Husband and wife win XC titles in Utah

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 5, 2006) – Husband and wife teammates Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo. / Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo. / Subaru-Gary Fisher) won the men’s and women’s pro cross-country titles Saturday at the National Mountain Bike Series #6 race in Brian Head, Utah.

The pair claimed first-place finishes at this race in 2005 when Irmiger picked up her first career NMBS win. Irmiger completed the single, 28-mile loop in two hours, one minute and 57.05 seconds. Luna teammates Katerina Nash (CZE) and Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) finished second and third respectively. Newly-crowned national champion Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho / Luna) rounded out the podium in fifth in the field of 49 riders.

Irmiger’s win moved her into second place in the NMBS cross country standings. Vanlandingham remains in first in the overall standings after five events.

Horgan-Kobelski, often noted as a strong climber, performed well on the same 28-mile loop that began at an altitude of 9,000 feet and climbed more than 2,000 feet before descending. Horgan-Kobelski finished the course in one hour, 40 minutes and 13.05 seconds - more than three minutes ahead of Canadian Geoff Kabush who finished second. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va. / Trek/VW) finished in third in the field of 67 riders.

Horgan-Kobelski stands in first place in the overall series standings ahead of Kabush.

Under-23 National Team alum Alan Obye (Colorado Springs, Colo. / SRAM) finished 11th in the men’s pro cross country race. Current team members Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) and Sam Jurekovic (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed 16th and 56th respectively.

Also contested Saturday were the men’s and women’s pro dual slalom events. Amiel Cavalier (NSW) placed first on the men’s side. John Kirkcaldie (NZL) and Andrew Neethling (RSA) placed second and third respectively in the field of 16 riders.

In the women’s competition, Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz. / KHS Bicycles) placed first. Joanna Petterson (RSA) placed second and Leana Gerrard (Lake Tapps, Wash. / Bear Naked/Cannondale) placed third among eight riders.

Friday evening, riders took to the Super D course. In the pro men’s competition, Ross Schnell (Grand Junction, Colo. / Trek/VW) finished first in 12 minutes and 4.49 seconds. National champion Adam Craig (Bend, Ore. / Giant) finished second in 12:07.34, narrowly holding onto his series lead over Schnell by one point.

On the women’s side, national champion Susan Haywood (Harrisonburg, Va. / Trek/VW) held on to her commanding lead in the series standings with her Super D win in 14:15.35.

Competition continues Sunday with marathon, short track and downhill events. Complete results from NMBS #6 can be found at

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