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National Mountain Bike Series #2 (NMBS) - 2

Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA, April 4-6, 2008

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Race 4 - April 5: Short Track (all categories)

Nash back on top

By Dave McElwaine in Fountain Hills, Arizona

Katerina Nash (Luna Womens MTB)
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NMBS short track series champion Katerina Nash (Luna Women's MTB) resumed her winning ways at McDowell Mountain Park on Saturday. Despite often resembling a cyclo-cross race Nash was able to work her magic to beat her powerful team-mate Georgia Gould by 12 seconds. Della Star (Dales) out-sprinted Kona's Wendy Simms by inches to take third place, 20 seconds behind Gould.

The course was a typical short track except for one short, steep, sandy hill that forced all the women off their bikes. Gould, Nash, and Simms all have extensive cyclo-cross experience and it showed. The dismount and run-up separated them from the pack. (Simms is the current Canadian National Cyclocross Champion). The rest of the course included a rutted downhill, two sandy washes, a long section of uphill singletrack (where it was next to impossible to pass), and a run-in to the finish on hard-packed fire road.

"It was kind of like cyclo-cross with that little run-up....then Wendy crashed so it opened an opportunity for two of us (Nash and Gould) to get away. I had just one good attack and took it to the finish" commented Nash after the race.

When asked about the crash that gave the Luna women a gap, Simms reported "I looked over my shoulder to see where Georgia was and I just buzzed Katerina's rear tire. It was my own fault". Simms suffered only minor scrapes and was able to continue racing.

After the crash Simms rode with an impressive Dellys Starr for a couple laps. They both sprinted for third but Starr won in a photo finish. Lea Davison (Trek/VW) brought her best ever early season fitness to the NMBS series this year and it showed at Fountain Hills. She rode at an even tempo and never seemed to labor like so many of the women. She finished fifth, less than a minute behind the winner.

Also impressive was Willow Koerber (Subaru/ Gary Fisher) who finished sixth. "I felt really good. I had to go really hard to get up to the top three girls. Then when they went I didn't have it. But, that's the point of doing these races, to torture yourself. So, I did that," commented Koerber after the race.

Gould had taken the opening round of the NMBS short track series last weekend in Fontana, California. The same three women battled back and forth until Gould got away. It would seem the these three are destined to compete for the top podium spots the rest of this NMBS season.

Absent from the event in Fountain Hills was US National Champion Mary McConneloug who is representing the United States at the Pan American Championships in Venezuela.

Kabush confirms top status

Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis)
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) rode a very tactical race to beat Barry Wicks (Kona) at the line by less than a second in the men's short track. Kona team-mate Ryan Trebon hung on for third and was 25 seconds behind the leaders. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/ Gary Fisher) was fourth, followed by Carl Decker (Giant).

The course featured "The Hill", a steep, loose, sandy climb that separated the field quite quickly. Cyco-cross racers Kabush, Trebon, and Wicks were simply faster off their bikes than anyone else. They all made attempts to ride the hill as well and were often successful. Very few other racers who made the attempt were able to ride to the top.

Kabush lead early but after a bobble on "The Hill" Wicks and Trebon managed a team breakaway. They were caught within one lap by Kabush. Behind them Horgan-Kobelski and Decker seemed settled into the fourth and fifth positions that would stick until the finish.

Mid-race, Trebon had a momentary problem at "The Hill" and was dropped from the group. From that point on both Wicks and Kabush led, each measuring the other. The last lap slowed as they both knew the race would come down to a sprint. Kabush rounded the last 180 degree turn first and went on for the win with less than a one second margin.

"Geoff was riding super light tires and was able to accelerate faster than me out of the turns" commented Wicks after the race.

In post-race comments Kabush said "the hill was definitely a critical part of the race... it definitely decided the front group. Once we got off the front we had to be smooth on the hill and not out-think ourselves."


