Fat Tire Recap: NMBS No. 3, Lisbon Downhill, European XC Championships all held this past weekend.

Emmett, Taberlay Claim NMBS win in Santa Ynez
Kelli Emmett (Giant) took her first-career National Mountain Bike Series cross-country win at the third round of the 2008 series, held May 17-18 at the Chamberlain Ranch in Santa Ynez, California. Visiting Australian Sid Taberlay (Avanti) took his first NMBS victory in the men’s race. Both events saw riders tackle the course in 100-degree heat. Emmett’s victory marked the end of the NMBS winning streak of Georgia Gould (Luna), whose eight-round streak dates back to March of 2007.

By Fred Dreier

Emmett, Taberlay Claim NMBS win in Santa Ynez
Kelli Emmett (Giant) took her first-career National Mountain Bike Series cross-country win at the third round of the 2008 series, held May 17-18 at the Chamberlain Ranch in Santa Ynez, California. Visiting Australian Sid Taberlay (Avanti) took his first NMBS victory in the men’s race. Both events saw riders tackle the course in 100-degree heat.

Emmett’s victory marked the end of the NMBS winning streak of Georgia Gould (Luna), whose eight-round streak dates back to March of 2007.

Gould, who spent April in Europe racing the opening three rounds of the UCI World Cup, sprung to an early lead in the women’s race. As she did in 2007, when the Chamberlain Ranch venue hosted its first NMBS stop, Gould built a two-minute advantage on the rest of the women’s field. But up the final climb of the day, roughly 15 minutes from the starting line, Gould dismounted her bicycle suffering from heat stroke and dehydration. The 2006 national champion was taken in an ambulance to a nearby hospital where she spent four hours being hydrated with an IV.

Taberlay took a tactical victory in the men’s race, outmaneuvering Geoff Kabush (Maxxis) and Barry Wicks (Kona) to take his first-career NMBS win. The Australian, formerly a member of team Specialized, waited in the wins while Todd Wells (GT) sprung to an early lead, then rode the wheels of Wicks and Kabush and attacked on the final climb of the day for the win. Kabush took second, with Wicks, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and Wells rounding out the top-five.

Kabush edged Wicks and Horgan-Kobelski out in Sunday’s short-track, held again in 100-plus degree day temperatures. Luna’s Katerina Nash took the women’s race ahead of Emmett and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher).

2008 NMBS No. 3
Santa Ynez, California

Cross-country

Men

1. Sid Taberlay (Aus), Avanti-SRAM, 1:43:38
2. Geoff Kabush (Can), at 0:36
3. Barry Wicks, Kona, at 1:00
4. Todd Wells, GT, at 1:59
5. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at 2:26
6. Carl Decker, Giant, at 3:09
7. Jeff Schalk, Trek-Volkswagen, at 4:31
8. Andy Schultz, Kenda-Titus-Hayes, at 6:09
9. Ross Schnell, Trek-Volkswagen, at 6:26
10. Ignacio Torres (Mex), Turbo Bikes, at 7:18

Women
1. Kelli Emmett, Giant, 1:45:08
2. Catherine Pendrel (Can), Luna, at 0:11
3. Lea Davison, Trek-Volkswagen, at 2:05
4. Jennifer Smith (NZ), Trek-Volkswagen, at 3:04
5. Mical Dyck (Can), Trek-Terrascape, at 5:30
6. Heather Irmiger, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at 5:53
7. Katerina Nash (CZ), Luna, at 5:55
8. Rachel Lloyd, Proman-Paradigm, at 6:54
9. Susan Haywood, Trek-Volkswagen, at 7:21
10. Emily Van Meter, Sobe-Cannondale, at 8:22


Short track
Men

1. Geoff Kabush (Can), Maxxis
2. Barry Wicks, Kona
3. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Subaru-Gary Fisher
4. Todd Wells, GT
5. Sid Taberlay (Aus), Avanti-SRAM
6. Carl Decker, Giant
7. Andy Schultz, Kenda-Titus-Hayes
8. Chance Noble, California Giant Berry Farms
9. Jeff Schalk, Trek-Volkswagen
10. Troy Wells, Tokyo Joe’s

Women
1. Katerina Nash, Luna, 25.17
2. Kelli Emmett, Giant, at 0:07
3. Heather Irmiger, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at s.t.
4. Mical Dyck (Can), Trek/Terrascape, at 0:08
5. Catherine Pendrel (Can), Luna, at s.t.
6. Lea Davison, Trek-Volkswagen, at 0:40
7. Heather Holmes, Kenda/Titus/Hayes, at 0:46
8. Jenna Zander, Sobe/Cannondale, at 0:48
9. Sue Butler, Monavie-Cannondale, at s.t.
10. Emily Van Meter, Sobe-Cannondale, at 0:53

Peat wins Seventh straight Lisbon Downhill
Steve Peat may not own a world championship title for downhill racing just yet, but the sport’s elder statesman has grabbed a seventh straight victory at the Lisboa Downhill in Lisbon, Portugal. The race sends the world’s best downhill mountain bikers on a two-minute urban tour of Lisbon, starting at the Castelo del Sao George. Riders speed down stone staircases and through tight alleyways during the descent.

Peat’s Santa Cruz Syndicate teammate Greg Minnaar of South Africa proved fastest in the semi finals, beating the Brit by nearly two seconds. But Peat bested Minnaar by 46 hundredths of a second in the finals to take the crown.

2008 Lisboa Downhill
Lisbon, Portugal
Men

1. Steve Peat (GB), Santa Cruz Syndicate, 1:40.43
2. Greg Minnaar (RSA), Santa Cruz Syndicate, at 0.46
3. Filip Polc (Svk), Kenda-Tomac, at 02.33
4. Sam Hill (Aus), Monster-Ironhorse, at 02.95
5. Cedric Gracia (Sp), Commençal-Oakley, at 03.43

Vogel, Spitz take European XC champs
Young Swiss rider Florian Vogel (Swisspower) and reigning European cross-country champ Sabine Spitz (Ghost International) took the 2008 European cross-country championships, held May 18 in St. Wendel, Germany.

Vogel, who finished third at the 2008 world champs in Fort William, Scotland, outlasted countryman Christoph Sauser (Specialized) to take the biggest win of his career as an elite rider. Both Swiss riders are currently on the short list to be picked for Switzerland’s three-man Olympic team. Swiss rider Nino Schurter (Swisspower) is also on that list having finished second at the World Cup opener in Houffalize, Belgium on April 20. Schurter took the U23 European championships in St. Wendel ahead of Stephane Tempier of France.

Sptiz took the 2007 European title on a dry, dusty course in Capadocia, Turkey. The St. Wendel course featured mud and wet conditions, but the German still prevailed, surging to a 38-second win ahead of reigning world champ Irina Kalentieva (Ergon-Topeak). Kalentieva out-sprinted Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå (Multivan-Merida) for second with Laurence Leboucher of France and Eva Lechner of Italy rounding out the fop-five.

2008 European cross-country championships
St. Wendel, German

Men
1. Florian Vogel, Switzerland, 2:06:42
2. Christoph Sauser, Switzerland, at 0:34
3. Jakob Fuglsang, Denmark, at 1:14
5. Ralph Naef, Switzerland, at 1:31
5. Christoph Soukup, Austria, at s.t.

Women
1. Sabine Spitz, Germany, 2:08:59
2. Irina Kalentieva, Russia, at 0:38
3. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, Norway, at s.t.
4. Laurence Leboucher, France, at 2:13
5. Eva Lechner, Italy, at 2:51