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US Elite Championships - CN
Park City, UT, USA, June 21-27, 2005
Race 4 - June 22: Elite Men RR, 198km
Fat tyre specialist Decker succeeds on road
By Kristy Scrymgeour
Yet another mountain biker has proven successful this year at trying out the road scene. This time it is Carl Decker who usually races for Giant Pearl Izumi in the dirt scene, who joined forces with Broadmark Capital road team to take out the Elite National Championships in Deer Valley, Utah. His response to the win was, "maybe I should look into this road racing."
Decker has been racing mountain bikes and cross since 1984, but it is only in the last year that he decided to try his hand on the road. "I'm getting sick of going to the same races and racing against the same guys all the time. It's cool to race all these guys I've never seen. I'm new to all the tactics, so I've got a lot to learn, but…"
The men's 198km race saw an early break of 13 riders go up the road taking over four minutes on the field. After a long day out there, they were caught at the base of the final climb out of the canyons into Park City. A few counter moves eventuated, but nothing stuck and it was all together coming back into Deer Valley mountain resort.
"I went to the front and did a few mountain biking attacks which were pretty useless. Everyone can just sit your wheel," explained Decker. His attacks were followed by a solo attack that got a good gap on the field in the final kilometer. Ben Raby chased to bridge the gap and Decker caught his wheel. When Raby caught the solo rider, Decker went around and managed to open up a gap on the final uphill drag to the finish. Decker took the win and Raby managed to hold on for second place, with Decker's teammate Andrew Fischer taking the bunch sprint for third place.
"I didn't think I would win this, but I knew I could," said Decker. "There was no real dominant team. My team was strong and I figured it could be one of us. I was just happy to be feeling reasonable. I haven't been feeling that great lately. I've been sleeping in an altitude tent and I've been thinking that it might not be working well for me, but today I felt great. Nothing hurt. My main challenge was that I have trouble peeing on the bike. I had to stop and hope that I could chase back on. That was one of my strategic wins today," he joked.
Decker flies out tomorrow straight to Mont St Anne for the mountain bike World Cup race.
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1 Carl Decker (Broadmark Capital) 4.50.31 2 Ben Raby (Bianchi/Grand Performance) 0.03 3 Andrew Fischer (Broadmark Capital) 0.04 4 Brad Huff (Mercy Cycling) 0.06 5 Jed Schneider (AG Edwards) 6 John Osguthorpe (Ogden One) 0.07 7 Skylere Bingham (Northshore/Binghams) 0.09 8 Jonathan Garcia (RMCEF) 9 Josh Bezecny (CU Cycling) 10 Phil Wong (Fordifrutta) 0.10 11 Edmund Overend (Specialized) 12 Daniel Greenfield (Louis Garneau Racing) 0.11 13 David Guttenplan (AG Edwards) 14 Frank Overton (GS CIAO) 15 Steven Cate (Mercy Cycling) 16 Ryan Blickem (TARGETRAINING) 0.12 17 Michael Hutchinson (Team Spine) 18 Ian Stanford (Nature Valley/Penn Cycle) 19 Chris Walker (Labor Power/Paul Tracy) 20 Eneas Freyre (TARGETRAINING) 0.13 21 Tom Peterson (Recycled Cycles (BSCC)) 0.14 22 Cameron Brenneman (Kahala-LaGrange) 0.15 23 John Hunt (Village Peddler) 24 William Innes (G.S. Lombardi Sports) 25 Mark Southard (Excel Sports) 26 Scottie Weiss (Hincapie Sports / Bianchi) 0.16 