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Images by Dave McElwaine /www.trailwatch.net


Pro women
1 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Womens mtb team             30.21
2 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Womens mtb team              0.13
3 Dellys Starr (Aus) Dales pale ale/spot brand          0.32
4 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona                                0.33
5 Lea Davison (USA) Trek/VW                             0.46
6 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher               0.59
7 Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna womens mtb team          1.07
8 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant mtb team                     1.17
9 Mical Dyck (Can) Trek/Terrascape racing               1.35
10 Jenna Zander (USA) Sobe Cannondale                   1.39
11 Monique Sawicki (USA) Ellsworth                      1.44
12 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher             2.00
13 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Sobe-Cannondale                  2.00
14 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Bicycle Store Toronto         2.01
15 Heather Holmes (USA) Kenda/Titus/Hayes               2.03
16 Sue Butler (USA) Monavie/Cannondale                  2.24
17 Chloe Forsman (USA) Luna Womens Mtb team             2.24
18 Catherine Vipond (Can) Norco                         2.25
19 Carolyn Popovic (USA) Cicle/Bear Valley Bikes        2.25
20 Melanie Mcquaid (Can) BMC/Natures Path               2.39
21 Melanie Meyers (USA) Specialized Designs             2.58
22 Amanda Riley-Carey (USA) Kenda/Titus/Hayes           3.07
23 Kyia Anderson (Can) HRM/Cannondale                        
24 Nina Baum (USA) Sobe-Cannondale                          
25 Maureen Kunz (USA) Lost Coast Brewery                    
26 Krista Park (USA) Kenda-Titus-Hayes                      
27 Judy Freeman (USA) Toughgirl Cycling                     
28 Amanda Sin (Can) 3 Rox Racing                            
29 Stacey Scanlan (USA) Team Tamarack                       
30 Jennifer Tribe-Wilson (USA)                              
31 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) Trek/VW /Rocky Mountain               
32 Emily Van Meter (USA) Sobe/Cannondale                    
33 Joy Duerksen (USA) Cole/marten Transport                 
34 Megan Monroe (USA) Dales Pale Ale                        
35 Heather Ranoa (USA) Intense                              
36 Shannon Gibson (USA) Velo-bella/Kona                     
37 Jennifer Tilley (USA) Velo-bella/Kona                    
38 Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo Joes                               
39 Jamie Dinkins (USA) Devo                                 
40 Jana Repulski (USA) Team Tamarack resort                 
41 Jennifer Sica (USA) Schampa                              
42 Theresa Richardson (USA) Sobe Cannondale                 
43 Sonya Looney (USA) Sobe Cannondale                       
44 Melissa Buhl (USA) KHS Bicycles                          
45 Rachel Throop (USA) Devo                                 
46 Paz Bash (Isr) Spider-Kona                               
DNS Kimberly Flynn (USA) Vantaggio/Specialized              
DNF Mikaela Kofman (Can) 3 Rox Racing                       
DNS Christie Pleiss (USA) Cicle/Bear Valley bikes           
DNS Danae York (USA) Velobum.com/Turner Suspension bikes    
DNF Jennifer Gersbach (USA) Dales Pale Ale/Spot brand       
Pro men
1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis                       26.08
2 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona                                0.01
3 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona                                0.25
4 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher       0.39
5 Carl Decker (USA) Giant MTB team                      0.42
6 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/VW                            0.48
7 Liam Killeen (GBr) Specialized Factory team           0.49
8 Adam Craig (USA) Giant MTB team                       0.53
9 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                  1.05
10 Adam Morka (Can) 3 Rox Cycling                       1.29
11 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona Les Gets                     1.41
12 Chance Noble (USA) Calif. Giant Berry farms          1.46
13 Troy Wells (USA) Tokyo Joes                          1.47
14 Kenji Takeya (Jpn) Specialized Japan                 2.03
15 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes                 2.04
16 Charles Pendry (USA) Inland - BTD                    2.06
17 Damian Calvert (USA) Sobe Cannondale MTB team        2.07
18 Eric Batty (Can) Trek Bicycles store team            2.08
19 Kamden Reedy (USA) Four Unity racing                 2.10
20 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Monavie/Cannondale           2.11
21 Robert Marion (USA) Kenda Titus                      2.27
22 Mike Phillips (USA) Alterra/Specialized              2.34
23 Jeff Schalk (USA) Trek VW - east                          
24 Stefan Widmer (Can) Rocky Mountain        
25 Mitch Hoke (USA) Tokyo Joes                               
26 Dana Weber (USA) Trek VW/westcoast                       
27 Christian Helmig (USA) Pivot/Mad Duck                    
28 Jay Henry (USA) Tokyo Joes                               
29 Rotem Ishai (Isr) Spider-Kona bikes                      
30 Travis Livermon (USA) Kobold Watch                   
31 Bryan Fawley (USA) TX tough/Hotel San Jose               
32 Ryan Woodall (USA) Industrynine/Powerbar                 
33 Sean Donovan (USA) Cytomax/KHS                           
34 Brett Morgan (USA) Sobe/Cannondale                       
