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NORBA Series #1 - E1
Big Bear, California, USA, May 17-18, 2003
Race 1 - May 17: Cross-country
Dunlap & Hesjedel take cross-country NORBA opener
By Kristy Scrymgeour
Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix) lived up to expectations today when she took out the first round of the NORBA National Mountain Bike Championship Series in Snow Summit Mountain Resort, Big Bear Lake.
Dunlap took the lead early, with only Kiara Bisaro (Gears Racing) able to go with her. The pair stayed together until the final climb when Bisaro just couldn't handle the pace of the 2001 world champion any longer. By the finish line Dunlap had powered away to a 20 second lead. Behind, Kim Anderson (T-Mobile), taking a short break from her road season showed that she can also hang in there on the dirt as she took third place from down under rider Mary Grigson (Subaru Gary Fisher). Rounding off the top five was Jimena Florit (RLX/Ralph Loren).
This is the first time Dunlap has won on this course and she was all smiles at the finish. "I'm really happy. On a long lap like this one you're never really sure where the other riders are. You always think they're coming up behind you".
In the men's race Ryder Hesjedal (Subaru Gary Fisher), coming off a calf injury, was too strong as he jumped away from a group of nine in the final lap to take the win.
The group of nine consisting of Hesjedal, race favourite Roland Green (Trek-Volkswagen), Seamus McGrath (Haro - Lee Dungarees), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (RLX/Ralph Lauren), and Geoff Kabush (Kona), among others, formed early in the race and remained together keeping a steady pace until Hesjedal made his move on the final descent. "I felt fresh and ready to go hard, so I went for it," said Hesjedal. With the chase group not able to make a dent in Hesjedal's lead, and the group slowly splitting up, it was McGrath and Kabush racing it out for second place. McGrath held off Kabush for second place, but had to work hard to do so." I was time trialing all the way to the end; I put my head down in the final two miles on the fire road and managed to hold him off".
Many were surprised that Green didn't have it today. Despite his recent crash at the Tour of Georgia, he was still the race favourite but just couldn't hold the pace on the last lap.
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Women 1 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Women 2.07.58 2 Kiara Bisaro (Can) Gearsracin 0.36 3 Kim Anderson (USA) T-Mobile 0.56 4 Mary Grigson (Aus) Subaru/Gar 1.22 5 Jimena Florit (Arg) Rlx Ralph 1.34 6 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek-Volks 1.50 7 Alison Sydor (Can) Trek-Volks 2.54 8 Mary McConneloug (USA) Seven Cycl 3.45 9 Trish Sinclair (Can) Gearsracin 4.46 10 Willow Koerber (USA) Rlx Ralph 4.46 11 Dara Marks (USA) Sobe/Canno 5.06 12 Gretchen Reeves (USA) Rocky Moun 6.00 13 Lesley Tomlinson (Can) Rocky Moun 6.01 14 Jennifer