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NORBA US national series #7 - NE
Snowshoe, WV, USA, August 18-21, 2005
Race 3 - August 20: Cross-country
Kabush and Vanlandingham take XC honours
By Steve Medcroft in Snowshoe
Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) and Shonny Vanlandingham (Luna Chix) cruised through the West Virginia mud to win the NORBA cross country races at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. In both races, early challengers set the pace while the veteran and defending NORBA series champions stalked just behind until the last laps.
Vanlandingham was fifteen seconds behind Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) through the first feed zone. "I've been looking forward to these races all year because this is what I ride," Koerber, who's originally from North Carolina and now lives in Whistler, B.C. said at the finish. "I gave it all I had on the downhill. I couldn't really see anyone for a while.
"I really flailed on the first lap," Vanlandingham said. "I came out of the woods (about halfway through the lap) in sixth or seventh and Willow had a huge gap." But Vanlandingham pressed on the climbs, found her rhythm and reeled Koerber in.
"All of sudden I look behind me and there was Shonny," Koerber said. "I was like ‘God, where did she come from?' I just tried to stay ahead of her." Vanlandingham worked to keep Koerber in view. "She (Koerber) was so strong on the downhills and technical sections; I just sat back and let her lead."
Vanlandingham waited to move until the final long climb. "I attacked and got a little gap and managed to hook her off."
Koerber says her first NORBA podium was within her grasp but the Luna Chix rider was just too strong. "I stayed ahead of her just a little then she just rode around me like she was doing a time trial; she didn't even look at me. I just could not get on that wheel."
Vanlandingham's win places her firmly in charge of the NORBA series title; she has enough points when the drop is factored in to win the series. But she's not safe - since she DNF'd in the season opener in Waco, Texas (the race she'll have to use as her drop), she needs to place well in Mount Snow to secure the championship. "You never know what can happen in the final race so I have to be on my game."
In the men's race, Harrisonburg, Virginia's Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW) was the early aggressor. Through the first feed zone, Bishop, who won Thursday's marathon race, had a twenty-second advantage over a chase group that included Kabush, Barry Wicks (Kona - Les Gets), Adam Craig (Giant) and Todd Wells (Mongoose - Hyundai).
Bishop says he felt comfortable on an early, technical trail. "Most people were running it and I was able to ride the whole thing," Bishop said at the finish. "I rode by everybody."
Only Kabush could bridge to Bishop though the first feed zone. "Jeremiah is a really good mountain biker and he was flying on the descents," Kabush said. "But I just rode within myself and worked with the group, watching the lines, trying to find the fastest way though everything."
Kabush was close behind Bishop into the third lap. "I flatted," said Bishop. "I ran for about a mile and a half and was somehow holding him off."Bishop's CO2 canister had fallen off his bike on the first lap which meant he had no way to refill the flat tire. But he remembered the spot where the can had fallen ran to it. It was still there," he said. "I grabbed it and hit the CO2."
But Kabush had already taken the lead and momentum was on his side. "I had saved myself for the last lap," Kabush said. "So when were together with one lap to go and Jeremiah flatted, I was still feeling comfortable. It was nice; I was able to ride it in for the win."
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Men 1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis 126.96.36.199 2 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/Vw 2.02.55 3 Adam Craig (USA) Giant 6.17.89 4 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona/Les Gets 7.35.77 5 Chris Eatough (USA) Trek/Vw 8.15.54 6 Chris Sheppard (Can) Haro Bicycles 9.02.06 7 Peter Wedge (Can) Kona/Les Gets 11.48.09 8 Roland Green (Can) Kona/Les Gets 11.48.55 9 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis 11.57.50 10 Nick Waite (USA) U23 National Team 17.22.04 11 Seamus McGrath (Can) Haro Bicycles 17.26.66 12 Trent Lowe (Aus) Subaru-Gary Fisher 19.09.06 13 Charles Pendry (USA) Inland -Btd 21.38.14 14 Brent Miller (Aus) Wtb/Fox Shox/Santa Cruz 22.32.79 15 Thomas Turner (USA) Cannondale Pro Mtb Team 23.29.57 16 Dylan Cooper (Aus) Ausnatlteam 24.19.05 17 Jason Sager (USA) Team Hotel San Jose 27.11.45 18 David Duvall (USA) Trek/Vw E Coast 28.18.74 19 Charles Storm (USA) Inlandconst/Btd 33.00.57 20 Joshua Powers (USA) Red Rock Racing 35.30.10 21 Adam Snyder (USA) Balance Bar/Devo 36.08.89 22 Mark Weir (USA) Wtb/Fox Shox/Santa Cruz 38.20.21 23 Thomas Spannring (Aus) 1800 Contacts/Jans 39.03.27 24 Todd Helmick (USA) Trek-Vw 39.27.93 25 Eric Ransom (USA) Tamarack Resort/Intense 41.06.07 26 Nick Martin (USA) Trek-Vw 41.50.90 27 Robert Cotton (USA) Structural System 42.23.04 28 Joey Thompson (USA) Balance Bar/ Devo 46.06.96 29 Samuel Koerber (USA) 46.51.62 30 Jesse Jakomait (Can) Dark Horse/Giant 48.41.48 31 Troy Wells (USA) Kona/Easton/Cca/Sra 49.44.82 DNF Brian Schworm (USA) Pedal Power DNF Carl Decker (USA) Giant DNF Todd Wells (USA) Gt/Hyundi DNF Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher DNF Eric Jones (USA) Biogen-Idec DNF Andy Mills (USA) Trek-Vw DNF Christopher Phillips (USA) Gary Fisher DNF Daniel Matheny (USA) Wood-N-Wave DNF Andrew Freye (USA) Oakley DNF Matt Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing DNF Daniel McConnell (Aus) Aus Natl Team DNF Shaun Lewis (Aus) Ausnatlteam DNF Nicholas Stevens (GBr) Fuentes Design/Waltwor DNF Daniel Corum (USA) Paceline Bikes DNF Greg Lewis (USA) Healthfx/Cwc DNF Bryan Fawley (USA) Wheelsinmotion/Kenda DNF Earl Bradley (USA) Southeast Trek-Vw/Jbl DNF Christian Favata (USA) Campmor/Hutchinson DNF Jorel Hendershot (USA) Cannondale Mtn Bike Women 1 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Womens Mtb Team 188.8.131.52 2 Willow Koerber (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 1.43.82 3 Katerina Hanusova (Cze) Luna Womens Mtb Team 5.09.48 4 Alison Dunlap (USA) Luna Womens Mtb Team 5.32.04 5 Dara Marks-Marino (USA) Ford/Specialized 6.17.86 6 Susan Haywood (USA) Trek-Volkswagen 11.52.93 7 Kelli Emmett (USA) Ford/Specialized 14.26.20 8 Heather Irmiger (USA) Tokyo Joes/Golite 15.21.07 9 Georgia Gould (USA) Tamarack 16.47.10 10 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Biogen-Idec 18.38.43 11 Jenna Zander (USA) Cannondale 19.30.08 12 Emma Colson (Aus) Aus Natl Team 21.29.41 13 Nina Baum (USA) Cannondale 22.19.54 14 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Ford/Specialized 23.40.15 15 Laura Bowles (USA) Cannondale 25.48.04 16 Zephanie Blasi (USA) Kenda/Dt Swiss/Gu 27.47.81 17 Heather Svahn (USA) Reno Wheelman/Theback 28.48.13 18 Caitlyn Tuel (USA) Penn State 28.53.75 19 Trudi Franzel (USA) Scott Usa 29.08.72 20 Lea Davison (USA) Balancebar/Devo 29.49.17 21 Kristy Mantz (USA) Snowshoe/Dirtbean.Com 30.36.53 22 Cassandra Perkins (USA) Land Rover Touring Spor 32.19.06 23 Theresa Richardson (USA) Cannondale Mtn Bike Tea 33.14.82 24 Niki Fisher (Aus) Aus Natl Team 34.48.12 25 Shannon Gibson (USA) Crazy Cat Cyclery/Yeti G 35.50.20 26 Cassie Smith (USA) Specialized Wamsley Cycl 37.41.94 27 Rebecca Gross (USA) Sun And Ski Sports 41.00.28 28 Kimberly Flynn (USA) Defeet 42.53.08 29 Amanda Mckay (USA) Biowheels 1.01.07.01 30 Alicia Hamilton (USA) Dark Horse/Giant 1.01.23.10 31 Chenoah Hendershot (USA) Cannondale 1.06.55.49 DNF Mandi Riddle (USA) Snowshoe Racing/Dirt Bea DNF Sue Abbene (USA) Biogen-Idec DNF Kristi Lewis (USA) Sun & Ski Sports DNF Kerry Barnholt (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher DNF Niki Gudex (Aus) Aus Natl Team Junior men 1 Daniel Johnston (Aus) Australian 2.56.14 2 Cal Britten (Aus) Aus Natl T 0.36 3 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Balance Ba 6.06 4 Dan Wilson (USA) Dirty Harr 10.24 5 Aaron Snyder (USA) Tailwind 11.20 6 Bradford Perley (USA) 14.26 7 Scott Stewart (USA) Main Stree 17.24 8 Joel Healy (Aus) Australian 20.05 9 Alex Ryan (USA) Paceline B 21.27 10 Travis Mann-Gow (USA) Bliss Raci 23.03 11 Andrew Will (USA) 26.42 12 Taylor Mcclain (USA) Visitpa.Co 27.16 13 Cory Hancock (Can) Baycycle/3 32.30 14 Paul Davis (USA) Tri Power 33.43 15 David Scherp (USA) Bikers Edg 38.37 16 John Purvis (USA) Nwa Bushme 43.12 17 John Benoit (USA) Cw-X 45.04 18 Joseph Adams (USA) Bliss Raci 49.52 19 Austin Carroll (USA) Balance Ba 52.43 20 Travis Livermon (USA) Pacesetter 1.00.52 21 Matthew Rotoff (USA) Paceline B 1.07.40 22 Kyle Hammaker (USA) Trek Vw 1.07.52 23 Caley Fretz (USA) Bliss 1.08.32 DNF Andrew John Arthur (Aus) Aus Natl T DNF Trevor Dericks (USA) Skylands C DNF Matt St. Marie (USA) Sycamore C DNF Shane Gouldthread (USA) Ultimate S DNF Gary Millburn (Aus) Australian DNF Ryan Owens (USA) Bikes Unli DNF Alex Cox (USA) Indiana Cy DNF Steven Gordon (USA) Bike Stop DNF Andrew Wilson (Can) 3 Rox Raci DNF Norris Lachlan (Aus) Australian