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USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships - CN
Mt. Snow, Vermont, USA, July 17-22, 2008
Race 12 - Saturday, July 19: Elite men cross country
Craig wins second pro Cross Country Championship
By Dave McElwaine in West Dover, Vermont
Adam Craig (Giant) led the entire race at Mount Snow, with the exception of the first quarter lap to win his second consecutive championship. Craig claimed a 1"41' victory over a surging Ryan Trebon (Kona) while Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski took third, followed by Carl Decker (Giant) and Sam Schultz (Gary Fisher/Subaru).
Craig consistently increased his lead throughout the race, particularly on the third lap where added one minute to his gap. Craig was clearly descending the steep trails at Mount Snow faster than his competition. He was riding a new prototype full-suspension Giant Anthem (named Alabama) with one 35 tooth chainring.
"I was trying to ride smooth and fast and have a good time," said Craig. "I just tried to ride a steady race and be Kabush-esque."
The newly re-designed cross country course at Mount Snow features more steep fire road climbs and less single-track, however the final technical section had been re-routed to a fire road. Despite heavy rains overnight, the course was still relatively dry compared to previous years at Mount Snow.
Trebon, who bolted off the front on the 'parade lap', appeared to be struggling during his first two laps. He began to move better on lap three and started picking off riders.
"The first lap was killing me," said Trebon. "I was going so slow. Then I just started riding a pretty good tempo.
"I didn't ride fast, just the same speed the whole course," he added. "Sometimes that works."
Horgan-Kobelski also seemed to struggle early in the race, but improved dramatically towards the end to finish third. " I tried not to go out too hard because the climbs here are really steep and they would get harder towards the end of the race," he said.
"I was cracking pretty good towards the end and Ryan got me," added Horgan-Kobelski.
Decker raced conservatively at first but in what is becoming his trademark style, moved steadily through the field to finish fourth. Young Sam Schultz (Gary Fisher /Subaru) finished a strong fifth.
Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW) and Todd Wells (GT/Pacific) were both having good races but flatted, ruining their chances at making the podium.
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Images by Dave McElwaine/www.trailwatch.net
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1 Adam Craig (USA) Giant MTB Team 1.43.40 2 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 1.38 3 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 2.07 4 Carl Decker (USA) Giant MTB Team 4.22 5 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 5.22 6 Todd Wells (USA) GT Bikes 6.39 7 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Trek/VW 6.49 8 Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Seven Cycles 7.20 9 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 9.48 10 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda Titus Hayes 9.55 11 Thomas Turner (USA) Outspokin Bicycles 10.25 12 Jeff Schalk (USA) Trek VW- East 10.59 13 Justin Lindine (USA) Target Training/Windham Mtn Outifitting 11.31 14 Troy Wells (USA) Tokyo Joes 12.17 15 Brandon Draugelis (USA) Sobe Cannondale 12.22 16 Nick Waite (USA) Trek/VW 12.33 17 Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young Guns 12.46 18 Adam Snyder (USA) 3-D Racing 13.31 19 Andy Guptill (USA) Windham Mtn Outfitters 14.18 20 Harlan Price (USA) 15.20 21 Alex Grant (USA) Rocky Mountain Bicycles 15.33 22 Travis Woodruff (USA) Momentumendurance.Com 16.27 23 Bryan Alders (USA) Mona-Vie/Cannondale 16.37 24 Michael Simonson (USA) Bells Brewery/Quiring Cycles 17.28 25 Dana Weber (USA) Trek VW/Westcoast 18.02 26 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/VW 18.55 27 James Williams (USA) Sobe/Cannondale 18.59 28 Matthew Okeefe (USA) Ccb/Cannondale 19.13 29 Ben Thompson (USA) Sobe-Cannondale 19.34 30 Charles Pendry (USA) Inland - Btd 20.06 31 Samuel Koerber (USA) Gary Fisher 29Er Crew 20.33 32 Michael Patrick (USA) 29Ercrew.Com 21.02 33 Chris Peariso (USA) Adventure 212 /Titus 21.31 34 Robert Marion (USA) Kenda Titus 22.19 35 Andrew Freye (USA) Bikeman.Com/Salsa 22.55 36 Lucas Livermon (USA) Inland Construction 23.05 37 Mike Phillips (USA) Adventure 212/Specialized 23.18 38 Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Lapierrebikes.Com 23.38 39 Ryan Woodall (USA) Industrynine/Powerbar 25.07 40 Nathan Ringquist (USA) 25.09 41 Drew Edsall (USA) Endurancefactor.Com/Scott 25.22 42 Mike Joos (USA) Bikeman.Com 26.09 43 Cody Peterson (USA) Scott Bicycles 27.49 44 Aaron Oakes (USA) Bulldog/Campor 28.33 45 Ryan Iddings (USA) Lapierre 38.31 46 Dave Harrison (USA) Reddrox/Tamarack Resort 43.17 47 Bryan Fawley (USA) Park Place Lexus 49.04 DNS Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona Les Gets DNF Brendan Moore (USA) Velorochester DNF Jay Richards (USA) Salsa/Maplelag Resort DNF Marko Lalonde (USA) Gary Fisher 29/Bkb/T6 DNF Blake Zumbrunnen (USA) Revolution/Crank Bros DNF Jesse Lalonde (USA) Gary Fisher 29/T6/Bkb DNF Nathan Wyatt (USA) Carolina Fatz/Santa Cruz/1-9 DNF Christian Favata (USA) Favatas Table Rock DNF Matthew Bailey (USA) DNF Daniel Vaillancourt (USA) Toshiba/Santo Pb Herbalife DNF Robert Herber (USA) Intense/Dixon DNS Michael Mooradian (USA) Spin/Rr Donnelly