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Position proves key to Snowshoe Mountain cross

The Snowshoe Mountain Mountain cross course did not leave a great deal of room for error. With nothing close to flat and only slightly doglegged corners, it was a matter of getting the holeshot, take the win, plain and simple. That tactic paid off for Brian Lopes (GT) and Katrina Miller (Jamis) both of whom qualified first, won each of their heats, and enjoyed their choice of lane position throughout the competition on the way to the top of the final brackets. In the women’s race, racers were offered an alternate line in order to avoid, if desired, the enormous double jump a scant 70 feet

By Ryan Newill, VeloNews Correspondent

The Snowshoe Mountain Mountain cross course did not leave a great deal of room for error. With nothing close to flat and only slightly doglegged corners, it was a matter of getting the holeshot, take the win, plain and simple. That tactic paid off for Brian Lopes (GT) and Katrina Miller (Jamis) both of whom qualified first, won each of their heats, and enjoyed their choice of lane position throughout the competition on the way to the top of the final brackets.

In the women’s race, racers were offered an alternate line in order to avoid, if desired, the enormous double jump a scant 70 feet from the finish. It was quickly apparent, however, that the winner would not come from the group that chose the slower conservative line, as Miller, Tara Llanes (Yeti), Jill Kinter (Intense), and Melissa Buhl (KHS/ODI) all chose to take flight and advance to the finals.

In the finals, Miller came out of the gate into first position, followed by the surprising BMX transfer Kinter, riding only her second mountain-cross competition. With no place to pass, Llanes held onto third ahead of Buhl, and hanging on to her series mountain cross lead.

The men’s race heated up before the finals, when the left side of the bracket produced a world championship quality matchup in semifinal round. The lineup was an international affair, pitting Frenchman Cedric Gracia (Volvo-Cannondale) and Aussie Wade Bootes (Trek-Volkswagen) against Americans Lopes and Eric Carter (Mongoose-Hyundai). It was a physical match from the top of the course, with Bootes posting a disqualification after being pushed wide and missing a gate. Below, Lopes had taken firm command at the front, while Gracia, after a quick look over his shoulder, celebrated his second place advancement with a full cross up over the doubles.

The other side of the bracket brought veteran Mike King (Haro-Lee Dungarees) and Gracia’s countryman Thomas Allier (Giant) to set up an American/French showdown. As it had been for the past two days of qualifying and preliminary rounds, it was all Lopes from the get go, as the veteran gravity rider and sometimes U.S. track team member charged the gates and led from start to finish. Gracia followed in second, followed by King and a frustrated Allier.

Results

NORBA NO. 2; Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia; June 21-23; Mountain Cross;1. BRIAN LOPES (USA), GT-FOX; 2. CEDRIC GRACIA (F), VOLVO CANNANDAL; 3. MIKE KING (USA), TEAM HARO LEE DUNGAREES; 4. THOMAS ALLIER (F), GIANT; 5. ERIC CARTER (USA), MONGOOSE/HYUNDAI; 5. KIRT VOREIS (USA), HARO LEE DUNGAREES; 5. WADE BOOTES (AUS), TREK/VOLKSWAGON; 5. NATHAN RENNIE (AUS), YETI/PEARLIZUMI; 9. BRIAN SCHMITH (USA), MONGOOSE/HYUNDAI; 9. GARY HOUSEMAN (USA), TEAM HOUSEMAN; 9. JARED RANDO (AUS), FOES/AZONIC; 9. JEFF EVANS (USA), CHEETA/SPY/ROMIC; 9. JOHN KIRKCALDIE (NZ), MAXXIS; 9. JOE HALEY (USA), SPECIALIZED; 9. TIM KRENTZ (USA), CHUMBA WUMBA BIKES; 9. RICHARD LANCASTER (USA), WTB/JERRICHO; 17. JASON CODDING (USA), MADCATZ/ORANGE; 17. TODD LEDUC (USA), FOES/AZONIC; 17. RICH HOUSEMAN (USA), TEAM HOUSEMAN; 17. YUTA KURISE (JPN), TREK JAPAN; 17. CURTIS KEENE (USA); 17. AARON CHASE (USA), SOBE/CANNONDALE; 17. BRYN ATKINSON (AUS), ROYAL ORANGE/OAKLEY; 17. PHILIP TINSTMAN (USA), MAD CATZ/SPY/ORANGE; 17. JOHN WADDELL (AUS), SUNRACE/SANTACRUZ; 17. BERT BOYCE (USA), VISION SF/PLANET X; 17. ORLANDO MARTINEZ (CUB), SPY PROFILE; 17. BRIAN SCHROYER (USA); 17. JUAN ASHWORTH (USA), KOVACHI WHEELS; 17. KYLE EBBETT (USA), IRON HORSE; 17. JARED GRAVES (AUS), MADCATS ORANGE; 17. JOE LAWWILL (USA), TREK/FOX SHOK; 33. KOICHI INOMATA (JPN), FOES/CREDIT; 33. KEVIN LIEBIG (USA), RACERS EDGE; 33. JIRO NAKAMURA (JPN), WTB; 33. SHAUMS MARCH (USA), RED BULL/CHUMBA WUMBA; 33. DAVID KLAASSENVANOORSCHOT (USA), INTENSE/SPY; 33. GEORGE RYAN (USA), THE PROJECT/BE-ONE; 33. JONATHAN CANFIELD (USA), TREK/VOLKSWAGON; 33. DAKOTA MARTIN (USA), INTENSE/FOX/SPY; 33. SETH LOLLI (USA), EVIL BIKES WARP; 33. CECIL LINDER (USA), TRAILS END RACING; 33. CHUCK PITTS (USA), DIRTWORKS; 33. DAVID THACKER (USA), TRAILSEND RACING; 33. JORDIE LUNN (CAN), SUNRACE SANTA CRUZ; 33. AARON PETERS (USA), SUNRACE SANTA CRUZ; 33. JOEL PANOZZO (AUS), SUNRACE/SANTA CRUZ; 33. JOE SYLVESTER (USA), AZONIC/OC RACIN; 33. DAVID MOCK (USA), LOOKING; 33. JIM DECHAMP (USA), TREK/VW/NO FEAR; 33. TOM OAKES (USA), TRAILMASTERS; 33. SEAN METHVEN (USA), HOPEY DAMPERS; 33. CLAY HARPER (USA), BEONEBIKES/ACTIONOUTFITTERS; 33. TJ COWERN (USA), POISON SPIKE BICYLE; 33. ERICK MORNINGSTAR (USA), SPECIALIZED/JONES SODA; 33. TOMMY TOKARCZYK (USA), OAKLEY/AZONIC/; 33. NATE ADAMS (USA), BIG CRANK; 33. CAILE NOBLE (USA), ROYAL ORANGE; 33. RYAN SMITH (USA), IRON HORSE; 33. ERIC PORTER (USA), ODI-SUNRIMS; 33. JUDD DE VALL (USA), PRIVATEER

