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National Mountain Bike Series #6 (NMBS Finals) - NE
Brian Head, Utah, USA, August 30-31, 2008
Race 3 - August 30: Elite Men & Women Short Track
Trek/VW's Schnell and Davison take first-time short track wins
By Dave McElwaine
Trek / VW's Lea Davison and Ross Schnell took top honors in the elite women's and men's short track cross country at the National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) finals in Brian Head, Utah.
A rapidly improving Davison won her first short track. Last weekend, she competed at Brian Head at the American Mountain Classic stage race, which may have helped her to acclimate to the 10,000 ft altitude at which the NMBS race was held. Katerina Nash (Luna Women's MTB) took second and easily cruised to win another NMBS short track Series Championship. She is the most prolific winner of the short track event in NMBS series history.
Kelli Emmett (Giant) finished third, Georgia Gould (Luna Women's MTB) fourth, and Judy Freeman (Tough Girl) fifth. Gould also finished second to Nash on the NMBS series podium.
Nash, the Czech Cross Country National Champion, has had a remarkable year despite a mid-season knee injury that kept her from qualifying for her country's Olympic Team. After losing the opening NMBS short track race at Fontana, California, she went on to win four straight. In addition, while frequently appearing on the cross country podiums, she finally got her first cross country victory at Deer Valley, Utah. She also finished sixth at the World Cup race in Bromont, Quebec.
Nash was a big part of the Luna Women's Team this season that included Gould and Catherine Pendrel. They were the top ranked women's team for the entire World Cup season. What is more remarkable is that they won the team competition at every race, despite strong teams from China, Germany, and other countries. At the World Cup race at Mont-Sainte-Anne, all three Luna women finished in the top ten.
Lea Davison has had a breakout season that started by winning the short track race at the Sea Otter Classic. In addition to many podium appearances this season, she finished a strong third place in the short track at the US National Championships in Mount Snow, Vermont. She also finished top ten at the World Cup race in Bromont, Quebec.
Davison's rise to the top of the sport could not come at a better time for the Trek/VW team. Superstar Susan Haywood announced at the US National Championships that she was retiring from World Cup and NMBS racing. Unfortunately, in what was to be her last race, she seriously broke her leg and is now recovering at her home in Virginia.
The race today included some primes (cash bonuses). "There was a prime halfway through the race that was contested by Mical (Dyck) and Katerina (Nash). Then they slowed down a bit and I counter-attacked," said Davison.
"A group then formed that included Georgia, Kelli, Katerina, and me. With two laps to go, Kelli was leading, I was second, and Katerina was third," Davison said.
"I was waiting for Katerina to attack and she went, so I hopped on her wheel. We sprinted to the top of the last climb because I knew whoever got onto the downhill first would win. It ended with a full sprint on the pavement... . I could not be more excited," said a jubilant Davison.
Schnell capped off a great day for Trek / VW by also winning his first-ever NMBS short track even over Colin Cares (U23 National Team). It was also Cares' best short track result to date.
Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW) finished third, Sam Jurekovic (U23 National Team) fourth, and Franklin McConnel (Team Devo) fifth. Jurekovic's return to form comes after a horrific crash at the National Championships that caused him to miss several races.
With Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) at the World Cup race in Canberra, Australia, Barry Wicks (Kona) moved up to take the series championship. Wicks was the Short Track National Champion in 2006 and has one NMBS win this season.
Kabush is attempting to fly in from Australia in time to compete in Sunday's cross country final. IF everything goes well he will land in Los Angeles early Sunday morning and change planes for Las Vegas. He finished third in the World Cup race, contributing to his best World Cup season ever.
Wicks said after the race, "I only went as hard as I had to. We were racing at 10,000 feet and nobody did well except J.B. (Jeremiah Bishop) and the guys from Colorado."
"Colin, Sam J., Jeremiah, and Ross were all in a group when Ross attacked (for the win)," said Wicks. "Colin tried to bridge across and got second." Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher/Subaru) flatted but was able to finish 16th. Ryan Trebon (Kona) finished seventh which helped him earn second place in the series behind team-mate Wicks.
Saturday's weather on Brian Head was in the high 60s (degrees Fahrenheit) with scattered clouds. However, plunging temperatures and rain canceled the Super D scheduled for Saturday evening. It is uncertain at this time how the races scheduled for Sunday will be affected.
