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Wicks, Gould score wins in Fontana STXC

Barry Wicks’ transition from top-tier cyclocrosser to mountain bike strongman appears to be going well. The 26-year-old Kona rider, already a household name on the domestic ‘cross scene, took his first-ever NMBS victory at Sunday’s short-track in Fontana, California. Wicks out-sprinted breakaway companion Adam Craig (Giant) to take the STXC win and then followed up the victory with another win, again out sprinting Craig to take the Super D title.

Rest pays off for Wicks

By Fred Dreier

Barry Wicks’ transition from top-tier cyclocrosser to mountain bike strongman appears to be going well.

The 26-year-old Kona rider, already a household name on the domestic ‘cross scene, took his first-ever NMBS victory at Sunday’s short-track in Fontana, California. Wicks out-sprinted breakaway companion Adam Craig (Giant) to take the STXC win and then followed up the victory with another win, again out sprinting Craig to take the Super D title.

“Two wins in one day is pretty sweet — I feel kind of bad I had to punk Adam twice,” said Wicks, who lives and trains in Santa Cruz, California.

Georgia Gould (Luna) grabbed her second victory of the weekend, winning the women’s short track ahead of teammate Katerina Nash. The women’s race produced a surprise podium, as Canadian Wendy Simms (Kona) grabbed third place ahead of countrywoman Mical Dyck (Trek Bicycle Store). Utahan Kathy Sherwin (Titus-Kenda) rounded out the top five.

Wicks’ victory came one day after he was the chief animator in the NMBS’s 2008 cross-country opener — Canadian Geoff Kabush grabbed that race win while Wicks, who admitted he twisted the throttle too early, faded to fifth. But the show of fitness bodes well for Wicks’ 2008 campaign, which for the first time in the 26-year-old’s career, is aimed firmly at mountain-bike racing. In seasons past, Wicks focused evenly on the mountain bike and cyclocross circuits. He came into each year’s early mountain bike season still reeling from his ’cross campaign, and spent much of the season’s first half trying to find his legs.

This year, however, Wicks skipped the 2008 UCI cyclocross world championships, instead ending his season after the 2007 national championships in mid-December. The extra rest seems to have paid off.

“It feels good to come into these races fresh — I haven’t done much intensity yet, but I’ve been training for two months already,” Wicks said. “[teammate] Ryan [Trebon] was pretty wrecked after ’cross and he’s just building up right now.”

Trebon, who usually finds his form in June and July, proved to be a key element in Wicks’ victory, grabbing the front of the field from the starting line and stringing things out for three laps. Another teammate, Kris Sneddon, then took over, powering around the course, which spun up the mountain cross course before sending riders on a rocky descent. When Sneddon pulled off, Wicks got his gap.

“I looked back and had 15 meters or so and just decided to put my head down and go for it,” Wicks said. “I knew it was still pretty early. I didn’t really attack I just kind of rode away.”

With no one willing to chase Wicks, the 2006 national short track champion rode solo out front for the lion’s share of the race. Craig bridged up to him with two laps to go, but the Kona rider proved to have the punch to win it at the end.

The victory stands as a major confidence boost for Wicks, who is heading to Europe for his first-ever campaign on the UCI World Cup. Wicks will ride next weekend’s NMBS round in Fountain Hills, Arizona before joining Kabush, Craig, Plaxton, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Todd Wells at the World Cup opener in Houffalize, Belgium on April 21.

2008 Fontana NMBS
Short Track (Unofficial)

Men

1. Barry Wicks, Kona
2. Adam Craig, Giant
3. Geoff Kabush (Can), Maxxis
4. Max Plaxton (Can), Rocky Mountain
5. Ross Schnell, Trek-Volkswagen

Women
1. Georgia Gould, Luna
2. Katerina Nash (Cz), Luna
3. Wendy Simms (Can), Kona
4. Mical Dyck (Can), Trek Bicycle Store
5. Kathy Sherwin, Titus-Kenda

