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NORBA National Series #3 - NE

Mount Snow, VT, USA, June 17-June 18, 2006

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Race 4 - June 18: Downhill

Minaar, Jonnier Drop the competition to take downhill victories

By Wendy Booher in Mount Snow

To make up for some sluggish riding near the top of today's final downhill run, Greg Minaar picked up the pace going into the rocky descent near the bottom. The first rock he hit dislocated his left shoulder, the second one popped it back into place and without a shrug, Minaar crossed the finish line in first place to collect the win for the men's pro downhill.

“The race started off pretty good,” said Minaar. “I was quite smooth at the top and carried good speed. I was on the lines that I wanted to be on but down the middle I was a bit slow in the speed section. I made mistakes on the fast corners where I was braked too much and I took it too easy. By the bottom I was trying to make up time and that's where my shoulder came out because I was trying to get through as fast I can and I was trying to pump the bike through the rocks when my shoulder came out.”

A surprised Minaar, who usually wears a shoulder brace but left it behind this time, confessed that something like this has never happened before. Thanks to a couple well-spaced rocks on the revised Mount Snow course, Minaar was able to perform his own first aid plus take home first place. Crazy.

Fast Frenchwoman, Sabrina Jonnier (Monster Energy/Iron Horse), recovered from a disappointing qualifying round earlier today to ride a perfect race and win a trip to the top of the podium. Course conditions from the qualifying round to the finals changed from damp and slow to dry and fast, even dangerous. Jonnier picked her lines carefully on her final run and gained momentum as a result of her wise decisions.

“From the first turn, my line was perfect and I was coming down way faster than I was in practice,” said Jonnier. “I wasn't scared at all! Every single line I wanted to do, I just made them so that was good.”

Jonnier, who crashed last week and still managed to place second at the NORBA event in North Carolina, prevailed over a formidable field today that included young Aussie phenom, Tracey Hannah (Edge Cycles), Kathy Pruitt (Jamis), last year's Mount Snow downhill winner, Bernardita Pizarro (Bear Naked).