27 Drew Miller (White Mtn Road Club) 28 Reid Mumford (ABD Cycling Team) 0.19 29 Mike Ebert (ABD Cycling Team) 30 Michael Olheiser (Memphis Motorwerks) 0.21 31 Bradley Viera (Team Snow Valley) 0.27 32 Josh Horowitz (LaGrange) 0.31 33 Pat Caurant (Unattached) 0.34 34 Jay Charles (John Deere/GA Turf & Tractor) 0.40 35 Chris Brennan (Team Rio Grande) 0.50 36 Alex Welch (Mercy Cycling) 0.55 37 Eddy Gragus (Trek-VW JDR) 0.59 38 Mike Dietrich (Fordifrutta) 1.10 39 Mat Stephens (Mercy Cycling) 1.27 40 Cameron Hoffman (Ogden One) 2.11 41 Marc Yap (Healthy Choice - Goble Knee Cli) 2.15 42 Dan Timmerman (Fordifrutta) 2.20 43 Anthony Colby (TARGETRAINING) 2.25 44 Chann McRae (TARGETRAINING) 2.26 45 Jarred Berger (Team Kaos/Nebraska Medical Cent) 46 Andy Applegate (Honey Stinger / Spinergy) 2.53 47 Mat Ankney (Mercy Cycling) 3.01 48 Karl Bordine (RPM / Helens) 3.31 49 Travis Hagner (Fulton Flyers Land Rover/Siemen) 3.48 50 Craig Snydal (Transrapid-USA.com Cycling Team) 3.52 51 Jeffrey Hartmann (Pro Peloton Velo) 3.57 52 Kyle Colavito (Eclipse Racing) 4.27 53 Todd Hageman (Park City Cycling Academy) 4.33 54 Christopher Jones (Karl Strauss/ SDBC) 4.34 55 Frank Dierking (ABD Cycling Team) 4.35 56 Chad Cagle (Mercy Cycling) 57 Todd Yezefski (Team TIAA-CREF) 4.47 58 Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage) 59 Kevin Nicol (Tokyo Joes Cycling Team) 60 Walter Tate (Advantage Benefits Endeavour) 4.55 61 Matt Weyen (Title One/Orbea) 5.36 62 Owen Gue (Broadmark Capital) 6.15 63 Mike Friedman (Northwestern Morgage) 6.27 64 Reed Tanger (Transrapid-USA.com Cycling Team) 6.28 65 Christian Johnson (Park City Cycling Academy) 6.29 66 Kirk Eck (Healthy Choice - Goble Knee Cli) 67 Ryan Barrett (Healthy Choice - Goble Knee Cli) 6.30 68 Bob Newman (G.S. Lombardi Sports) 6.32 69 Bennet Van Der Genugten (HoneyStinger/Spinergy Wheels) 6.34 70 Tom Davis (SSWSC Cycling Team) 6.36 71 Jesse Gordon (Park City Cycling Academy) 6.41 72 Christopher Peck (Fordifrutta) 6.43 73 Alex Rock (Porcupine/Contender Bicycles) 74 Larry Perera (Fordifrutta) 6.44 75 Marc Anderson (TARGETRAINING) 76 Jon Gallagher (Cole Sport) 6.49 77 Michael Cody (Fordifrutta) 6.54 78 Keith Miller (GS Lombardi Sports) 6.59 79 Bryce Mead (ABD Cycling Team) 7.03 80 Ryan Nenninger (ABD Cycling Team) 7.04 81 Jonathan Baker (Pro Peloton Velo) 82 John Semmelhack (Transrapid-USA.com Cycling Team) 9.01 83 Joshua Webster (United Cycling) 9.30 84 Michael Brown (Team Spine) 9.53 85 Matt Seagrave (Unattached) 10.01 86 Allan Butler (Healthy Choice - Goble Knee Cli) 10.52 87 Louie Amelburu (Labor Power/Paul Tracy) 10.59 88 Tim Granshaw (Lombardy Sports) 11.58 89 Kevin Rowe (The Valley Athletic Club) 13.06 90 Eric Pardyjak (Park City Cycling Academy) 13.12 91 Shane Weaver (Hincapie Sports/ Bianchi) 13.34 92 Eugene Boronow (G.S. Lombardi Sports) 93 Bill Elliston (TARGETRAINING) 94 Zach Fiocca (Compliance Depot/Team Hotel San) 17.13 95 Gardie Jackson (Healthy Choice - Goble Knee Cli) 18.35 96 Wayne Puckett (Team Spine) 18.36 97 Ian Tubbs (Broadmark Capital) 18.39 98 Anton Jackson (Broadmark Capital) 18.42 99 Chris Harkey (Hincapie Sportswear/Binanchi) 18.43 100 Chris Rozdilsky (Fordifrutta) 19.53 101 Johannes Huseby (Fordifrutta) 19.54 102 Terry McGinnis (Canyon Squadra Elite) 20.33 103 David Harward (Canyon Squadra Elite) 104 Boyd Johnson (Meredith Group-GPOA) 21.48 105 Brian Dziewa (Mercy Cyling) 23.28 106 Clayton Barrows (RMCEF) 23.32 107 Bartolo Torre (Tri State Velo) 30.07 108 Ryan Hamity (RMCEF) 31.09