Events

Green, Florit win West Virginia cross country

Roland Green (Trek-VW) continued his dominance of the NORBA circuit on Friday, taking his second consecutive victory at Snowshoe, West Virginia, and netting his sixth straight NORBA cross-country title. In the women’s race, Jimena Florit (RLX-Polo Sport) built on a commanding early lead to score her second cross-country race of the series. The men’s race began with a familiar look, as Green streaked out to a holeshot trailed by countryman and training partner Ryder Hesjedal (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and a third dangerous Canadian, Geoff Kabush (Kona). Hesjedal briefly took a solo lead towards

By Ryan Newill, VeloNews Correspondent

Roland Green (Trek-VW) continued his dominance of the NORBA circuit on Friday, taking his second consecutive victory at Snowshoe, West Virginia, and netting his sixth straight NORBA cross-country title. In the women’s race, Jimena Florit (RLX-Polo Sport) built on a commanding early lead to score her second cross-country race of the series.

The men’s race began with a familiar look, as Green streaked out to a holeshot trailed by countryman and training partner Ryder Hesjedal (Subaru-Gary Fisher) and a third dangerous Canadian, Geoff Kabush (Kona). Hesjedal briefly took a solo lead towards the bottom of the second lap, while Volvo-Cannondale’s Kashi Leuchs worked through the field to chase with Green some 10 seconds behind, followed by Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski.

By the top of the fire road climb leading through the start-finish area, Green and Leuchs had reconnected with Hesjedal. Horgan-Kobelski continued to chase behind, trailing just 40 seconds behind the lead trio with two laps of the five-mile course remaining.

While Green took the lead through the start area at the top of the course, Leuchs, riding a full suspension rig to Green’s hardtail, took the lead through the steep and rooted Jug Handle descent that followed. As Green fell back past Hesjedal as well, something was obviously wrong. Green’s dominance looked to be as much in jeopardy as it ever had when his seatpost began to slip lower and lower into his frame. Green dismounted, tightened things up a bit, and after a 10-second delay rejoined the leading pair at the front.

As Hesjedal began to fade slightly, Leuchs began to seriously challenge Green, opening enormous gaps on the technical downhill sections, fuelled by a love of tough terrain, bounce on both ends, and a fat dual slalom tire on the front end. Whatever the damage done by Leuchs on the descents, however, Green made up on the course’s ample 1000 vertical feet of climbing. Passing through the start of the fourth lap, Green had opened a 30-second gap on Leuchs, who then closed down all but three seconds on the ensuing descent.

As the gaps see-sawed back and forth by downhill and uphill, Green’s pure power began to win out over Leuchs’ spirited singletrack riding. By the start of the final lap, the world champion had pounded out a 2:38 gap over Leuchs, who would hold on to a hard fought second place.

While Green has clearly been successful on the international circuit, and Leuchs had previously joined the upper echelons with a NORBA national victory, the true surprise came in the third podium spot. After steadily chasing the top three all day, Horgan-Kobelski’s efforts came good as he moved around Hesjedal on the hot fire road uphill to begin the final lap. From there, the new American hope expanded his lead over Hesjedal to 34 seconds by the finish. Hesjedal held on for fourth, followed by Seamus McGrath (Haro-Lee Dungarees) in fifth.

In the women’s race, Jimena Florit was having none of the lead swapping that dominated the men’s race. With the sprint from the line and the first technical descent behind, a select group had formed at the front, including 2001 Snowshoe runner-up Chrissy Redden, Florit, and last weeks dominating winner Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix). Florit jumped around Redden as soon as the trail pitched up, and set about the process of chipping time away from her rivals on each successive lap. All eyes focused on Dunlap, the reigning world champion and last year’s overpowering victor at Alpine Valley, waiting for the move that would bring Florit back. It never materialized.

By the second lap, Florit’s lead was 2:20 over second position Dunlap, 3:05 a lap later, and finally 3:10 at the finish.

“Jimena was in a different league today,” said Dunlap, “she just killed us.”