Todd (USA) Sobe Canno 8.41 15 Susy Pryde (USA) Specialize 8.59 16 Jamie Whitmore-Cardenas (USA) Feltfssa M 9.40 17 Chrissy Redden (Can) Subaru-Gar 10.12 18 Heather Irmiger (USA) Ritchey/K2 11.15 19 Lanie Mason (USA) Cane Creek 11.47 20 Dellys Franke (Aus) Rocky Moun 11.51 21 Katerina Hanusova (USA) Luna Women 12.14 22 Melanie McQuaid (Can) Ford Outfi 12.48 23 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Sobe Canno 13.14 24 Nina Baum (USA) Lenz Sport 13.15 25 Lisa Matlock (USA) Ford Outfi 15.29 26 Jennifer Smith (NZl) Trek/Vw Ro 15.30 27 Shelly Whisenhant (USA) Velo Bella 15.56 28 Melissa Thomas (USA) Ritchey 16.12 29 Lorenza Morfin (Mex) Turbo 16.39 30 Karen Dewolfe (Can) Cal Dried 16.41 31 Karen Matamoros Zungiga (CRc) Costa Rica 17.08 32 Annemarie Huisman (USA) Sobe/Canno 17.31 33 Tonya Laffey (USA) Mtbchick.C 18.03 34 Heather Szabo (USA) Tokyio Joe 18.16 35 Sara Bresnick (USA) Team Dried 18.18 36 Elena Felin (USA) 18.25 37 Joan Orgeldinger (USA) Redhook 18.39 38 Barbara Howe (USA) G6 19.17 39 Linda Gabor (USA) Trek/Vw/Jb 19.39 40 Sonia Lopez (Mex) Mexico Tea 20.03 41 Kelli Emmett (USA) Hillenbran 20.13 42 Tiffany Kenny (USA) Ford Outfi 20.16 43 Stella Carey (USA) Kelly Bike 20.17 44 Robin McGee (USA) Jackson Ho 20.44 45 Loreen Lightfield (USA) Richards 21.21 46 Shannon Gibson (USA) Crazy Cat 25.09 47 Jody Koch (USA) Ford Outfi 26.30 48 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Team Peggy 27.40 49 Dorothy Wong (USA) Kelly Bike 28.24 50 Julie Emmerman (USA) Ritchey Ro 28.38 51 Judy Freeman (USA) Sobe/Canno 28.48 52 Rachel Massey (USA) Ford Outfi 29.57 53 Alisha Engel (USA) Central Co 30.06 54 Shari Hausbeck (USA) Trek-Vw/Ro 31.10 55 Lora Heckman (USA) 32.15 56 Julie Trimble (USA) Mountian V 34.21 58 Becca Blay (USA) Tram Deam 40.10 57 Lisa Peck (USA) Biogen 37.02 DNF Kerry Barnholt (USA) Sobe Canno DNF Sally Warner (USA) Biogen DNF Gina Hall (USA) Clif Bar DNF Shari Kain (USA) Subaru/Gar DNF Nichole Wangsgard (USA) Laforza DNF Jill Adelstein (USA) Dynatech R DNF Leslie Gilmore (USA) Soulcraft DNF Rhonda Quick (USA) Clif Bar DNF Nicole Habay (USA) Speed Bike DNF Molly Hummel (USA) Dean Men 1 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Subaru-Gar 2.25.02 2 Geoff Kabush (Can) Kona 0.19 3 Seamus McGrath (Can) Haro Lee D 0.25 4 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Rlx Ralph 1.22 5 Todd Wells (USA) Mongoose/H 2.26 6 Joseadrian Bonilla CRI Costa Rica 2.40 7 Ziranda Madrigal (Mex) Turbo 4.04 8 Carl Swenson (USA) Rlx Ralph 4.55 9 Walker Ferguson (USA) Subaru - G 6.15 10 Andreas Hestler (Can) Rocky Moun 6.32 11 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) 6.39 12 Chris Sheppard (Can) Haro Lee D 6.49 13 Frank Mapel (USA) Specialized 7.45 14 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Gearsracin 7.47 15 Ricky Federau (Can) Gearsracin 7.48 16 Jimi Mortenson (USA) Specialize 8.22 17 Travis Brown (USA) Trek/Volks 8.45 18 Diego Garavito (USA) 9.49 19 Carl Decker (USA) Giant/Pear 11.16 20 Cody Peterson (USA) 