Downhill, short track titles awarded at NMBS
West Dover, Vt. (June 18, 2006) – Day three of the 2006 National Mountain Bike Series at Mount Snow came to a climactic close for Ryan Trebon (Corvallis, Ore. / Kona/Les Gets) who picked up his first-ever professional victory when he won the men’s short track competition Sunday.
Trebon took off to an early lead, creating a 20-second lead just six minutes into the contest on a chase group that included Great Britain’s Liam Kileen, Todd Wells (Durango, Colo. / GT Bikes) and NMBS series leader Geoff Kabush (CAN).
From left to right: Christopher Sauser, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Ryan Trebon, Geoff Kabush and Liam Killeen
“I was hoping someone would go with me, but once I get out there, I get into a rhythm,” Trebon said. “It’s a lot easier for me then going with the hard accelerations of the attacks. It’s just kind of like a cross race, but just short…I didn’t know for awhile there, I was hurting pretty good out there. I was like ‘Please see a lap board, please see a lap board.’”
Lap after lap, Trebon continued to build on the lead until he rolled across the finish line, more than 30 seconds ahead of Kabush and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo. / Subaru-Gary Fisher) who finished third in the field of 65.
“Trebon made a really impressive start,” Kabush said. Kabush picked up a record tenth short-track win at Sugar Mountain last weekend. “He got a 20-25 second gap where no one could cross it in a big effort…I was just trying to grab wheels, let other people do the work and grab points (in the end).”
Trebon pulled out of Saturday’s cross country race due to dizziness, but said he felt good coming into today’s contest.
“I was just trying to salvage the weekend after having a bad result yesterday and you know, short track’s a good way to do that,” Trebon said, whose season thus far has been riddled with illness and technical problems. “It’s about time (I won). I’ve had a bunch of bad luck and I’m just making up for it for all of those times I was close and just couldn’t finish it off.”
NMBS series leader Katerina Nash (CZE) picked up her second NMBS short track win in a row Sunday, edging out Willow Koerber (Horseshoe, N.C. / Subaru-Gary Fisher) in the final 100 yards. Sue Haywood (Harrisonburg, Va. / Trek/VW) finished third in the field of 48 women.
From left to right: Shonny Vanlandingham, Sue Haywood, Katerina Nash, Willow Koerber and Georgia Gould
“My teammate Heather (Irmiger) and I are just trying to practice being ‘little better teammates out there – not being out in front or taking too many pulls out there – you know, because the Luna Chix are so strong,” Koerber said. “In the final lap I followed Katerina up the final climb and just couldn’t get past her so I was just that much behind her the whole time; all the way down and around and that sprint at the end, but obviously she had a wheel in front of me.”
Throughout the contest, a lead pack of 11 riders established themselves early, with nearly every rider taking her turn at the front; however, Nash’s move at the end was the one to put her across the line first.
“I just tried to be patient and just put a little out there at the end,” Nash said. “I just put a little punch out there at the end and it just worked out.”
All of the riders of the Under-23 National Team were pulled from the men’s short track race when they were deemed out of contention.
The men’s pro downhill competition saw a field of 95 riders vying for 70 spots in the finals, but with a fast downhill course – more than 1500 feet of drop over 1.5 miles – even top-contenders in the sport didn’t qualify. 2005 National Champion Cody Warren suffered a punctured tire during the qualifying runs; so did Australian phenom Amiel Cavalier.
In the end, top-seed and former World Champion Greg Minnaar (RSA) placed first, completing the course in 3 minutes and 19.99 seconds. World Cup champion Sam Hill (AUS) finished second, just .67 seconds behind Minnaar’s time and Matti Lehikoinen of Finland finished third.
On the women’s side, World Cup silver-medalist Sabrina Jonnier (FRA) rode the fastest time in the field of 25 at 3:57.20. NMBS #2 winner, Australian Tracey Hannah was second, and Kathy Pruitt (Lake Almanor, Calif. / Jamis) was the top American finisher in third.
NMBS #4 runs July 8-9 in Park City, Utah. For complete results from this and all of the NMBS races, visit www.norbanationals.com.
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