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National Mountain Bike Series #2 (NMBS) - 2

Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA, April 4-6, 2008

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Race 7 - April 6: Elite Men Cross Country

Kabush wins with last lap attack

By Dave McElwaine in Fountain Hills, Arizona

Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) rides in alone
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Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) let it rip down the gradual South Ridge descent and through the final rollers to the finish to sweep the Nova Stage Race at McDowell Mountain Park. Kabush rode most of the race with Adam Craig but was too strong for the Giant team rider who eventually finished second 18 seconds behind. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher) 50 seconds back in third with Barry Wicks (Kona) a further 40 seconds back in fourth. Liam Killeen (Specialized) rounded out the top five after having an impressive weekend of racing that included a victory in the gruelling 75 mile marathon with a time of 4:00 hours.

"I made a effort to get by Adam (Craig) then I kept the pace high on the ridge," Kabush said after the finish. "The ridge I went 100%...the elastic took a long time to break. I could hear Adam maybe 30 meters behind by the bottom of the back ridge. We were both going 100 percent...then gradually I just got a second here and there on the little rises but I couldn't let up until the finish. That is for sure."

Contendors Ryan Trebon (Kona) and Sam Schultz (Suburu/Gary Fisher) - who at one time was riding in the top five - ended their rides with flat tires. The rocky back side of the course had also claimed many victims during the elite women's race. Andy Schultz (Titus/Kona) had to abandon due to illness.

How it unfolded

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher), Barry Wicks (Kona), Geoff Kabush (Maxxis), and Adam Craig (Giant)
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Horgan-Kobelski got off to a good start and made it into the single-track first where he could dictate the pace. He was followed closely by Kabush, Wicks, and Trebon, Sam Schultz, and Killeen. Israeli national champion Rotem Ishai (Spyder/Kona) was close to the leaders for a while, but by mid-lap could not hold the pace.

The first lap was completed in 35:40 with Kabush leading Wicks, JHK, Craig, and impressive young Sam Schultz. They rode up the windy straightaway to the start/finish in a neat pace line.

With one and a half laps completed the leaders were still together but the chasers led by Killeen, Trebon, and Schnell had reduced the gap to one minute.

Overall GC Podium
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Just a quarter of a lap later, Schultz was dropped and later flatted as the gap to the chasers once again began to grow.

At the beginning of the bell lap the lead group all sat up, taking drinks, and seemingly catching a breather before the massive efforts that were sure to come. The gap to chasers Killeen, Mattieu Toulouse (Maxxis), Carl Decker (Giant) was at 1'30".

The leaders time for the second lap was 36'20", just 40 seconds slower than their first lap.

On the third and final lap the leaders traded pulls while the chasers continued to lose ground. Kabush made his final push on South Ridge where it is extremely difficult to be passed. The final two miles of the course were largely uphill but with constant rollers. Kabush stayed on the gas all the way to the finish as Craig remained strong, completing the race with his trademark wheelie, much to the delight of the fans.


