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USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships - CN
Mt. Snow, Vermont, USA, July 17-22, 2008
Race 13 - Saturday, July 19: Elite / semi-pro dual slalom
Buhl and Carter win gold medals again
By Dave McElwaine in West Dover, Vermont
Cycling legends Melissa Bush (KHS) and 38 year-old Eric Carter (Mongoose) won national championship titles at Mount Snow. Both looked very impressive in their outings. Geritt Beytagh and Kathy Pruitt (Jamis) took the silver medals.
The course at Mount Snow was quite challenging for the riders. The first turn had developed some deep ruts and had only one narrow line. It was the scene of many crashes this weekend. The tight rollers were spaced such that most racers had to ride them all. In very few cases riders were seen trying to jump multiple bumps as it clearly was not the fastest way down the course.
Carter commented after the race that he was feeling tired during the event and took every chance to sit down between runs. The weather was warm and humid which seemed to affect many of the riders during the night of racing. Buhl felt that Pruitt had pushed her quite hard, and was looking forward to facing off with her again in the downhill event on Sunday.
Melissa Buhl recently won the World 4X Championship in Val di Sole, Italy. She is also undefeated this season in the NMBS Dual Slalom series.
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Images by Dave McElwaine/www.trailwatch.net
Images by Jamie Lau/www.jamielau.com
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