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National Mountain Bike Series #4 (NMBS) - 1
Deer Valley, Park City, Utah, June 27-29, 2008
Race 17 - June 29: Elite Men Short Track
Kabush prevails in battle with Trebon
By Dave McElwaine in Park City, Utah
Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) rode a tactically brilliant race to edge out Ryan Trebon (Kona) for the short track win at Deer Valley. Kabush always seems to conserve energy by allowing others to lead, but will go to the front any time he senses that chasers are making headway.
Trebon, after winning the cross country race on Saturday, continued to show good form in the short track. A few laps into the race he attacked, and only Kabush was able to respond. However as they later slowed, a surging Jeremiah Bishop (Trek / VW) joined in the melee at the front.
Behind them Sam Schultz (Subaru/Gary Fisher) was riding a brilliant race in fourth place followed by team-mate Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski. However, JHK began to suffer cramps but held on for an eighth place finish.
Carl Decker (Giant) may have had the ride of the day. He moved from far back in the pack to finish third. "Lane selection at the start is important but it was not good today on the right side. There was a big pile-up on the first corner that I got caught up in."
As the pace increased, Bishop lost contact with the leaders. Trebon led Kabush through the start/finish on the bell lap, but Kabush attacked soon thereafter for the win. Kabush said, "I just tried to be patient because I knew I could carry more speed on the uphills. I wanted to just wait until the last lap to make a full power acceleration."
"That one effort Geoff put in (mid race) really put me under and that's why I fell behind a bit," remarked Trebon after the race before adding, "They slowed down and I attacked...one lap too early and Geoff brought me back. When he attacked (on the final lap) I didn't have any acceleration left."
How it unfolded
Kabush won the start but had a bobble on the first climb that led to a pile-up with Ross Schnell (Trek/VW) and many others behind him.
By the second lap Troy Wells (Tokyo Joe's) surged to the lead closely followed by Kabush and Trebon. At the 180 degree turn on the uphill, Trebon attacked and took the lead. Only Kabush was able to respond.
On lap three Trebon and Kabush had a gap, but behind them Sam Schultz, Horgan-Kobelski, and Troy Wells were chasing hard.
By the fourth lap Bishop made his way into the fifth spot, followed by Schnell (who was riding with only two gears due to the earlier crash). JHK was losing ground at this point.
On lap five Bishop moved to fourth and was closing on the leaders. The next lap he was sitting in third while Kabush continued to lead Trebon. In the ninth lap Bishop took the lead and accelerated the pace. Kabush lead the chase followed by Trebon who briefly appeared he may be in trouble.
On lap 10 Bishop looked backed briefly as the leaders seemed to slow. Behind them it appeared that Decker would perhaps join the leaders, but, on lap 11 Trebon attacked and it became a two-man race as Kabush stayed right on his wheel.
On the final lap, Kabush made a massive attack on the climb to claim the race win.
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1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis 23.39 2 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 0.04 3 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Mtb Team 0.11 4 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/VW 0.13 5 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/VW 0.41 6 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0.42 7 Troy Wells (USA) Tokyo Joes 1.04 8 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 1.10 9 Cody Peterson (USA) Scott Bicycles 1.20 10 Adam Morka (Can) 3 Rox Cycling 1.29 11 Tad Elliott (USA) U23 National Team 1.38 12 Brett Morgan (USA) Sobe/Cannondale 1.41 13 Robert Marion (USA) Kenda Titus 1.47 14 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes 1.56 Lapped 15 Bryan Alders (USA) Mona-Vie/Cannondale 16 Dana Weber (USA) Trek VW/Westcoast 17 Chris Peariso (USA) Adventure 212 /Titus 18 Kevin Bradford Parish (USA) Redline 19 Alex Grant (USA) Rocky Mountain Bicycles 20 Dustin Wanstrath (USA) Tamarack Resort/ Scott Bikes 21 Keith Hickerson (USA) Tamarack 22 Charles Pendry (USA) Inland - Btd 23 Spencer Paxson (USA) Middlebury College 24 Adam Snyder (USA) 3-D Racing 25 Colin Cares (USA) U23 National Team 26 Stephen Ettinger (USA) Black Diamond Sports Therapy 27 Mike Phillips (USA) Adventure 212/Specialized 28 Mcconnell Franklin (USA) Team Devo 29 Blake Zumbrunnen (USA) Revolution/Crank Bros 30 Matt Rotroff (USA) Btd/Inland Construction 31 Scott Keller (USA) Schampa/Tribe 32 Yuki Saito (USA) Fuentes Design/Walt Works 33 Dallas Morris (Can) H&R Block 34 Dylan Stucki (USA) Mafia Racing 35 Trevor Downing (USA) Devo 36 Drew Edsall (USA) Endurancefactor.Com/Scott 37 Ryan Iddings (USA) Lapierre 38 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Tokyo Jos 39 Colin Osborn (USA) Team Bikeparts.Com DNS Sam Jurekovic (USA) U23 National Team DNS Kevin Soller (USA) U23 Usa National Mtb Tm DNS Samuel Koerber (USA) Gary Fisher 29Er Crew