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National Mountain Bike Series 7 (NMBS-AMBC) - 1

Snowmass, Colorado, USA, August 10-12, 2007

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Race 15 - August 12: Pro Women Short Track,

Luna gals dominate another short track

By Sue George

Georgia Gould (Luna) couldn't have lost a race to a better person. She's already won plenty this season, and was pleased to see her team-mate Czech Katerina Nash stand atop the short track podium, both for the day and for the series.

Another Luna rider, Shonny Vanlandingham set the pace from the start. She went all out from the gun and pulled the field to pieces as many could not stay with her. She would eventually drop back to fourth place.

After Vanlandingham had had her turn, Gould moved to the front. "I usually like to set the pace pretty high, and that way you whittle down the group so it's safer when there's fewer people and keeping the pace hard stretches it out.

"I led for next few laps and Katarina was right behind me," said Gould.

For awhile, it looked like Gould might win; she had 30 feet (10 meters) for a gap over Nash with one lap to go. Throughout the race, it seemed like Gould was riding the steeper hill better, and Nash was riding the more gradual climb better.

"I gapped her on the last lap on the steep climb and then right near the top, she came by me standing up out of the saddle with a huge attack," said Gould of Nash. "There wasn't much room to pass after that. She made her move perfectly."

Nash was the first rider into the final 180 degree turn, and she held her lead to the line, winning by one second over Gould. Heather Irminger (Subaru / Gary Fisher) finished third and team-mate Willow Koerber was fifth.

Irminger had a great race, riding one of her best short tracks. In the last three laps, she kept closing on Gould and Nash, and it looked like she might catch them with a 50-75 foot gap with one lap to go. "Heather was right there the whole time," said Gould admiring Irminger's ride.

Nash's continued outstanding short track form allowed her to edge out Gould for the overall win. Van Landingham was third in the series, followed by Koerber and Irminger.

""It was good to see her win the series," said Gould. "She definitely deserved it."


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1 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Womens MTB Team        0.24.02
2 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Womens MTB                0.01
3 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher           0.19
4 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team    0.34
5 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher            1.11
6 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/X-Fusion/Titus          1.57
7 Lea Davison (USA) Trek/Vw                          2.05
8 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant MTB Team                  2.24
9 Chloe Forsman (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team           2.42
10 Jennifer Smith (NZl) Trek/Vw                      2.51
11 Sue Butler (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale MTB Tm     2.52
12 Judy Freeman (USA)                                    
13 Jenna Zander (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale              
14 Heather Holmes (USA) Kenda/X-Fusion                   
15 Kerry Barnholt (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher               
16 Nina Baum (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale                 
17 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Titus                             
18 Mical Dyck (Can) Trek/Terrascape Racing               
19 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) Trek/Vw /Rocky Mountain            
20 Megan Monroe (USA) Bmc-Sports Garage                  
21 Emily Van Meter (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale           
22 Tanya Nestvogel (USA) Prestigesubarutitus             
23 Kelley Mattingly (USA)                                
24 Shannon Gibson (USA) Velo-Bella/Kona                  
25 Melanie Meyers (USA) Kenda/Titus/X-Fusion             
26 Krista Park (USA) Colavita                            
27 Becca Blay (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale                
28 Stacey Scanlan (USA) Team Tamarack                    
29 Heather Baumgartner (USA) Colorado Singletrack        
30 Jennifer Tilley (USA) Velo Bella/Kona                 
31 Kristina Maier (USA) Bmc/Sports Garage                
32 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Vantaggio/Specialized            
33 Jana Repulski (USA) Team Tamarack Resort              
34 Theresa Richardson (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale        
35 Kim Jennings (USA) Ortho/Bicycles Outback             
36 Jamie Dinkins (USA) Vantaggio/Xpecialized             
DNS Wendy Simms (Can) Kona                               
DNS Jennifer Gersbach (USA) Bmc/Sports Garage            
DNF Sarah Barber (USA) Titus/Kenda/X-Fusion              
DNS Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Lynskey Performance       
DNS Susie Fiore (USA) Team F.I.Taos       

