Ketchum, Idaho (July 8, 2012) — Revenge was a dish best served on the last day of the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships on Sunday in Ketchum, Idaho. After falling just short in Saturday's cross-country races presented by Zions Bank, two professional riders ascended to the top step of their respective podiums on Sunday to conclude the event which saw 1,128 unique riders and 1,509 race starts through four days of competition.
Short Track Cross-Country presented by BNSF Railway: After an extremely untimely flat tire on the last lap of Saturday's cross-country race, Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) was out for revenge in Sunday's short track cross-country race. He served it by topping the 53-rider pro men's field, to collect his third short track cross-country national championship. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Cannondale Factory Racing) made a late move on Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) to place second, 16 seconds behind Wells. Craig was five seconds behind Bishop and six seconds in front of Horgan-Kobelski. Stephen Ettinger (Cashmere, Wash./BMC Mountain Bike Team) rounded out the top five, finishing only seven seconds out of fourth place.
“Last year, I also had good form,” Wells said. “I led the whole race until the finish line. I wasn't going to do that, this year. Once I saw that I had a gap, I gave it everything to hold it.”
Wells got the hole shot and was riding with Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore.) during the first lap with the field monitoring the front of the race. Trebon dropped his chain late in the first lap, allowing Wells to open a gap he would not relinquish, leaving the field to fight for second place. A chase group of Craig, Bishop, Horgan-Kobelski, Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H.) and newly-minted pro men's cross-country national champion Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek) were unable to reel Wells in.
In the professional women's short track cross-country race, the two 2012 Olympians quickly distinguished themselves as the cream of the 28-rider crop. The same duo, Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA PRO TEAM) and Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing), that battled in Saturday's cross-country race were off the front in the early stages of the short track cross-country race on Sunday. In the end, Davison, who finished second to Gould in Saturday's cross-country race, attacked Gould late in the last lap and held on to win by only one second. Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./KENDA-Seven-NoTubes) earned the bronze medal while Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Crankbrothers Race Club 11) and Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
“My strategy was for the first half of the race just to patrol the front,” Davison said. “I wanted to make sure nobody got away, no big gaps. Then the second half of the race I started to think about where to pass. I left it until the last lap which is kind of risky, but it paid off.”
After two laps, the top five finishers led the field with a slight advantage on a hard-charging Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo./Giant Mountain Bike Team), who was stuck between the leaders and the field. Gradually, McConneloug and Woodruff were unable to keep up with the pace set by Davison and Gould as the gap steadily grew between the two leaders and the field. Davison attacked on a climb late in the lap and sprinted to the finish line.
In the juniors men 15-18 short track cross-country race, two riders, Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) and Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./Ritte Elite U23 Development Team) set a blistering pace from the beginning of the race, forcing the field's hand. In the end, Swenson won his third national title of the event, finishing the race 23 seconds ahead of Ortenblad. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized), who rode with Swenson and Ortenblad through the first half of the race, placed third eight seconds in front of Chase Dickens (Mount Airy, N.C.) and 10 seconds ahead of Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo.).
“I didn't expect to sweep,” Swenson said. “My main goal was the cross-country. After that, it was just to do the best I could. It feels awesome to win the other two jerseys.”
Pro Men's Super D – Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) was the first rider to tame the Super D on Sunday morning and he posted the best time, traversing the six-mile course which loses over 2,000 feet of elevation in 21:26.11 to collect his seventh national title in the downhill race.
Craig's time was only 1.32 seconds faster than the silver medalist, Carl Decker (Bend, Ore./Giant Factory), who finished his race in 21:27.43. Macky Franklin (Taos, N.M./Orbea-Tuff Shed), who finished fifth in this race in 2011, placed third this year while Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) and Colton Andersen (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo) round out the five-man podium.
“It's always good,” Craig said of winning the national championship. “It's good that we have this. It continues making people more aware that we have Super D and enduro racing and that it's a pretty good time up there. We had a pretty strong field today. This is the strongest national championship field I've seen, I think. It's good to take another one, for sure.”