WOMEN;
1. KATRINA MILLER (AUS), JAMIS BICYCLES;
2. JILL KINTNER (USA), INTENSE/TROYLEEDESIGNS/SHARP;
3. TARA LLANES (USA), YETI/PEARLIZUMI;
4. MELISSA BUHL (USA), KHS/ODI;
5. VANESSA QUIN (NZL), INTENSE CYCLES;
5. MIO SUEMASA (JPN), TREK-VOLKSWAGEN;
5. HIROKO INOMATA (JPN), FOES/CREDIT;
5. KATHY PRUITT (USA), ZEAL OPTICS/SANTA CRUZ;
9. LISA SHER (USA), CHUMBA WUMBA;
9. GALE DAHLAGER (USA), ELITE PERFORMANCE;
9. JAMIE LILLY (USA), SYSTEMS WEB;
9. SABRINA JONNIER (F), INTENSE;
9. DIANA MARGGRAFF (ECU), ROYAL ORANGE

NORBA MOUNTAIN CROSS STANDINGS;
(after 2 of 5 races); Men
;
1. BRIAN LOPES, 400 POINTS;
2. WADE BOOTES, 260;
3. CEDRIC GRACIA, 260;
4. THOMAS ALLIER, 240;
5. NATHAN RENNIE, 220;
6. MIKE KING, 180;
7. ERIC CARTER, 160;
8. KIRT VOREIS, 160;
9. JOHN KIRKCALDIE, 120;
10. TIM KRENTZ, 80;
11. BRIAN SCHMITH, 80;
12. JEFF EVANS, 80;
13. JOE HALEY, 80;
14. KYLE EBBETT, 60;
15. GARY HOUSEMAN, 60;
16. JOHN WADDELL, 60;
17. RICH HOUSEMAN, 60;
18. BRIAN SCHROYER, 60;
19. JASON CODDING, 60;
20. BRYN ATKINSON, 60;
21. JARED RANDO, 60;
22. TODD LEDUC, 40;
23. TRAVIS COLLINS, 40;
24. CHRIS KOVARIK, 40;
25. JOEL PANOZZO, 40;
26. RYAN FINNEY, 40;
27. AARON CHASE, 40;
28. YUTA KURISE, 40;
29. JOE LAWWILL, 40;
30. ORLANDO MARTINEZ, 40;
31. CHRISTOPHER ODRISCOLL, 40;
32. DUSTIN ADAMS, 40;
33. RICHARD LANCASTER, 40;
34. NATE ADAMS, 20;
35. NIGEL PAGE, 20;
36. TOMMY TOKARCZYK, 20;
37. PHILIP TINSTMAN, 20;
38. DAVID KLAASSENVANOORSCHOT, 20;
39. SVEN MARTIN, 20;
40. CURTIS KEENE, 20;
41. CHANCE GIBSON, 20;
42. MYLES ROCKWELL, 20;
43. MATT THOMPSON, 20;
44. JORDIE LUNN, 20;
45. JUDD DE VALL, 20;
46. SHAUMS MARCH, 20;
47. CAILE NOBLE, 20;
48. AARON PETERS, 20;
49. JIRO NAKAMURA, 20;
50. JODY STODDARD, 20;
51. KOICHI INOMATA, 20;
52. DAKOTA MARTIN, 20;
53. BERT BOYCE, 20;
54. JUAN ASHWORTH, 20;
55. COLIN BAILEY, 20

WOMEN;
1. TARA LLANES, 340 POINTS;
2. KATRINA MILLER, 280;
3. MIO SUEMASA, 220;
4. SABRINA JONNIER, 220;
5. JILL KINTNER, 220;
6. MELISSA BUHL, 200;
7. DIANA MARGGRAFF, 160;
8. HIROKO INOMATA, 120;
9. GALE DAHLAGER, 120;
10. VANESSA QUIN, 120;
11. KATHY PRUITT, 120;
12. LISA SHER, 80;
13. APRIL LAWYER, 40;
14. JAMIE LILLY, 40;
15. TAI-LEE MUXLOW, 40;
16. TAMMY PICKERRELL, 40;
17. MARLA STREB, 40