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Florit, Green on top at Snow Summit

For one it was a breakthrough performance. For the other it was just more of the same. But after a long day of racing at NORBA NCS No. 1 at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake California, Jimena Florit and Roland Green both had impressive cross-country wins to their credit. Friday’s racing opened with the women taking on three laps of the revamped 7.25-mile circuit, and right from the gun Florit (RLX-Polo Sport) looked to have the strongest legs. The Argentinean national who calls San Diego home pulled away from the pack on the first lap, growing her advantage to 58 seconds by the time she

By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor

The 'Happy Girl' wins.

The ‘Happy Girl’ wins.

Photo: Jason Sumner

For one it was a breakthrough performance. For the other it was just more of the same. But after a long day of racing at NORBA NCS No. 1 at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear Lake California, Jimena Florit and Roland Green both had impressive cross-country wins to their credit.

Friday’s racing opened with the women taking on three laps of the revamped 7.25-mile circuit, and right from the gun Florit (RLX-Polo Sport) looked to have the strongest legs. The Argentinean national who calls San Diego home pulled away from the pack on the first lap, growing her advantage to 58 seconds by the time she crossed the line to begin the second lap.

Vanlandingham refuels

Vanlandingham refuels

Photo: Jason Sumner

Behind her was a strong cast of challengers, led by SoBe-Cannondale’s Shonny Vanlandingham, who sat a solid second. Next through was the pairing of 2001 NORBA overall champ Mary Grigson (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and upstart Lanie Mason (Cane Creek). That pair was 1:28 behind Florit, while current world champion Alison Dunlap (Luna), Susy Pryde (Velo Bella) and Trek-Volkswagen’s Susan Haywood came next, at 2:25.

But as the race wore on Florit began to steadily pull away, growing her gap to 2:36 over Dunlap, who closed lap 2 alongside Grigson and Vanlandingham. Pryde was now alone in fifth, at 3:31.

From there it was just a matter of holding on for Florit, who admitted she rode cautiously during the closing lap. The tactic worked, though, and Florit crossed the finish triumphantly, completing the 21.75-mile race in 1:58:58, 2:42 ahead of Dunlap, who shed Grigson and Vanlandingham on the last lap. It was the first-ever NORBA cross-country win for Florit.

“This is what I’ve wanted every year I’ve been racing,” said Florit, who got her first NORBA win a year ago, taking the short track at Deer Valley. “Finally winning last year helped keep my confidence up and this is the payoff.”

Grigson, winner of the last two Snow Summit cross-country races, settled for third this time around. Vanlandingham and Pryde completed the podium.

Pryde was the stranger in the bunch. The New Zealander is better known for her exploits on the road (she was fifth overall at Redlands and Solano), but she’s planning a run at the Commonwealth Games cross-country title and needed to get some training in.

“This race was a big unknown for me,” she said. “I was just pleased to get around without any mishaps.”

In the men’s race it seemed that nothing could derail the continuing run of Trek-Volkswagen’s Green. On the second of four laps, the reigning world, World Cup, NORBA and Sea Otter champion had a problem with his cleat that sent him falling to the ground when his shoe wouldn’t come unclipped on the lead-up to one of the hike-a-bike sections. But the Canadian yanked his foot from his shoe, pulled out a tool and fixed the problem, then pulled back the three minutes he lost to the leaders to win yet another race.

Green finished the 29-mile race in 2:15:00, 1:10 ahead of surprise second-place finisher Ziranda Madrigal (Turbo). The Mexican had been the race’s early leader, but was chased down by Green and eventual third-place finisher Ryder Hesjedal (Subaru-Gary Fisher) during the third lap. Green would then pull away from the pair, leaving Madrigal and Hesjedal to battle for second. That dual wasn’t settled until the finish when the spindly Madrigal nipped the young Canadian at the line.

Geoff Kabush (Kona) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (RLX-Polo Sport) completed the podium.

“I just tried to stay relaxed and come back at my own pace,” said Green of his remarkable recovery.

Madrigal nips Hesjedal.

Madrigal nips Hesjedal.

Photo: Jason Sumner

As for Madrigal, who was visibly gassed after winning the sprint against Hesjedal, it was the best day of his young racing career.

“I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to take a chance,” the 24-year-old said of his early move to the front. “In other years that I’ve come here I’ve always started slow, then tried to end fast. But other riders have always gotten so far ahead at the start that it was too late at the end.”

At the other end of the results sheet was last year’s Snow Summit and NORBA national championship winner Kirk Molday. The SunRace-Santa Cruz rider crashed early in the race and damaged his rear derauiler, then pulled out a lap later.

Racing at Snow Summit continues Saturday with the short track and dual slalom. The women’s STXC begins the day at 3 p.m. The men are next at 3:30, then comes the slalom at 4:30.