Behind the lead pair, Mary Grigson (Subaru-Gary Fisher) battled back from a painful early crash that led her to briefly believe she had fractured her ribs. Grigson, who won Snowshoe in 2001 during a winning streak that rivaled that of the retired Juli Furtado, rode the remainder of the race with a side stitch to take her third consecutive NORBA third, just ahead of teammate and early aggressor Redden. SoBe-Cannondale’s Shonny Vanlandingham rounded out the top five for the women’s podium.

Competition resumes Saturday at 3:00 with the women’s and men’s short track and mountain cross finals, followed by the downhill on Sunday.

Results

NORBA NO. 2; Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia; June 21-23; Cross Country; Men;1. ROLAND GREEN (CAN), TREK/VOLKS, 2:08:17.8;
2. KASHI LEUCHS (NZ), VOLVO CANN, at 04:55.3;
3. JEREMY HORGAN-KOBELSKI (USA), RLX POLO, at 05:05.6;
4. RYDER HESJEDAL (CAN), SUBARU-GAR, at 05:39.4;
5. SEAMUS MCGRATH (CAN), HARO LEE D, at 06:30.1;
6. TRAVIS BROWN (USA), TREK/VOLKS, at 08:09.4;
7. CARL SWENSON (USA), RLX POLO, at 08:10.6;
8. CHRIS EATOUGH (GB), TREK/VW, at 08:51.1;
9. MARC GULLICKSON (USA), MONGOOSE/H, at 08:56.4;
10. ADRIAN BONILLA (CR), CAF… DE CO, at 09:09.4;
11. CARL DECKER (USA), DESCHUTES, at 09:26.6;
12. MATHIEU TOULOUSE (CAN), GEARSRACIN, at 09:51.8;
13. TINKER JUAREZ (USA), VOLVO CANN, at 11:22.0;
14. CHRIS SHEPPARD (CAN), HARO LEE D, at 11:43.9;
15. GEOFF KABUSH (CAN), KONA, at 12:16.4;
16. DEIBER ESQUIVEL (CR), CAF… DE CO, at 12:27.5;
17. RICKY FEDERAU (CAN), GEARSRACIN, at 12:58.2;
18. TODD WELLS (USA), MONGOOSE/H, at 13:32.1;
19. PETER WEDGE (CAN), KONA USA, at 13:44.3;
20. HENRY RAABE (CR), CAF… DE CO, at 13:48.5;
21. JIMI MORTENSON (USA), TOKYO JOES, at 15:07.9;
22. JULIAN HINE (CAN), GEARSRACIN, at 15:49.9;
23. BRIAN SMITH (USA), DEAN BICYC, at 15:54.5;
24. BARRY WICKS (USA), CLIF BAR D, at 16:03.7;
25. NICK WAITE (USA), BALANCE BA, at 16:23.3;
26. JAY HENRY (USA), SPECIALIZE, at 16:45.3;
27. LUKE STOCKWELL (AUS), JITTERY JO, at 18:28.0;
28. JEFF HALL (USA), SALSA CYCL, at 18:46.4;
29. MICHAEL BRODERICK (USA), SEVEN CYCL, at 19:03.8;
30. CHARLIE STORM (USA), CYCLING SP, at 19:25.0;
31. MIKE WEST (USA), TREK/VW, at 20:17.2;
32. SALEM MAZZAWY (USA), CVC/IRONHO, at 20:54.7;
33. JOSH BEZECNY (USA), FOX/DRAGON, at 21:02.0;
34. FRANK MAPEL (USA), SPECILIZED, at 21:17.4;
35. BRIAN ASTELL (USA), INDEPENDEN, at 21:54.8;