Final NMBS Standings

1 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Womens Mtb                900 pts
2 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Womens Mtb                880
3 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens Mtb         765
4 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher            747
5 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher           724
6 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona                             650
7 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Titus                          645
8 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/X-Fusion/Titus          641
9 Chloe Forsman (USA) Luna Womens Mtb                625
10 Lea Davison (USA) Trek/VW                         568
11 Judy Freeman (USA)                                519
12 Jenna Zander (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale          516
13 Jennifer Smith (NZl) Trek/VW                      489
14 Sue Butler (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale            489
15 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Mtb Team                 475
16 Catherine Pendrel (Can) Norco                     464
17 Heather Holmes (USA) Kenda/X-Fusion               444
18 Mical Dyck (Can) Trek/Terrascape                  440
19 Shannon Gibson (USA) Velo-Bella/Kona              434
20 Emily Van Meter (USA) Bear Naked/Cannon           417
21 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek/VW                       376
22 Jamie Whitmore (USA) Cannondale/Michel            354
23 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) Trek/VW /Rocky Mountain        342
24 Alison Sydor (Can) Rocky Mountain                 335
25 Stacey Scanlan (USA) Team Tamarack                314
26 Jennifer Gersbach (USA) BMC/Sports Garage         301
27 Melanie Meyers (USA) Kenda/Titus/X-Fusion         292
28 Jennifer Tilley (USA) Velo Bella/Kona             291
29 Megan Monroe (USA) BMC-Sports Garage              289
30 Christina Smith (USA) Ortho Sage Cycles           284
31 Carolyn Popovic (USA) Trek/VW East Coast          282
32 Kristina Maier (USA) BMC/Sports Garage            281
33 Kristen Danielson (USA) Velo Bella/Kona           264
34 Sarah Barber (USA) Titus/Kenda/X-Fusion           240
35 Kim Jennings (USA) Ortho/Bicycles                 235
36 Jana Repulski (USA) Team Tamarack                 233
37 Barbara Howe (USA) Velo Bella/Kona                233
38 Sonya Looney (USA) Toughgirls/Contes              205
39 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Vantaggio/Specialized        200
40 Jennifer Sica (USA) Schampa                       189
41 Krista Park (USA) Colavita                        185
42 Christie Pleiss (USA) Pass Pt/Gary Fisher         185
43 Nina Baum (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale             174
44 Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycle          172
45 Patricia Sinclair (Can) Scott Usa/Kenda           168
46 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Lynskey Performance    162
47 Katie Compton (USA) Spike Shooter                 155
48 Rebecca Gross (USA) Velo Bella/Kona               152
49 Jamie Dinkins (USA) Vantaggio/Xpecialized         150
50 Monique Sawicki (USA) Ergon/Ellsworth             147
51 Melissa Thomas (USA) Tokyo Joes/X-Fusion          145
52 Theresa Richardson (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale    137
53 Tanya Nestvogel (USA) Prestigesubarutit           136
54 Becca Blay (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale            127
55 Kerry Barnholt (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher           105
56 Heather Baumgartner (USA) Colorado Singletr       105
57 Melanie Mcquaid (Can) BMC/Natures Path            105
58 Christy Love (Can) Scott Bikes/Ambles             100
59 Dellys Starr (Aus) BMC/Sports Garage               96
60 Patricia Buerkle (USA) Tahoe Northstar             94
61 Sabina Kraushaar (USA) Healthfx                    86
62 Jennifer Tribe-Wilson (USA)                        84
63 Kelley Mattingly (USA)                             81
64 Kristy Lanier (USA) Dirtbean                       81
65 Kyia Malenkovich (USA) Headmethod/Cannondale       81
66 Alice Pennington (USA) Desalvo                     78
67 Rie Katayama (Jpn) Trek                            69
68 Cassandra Perkins (USA) Bear Naked/Cannondale      63
69 Amy Drumm (USA) Denver Bicycle                     63
70 Cheryl Sornson (USA) Trek East Coast               60
71 Mary-Elle Ash (Can) Easton/Specialized             60
72 Maria Pugliese (USA) Fetish Cyles                  60
73 Natasha Cowie (USA) Velo Bella/Kona                58
74 Lorena Candrian (USA) Dcmtb                        56
75 Heather Svahn (USA) Ritchey Regional               48
76 Sabra Davison (USA) Maxxis/Devo                    46
77 Kathleen Weber (USA) Nrc/Pedalmasher               42
78 Joele Guynup (Can)                                 40