Check back to VeloNews.com all weekend for reports, results and photos.

NORBA Notes
— After the women’s race Dunlap held a press conference to announce her new partnership with USA Cycling. Dubbed the Alison Dunlap Junior Olympic Mountain Bike Series, the world champion is lending her name to the already-existing program hoping to raise its prestige.

“I’d like to inspire kids who mountain bike race to not necessarily win, but to enjoy it and have a good time,” she said. “I hope the series (there are 30 races nationwide) will give kids the motivation to dream that maybe one day they can be a world champion or Olympian.”

While the main focus of the program will be to introduce young riders to the sport, races will also be used to help identify rising talent. Based on their performances, series participants may be selected for one of NORBA’s six regional junior development camps.

— After retiring from racing during the offseason, Pavel Cherkasov has gotten back in the game. But the former Subaru-Gary Fisher rider isn’t back on the bike; he’s the new manager of the Trek-Volkswagen team.

“I just got the call last week,” said Cherkasov. “They wanted someone with experience and who knew the circuit from the inside. For me it’s good to see things from the other side.”

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Results

NORBA NCS NO. 1; Snow Summit Resort; Big Bear Lake, CA; May 10-12; Cross Country; Women;

1 FLORIT JIMENA (USA) RLX-POLO SPORT 21.75 miles in 1:58:58
;2 DUNLAP ALISON (USA) LUNA WOMEN 02:42.0
;3 GRIGSON MARY (AUS) SUBARU-GARY FISHER 03:49.0
;4 VANLANDINGHAM SHONNY (USA) SOBE-CANNONDALE 04:05.0
;5 PRYDE SUSY (NZ) VELO BELLA 05:30.0
;6 MASON LANIE (USA) (CAN)E CREEK 07:03.0
;7 HAYWOOD S(USA)N (USA) TREK-VOLKSWAGEN 07:45.0
;8 MCCONNELOUG MARY (USA) UNATTACHED 08:32.0
;9 MARKS DARA (USA) TITUS 08:40.0
;10 KOERBER WILLOW (USA) CANE CREEK 08:45.0
;11 THOMAS MELISSA (USA) RITCHEY 08:55.0
;12 TOMLINSON LESLEY (CAN) ROCKY MOUNTAIN 10:01.0
;13 WHITMORE-CARDENAS JAMIE (USA) K2/MICHELI 11:09.0
;14 REEVES GRETCHEN (USA) TOKYO JOE’S 11:55.0
;15 SINCLAIR TRISH (CAN) GEARS RACING 11:57.0
;16 REDDEN CHRISSY (CAN) SUBARU-GARY FISHER 12:12.0
;17 BUSCHING NANCY (USA) SOBE-CANNONDALE 13:53.0
;18 WHISENHANT SHELLY (USA) VELO BELLA 13:53.0
;19 LONG MEGAN (USA) SPECILAIZED 14:26.0
;20 KEANE MICHELE (USA) PEDAL POWER 15:17.0
;21 BARNHOLT KERRY (USA) SOBE-CANNONDALE 15:49.0
;22 BISARO KIARA (CAN) GEARS RACING 16:14.0
;23 MATAMOROS ZUNGIGA KAREN (CRC) COSTA RICA 17:07.0
;24 KAIN SHARI (USA) RLX-POLO SPORT 17:53.0
;25 KENNY TIFFANY (USA) MAVIC 17:59.0
;26 EMMERMAN JULIE (USA) RITCHEY ROOOTS 18:04.0
;27 WARNER SALLY (USA) BIOGEN 19:21.0
;28 TODD JENNIFER (USA) ELLSWORTH 19:27.0
;29 HANUSOVA KATERINA (USA) LUNA WOMEN 19:38.0
;30 TESCHER SARAH (USA) 3D & EASTON 19:39.0
;31 FELIN ELENA (USA) TREK CONTE 20:16.0
;32 KREISLE BARBARA (USA) TITUS/MICHELIN 20:51.0
;33 EMMETT KELLI (USA) LUNA WOMEN 22:01.0
;34 DEWOLFE KAREN (USA) RAGS/H 23:05.0
;35 LOPEZ SONIA (MEX) MEXICO 23:20.0
;36 MATLOCK LISA (USA) FORD NO BOOUNDRIES 23:51.0
;37 MASSEY RACHEL (USA) FORD – NO BOUNDRIES 23:51.0
;38 PENNINGTON ALICE (USA) CLIF BAR 24:20.0
;39 SZABO HEATHER (USA) TOKO JOES 25:42.0
;40 ROCHA PETRA TREK/VW 25:46.0
;41 SVAHN HEATHER (USA) THE BACKCOUNTRY 26:03.0
;42 BRESNICK SARA (USA) RAGE-HARRP 26:28.0
;43 HUNTER-DILLINGER AMY (USA) 28:41.0
;44 GILMORE LESLIE (USA) SOULCRAFT 28:56.0
;45 KASSOY ERIN (USA) ROCK SHOX 28:56.0
;46 GARZA NIKKI (USA) SOUL CRAFT 29:01.0
;47 HOPKINSON-SMITH JENNIFER (USA) DEAN BICYC 30:24.0
;48 MASSON KAREN (USA) SOBE CANNONDALE 31:03.0
;49 MUSICH-BAKER NINA (USA) HCT 31:15.0
;50 PRUIS TIMARI ELLSWORTH 32:21.0
;51 WONG DOROTHY (USA) KELLY BIKE 32:26.0
;52 MCGEE ROBIN (USA) GURUS 33:01.0
;53 PECK LISA (USA) BIOGEN 34:28.0
;54 GONZALEZ ADRIANA (MEX) MEXICO 34:35.0
;55 LAFFEY TONYA (USA) MTBCHICK.COM 35:12.0
;56 TUPA SHANNON (USA) TOKYO JOES 37:02.0
;57 LYNCH KATE (USA) GURU 37:27.0
;58 HINES LAURA (USA) 38:13.0
;59 HAUSBECK SHARI (USA) FORD NO BOUNDRIES 42:19.0
;60 HALL GINA LUNA WOMEN 44:19.0
; MALENKOVICH KYIA US DOGFISH/TR DNF
; FLYNN KIMBERLY (USA) TEAM PEGGY DNF
; BLASI ZEPHANIE BLASI RACI DNF