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Images by Dave McElwaine / www.trailwatch.net
Elite women 1 Lea Davison (USA) Trek/VW 22.39 2 Katerina Nash (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team 0.01 3 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant MTB Team 0.18 4 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team 0.18 5 Judy Freeman (USA) Tough Girl/Contessa 0.35 6 Sue Butler (USA) Monavie/Cannondale 0.40 7 Jennifer Smith (USA) Trek/VW 1.06 8 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 1.25 9 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes 1.28 Lapped 10 Mical Dyck (Can) Trek/Terrascape Racing 11 Nina Baum (USA) Sobe-Cannondale 12 Chloe Forsman (USA) Luna Womens MTB Team 13 Krista Park (USA) Kenda-Titus-Hayes 14 Maureen Kunz (USA) Lost Coast Brewery 15 Joy Duerksen (USA) Cole/Marten Transport 16 Erika Powers (USA) Revolution/Peak Fastners 17 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher Elite men 1 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/VW 23.04 2 Colin Cares (USA) U23 National Team 0.06 3 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/VW 0.07 4 Sam Jurekovic (USA) U23 National Team 0.09 5 Mcconnell Franklin (USA) Team Devo 0.10 6 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes 0.26 7 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 0.34 8 Carl Decker (USA) Giant MTB Team 0.35 9 Tim Allen (USA) Voodoo 0.40 10 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) 3D Racing 0.54 11 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 1.27 12 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Tokyo Joes 1.35 Lapped 13 Robert Marion (USA) Kenda Titus 14 Ben Thompson (USA) Sobe-Cannondale 15 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 16 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 17 Stephen Ettinger (USA) Black Diamond Sports Therapy 18 Manuel Prado (USA) Sho-Air 19 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Monavie/Cannondale 20 Adam Snyder (USA) 3-D Racing 21 Alex Grant (USA) Rocky Mountain Bicycles 22 Dana Weber (USA) Trek VW/Westcoast 23 Tad Elliott (USA) U23 National Team 24 Chad Wells (USA) 3D Racing 25 Blake Zumbrunnen (USA) Revolution/Crank Bros 26 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona Les Gets 27 Matt Freeman (USA) Cyclery Usa/Gary Fisher 28 Trevor Downing (USA) Devo DNF Ryan Woodall (USA) Industrynine/Powerbar DNF Brian Smith (USA) Trek/VW DNS Ray Storm (USA) 138 Racing.Com DNS Cody Peterson (USA) Scott Bicycles NMBS Final Short Track Series Standings Elite women 1 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Womens MTB 900 pts 2 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Womens MTB 844 3 Mical Dyck (Can) Trek/Terrascape 722 4 Lea Davison (USA) Trek/VW 718 5 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 702 6 Chloe Forsman (USA) Luna Womens MTB 594 7 Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Womens MTB 594 8 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant MTB Team 581 9 Sue Butler (USA) Monavie/Cannondale 578 10 Judy Freeman (USA) Tough Girl/Contes 555 11 Nina Baum (USA) Sobe-Cannondale 504 12 Krista Park (USA) Kenda-Titus-Hayes 489 13 Heather Holmes (USA) Kenda/Titus/Hayes 489 14 Jenna Zander (USA) Sobe Cannondale 485 15 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes 482 16 Emily Batty (Can) Trek Bicycle Store 474 17 Wendy Simms (Can) Kona 473 18 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 416 19 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Sobe-Cannondale 407 