3 D Racing 11.50 21 Charlie Storm (USA) Cycling Sp 12.04 22 Dave Wiens (USA) Rlx Ralph 12.38 23 Neil Shirley (USA) Trek West 14.24 24 Michael Broderick (USA) Seven Cycl 14.25 25 Brent Miller (USA) 14.33 26 Paul Rowney (Aus) Sobe Canno 14.54 27 Christian Cuesta Navarrete (Mex) Team Morat 15.37 28 Derek Wilkerson (USA) Hillenbran 15.39 29 James Van Toever (Can) Team Morat 15.57 30 Michael Janelle (USA) Tokyo Joes 16.16 31 Julian Hine (Can) Gearsracin 16.33 32 Anthony Colby (USA) 3D/Go Jus 16.44 33 Charles Pendry (USA) Krystal 16.57 34 Cameron Brenneman (USA) Kb Home 17.30 35 Ryan Trebon (USA) Krystal/Wc 18.22 36 Doug Swanson (USA) Trek/Vw/Jb 18.32 37 Stefano Barberi (USA) Mapei 18.42 38 Deiber Esquivel Benavide CRI Costa Rica 18.54 39 Nick Waite (USA) Team West 19.11 40 Micheal Lee (USA) Trek/Vw/Jb 19.26 41 Jay Henry (USA) Specialize 19.27 42 Matt Shriver (USA) 3D Racing/ 19.37 43 Matt Pacocha (USA) Ritchey/K2 19.55 44 Alan Obye (USA) Team Balan 20.24 45 Josh Bezecny (USA) Sobe Canno 20.39 46 Russ Tiles (USA) Sling Shot 20.54 47 Eric Jones (USA) Team Bioge 21.29 48 Brian Smith (USA) Trek/Vw/Ro 22.37 49 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona Usa 22.53 50 Aiden Lefmann (Aus) Sobe Canno 23.16 51 Anthony Slowinski (USA) Trek/Jeffe 23.31 52 Jesse Swift (USA) Dean Bicyc 23.36 53 Andrew Lee (USA) Ice Box Mt 23.57 54 Scott Keller (USA) Speedbikes 24.15 55 Jason Tullous (USA) Telcel/Spe 24.35 56 Salvador Barriga Vidales (Mex) Turbo 24.36 57 Adam Bucklin (USA) Dried Plum 24.38 58 Bryson Perry (USA) 25.06 59 Amon Pease (USA) Trek/Vw Jb 25.19 60 Jeff Burnard (USA) Deschutesb 25.37 61 Troy Barry (USA) Jhmr/Marmo 26.10 62 Edgar Garcia (Mex) Adventureo 27.04 63 Bart Gillespie (USA) Biogen 27.21 64 Jesse Rients (USA) Penn Cycle 27.47 65 Adam Craig (USA) Giant/Pear 29.12 66 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona-Clark 29.12 67 Brent Bookwalter (USA) Balance Ba 29.45 68 Eric Atwood (USA) Ritchey/K2 29.48 69 Jeff Hall (USA) Salsa Cycl 30.52 70 Duncan Meyers (USA) Soulcraft 30.54 71 John Foley (USA) Team Dried 31.14 72 Andy Guptill (USA) Coxsalkie 32.16 73 Rob Scott (USA) Sobe/Canno 32.28 74 Garnet Vertican US Odi /South 32.34 75 Derek Prechtl (USA) Bells Beer 32.38 76 Brandon Ott (USA) Tailwind B 35.41 77 Brian Astell (USA) Independen 40.15 78 Dan Swanson (USA) Nature Val 41.20 79 Steve Kinney (USA) Steven K B 43.31 80 David Binker (USA) Ritchey/No 48.16 81 Brad Van Orden (USA) Ritchey/No 48.16 82 Ben Moody (USA) Team Dried 52.08 DNF Roland Green (Can) Trek/Volks DNF Mike West (USA) DNF Jamey Yanik (USA) Giant Bicy DNF Brent Miller (Aus) DNF Warren Gravely (USA) Dean Bicyc DNF Nick Gould (USA) Santa Cruz DNF Ladd McClain (USA) Subaru/Gar DNF Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona DNF Dana Weber (USA) Sobe/Canno DNF Grant Berry (USA) 3D Racing/ DNF Alejandro Estrada (USA) DNF Aaron Olson (USA) Schroeder DNF Damon Roberson (USA) Nema Cloth DNF Craig Sandstrom (USA) Tomac DNF Clint Muhlfeld (USA) DNF Kyle Dixon (USA) Reno Wheel