36. CODY PETERSON (USA), LOST RIVER, at 23:10.5;
37. DEREK PRECHTL (USA), BELLS BEER, at 23:22.5;
38. ARIEL LINDSLEY (USA), SUBARU/GAR, at 23:54.2;
39. MATT PACOCHA (USA), RITCHEY RO, at 24:36.8;
40. JAMES VAN TOEVER (CAN), HIGHLANDS, at 25:11.9;
41. CHRISTIAN CUESTA (MEX), DIRESA-MIC, at 25:14.7;
42. CHAD MELIS (USA), PCW/TFG/SM, at 26:18.5;
43. ADAM CRAIG (USA), BALANCE BA, at 26:30.4;
44. RAITA SUZUKI, BRIDGESTON, at 26:39.2;
45. BRANDON DWIGHT (USA), RITCHEY RO, at 26:55.3;
46. JEREMIAH BISHOP (USA), TREK/VW, at 27:19.9;
47. NEIL SHIRLEY (USA), RUSS DENNY, at 27:32.6;
48. EDGAR GARCIA (MEX) ADVENTUREO, at 27:39.9;
49. JASON MOESCHLER, GIANT, at 28:13.3;
50. BRENT MILLER (AUS), KHS SHIMAN, at 28:50.3;
51. JOHN MACINNIS (USA), SOBE/CANNO, at 28:56.1;
52. CHARLES JENKINS (USA), GIANT WEST, at 28:59.0;
53. JESSE SWIFT (USA), DEAN BICYC, at 30:04.7;
54. MATT SHRIVER (USA), 3D RACING/, at 30:45.6;
55. JAMEY YANIK, at 30:47.3;
56. TROY BARRY (USA), GURU’S/SRA, at 33:59.7;
57. ANDY GUPTILL (USA), COXSACKIE, at 35:02.1;
58. ANDY JACQUES-MAYNES (USA), SOLANO AVE, at 35:18.7;
59. BRIAN MATTER (USA), HAYES BRAK, at 37:43.4;
60. DAVE WIENS (USA), RLX POLO S, at 49:31.8;
61. PERREN DELACOUR (AUS), YETI RPM, at 1 LAP;
62. ADAM BUCKLIN (USA), HARPOON /, at 1 LAP;
63. BEN MOODY (USA), HARPOON /, at 1 LAP;
64. BRYSON PERRY (USA), GURU’S, at 1 LAP;
65. TRISTAN SCHOUTEN (USA), PCW CYCLIN, at 1 LAP;
66. NATHAN PHILLIPS (USA), TEAM DIABE, at 1 LAP;
67. TIM OLIVER (CAN), SPECIALIZE, at 1 LAP;
68. WARREN GRAVELY (USA), DEAN BICYC, at 1 LAP;
69. SCOTT KELLER (USA), NAU/LOOSE, at 1 LAP;
70. JEREMY POWERS (USA), BALANCEBAR, at 1 LAP;
71. RYAN TREBON (USA), HIGHLAND C, at 1 LAP;
72. CHRIS SCOTT (USA), MOUNTIANTO, at 2 LAPS;
73. DUNCAN MEYERS (USA), SOULCRAFT, at 2 LAPS;
— PAUL ROWNEY (AUS), YETI/PEARL, DNF;
— ANDREAS HESTLER (CAN), ROCKY MOUN, DNF;
— ZIRANDA MADRIGAL (MEX), TURBO, DNF;
— ERIC JONES (USA), SOBE/CAN, DNF;
— DOUG SWANSON (USA), TREK/VW/JB, DNF;
— ASLAK JOHANSEN, DNF;
— BART GILLESPIE (USA), BIOGEN, DNF;
— ALAN OBYE (USA), TEAM BALAN, DNF;
— JASON SAGER (USA), TEAM DIABE, DNF;
— DAVE IRVING (USA), ATLANTA CY, DNF;
— JASON JONES (USA), ATLANTA CY, DNF;
— ERIC KEIM (USA), JAMIS, DNF;
— PAUL BUSCHI (USA), TREK/VW, DNF;
— BILLY HOLMES (USA), IFBIKES.CO, DNF;
— RYAN EDWARDS (USA), DEVO/BALAN, DNF;
— CHRISTOPHER PIETRZAK (USA), TEAM CANNI, DNF