Men;
1 GREEN ROLAND (CAN) TREK/VOLKSWAGEN 29 MILES IN 2:15:00
;2 MADRIGAL ALVAREZ- ZIRANDA (MEX) TURBO 01:10.0
;3 HESJEDAL RYDER (CAN) SUBARU-GARY FISHER 01:10.3
;4 KABUSH GEOFF (CAN) KONA 02:16.8
;5 HORGAN-KOBELSKI JEREMY (USA) RLX-POLO SPORT 02:17.2
;6 BONILLA BONILLA JOSE ADRIAN CRC CAFÉ DE COSTA RICA 04:14.0
;7 SWENSON CARL (USA) RLX-POLO SPORT 04:32.3
;8 BROWN TRAVIS (USA) TREK/VOLKSWAGEN 05:09.8
;9 SHEPPARD CHRIS (CAN) HARO LEE DUNGAREES 05:20.3
;10 BARRIGA SALVADOR (MEX) TURBO BIKE 06:15.8
;11 ESQUIVEL BENAVIDE DEIBER CRC CAFÉ DE COSTA RICA 06:30.3
;12 WIENS DAVE (USA) RLX POLO SPORT 07:39.4
;13 MORTENSON JIMI (USA) BEAVER CREEEK 07:45.3
;14 MCGRATH SEAMUS (CAN) HARO LEE DUNGAREES 07:59.7
;15 WELLS TODD (USA) MONGOOSE/HYUNDAI 08:15.4
;16 DECKER CARL DESCHUTES 08:47.2
;17 JUAREZ DAVID (TINKER) (USA) VOLVO-CANNDALE 09:15.2
;18 WEDGE PETER (CAN) KONA 09:29.6
;19 TULLOUS JASON (USA) GIANT/DOME 09:30.2
;20 RAABE MENDEZ HENRY CRC CAFÉ DE COSTA RICA 09:32.2
;21 MAPEL FRANK (USA) SPECILIZED 10:10.6
;22 GULLICKSON MARC (USA) MONGOOSE/HYUNDAI 10:35.0
;23 ROWNEY PAUL (USA) YETI/PEARLIZUMI 11:23.5
;24 STOCKWELL LUKE AUS JITTERY JOE’S 11:27.6
;25 JONES ERIC (USA) SOBE/CANNONDALE 11:55.7
;26 CUESTA NAVARRETE CHRISTIAN (MEX) DIRESA-COC 12:43.3
;27 YANIK JAMEY GIANT 13:11.3
;28 VAN TOUVER JAMES (CAN) HIGHLANDS 14:01.3
;29 WICKS BARRY (USA) CLIF BAR 14:26.7
;30 HESTLER ANDREAS (CAN) ROCKY MOUNTAIN 14:27.9
;31 BISHOP JEREMIAH (USA) TREK/VW 14:47.5
;32 TOULOUSE MATHIEU (CAN) GEARSRACING 14:54.5
;33 HENRY JAY SPECIALIZED 15:06.4
;34 BEZECNY JOSH (USA) FOX/DRAGON 15:07.5
;35 DWIGHT BRANDON (USA) RITCHEY ROOTS 15:17.7
;36 JENKINS CHARLES (USA) GIANT WEST 15:24.6
;37 MATTER BRIAN (USA) HAYES BRAKES 15:41.8
;38 PETERSON CODY (USA) LOST RIVER 15:44.2
;39 BOWMAN DAN (USA) RPM 15:44.5
;40 FEDERAU RICKY (CAN) GEARSRACING 15:57.2
;41 LINDSLEY ARIEL (USA) SUBARU/GARY FISHER 16:06.2
;42 HALL JEFF (USA) SALSA CYCL ES16:18.3
;43 EATOUGH CHRIS GBR TREK/VW 16:41.7
;44 STORM CHARLIE (USA) CSH RACING 16:52.2
;45 PERRY BRYSON (USA) COURUS 17:36.5
;46 GUPTILL ANDY (USA) TEAM DEVO 17:44.1