Pro Women's Super D – Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo./Giant Mountain Bike Team), who was second place in the 2011 Super D, took the next step up the podium this year, traversing the course in 24:33.02 to win her third Super D national title. Emmett's time was 18 seconds faster than Elizabeth English (Whitefish, Mont.), who earned the silver medal. The defending national champion, Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing), rode away with the bronze medal this year, finishing ahead of Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) and Katherine Sherwin (Heber City, Utah/Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team).
“I had a pretty clean run out there,” Emmett said. “I really went for it on the climb. It was a pretty long Super D, it was almost 25 minutes. There was probably an eight-minute climb in there. I just really went for it. I tried to ride a smooth race on the descents. It was good, it was fun.”
Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) scorched the Super D course and finished with a time of 21:57.1, which would have placed fifth in the pro men's results. In fact, the top three finishers of the juniors men 15-18 Super D posted faster times than the fifth-place rider in the pro men's Super D. The juniors silver medalist, Bryan Duke (Salinas, Calif./Ritte Elite U23 Development Team), registered a 22:00.3 and Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) posted a time of 22:02.2 while Colton Andersen (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo), who placed fifth in the pro men's Super D, recorded a time of 22:02.5.
Chris Jackson (Somis, Calif./Castex Rentals) swept the seniors men 19-29 by winning the Super D with a time of 22:21.2 while Ty Kady earned his second gold medal of the week after winning the masters men 30-39 with a 22:48.5 mark. Michael Pastore (Avon, Colo.) was nearly 45 seconds faster than his closest competitor in the masters men 40-49 after posting a time of 22:34.7. Cary Smith (Littleton, Colo./Golden Bike Shop) traversed the course in 24:10.3 to win the masters men 50-and-over category.
India Waller (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo) earned her second gold medal of the week after descending the course in 26:35.3 while Sara Schroeder (Hailey, Idaho/Mud Honey) was over one minute faster than her closest competitor in the seniors women 19-29 category. Elizabeth Sampey (Boulder, Colo./Pedal Pushers Cyclery) registered a time of 27:16.7 to top the masters women 30-39 group while Shannon Gibson (Durango, Colo./Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team) was only five seconds faster than Heidi Volpe (Topanga, Calif.) in the women's 40-and-over group.
For complete details on this event, including a complete schedule, results, course maps and a photo gallery, please visit the event web site. Photos taken throughout the event will be available for purchase from the event photographers, Teami4 photography. If you can’t make it out for the event, follow all of the action on Twitter using the hashtag #MTBNats.
2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships July 5-8, 2012 Ketchum, Idaho
Short Track Cross-Country
Men – Pro 1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) 29:46 2. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Cannondale Factory Racing) 30:02 3. Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank-Giant Offroad Team) 30:07 4. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) 30:13 5. Stephen Ettinger (Cashmere, Wash./BMC Mountain Bike Team) 30:20
Women – Pro 1. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) 29:23 2. Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./LUNA PRO TEAM) 29:24 3. Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass./KENDA-Seven-NoTubes) 29:58 4. Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz./Crankbrothers Race Club 11) 30:12 5. Meredith Miller (Bouler, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) 30:18