20 Joy Duerksen (USA) Cole/Marten Trans 402 21 Amanda Riley-Carey (USA) Kenda/Titus/Hayes 372 22 Emily Van Meter (USA) Sobe/Cannondale 361 23 Maureen Kunz (USA) Lost Coast Brewer 360 24 Jennifer Smith (NZl) Trek/VW 359 25 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) Trek/VW /Rocky 352 26 Kyia Anderson (USA) Ekho/Cannondale 307 27 Jennifer Tilley (USA) Velo Bella/Kona 301 28 Theresa Richardson (USA) Sobe Cannondale 287 29 Amanda Sin (Can) 3 Rox Racing 246 30 Pua Sawicki (USA) Ellsworth 219 31 Jamie Dinkins (USA) Devo/Vantaggio 213 32 Catherine Vipond (Can) Norco 195 33 Carolyn Popovic (USA) Cicle/Bear Valley 189 34 Patricia Buerkle (USA) Vanderkitten 180 35 Lindsey Bishop (USA) Mafia Racing/Felt 165 36 Dellys Starr (Aus) Dales Pale Ale 163 37 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Vantaggio/Speciali 141 38 Stacey Scanlan (USA) Team Tamarack 141 39 Shannon Gibson (USA) Velo-Bella/Kona 141 40 Heather Ranoa (USA) Intense 140 41 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens MTB 122 42 Sonya Looney (USA) Sobe Cannondale 109 43 Rachel Throop (USA) Devo 104 44 Erika Powers (USA) Revolution/Peak 102 45 Annajean Dallaire (USA) Sobe-Cannondale 96 46 Becca Blay (USA) Sobe/Cannondale 90 47 Melanie Mcquaid (Can) Bmc/Natures Path 90 48 Melanie Meyers (USA) Specialized Design 87 49 Danelle Kabush (Can) Luna Womens MTB 78 50 Sarah Maile (USA) Ventana Mountian 66 51 Jennifer Tribe-Wilson (USA) 60 52 Megan Monroe (USA) Dales Pale Ale 52 53 Mary-Elle Ash (Can) Easton/Sugarcrm 50 54 Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo Joes 44 55 Jana Repulski (USA) Team Tamarack 40 56 Jennifer Sica (USA) Schampa 39 57 Melissa Buhl (USA) Khs Bicycles 36 58 Paz Bash (Isr) Spider-Kona 34 Elite men 1 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 739 pts 2 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 738 3 Carl Decker (USA) Giant MTB Team 733 4 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis 709 5 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 674 6 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 650 7 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/VW 627 8 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes 624 9 Troy Wells (USA) Tokyo Joes 507 10 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/VW 490 11 Cody Peterson (USA) Scott Bicycles 485 12 Robert Marion (USA) Kenda Titus 471 13 Adam Craig (USA) Giant MTB Team 467 14 Colin Cares (USA) U23 National Team 439 15 Sam Jurekovic (USA) U23 National Team 439 16 Dana Weber (USA) Trek VW/Westcoas 432 17 Adam Morka (Can) 3 Rox Cycling 430 18 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Tokyo Joes 427 19 Tad Elliott (USA) U23 National Team 413 20 Charles Pendry (USA) Inland - Btd 384 21 Adam Snyder (USA) 3-D Racing 359 22 Chance Noble (USA) Calif Giant Berry 351 23 Mike Phillips (USA) Adventure 212 345 24 Todd Wells (USA) Gt Bikes 337 25 Tim Allen (USA) Voodoo 331 26 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Monavie/Cannondale 328 27 Jeff Schalk (USA) Trek VW- East 325 28 Stephen Ettinger (USA) Black Diamond Spo 321 29 Mcconnell Franklin (USA) Team Devo 303 30 Chris Peariso (USA) Adventure 212 /Titus 288 31 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona Les Gets 279 32 Ryan Woodall (USA) Industrynine/Powe 279 33 Trevor Downing (USA) Devo 257 34 Manuel Prado (CRc) Sho-Air 256 35 Liam Killeen (GBr) Specialized Factory 254 36 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis 249 37 Bryan Fawley (USA) Park Place Lexus 214 38 Travis Livermon (USA) Kobold Watch