35 Manuel Prado (CRc) Sho-air/Rock n road                   
36 Peter Glassford (Can) Trek bicycle store toronto         
37 Eric Salstrand (USA) Bicycle haus/Oakley/Specialized     
38 Adam Snyder (USA) 3-D Racing                             
39 Daniel Sessford (Can) Blue competiton cycles             
40 Yuki Saito (USA) Fuentes Design/Walt works               
41 Brian Bain (Can) CMC/Bow cycle                           
42 Tad Elliott (USA) U23 national team                      
43 Dylan Stucki (USA) Mafia racing                          
44 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox racing                          
45 Trevor Downing (USA) Devo                                
46 Jake Wells (USA) Mafiaracing.com                         
47 Michael Lee (USA) Trek/VW west coast                     
48 Amon Pease (USA) Team lost coast brewery                 
49 Matt Rotroff (USA) BTD/inland construction               
50 Ken Onodera (Jpn) Subaru-Gary Fisher                     
51 Ethan Gilmour (USA) U23 National MTB team                
52 Scott Keller (USA) Schampa/Tribe                         
53 Ben Thompson (USA) Sobe-Cannondale                       
54 Matthew Hadley (Can) Xprezo                              
55 Chad Wells (USA) 3D Racing                               
56 Chris Peariso (USA) Adventure 212 /Titus                 
57 Travis Woodruff (USA) BMC/Momentumendurance              
58 Nat Ross (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                        
59 Nate Whitman (USA) Hammer nutrition                      
60 Kelly Magelky (USA) Trek-VW                    
61 Lucas Livermon (USA) Inland Construction                 
62 Kevin Smallman (USA) Sobe Cannondale                     
63 James Williams (USA) Sobe Cannondale                     
64 John Salskov (USA) Team bicycle haus                     
65 Evan Plews (USA) Scottusa/CSC                            
66 Michael Mccalla (USA) Spinner/Waltworks                  
67 Cameron Jette (Can) Trek bicycle store                   
68 Paul Freiwald (USA) Titus cycles                         
69 Chanoch Redlich (Isr) City cycling                    
70 Paul Hanson (USA) Sobe Cannondale                        
71 Steve Kinney (USA) Steven K sports                       
72 Alex Ryan (USA) Kobold/cannondale                        
73 Alex Howard (USA)                                        
74 Cody Peterson (USA) Scott Bicycles                       
DNF Derek Zandstra (Can) 3 Rox Racing                       
DNF Joshua Powers (USA) Shampa                              
DNS Leonardo Sandoval (USA)                                 
DNF Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis                      
DNS Nicholas Stevens (GBr) Orbea USA                        
DNF Robert Herber (USA) Intense                             
DNF Tim Allen (USA) Voodoo                                  
DNS Tim Olson (USA) Trek/VW westcoast                       
DNS Travis Brown (USA) Trek/FRC                             
Semi-pro men
1 Thomas Bender                                        26.30
2 Ward Baker                                            0.02
3 John Nobil                                            0.04
4 Jan Koles                                             0.06
5 Kyle Reedy                                            0.07
6 Justin Raynes                                         0.13
7 Kent Mcneill                                          0.15
8 Mimmo Futia                                           0.31
9 Romolo Forcino                                        0.45
10 John Curry                                           0.45
11 Justin Maka                                          0.47
12 Santiago Chavez                                      0.49
13 Benjamin Portilla                                    0.52
14 Jason Siegle                                         0.57
15 Bryan Mickiewicz                                     1.05
16 Chris Crosby                                         1.06
17 Aaron Elwell                                         1.08
18 Benjamin Webster                                     1.09
19 Drew Edsall                                          1.10
20 Sean Sindt                                           1.17
21 Dean Poshard                                         1.25
22 Brett Racine                                         1.26
23 Michael Viertel                                      1.27
24 Matt Chaney                                          1.35
25 Lyle Warner                                          1.41
26 John Sawasky                                         1.45
27 Jim Hewett                                           1.48
28 Jeff Herrera                                         1.51
29 Matt Ohran                                           1.56
30 Andrew Rigel                                         2.01
31 Tsering Alleyne                                      2.07
32 Rob Dillion                                          2.09
33 Chris Suter                                          2.09
34 Ryan Clark                                           2.11
35 Damien Fraser                                        2.16
36 Luke Rozanski                                        2.21
37 Jeremy Torres                                        2.21
38 Marcus Hayward                                       2.41
39 Tom Sharp                                            2.45
40 Eric Hanzel                                    
41 Dax Kastrin                                     
42 Art Nelsen                                    
43 John Davis                                   
44 Kenny Deemer                            
45 Raymond Caballero                            
46 Brandon Frazier                               
47 Taylor Foss                                  