Women; 1. JIMENA FLORIT (ARG), RLX POLO-SPORT, 2:07:01.0;
2. ALISON DUNLAP (USA), LUNA WOMEN, at 03:10.3;
3. MARY GRIGSON (AUS), SUBARU/GARY FISHER, at 06:28.1;
4. CHRISSY REDDEN (CAN), SUBARU-GARY FISHER, at 07:10.5;
5. SHONNY VANLANDINGHAM (USA), SOBE/CANNONDALE, at 07:24.7;
6. MARY MCCONNELOUG (USA), SEVEN CYCLES, at 07:57.7;
7. SUSAN HAYWOOD (USA), TREK-VOLKSWAGEN, at 08:46.9;
8. KIARA BISARO (CAN), GEARSRACING, at 09:11.5;
9. KERRY BARNHOLT (USA), SOBE-CANNONDALE, at 09:30.2;
10. TRISH SINCLAIR (CAN), GEARSRACING, at 13:31.8;
11. JAMIE WHITMORE-CARDENAS (USA), K2/MICHELI, at 15:54.0;
12. LISA MATLOCK (USA), FORD NO BO, at 16:22.0;
13. WILLOW KOERBER (USA), CANE CREEK, at 16:41.7;
14. GRETCHEN REEVES (USA), ROCKY MOUNTAIN, at 17:03.8;
15. KAREN MASSON (AUS), SOBE-CANNONDALE, at 17:32.5;
16. DARA MARKS (USA), TITUS, at 17:42.6;
17. MELISSA THOMAS (USA), RITCHEY, at 19:04.1;
18. LANIE MASON (USA), CANE CREEK, at 19:18.4;
19. HIROKO NAMBU (JPN), TREK- VW, at 19:52.0;
20. KAREN DEWOLFE (CAN), RAGS/HAPOO, at 20:42.6;
21. LESLEY TOMLINSON (CAN), ROCKY MOUNTAIN, at 21:28.0;
22. SUSY PRYDE (NZ), VELO BELLA, at 21:47.7;
23. SARA BRESNICK (USA), RAGE-HARRPER, at 22:25.4;
24. GINA HALL (USA), LUNA WOMEN, at 25:43.1;
25. SARAH TESCHER (USA), at 3D & EASTO, at 26:30.1;
26. KAREN MATAMOROS ZUNGIGA (CRC), COSTA RICA, at 27:04.4;
27. SALLY WARNER (USA), BIOGEN, at 27:40.3;
28. JENNIFER HOPKINSON-SMITH (USA), DEAN/DYNAT, at 29:30.4;
29. DAWN BOURQUE (USA), HARPOON, at 30:10.0;
30. ALICE PENNINGTON (USA), CLIF BAR, at 30:29.3;
31. NINA MUSICH-BAKER (USA), HIGHLANDS, at 32:14.7;
32. PETRA ROCHA TREK/VW, at 32:23.0;
33. KRISTY MANTZ (USA), PORT NORFO, at 33:46.0;
34. HEATHER SVAHN (USA), THE BACKCO, at 34:04.9;
35. TIFFANY KENNY (USA), EDDYS/MAVI, at 34:40.2;
36. LISA PECK (USA), BIOGEN, at 36:28.2;
37. ERIN WINTER (USA), CHOCO-ANDE, at 36:53.0;
38. ELLEN CARROLL (USA), TEAM PEGGY, at 37:21.9;
39. LEA DAVISON (USA), TEAM BALNC, at 37:55.1;
40. MEGAN HARROD (USA), SPOT, at 39:11.9;
41. KRISTINE OESTERLING (USA), TREK EAST, at 41:24.5;
42. JULIE EMMERMAN (USA), RITCHEY RO, at 42:28.5;
43. RACHEL MASSEY (USA), FORD – NO, at 1 LAP;
44. BECKY SMITH (USA), SOUTH PARK, at 1 LAP;
45. AURORA BOUCHIER RPM/YETI, at 1 LAP;
46. SUZANNE FILIPPONE (USA), TREK NEW E, at 1 LAP;
47. LESLIE GILMORE (USA), SOULCRAFT, at 1 LAP;
— SHARI KAIN (USA), RLX POLO, DNF;
— KELLI EMMETT (USA), LUNA WOMEN, DNF;
— KATERINA HANUSOVA (USA), LUNA WOMEN, DNF;
— AMY HUNTER-DILLINGER (USA), NATURAL, DNF;
— KYIA MALENKOVICH (USA), DOGFISH/TR, DNF;
— SHARI HAUS, BECK, DNF;
— ALEXANDRA YEUNG AMOROSO’S, DNF;
— KATE LYNCH (USA), GURUS DNF

