Horgan-Kobelski picks up second win at NMBS

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Aug. 6, 2006)Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo. / Subaru-Gary Fisher) picked up his second win of the weekend when he claimed the short track cross country title in the fifth installment of the National Mountain Bike Series in Brian Head, Utah. This year marked the second year the NMBS has made a stop in Brian Head.

Horgan-Kobelski, who won Saturday’s cross country event, won the 20-minute timed event Sunday over Canadian Geoff Kabush. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo. / GT Bikes) finished third. Under-23 alum Alan Obye (Colorado Springs, Colo. / SRAM) finished tenth. Current U-23 team members Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont.) and Sam Jurekovic (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed 11th and 42nd respectively in the field of 49 riders.

Kabush holds on to the overall series lead ahead of Horgan-Kobelski entering the NMBS finals Aug. 11-13 in Snowmass, Colo.

On the women’s side, national champion Susan Haywood (Harrisonburg, Va. / Trek/VW) picked up her second win of the weekend when she claimed the pro women’s short track cross country title ahead of 43 riders. Haywood, who won Friday’s Super D title, finished ahead of Saturday’s cross country champion Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo. / Subaru-Gary Fisher) and series leader Katerina Nash (CZE).

In the downhill competition, Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz. / KHS Bicycles) also picked up her second win of the weekend when she won the pro women’s downhill competition in four minutes and 2.2 seconds. France’s Sabrina Jonnier finished second and series leader Tracey Hannah (AUS) finished third among 16 riders.

Australian Sam Hill held on to his series lead after five events with his win in the downhill event in three minutes and 26.94 seconds. South African Greg Minnaar finished in second place – just 1.86 seconds back. Matti Lehikoinen of Finland finished third.

Early Sunday morning, Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va. / Trek/VW) won the marathon title in three hours, 13 minutes and 8.10 seconds. Travis Brown (Durango, Colo. / Trek/FRSN) finished second and Jay Henry (Avon, Colo. / 3DHillenB) finished third in the field of 21 riders. Evan Plews (Dallas, Ore. / Santiam) stands in first in the series standings.

Gretchen Reeves (Boulder, Colo. / Trek/VW) won the pro/open women’s marathon category in 3:59:57.43. Series leader Kate Aardel (CAN) finished second and Angela Sucich (Seattle, Wash. / Voodoo Cycles) finished third among six riders.

Though not contested in Brian Head, Australian Jared Rando leads the pro men’s mountain cross standings entering next weekend’s finals.  Joanna Petterson of South Africa leads the women’s series standings.

Photos from the NMBS in Brian Head are availale by clicking here.

For complete results from the NMBS, visit www.norbanationals.com.

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