Five CTS Mountain Bikers Place in Top Ten
By Press Release
Colorado Springs, CO–CTS athletes performed impressively yesterdayat NORBA’s National Mountain Bike Series in Waco, Texas. Alison Dunlap,trained by premier CTS coach Dean Golich, showed competitors in the women’sevent that she is as strong as ever after winning her first cross-countryrace since suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last June. She tookfirst in the cross-country event, placed second overall and is well onher way to gain her necessary UCI points for a shot at the Olympics. KaterinaHanusova, also trained by Golich, placed third in the race and overall;Willow Koerber, premier CTS coach Jim Lehman’s athlete, placed fourth overall;Golich’s Sue Haywood placed 5th, and premier coach James Herrera’s athleteKelli Emmett placed 8th. Not bad for the first NORBA stop on the MountainBike Series.“It was a great way to start the season, “ explained Coach Jim Lehman.“Just coming off winter training, you spend a lot of solo time during thosemonths, and you’re never quite sure where you stand with your competitors.For our CTS athletes, it was a good confidence builder.” Golich agrees,especially for Dunlap, whom he knows was relieved to get this win afterher injury last year. And Herrera, long-time friend of Kelli Emmettwho began coaching the pro cross-country racer a few months ago, remarked:“For the past three years, I’ve watched Kelli grow and mature as a personand bike racer; she’s started off the year with a couple of impressivefinishes and is riding strong. . . There’s definitely big things on thehorizon for this girl.”Looks as if there could be big things on the horizon for all of theseCTS female athletes, especially as the season unfolds. While each focuseson winning races and gaining UCI points, the potential for Olympic goldcould very well become reality. Currently, Sue Haywood, just back fromCypress, is well in the lead for UCI points and a strong contender forthe Olympic berth. Dunlap, interviewed after her cross-country win on Sunday,admitted, “Right now I’m just picking off UCI points one race at a time,”which is all any of them can do: keep their sights focused on one raceat a time. The 2004 NORBA National Mountain Bike Series continues in Sonoma,California at the Infineon Raceway as part of the California Outdoor Championships,May 13-16.
Carmichael Training Systems, founded in 1999, is acommunity of athletes and coaches dedicated to improving the performanceand lives of athletes of all levels and disciplines. Led by Chris Carmichael,CTS brings coaching expertise, product advice and endurance sports informationto the athletic community via the Internet (www.trainright.com <http://www.trainright.com>)and through personal training camps and clinics. CTS works with a widevariety of athletes including five-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong,2000 Triathlon Olympic Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield, Montreal CanadiensCaptain Saku Koivu, 2001 Mountain Bike World Champion Alison Dunlap, WorldRecord Swimmer Ed Moses and Indy Car racer Eliseo Salazar. CTS is alsothe official coaching authority of the US Postal Service Cycling Team andthe Trek/VW Mountain bike team. CTS also serves as the official coachingservice for the US Paralympic cycling team.