NORBA CROSS COUNTRY STANDINGS;
(after 3 of 5 events); MEN;
;1. ROLAND GREEN, 600 POINTS;
2. JEREMY HORGAN-KOBELSKI, 516;
3. GEOFF KABUSH, 460;
4. TRAVIS BROWN, 454;
5. SEAMUS MCGRATH, 436;
6. RYDER HESJEDAL, 434;
7. CARL SWENSON, 392;
8. CARL DECKER, 386;
9. CHRIS SHEPPARD, 378;
10. DEIBER ESQUIVEL, 378;
11. DAVID (TINKER) JUAREZ, 376;
12. PETER WEDGE, 374;
13. MARC GULLICKSON, 368;
14. HENRY RAABE MENDEZ, 354;
15. JIMI MORTENSON, 352;
16. MATHIEU TOULOUSE, 342;
17. CHRIS EATOUGH, 328;
18. TODD WELLS, 326;
19. BARRY WICKS, 304;
20. RICKY FEDERAU, 304;
21. ADRIAN BONILLA, 282;
22. JEFF HALL, 276;
23. DAVE WIENS, 268;
24. FRANK MAPEL, 266;
25. JULIAN HINE, 260;
26. JEREMIAH BISHOP, 260;
27. ADAM CRAIG, 258;
28. PAUL ROWNEY, 256;
29. JAY HENRY, 246;
30. CHARLIE STORM, 246;
31. JAMES VAN TOEVER, 234;
32. MIKE WEST, 232;
33. NICK WAITE, 222;
34. ANDREAS HESTLER, 212;
35. MATT PACOCHA, 206;
36. LUKE STOCKWELL, 202;
37. CODY PETERSON, 194;
38. SALEM MAZZAWY, 190;
39. NEIL SHIRLEY, 190;
40. BRIAN MATTER, 188;
41. KASHI LEUCHS, 186;
42. ZIRANDA MADRIGAL, 186;
43. JAMEY YANIK, 184;
44. CHRISTIAN CUESTA, 182;
45. CHARLES JENKINS, 176;
46. JOSH BEZECNY, 170;
47. BRANDON DWIGHT, 164;
48. ANDY GUPTILL, 160;
49. BRENT MILLER, 158;
50. DEREK PRECHTL, 156;
51. ARIEL LINDSLEY, 148;
52. BRYSON PERRY, 142;
53. BRIAN SMITH, 140;
54. MICHAEL BRODERICK, 138;
55. SALVADOR BARRIGA, 132;
57. JASON MOESCHLER, 120;
58. JOHN MACINNIS, 118;
59. JASON TULLOUS, 114;
60. MICHAEL JANELLE, 104;
61. ERIC JONES, 102;
62. MATT SHRIVER, 102;
63. DOUG SWANSON, 100;
64. RAITA SUZUKI, 96;
65. CHAD MELIS, 96;
56. PERREN DELACOUR, 124;
66. JESSE SWIFT, 92;
67. BRIAN ASTELL, 86;
68. ASLAK JOHANSEN, 80;
69. NATHAN PHILLIPS, 76;
70. DAN BOWMAN, 74;
71. BART GILLESPIE, 74;
72. TROY BARRY, 66;
73. SHAWN MITCHELL, 64;
74. MARK MCCORMACK, 64;
75. ADAM BUCKLIN, 60;
76. EDGAR GARCIA, 56;
77. ALAN OBYE, 54;
78. JASON SAGER, 52;
79. DAVE IRVING, 50;
81. ANDY JACQUES-MAYNES, 44;
80. BEN MOODY, 46;
82. KRIS SNEDDON, 44;
83. JUSTIN ROBINSON, 42;
84. JASON JONES, 40;
85. RUSS TILES, 38;
86. BRIAN LAIHO, 38;
88. SCOTT KELLER, 34;
87. ERIC PIRTLE, 36;
89. CAMERON BRENNEMAN, 32;
90. TRISTAN SCHOUTEN, 28;
91. CHRISTOPHER BEARDSLEY, 24;
92. WARREN GRAVELY, 22;
93. PHILIP BUSCHING, 22;
94. TIM OLIVER, 18;
95. ERIC KEIM, 18;
96. ERIK TONKIN, 16;
97. JAY RICHARDS, 16;
98. JEREMY POWERS, 12;
99. RYAN TREBON, 10;
100. CHRIS SCOTT, 8;
101. DUNCAN MEYERS, 6;
102. DANIEL GILLESPIE, 8;
103. SKYLER REEVES, 8;
104. KEVIN DAY, 4;
105. GARNET VERTICAN, 2