Results

RESULTS

MEN
1. Barry Wicks, Kona, at 0:24:56
2. Adam Craig, Giant, at 0:01
3. Geoff Kabush (Can), Maxxis, at 0:06
4. Ross Schnell, Trek-VW, at 0:12
5. Max Plaxton (Can), Rocky Mountain-Haywood, at 0:18
6. Sam Jurekovic, U23 National, at 0:21
7. Troy Wells, Tokyo Joes, at 0:30
8. Mathieu Toulouse (Can), Maxxis, at 0:34
9. Sam Schultz, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at 0:36
10. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at 0:39
11. Liam Killeen (GB), Specialized Factory, at 0:42
12. Cody Peterson, Scott Bicycles, at 0:43
13. Ryan Trebon, Kona, at 1:00
14. Tim Allen, Voodoo, at 1:02
15. Chance Noble, Calif Giant Berryf Arms, at 1:07
16. Ryan Woodall, Industrynine-Powerbar, at 1:08
17. Ricky Federau (Can),, at 1:10
18. Colin Cares, U23 National, at 1:10
19. Bryan Fawley, Tx Tough-Hotel San Jose, at 1:14
20. Kris Sneddon (Can), Kona Les Gets, at 1:18
21. Charles Pendry, Inland -Btd, at 1:21
22. Adam Morka (Can), 3 Rox Cycling, at 1:28
23. Andy Schultz, Kenda Titus Hayes, at 1:33
24. Mike Phillips, Alterra-Specialized, at 1:37
25. Ignacio Torres (Mex), Turbo Bikes, at 1:40
26. Travis Livermon, Kobold Watch Comp, at 1:40
27. Dana Weber, Jax Bicycle Center, at 1:41
28. Manuel Prado, Sho-Air-Rock N Road, at 1:45
29. Eric Salstrand, Bicycle Haus-Oakley-Specialized, at 1:45
30. Matthew Hadley (Can), Xprezo, at 1:46
31. Mitch Hoke, Tokyo Joe’s, at 1:51
32. Trevor Downing, Devo, at 1:57
33. Chris Peariso, Adventure 212 -Titus, at 2:04
34. Adam Snyder, 3-D, at 1 lap
35. Derek Zandstra (Can), 3 Rox, at 1 lap
36. Emmanuel Valencia (Mex), Turbo, at 1 lap
37. Stefan Widmer (Can), Rocky Mountain-Different Bike, at 1 lap
38. Martin Lazarski (Can), Rocky Mountain Different Bikes, at 1 lap
39. Paul Hanson, Sobe Cannondale, at 1 lap
40. Eric Ransom, Tamarack Resort, at 1 lap
41. Jeff Schalk, Trek VW-East, at 1 lap
42. Sean Donovan, Cytomax-KHS, at 1 lap
43. Mitchell Peterson, Mona Vie-Cannondale, at 1 lap
44. Alex Ryan, Land Rover-Cannondale, at 1 lap
45. Kyle Douglas (Can), 3 Rox, at 1 lap
46. Mike Andres, Trek-VW West Coast, at 1 lap
47. Yuki Saito, Fuentes Design-Walt Works, at 1 lap
48. Nat Ross, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at 1 lap
49. Ethan Gilmour, U23 National, at 1 lap
50. Lucas Livermon, Inland Construction, at 1 lap
51. Kenji Takeya (Jpn), Specialized Japan, at 1 lap
52. Eric Batty (Can), Trek Bicycles Store, at 1 lap
53. Brian Bain (Can), Cmc-Bow Cycle, at 1 lap
54. Kevin Smallman, Sobe Cannondale, at 1 lap
55. Michael Lee, Trek-VW West Coast, at 1 lap
56. Nigel Hill, Trek-VW West Coast, at 1 lap
57. Dylan Stucki, Independent Fabrications`, at 1 lap
58. Daniel Sessford Blue Competition Cycles, at 1 lap
59. Travis Woodruff, BMC-Momentum, at 1 lap
60. Mcconnell Franklin, Middlebury College, at 1 lap
61. Matt Rotroff, Btd-Inland Construction, at 1 lap
62. Steve Kinney, Steven K Sports, at 1 lap
63. Michael Mooradian, Spin Bike Shop, at 1 lap
64. Colin Osborn, Bikeparts:Com, at 1 lap
65. Chad Wells, 3D, at 1 lap
66. Luke Pennington, S & M Young Guns, at 1 lap
67. Tim Olson, Trek-VW Westcoast, at 1 lap
68. Chanoch Redlich (Isr), City Cycling Club, at 1 lap
69. Carl Decker, Giant, at 1 lap
70. Noah Holcomb Sobe Cannondale, at 1 lap
71. Robert Marion, Kenda Titus, at 1 lap

Women
1. Georgia Gould, Luna, at 0:25:12
2. Katerina Nash (Cz), Luna, at 0:07
3. Wendy Simms (Can), Kona, at 0:12
4. Mical Dyck (Can), Trek-Terrascape, at 0:12
5. Kathy Sherwin, Sobe-Cannondale, at 0:13
6. Willow Koerber, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at 0:16
7. Heather Irmiger, Subaru-Gary Fisher, at 0:18
8. Lea Davison, Trek-VW, at 0:47
9. Chloe Forsman, Luna, at 0:55
10. Shonny Vanlandingham, Luna, at 0:56
11. Catherine Pendrel (Can), Luna, at 0:59
12. Kelli Emmett, Giant, at 1:07
13. Jenna Zander, Sobe Cannondale, at 1:16
14. Judy Freeman, Toughgirl Cycling, at 1:17
15. Heather Holmes, Kenda-Titus-Hayes, at 1:20
16. Monique Sawicki, Ellsworth, at 1:27
17. Catherine Vipond (Can), Norco, at 1:28
18. Carolyn Popovic, Cicle-Bear Valley Bikes, at 1:38
19. Caitlyn Tuel, Trek-VW, at 1:38
20. Nina Baum, Sobe-Cannondale, at 1:42
21. Emily Batty (Can), Trek Bicycle Store Toronto, at 1:49
22. Amanda Riley-Carey, Kenda-Titus-Hayes, at 1:51
23. Amanda Sin (Can), 3 Rox, at 1:53
24. Danelle Kabush (Can), Luna, at 2:13
25. Sue Butler, Monavie-Cannondale, at 2:15
26. Emily Van Meter, Sobe-Cannondale, at 2:16
27. Jamie Dinkins, Devo, at 2:28
28. Sarah Maile, Ventana Mountian, at 1 lap
29. Maureen Kunz, Lost Coast Brewery, at 1 lap
30. Kimberly Flynn, Vantaggio-Specialized, at 1 lap
31. Krista Park, Kenda-Titus-Hayes, at 1 lap
32. Theresa Richardson, Sobe Cannondale, at 1 lap
33. Joy Duerksen, Jose Ole, at 1 lap
34. Kyia Anderson, Ekho Hrm-Cannondale, at 1 lap
35. Mary-Ellen Ash (Can), Easton-Sugarcrm-Specialized, at 1 lap