Results

Men
 
1 Greg Minnaar (RSA) G-Cross Honda                          3.19.99
2 Sam Hill (Aus) Monster Energy/Iron Horse                  3.20.67
3 Matti Lehikoinen (Fin) G-Cross Honda                      3.21.58
4 Jared Graves (Aus) Yeti/Fox                               3.25.83
5 Brendan Fairclough (Gbr) Team Orange                      3.26.30
6 Andrew Neethling (RSA) Mongoose                           3.26.98
7 Bryn Atkinson (Aus) GT Bikes                              3.27.40
8 John Kirkcaldie (NZl) Team Maxxis                         3.27.40
9 Duncan Riffle (USA) Honda Iron Horse                      3.29.41
10 Andrew Mitchell (Can) Cove/SRAM                          3.31.14
11 Jason Codding (USA) Big Crank Racing                     3.31.16
12 Luke Strobel (USA) Downhill Zone                         3.32.84
13 Jared Rando (Aus) Giant/Michelin                         3.33.52
14 Des Curry (NZl) Odi/Smith/Romic                          3.33.90
15 Dave Wardell (GBr) GT Bikes                              3.34.67
16 Evan Turpen (USA) Iron Horse/Fox Shox                    3.34.97
17 Christopher Herndon (USA) Cane Creek                     3.37.91
18 Garrick Anderson (USA) Avent/Bombshell                   3.37.93
19 Travis Bond (USA) Yeti/Fox                               3.38.58
20 Matt Johnston (USA) Go Ride/Lost Art Tatto0              3.40.74
21 Justin Havukainen (USA) Monster Energy/Iron Horse        3.40.94
22 Curtis Keene (USA) Cane Creek/Specialized                3.41.25
23 David Camp (USA)                                         3.41.87
24 Derrick Nobman (USA) Iron Horse                          3.42.63
25 Charles-Alexand Dube (Can) Giant Bicycles Canada         3.42.69
26 Jonathan Neethling (RSA) Morewood                        3.43.11
27 Matt Fisher (USA) Turner/Wahoos                          3.44.68
28 Paul Smith (USA) Trek                                    3.44.76
29 Rich Houseman (USA) Yeti/Fox                             3.44.79
30 Chris Del Bosco (USA) Go-Ride.Com                        3.44.96
31 Julius Syvanen (Fin) Commenical                          3.45.33
32 Matt Thompson (USA) Big Crank Racing                     3.45.66
33 Christopher Canfield (USA) Canfield Bros.                3.46.01
34 Jeff Evans (USA) KHS/Utopia                              3.46.07
35 Ben Moody (USA) Rhino Bike Works                         3.46.15
36 Jesse Whitsell (USA) Ironhorse/Yarrow Sport              3.47.07
37 Heikki Hall (USA) E13                                    3.49.43
38 Mike Haderer (USA) Foxshox/Yeti/Easton/Michelin          3.49.59
39 James Schwanke (USA) Kenda Utopia SDG                    3.50.45
40 Gene Hamilton (USA) Better Ride/Astrix                   3.50.68
41 Steve Wentz (USA) Turner/Wahoos                          3.50.85
42 Lars Tribus (USA) Iron Horse                             3.51.11
43 Chris Heath (USA) Pedal The Peaks/Ironhorse/Smith        3.51.21
44 Mitchell Delfs (Aus) Cur/Manitou/Shimano                 3.51.22
45 Sean Mcclendon (USA) Aventcycles/Bombshell/Smith         3.52.24
46 Tommy Tokarczyk (USA) Jamis Bikes/Shark Energy Drink     3.52.60
47 Max Nelson (USA) ODI Southridge                          3.54.21
48 Keith Mott (USA) KHS                                     3.55.87
49 David Flynn (USA) SIC/Utopia/661                         3.58.02
50 Kyle Adams (USA) ODI/Southridge                          3.58.53
51 Fred Bassett (USA) WTB/Avalanche                         4.00.77
52 George Ryan (USA) Iron Horse/Manitou                     4.02.43
53 Jonathan Pilon (Can) Sentiers Plain Air                  4.02.57
54 Mihai Moga (Rom) Big Crank Racing                        4.04.16
55 Robin Baloochi (USA) Commencal                           4.07.54
56 Sven Martin (RSA) Honda/Ironhorse                        4.09.76
57 Quinton Spaulding (USA) KHS Bicycles                     4.17.85
58 Josh Clark (USA) 9.8sinister Titec                       4.25.94
59 David Klaassenvanoorsch (USA) KHS Bicycles               4.33.19
60 Sanjay Shanbhag (USA) Commencal                          4.34.23
61 Ryan Condrashoff (USA) Planetx/Michelin                  5.15.41
62 Tim Mackersy (NZl) Foes Racing                           8.29.69
63 Cole Bangert (USA) Morewood Bikes                        8.56.42
64 Travis Collins (USA)                                    14.22.23
DNF Joshua Toland (USA)                                            
DNF Connor Macleod (Can) Cove Bikes                                
DNF Kieran Bennett (NZl) Foes Racing                               
DNF Matthew Eramo (USA) Sinister                                   
 
Women
 
1 Sabrina Jonnier (Fra) Monster Energy/Iron Horse           3.57.20
2 Tracey Hannah (Aus) Edge Cycles                           3.59.92
3 Kathy Pruitt (USA)                                        4.01.50
4 Bernardita Pizarro (Chi) Bear Naked/Cannondale            4.01.66
5 Melissa Buhl (USA) KHS Bicycles                           4.11.61
6 Lisa Myklak (USA) Morewood Bikes USA                      4.17.87
7 Jackie Harmony (USA) Brodie/Cactus                        4.18.63
8 Amy Laird (NZl)                                           4.21.96
9 Joanna Petterson (RSA) Morewood Bikes                     4.23.80
10 April Lawyer (USA) Maxxis                                4.24.15
11 Kote Driscoll (USA) Chumba/Bookoo Energy                 4.28.48
12 Anka Martin (RSA) Honda/Ironhorse                        4.29.55
13 Olivia Johnston (NZl)                                    4.31.17
14 Lauren Campbell (NZl)                                    4.32.18
15 Wendy Reynolds (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale               4.32.97
16 Micayla Gatto (Can) Rocky Mountain Business Solutions    4.33.12
17 Helene Fruhwirth (Aut) Kona                              4.34.62
18 Caroline Milot (Can)                                     4.36.04
19 Alexis Wruble (USA) EMS/Ironhorse                        4.37.05
20 Karen Eagan (USA) EMS/Ironhorse                          4.54.10
21 Lauren Petersen (USA) Sinister                           4.55.55
22 Lisa Reinhard (USA)                                      4.56.84
23 Kathi Krause (USA) Arrow Racing                          5.00.19
24 Jessica Vogt (USA) Turner/Wahoos                         5.17.27
25 Amy Sheridan (USA) JRA Cycles                            5.30.18