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1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis                         1.47.19
2 Adam Craig (USA) Giant MTB team                           0.18
3 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher           0.50
4 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona                                    1.30
5 Liam Killeen (GBr) Specialized Factory Team               2.14
6 Mathieu Toulouse (Can) Team Maxxis                        2.15
7 Carl Decker (USA) Giant MTB team                          2.17
8 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/VW                                3.44
9 Mike Phillips (USA) Alterra/Specialized                   4.33
10 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                     5.22
11 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona les Gets                         5.51
12 Ryan Woodall (USA) Industrynine/powerbar                 6.27
13 Manuel Prado (CRc) Sho-air/Rock n road                   7.09
14 Adam Morka (Can) 3 Rox Cycling                           7.27
15 Stefan Widmer (Can) Rocky Mountain/different bike        7.57
16 Damian Calvert (USA) Sobe Cannondale MTB team            7.57
17 Cody Peterson (USA) Scott Bicycles                       8.00
18 Rotem Ishai (Isr) Spider-Kona Bikes                      8.25
19 Evan Plews (USA) Scottusa/CSC                            8.31
20 Adam Snyder (USA) 3-d racing                             8.35
21 Dana Weber (USA) Trek / VW Westcoast                     8.48
22 Daniel Sessford (unknown) Blue Competiton Cycles         9.26
23 Robert Marion (USA) Kenda Titus                         10.22
24 Paul Hanson (USA) Sobe Cannondale                       10.27
25 Travis Woodruff (USA) BMC/Momentumendurance             10.31
26 Matthew Hadley (Can) Xprezo                             10.38
27 Eric Salstrand (USA) Bicycle haus/Oakley/Specialized    11.25
28 Mitchell Peterson (USA) Mona vie/Cannondale             11.38
29 Michael Mccalla (USA) Spinner/Waltworks                 11.57
30 Sean Donovan (USA) Cytomax/KHS                          11.58
31 Bryan Fawley (USA) TX tough/Hotel San Jose              11.59
32 Nat Ross (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher                       12.15
33 Ben Thompson (USA) Sobe-Cannondale                      12.24
34 Robert Herber (USA) Intense                             12.25
35 Chance Noble (USA) Calif. Giant Verry Farms             12.52
36 Troy Wells (USA) Tokyo Joes                             13.38
37 Travis Livermon (USA) Kobold watch comp                 13.38
38 Mitch Hoke (USA) Tokyo Jos                              13.47
39 Chris Peariso (USA) Adventure 212 /Titus                14.04
40 Brett Morgan (USA) Sobe/Cannondale                      14.16
41 Jeff Schalk (USA) Trek VW - east                        14.53
42 Brian Bain (Can) CMC/Bow cycle                          15.18
43 Chanoch Redlich (Isr) Citycyclingclub                   15.34
44 Michael Lee (USA) Trek/VW west coast                    16.09
45 Christian Helmig (USA) Pivot/Mad Duck                   16.48
46 Kevin Smallman (USA) Sobe Cannondale                    17.47
47 Pablo Voigt (Mex) Turbo                                 18.01
48 Tad Elliott (USA) U23 national team                     18.01
49 Kamden Reedy (USA) Four Unity Racing                    18.54
50 Dylan Stucki (USA) Mafia Racing                         19.01
51 Jake Wells (USA) mafiaracing.com                        19.02
52 Amon Pease (USA) Team Lost Coast Brewery                19.09
53 Kyle Douglas (Can) 3 rox racing                         20.17
54 John Salskov (USA) Team Bicycle Haus                    20.28
55 James Williams (USA) Sobe/cannondale                    20.35
56 Steve Kinney (USA) Steven K sports                      24.03
57 Scott Keller (USA) Schampa/Tribe                        24.42
58 Eric Batty (Can) Trek Bicycles Store team               25.22
59 Trevor Downing (USA) Devo                               25.48
60 Cameron Jette (Can) Trek bicycle store                  28.17
61 Paul Freiwald (USA) Titus Cycles                        31.53
62 Matt Rotroff (USA) BTD/Inland Construction              36.01
63 Aroussen Laflamme (Can) Webcor/alto-Kona Endurance           
64 Lucas Livermon (USA) Inland Construction                     
65 Alex Ryan (USA) Kobold/Cannondale                            
66 Kenji Takeya (Jpn) Specialized Japan                         
67 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona                                       
68 Yuki Saito (USA) Fuentes design/Walt works                   
DNF Ken Onodera (Jpn) Subaru-Gary fisher                        
DNF Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Bicycle Store Toronto            
DNF Joshua Powers (USA) Shampa                                  
DNS Tim Allen (USA) Voodoo                                      
DNF Kelly Magelky (USA) Trek-VW-Rocky Mt                      
DNS Travis Brown (USA) Trek/FRS                                 
DNF Derek Zandstra (Can) 3 Rox Racing                           
DNF Jay Henry (USA) Tokyo Joes                                  
DNF Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes                        
DNF Alex Howard (USA)                                           
DNF Ethan Gilmour (USA) U23 National MTB team                   
DNF Charles Pendry (USA) Inland - BTD                      
DNS Nicholas Stevens (GBr) Orbea USA                         
DNF Chad Wells (USA) 3d T=Racing                                  
DNS Tim Olson (USA) Trek/westcoast                           
DNS Leonardo Sandoval (USA)                                     
DNF Nate Whitman (USA) Hammer nutrition                        
Overall classification after 3 events
1 Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis)                     
2 Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (Subaru / Gary Fisher)    
3 Adam Craig (Giant)                             
4 Barry Wicks (Kona)                             
5 Ross Schnell (Trek / VW)