Mountain Bike Roundup: NORBA Finals Mount Snow, Adam Craig first short track win, Geoff Kabush takes second overall NORBA Title, Shonny Vanlandingham victory in Short Track, Katerina Hanusova (CZE) clinches title. Across the Pond the French Cup in La Bresse, saw Team G Cross/Honda mates Greg Minnaar Matti Lehikoinen one and two, Cyril Kurtz third. Junior Title: Kyle Strait over talented Antoine Badouard (FRA).
NORBA Finals - Mt. Snow, Vermont
The 2005 NORBA Series finished this past weekend at the historical venue of Mt. Snow, Vermont. This venue has hosted 15 NORBA and World Cup events over the years and is widely considered the Queen Classic of mountain bike racing in the United States.
The venue was pleasantly surprised with temperate conditions - warm weather and sunny skies. http://www.dailypeloton.com/displayarticle.asp?pk=8485
Saturday presented Cross Country racing with four laps of a very difficult course, marked by steep climbing and technical descents. Series leader Geoff Kabush held a distinct advantage over the competition with a solid grasp on the overall title and only needing to finish the top ten to declare himself the champ for a second consecutive year.
At the starting gun, the pack lit up the climb and settled in for a long race. Maxxis rider Kabush immediately went to the front followed closely by Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher), Roland Green (Kona), Adam Craig (Giant) and Seamus McGrath (Haro).
Maxxis teammate Mathieu Toulouse had a great start, shooting him into the top ten after the initial starting loop. Hitting the technical decent, Kabush and crew held a solid 30-second gap to any chasers as the next group jostled for position.