;47 JANELLE MICHAEL (USA) TOKYO JOES 17:57.4
;48 WEST MIKE (USA) TREK 18:21.2
;49 HINE JULIAN (CAN) GEARSRACING 18:32.8
;50 CRAIG ADAM (USA) DEVO 18:43.2
;51 PACOCHA MATT (USA) RITCHEY ROOTS 18:43.5
;52 SHIRLEY NEIL 18:52.1
;53 SWIFT JESSE (USA) DEAN 19:18.4
;54 SNEDDON KRIS (CAN) KONA 19:38.5
;55 ROBINSON JUSTIN (USA) ABS/SANTA CRUZ 19:42.8
;56 JONES JASON (USA) ATLANTA CYCLES 19:44.8
;57 LAIHO BRIAN (USA) DEAN 20:05.6
;58 MILLER BRENT AUS KHS SHIMANO 20:09.9
;59 SMITH BRIAN (USA) DEAN 20:31.8
;60 BRENNEMAN CAMERON (USA) KB HOME 20:34.4
;61 PHILLIPS NATHAN (USA) TAM DIABETICS 20:46.8
;62 WAITE NICK (USA) DEVO/WV 22:27.4
;63 MOESCHLER JASON GIANT 22:45.6
;64 BEARDSLEY CHRISTOPHER 22:56.5
;65 MITCHELL SHAWN (USA) SOBE/CANNODALE 23:19.6
;66 KELLER SCOTT (USA) LOOSE SPOKES 23:43.5
;67 MOODY BEN (USA) HARPOON 23:44.6
;68 TONKIN ERIK (USA) TEAM S&M 23:48.3
;69 TILES RUSS (USA) CHALCHALCH 23:56.2
;70 BARRY TROY (USA) GURU’S/SRA 24:03.5
;71 BRODERICK MICHAEL (USA) 25:21.9
;72 REEVES SKYLER (USA) SPECIALIZED 25:41.2
;73 GRAVELY WARREN (USA) DEAN 25:41.5
;74 DAY KEVIN (USA) SMITH SUNG 26:03.0
;75 VERTI(CAN) GARNET US ODI /SOUTH 26:32.2
;76 OBYE ALAN (USA) TEAM DEVO 27:00.7
;77 MACINNIS JOHN SOBE/CANNONDALE 27:26.2
;78 BUSCHING PHILIP (USA) SOBE/CANNODALE 27:29.3
;79 ASTELL BRIAN (USA) INDEPENDENT 28:22.8
;80 SHRIVER MATT (USA) RPM YETI 29:14.4
;81 KEITH ART (USA) 30:28.0
;82 GILLESPIE BART (USA) BIOGEN 31:25.7
;83 SIGSTON BENJAMIN (CAN) ROCKY MOUNTAIN 31:26.7
;84 TREBON RYAN (USA) HIGHLAND 33:01.7
;85 MELIS CHAD (USA) PCW CYCLING 33:41.6
;86 UNGER MATT (USA) TOKYO JOES 33:50.6
;87 KEIM ERIC (USA) K2-DDINC 34:08.6
;88 SAGER JASON (USA) TEAM DIABETIC 36:09.7
;89 PRENZLOW BRENT (USA) SUPERGO/CL 36:50.8
;90 MUSSELMAN LUKE US SOBE HEADSHOK 38:39.2
;91 HOLMES BILLY (USA) NATURE VALLEY 38:39.7
;92 KINNEY STEVE STEVEN K S 45:28.4
;MOLDAY KIRK (USA) SUNRACE SANTA CRUZ DNF
;SWINDLEHURST BURKE (USA) MOOTS DNF
;BLY DAVID (USA) HOMEGROWN DNF
;WILKERSON DEREK (USA) HILLENBRAA DNF
;BUCKLIN ADAM (USA) HARPOON / DNF
;IRVING DAVE ATLANTA CYCLES DNF
;EDWARDS RYAN (USA) DEVO/BALANCE BAR DNF