WOMEN;1. ALISON DUNLAP, 572 POINTS;
2. JIMENA FLORIT, 556;
3. MARY GRIGSON, 522;
4. CHRISSY REDDEN, 470;
5. SHONNY VANLANDINGHAM, 452;
6. MARY MCCONNELOUG, 440;
7. SUSAN HAYWOOD, 432;
8. KERRY BARNHOLT, 386;
9. TRISH SINCLAIR, 384;
10. KIARA BISARO, 384;
11. WILLOW KOERBER, 384;
12. SUSY PRYDE, 376;
13. GRETCHEN REEVES, 370;
14. DARA MARKS, 366;
15. MELISSA THOMAS, 364;
16. JAMIE WHITMORE-CARDENAS, 364;
17. LANIE MASON, 360;
18. LISA MATLOCK, 310;
19. KAREN MATAMOROS ZUNGIGA, 310;
20. SARA BRESNICK, 280;
21. SARAH TESCHER, 276;
22. KAREN MASSON, 274;
23. SALLY WARNER, 256;
24. JULIE EMMERMAN, 256;
25. ALICE PENNINGTON, 244;
26. HIROKO NAMBU, 238;
27. LESLEY TOMLINSON, 238;
28. PETRA ROCHA, 234;
29. SHARI KAIN, 224;
30. GINA HALL, 222;
31. NANCY BUSCHING, 218;
32. KELLI EMMETT, 214;
33. SHELLY WHISENHANT, 214;
34. KATERINA HANUSOVA, 208;
35. RACHEL MASSEY, 206;
36. KAREN DEWOLFE, 196;
37. TIFFANY KENNY, 184;
38. LESLIE GILMORE, 178;
39. JENNIFER TODD, 174;
40. ERIN WINTER, 164;
41. ALISON SYDOR, 164;
42. KRISTY MANTZ, 158;
43. JENNIFER HOPKINSON-SMITH, 154;
44. HEATHER SVAHN, 154;
45. NINA MUSICH-BAKER, 144;
46. ELLEN CARROLL, 144;
47. LISA PECK, 138;
48. AMY HUNTER-DILLINGER, 132;
49. NIKKI GARZA, 124;
50. MAGEN LONG, 114;
51. MICHELE KEANE, 112;
52. SUZANNE FILIPPONE, 112;
53. DAWN BOURQUE, 94;
54. CHRISTINE VARDAROS, 92;
55. ELENA FELIN, 90;
56. KYIA MALENKOVICH, 90;
57. BARBARA KREISLE, 88;
58. JOAN ORGELDINGER, 84;
59. SONIA LOPEZ, 82;
60. LINDA MURPHY, 80;
61. HEATHER SZABO, 74;
62. LEA DAVISON, 74;
63. MEGAN HARROD, 72;
64. SHARI HAUSBECK, 70;
65. KRISTINE OESTERLING, 70;
66. BECKY SMITH, 64;
67. AURORA BOUCHIER, 62;
68. ERIN KASSOY, 62;
69. KATE LYNCH, 54;
70. TIMARI PRUIS, 52