Com 198 39 Eric Batty (Can) Trek Bicycles 196 40 Blake Zumbrunnen (USA) Revolution/Crank 192 41 Bryan Alders (USA) Mona-Vie/Cannondale 189 42 Chad Wells (USA) 3D Racing 181 43 Matt Rotroff (USA) Btd/Inland Constr 181 44 Alex Grant (USA) Rocky Mountain 180 45 Dylan Stucki (USA) Mafia Racing 170 46 Brett Morgan (USA) Sobe/Cannondale 166 47 Matt Freeman (USA) Cyclery Usa/Gary Fisher 158 48 Sid Taberlay (Aus) Avanti Sram 148 49 Max Plaxton (Can) Rocky Mountain 148 50 Kenji Takeya (Jpn) Specialized Japan 137 51 Ben Thompson (USA) Sobe-Cannondale 135 52 Michael Lee (USA) Trek/VW West Coas 133 53 Yuki Saito (USA) Fuentes Design 129 54 Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young 127 55 Stefan Widmer (Can) Rocky Mountain 124 56 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) 3D Racing 122 57 Jesse Lalonde (USA) Gary Fisher 29/T6 122 58 Mike Andres (USA) Trek/VW West Coas 118 59 Chris Peterson (USA) Devo 117 60 Thomas Turner (USA) Outspokin Bicycle 114 61 Eric Salstrand (USA) Bicycle Haus/Oakley 109 62 Travis Woodruff (USA) Momentumenduran 102 63 Damian Calvert (USA) Sobe Cannondale 99 64 Ricky Federau (Can) 99 65 Kevin Smallman (USA) Sobe Cannondale 98 66 Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Lapierrebikes.Com 96 67 Marko Lalonde (USA) Gary Fisher 29/Bkb 93 68 Kamden Reedy (USA) Four Unity Racing 93 69 Sean Donovan (USA) Cytomax/Khs 92 70 Dustin Wanstrath (USA) Tamarack Resort 90 71 Drew Edsall (USA) Endurancefactor 88 72 Samuel Koerber (USA) Gary Fisher 29Er 87 73 Keith Hickerson (USA) Tamarack 87 74 Scott Keller (USA) Schampa/Tribe 86 75 Matthew Hadley (Can) Xprezo 86 76 Tim Olson (USA) Trek/VW Westcoas 85 77 Alex Ryan (USA) Kobold/Cannondale 81 78 Lucas Livermon (USA) Inland Construction 81 79 Aroussen Laflamme (Can) Webcor-Alto-Velo 81 80 Paul Freiwald (USA) Titus Cycles 78 81 Ignacio Torres (Mex) Turbo Bikes 75 82 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing 71 83 Christian Helmig (USA) Pivot/Mad Duck 69 84 Jay Henry (USA) Tokyo Joes 66 85 Brian Bain (Can) Cmc/Bow Cycle 66 86 Daniel Sessford (USA) Blue Competiton 64 87 Rotem Ishai (Isr) Spider-Kona Bikes 63 88 Ethan Gilmour (USA) U23 National MTB 60 89 Colin Osborn (USA) Team Bikeparts 58 90 Aaron Snyder (USA) Scotts Bikes 56 91 Dallas Morris (Can) H&R Block 54 92 Nat Ross (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 54 93 Paul Hanson (USA) Sobe Cannondale 52 94 Jay Richards (USA) Salsa/Maplelag 50 95 Derek Zandstra (Can) 3 Rox Racing 50 96 Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Bicycle Store 48 97 Emmanuel Valencia (Mex) Turbo 48 98 Ryan Iddings (USA) Lapierre 46 99 Martin Lazarski (Can) Rocky Mountain 44 100 Eric Ransom (USA) Team Tamarack 40 101 Greg Carpenter (USA) Devo 39 102 Timothy Madgwick (NZl) 36 103 Dylan Alesio (USA) Fuji Bikes 35 104 Andrew Alesio (USA) Fuji Bikes 34 105 Jake Wells (USA) Mafiaracing.Com 34 106 Amon Pease (USA) Team Lost Coast 32 107 Ken Onodera (Jpn) Subaru-Gary Fisher 30 108 Steve Kinney (USA) Steven K Sports 27 109 Nigel Hill (USA) Trekvwwestcoast 24 110 Chanoch Redlich (Isr) Citycyclingclub 23 111 Nate Whitman (USA) Hammer Nutrition 21 112 Kelly Magelky (USA) Trek-VW-Rocky Mtn 20 113 James Williams (USA) Sobe/Cannondale 17 114 Michael Mooradian (USA) Spin/Rr Donnelly 17 115 John Salskov (USA) Team Bicycle 16 116 Evan Plews (USA) Scottusa/Csc 15 117 Michael Mccalla (USA) Spinner/Waltwork 14 118 Luke Pennington (USA) S & M Young Guns 14 119 Cameron Jette (Can) Trek Bicycle Store 13 120 Noah Holcomb (USA) Sobe Cannondale 10 121 Alex Howard (USA) 7