34 K.J. Sadler (Steed Cycles)                                               34.22
35 Ashleigh Miller (Natural Earth Racing)                                   35.24
36 Jennifer Schulz                                                          36.37
37 Isabelle Jacques* (Brunet-La Vie Sportive)                               37.01
38 Andrea Bunnin* (Team Saskatchewan)                                       37.28
DNS Karen Dewolfe                                                                
DNF Martina Feldmann (X.O-Felt)                                                  
DNF Caton Nyree (Independant)                                                    
* = U23