48 Steve Sanchez                                
49 Foye Troute                            
50 Rich Weis                                                
DNF Travis Mcmaster                           
DNF Thomas Covington                               
DNS Zack Heim                                 
DNS Taylor Lideen                                  
DNS Alexis Seletzky                             
DNF Richard Hull                                      
DNF Sebastien Rousseau                            
Jr expert men 18 & under
1 Rob Squire                                           27.36
2 Adam Parke                                            0.23
3 Nate Byrom                                            0.24
4 Ben Kraushaar                                         0.33
5 Cody Cox                                              0.34
6 Jamie Knight                                          0.52
7 Brae Patten                                           1.32
8 William Curtis                                        1.55
9 Zach Patterson                                        2.17
10 Kevin Kane                                           2.56
11 Bryce Gordon                                         3.43
Expert men 19-24
1 Matthew Connors                                      30.50
2 Sem Gallegos                                          0.13
3 William Ross                                          0.59
4 Michael Cronin                                        1.03
5 Kevin Montgomery                                      1.31
6 Katriel Statman                                       2.13
Expert men 25-29
1 Nicholas Cirincione                                  30.31
2 John Barbachano                                       0.01
3 Wesley Reutimann                                      0.02
4 Brian Tolbert                                         0.54
5 Michael Riley                                         1.21
6 James Koch                                            1.41
7 Paul Rahn                                             1.59
8 Ryan Krusemark                                        3.11
DNS David Janowiec                               
DNS Tomas Petricko                                
Expert men 30-34
1 Tony Smith                                           26.37
2 Chad Harris                                           0.46
3 Danny Mcnaughton                                      1.04
4 Evan Ellicott                                         1.12
5 Henry Szczypiorski                                    1.36
6 Kyle Ashton                                           1.40
7 Robert Snyder                                         1.51
8 Tom Torrance                                          2.09
9 David Sheek                                           2.23
10 Nathan Wood                                          2.30
11 Mike Cline                                           2.32
DNS Jay English                                    
DNS Tony Torrance                                
DNS Clayton Goldsmith                               
DNS Jonathan Hunter                             
Expert men 35-39
1 Michael Pastore                                      27.21
2 Mark Faulkner                                         1.02
3 Joe Chalmers                                          1.41
4 C.Todd Branham                                        2.07
DNF Michael Heindel                                
DNF Jay Chesterman                                 
DNF Michael Holk                                 
DNF Barrett Brauer                                
DNF Chris Capages                                  
DNF David Reid                                
DNS Linde Smith                                 
DNF Greg Rogers                                  
Expert men 40-44
1 Tim Zandbergen                                       27.14
2 Tim Butler                                            0.02
3 Stephen Jarrett                                       0.05
4 Alexander Rouch                                       1.29
5 Mike Rosson                                           2.18
6 Trever Bushnell                                       2.52
7 James Cross                                           3.17
8 Carlos Zamora                                    
9 Jaime Valle                                     
10 James Knight                                 
11 Gary Hall                                    
12 Mark Fasczewski                               
DNF Dave Miller                                             
DNS Bobby Lincoln                                 
Expert men 45-49
1 Bobby Langin                                         27.09
2 Craig Raney                                           1.54
3 Gregory Shimonek                                      2.37
4 Peter Tempest                                         2.54
5 Robert Letson                                    
6 Manny Ortiz                                  
7 David Stowell                              
DNS Alan Rishel                             
Expert men 50-54
1 Dean Swank                                           29.51
2 Steve Bent                                       
3 Charles Patterson                              
4 John Fitzer                                               
5 Kelly Reedy                                     
DNS Pete Stewart                             
Expert men 55-59
1 Paul Zarubin                             
2 David Mcelwaine                                           
DNS Eric Storm                                              
Expert men 60-64
1 Stan Ford  

Expert men 65 +
1 Jurgen Leiser                                             
1 Frederic Schmid                               
3 Ron Riley                                       
4 Brian Kiniry                                              
DNS Terry Dahl