In their final preparation race before the 2006 US National Championships in Sonoma, California, Shonny Vanlandingham (Luna Chix) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher) notched another win on the NORBA belts this past weekend.
JHK took a flyer on the first lap in the men's cross country race, ending up with a 2:35 gap over his closest competitor. Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW) and Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) swapped that second place with each other a few times during the race until Kabush ultimately nipped Bishop by a nose in a two-up sprint at the line.
Vanlandingham didn't have it as easy as her male counterpart. Heather Irmiger and Willow Koerber (both Subaru/Gary Fisher) dangled just fifteen and thirty seconds behind Vanlandingham at the finish. Irmiger even bumped tires with Vanlandingham in the early laps and briefly took the lead.
Deer Valley promotes staged the mountain cross race some twenty-five miles south of the venue at the Rad Canyon BMX track in the Salt Lake City Suburb of West Jericho. Jared Graves (Yeti/Fox) and Joanna Petterson (Morewood Bikes) won the event.