Men – Category 1 – 15-18 1. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) 31:19.4 2. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./Ritte Elite U23 Development Team) 31:42.7 3. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 32:05.2 4. Chase Dickens (Mount Airy, N.C.) 32:13.8 5. Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo.) 32:15.7
Men – Pro 1. Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank/Giant Offroad Team) 21:26.1 2. Carl Decker (Bend, Ore./Giant Factory) 21:27.4 3. Macky Franklin (Taos, N.M./MTB PRO Team: ORBEA-TUFF SHED) 21:39.2 4. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-TREK) 21:47.7 5. Colton Andersen (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo) 22:02.5
Women – Pro 1. Kelli Emmett (Plymouth, Mich./Giant Mountain Bike Team) 24:33.0 2. Elizabeth English (Whitefish, Mont.) 24:51.1 3. Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt./Specialized Factory Racing) 24:58.5 4. Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) 25:24.6 5. Katherine Sherwin (Heber City, Utah/Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team) 25:40.9
Men – Junior – 1-18 1. Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) 21:57.1 2. Bryan Duke (Salinas, Calif./Ritte Elite U23 Development Team) 22:00.3 3. Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 22:02.2 4. Sepp Kuss (Durango, Colo.) 22:17.1 5. Cody Phillips (Monrovia, Calif.) 22:32.2
Men – Senior – 19-29 1. Chris Jackson (Somis, Calif./Castex Rentals) 22:21.2 2. Nathan Petter (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University Rams Cycling Team) 22:44.7 3. Kolby Preble (Forestgrove, Ore.) 23:10.4 4. Bobby Zidek (Novato, Calif.) 23:48.8 5. Derek Yarra (San Francisco, Calif.) 23:56.6
Men – Master – 30-39 1. Ty Kady (Brea, Calif./Sho-Air) 22:48.5 2. Matthew McNeal (Ketchum, Idaho/Sun Valley Road and Dirt Camps. L.L.C.) 23:11.3 3. Doug Schuler (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport) 23:15.7 4. Ian Fitzpatrick (Eagle, Idaho) 24:39.5 5. Tim Evens (Bend, Ore./Giant) 25:04.2 Men – Master – 40-49 1. Michael Pastore (Avon, Colo.) 22:34.7 2. Stosh Bankston (Nevada City, Calif./Bicycle Emporium) 23:15.0 3. Scott Robinson (Ketchum, Idaho/Sun Valley Road and Dirt Camps. L.L.C.) 23:33.1 4. Jon Freckleton (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Steamboat Velo) 23:43.4 5. Mario Correa (Chino Hills, Calif.) 24:18.1
Men – Master – 50-99 1. Cary Smith (Littleton, Colo./Golden Bike Shop) 24:10.3 2. Jordan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cole Sport) 24:34.4 3. Chris Grove (Flagstaff, Ariz./Absolute Bikes Team) 26:11.9 4. Mark Enders (Pleasant View, Utah/Autoliv Cycling Club-Ogden Cycling Education Foundation) 26:31.9 5. Ed Binnie (Ketchum, Idaho) 27:38.1
Women – Junior – 1-18 1. India Waller (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo) 26:35.3 2. Shayna Powless (Roseville, Calif./MTB PRO Team: BMC Mountainbike Development Team USA) 27:10.6 3. Mackinzie Stanley (Fairfax, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 28:26.4 4. Avery Morin (Roseville, Calif./Victory Velo Racing) 28:43.2 5. Julie Barton (Meadow Vista, Calif./Victory Velo Racing) 29:30.0
Women – Senior – 19-29 1. Sara Schroeder (Hailey, Idaho/Mud Honey) 27:01.4 2. Victoria Yoham (San Rafael, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 28:10.2 3. Corinne Prevot (East Burke, Vt./Mud Honey) 28:19.7 4. Nina Otter (Waterbury, Vt.) 28:22.1 5. Andrianna Zolton (Edmonds, Wash.) 29:37.3
Women – Master – 30-39 1. Elizabeth Sampey (Boulder, Colo./Pedal Pushers Cyclery) 27:16.7 2. Ellen Sherrill (South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Bike Station Aptos) 27:36.0 3. Heather Ranoa (Murrieta, Calif.) 28:42.7 4. Erin Alders (Nevada City, Calif.) 29:07.9 5. Karen Krasley (Coplay, Pa.) 30:28.9
Women – Master – 40-99 1. Shannon Gibson (Durango, Colo./Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team) 28:00.1 2. Heidi Volpe (Topanga, Calif.) 28:05.1 3. Gretchen Flint (Ketchum, Idaho/Mud Honey Cycling) 30:21.1 4. Tanya Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cole Sport) 36:55.1 5. Helene Drumm (San Anselmo, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 39:52.8