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    2007 National Mountain Bike Series Champions Decided

    For Immediate Release


    PARK CITY, Utah, (August 13, 2007) --The 2007 National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) was concluded by a great weekend's racing with some 1500 competitors at the Snowmass National Finals, presented by LUNA, at Snowmass Village, Colorado, August 9-12.


    Summary of overall series results


    KENDA Cross Country Pro Men
    Canda's Geoff Kabush (Maxxis), 30, outsprinted Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW) , 31, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, to claim the series final and the overall national series title. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher), 29, of Boulder, Colo. finished fifth at the Snowmass final, which was good enough to give him second overall. Bishop stepped up to third overall. Fourth place overall in the series was claimed by Todd Wells (GT), 32, of Durango, Colo., and Barry Wicks (Kona), 26, of Santa Cruz, Calif. placed fifthl.


    KENDA Cross Country Pro Women
    The 2006 women's national champion Georgia Gould (Luna), 27, of Missoula, Mont., completed a perfect record in the women's cross country discipline of the 2007 National Mountain Bike Series, with a scorecard of six straight victories. Second place in the series final helped Gould's experienced team-mate, ex-pat Czech Katerina Nash, 30, now living in Truckee, Calif., to surpass Shonny Van Landingham (LUNA), 38, from Durango, Colo., and claim second overall. Van Landingham finished third, completeing a 1-2-3 sweep for the LUNA team. Heather Irmiger 28, (Subaru-Gary Fisher), of Boulder, Colo. finished fourth in the series, while her team-mate, Willow Koerber, 30, of Whister, BC, was fifth.


    KENDA Short Track Pro Men
    While the all-conquering Kabush stomped his way to a convincing series and round win in the Short Track finale, Todd Wells and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, aka JHK, had everything to race for in the minor placings. Wells took third and JHK was strong enough for fourth at Snowmass, giving JHK second overall, while Wells took third in the series. Ryan Trebon (Kona/Les Gets), 26, of Corvallis, Or., finished fourth overall, with the rising star Sam Schultz (Subaru-Gary Fisher), 22, Colorado Springs, fifth.


    KENDA Short Track Pro Women
    Katerina Nash continued her streak of outstanding Short Track form to edge out Georgina Gould and win both the final round and the series. Shonny Van Landingham made it another LUNA 1-2-3 by finishing ahead of Willow Koerber in the final round. Koerber took fourth in the series with Heather Irmiger, third on the day, finishing fifth overall.


    FOX Racing Shox Downhill Pro Men
    Australia's Jared Rando (Giant/Michelin), 26, did enough to hold onto his series lead, while New Zealand's Justin Leov (Yeti/Fox), 23, showed outstanding form to claim line honors. Amiel Cavalier (Giant), 20, just held onto second place overall after Cole Bangert, (Morewood/Freestyle), 22, of Twin Lakes, Colo., finished ninth in the final to claim third overall. Fourth in the series went to Leov, while Cody Warren (Foes Racing), 22, of Alpine, Calif., took fifth.


    FOX Racing Shox Downhill Pro Women
    Consistently great riding throughout the season by Melissa Buhl (KHS), 25, of Chandler, Ariz., gave her the series win by a huge margin. She scored maximum points at rounds two through five. Lisa Myklak (Leelikesbikes.com), 29, of Boulder, Colo., showed nerves of steel to finish above last year's series champion, Joanna Petterson (Brodie), 28, of South Africa, and claim second in the series - one position above the South African. Fourth overall was Jackie Harmony, (Brodie/Bike and Bean), 29, of Tucson, Ariz., and fifth went to Darian Harvey (Durango Roughriders), 25, Durango, Colo.


    FOX Racing Shox 4X/Dual Slalom Pro Men
    Eric Carter (GT Bikes), 37, of Temecula, Calif., added the 2007 national series title to his 2004 world championship and 2006 national championship titles. After starting the series with two second places, Carter finished up with an eighth place at Snowmass, which was enough to comfortably secure the series win ahead of Amiel Cavalier. Jared Rando ended up third in the series, with Ross Milan (Yeti/Fox), 29, of Golden, Colo., fourth and Luke Strobel (Maxxis), 21, Renton, Wash., fifth. Interestingly, Strobel is the only one of these top five series finishers to have actually won a round.


    FOX Racing Shox 4X/Dual Slalom Pro Women
    As in the Downhill, no rider came close to Melissa Buhl in the 4X/Dual Slalom series. Buhl thus completed a sweep of the pure gravity disciplines. Buhl adds another title to her national championship wins from 2002 and 2005. Joanna Petterson held onto second place in the series, with her team-mate, Jackie Harmony in third. Fourth was Jessica Vogt (Dainese/Gamut), 25, of Boulder, Colo., and Wendy Reynolds (Bear Naked/Cannondale), 26, of Moab, Utah, was fifth.


    Super D Pro Men
    Carl Decker (Giant), 32, Bend Oregon, produced a fine win at Snowmass to secure the Super D title from Bryan Fawley (Kona/X-Fusion), 22, of Robinson, Texas. British rider, Waylon Smith (Specialized), 31, finished third overall, with Dana Weber (Jax Bicycle Center), 26, of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Eric Bierman (Steven K Sports), 33, Costa Mesa, Calif., fourth and fifth respectively.



    About The National Mountain Bike Series
    The 2007 National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) comprised seven rounds and is the premier mountain bike racing series in the United States. It is sanctioned by the national governing body of cycling sports, USA Cycling. The series determines the most consistent performers over an entire summer's gruelling competition. For more information and to see the complete 2007 NMBS calendar, visit www.mtbnationals.com. For all other inquiries, please email info@mtbnationals.com


    source: Paul Skilbeck, o2sm.com
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