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Defending champ Kabush leads stellar line-up at Whiskey Off-Road

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April 24, 2013, 15:20 BST,
April 24, 2013, 16:18 BST
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Monday, April 29, 2013
Whiskey Off Road
Geoff Kabush (Scott/3-Rox) is having an awesome opening weekend of racing, coming in 2nd today.

Geoff Kabush (Scott/3-Rox) is having an awesome opening weekend of racing, coming in 2nd today.

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Record attendance expected among the pros

Looking at the start list, the Whiskey Off-Road is shaping up to be a sort of North American mountain bike championship. Record attendance in the Whiskey Off-Road elite field is drawing 51 women and 88 men to vie for a $40,000 elite cash purse in Prescott, Arizona on Sunday, April 28.

Returning champion Geoff Kabush (Scott/3Rox) is confirmed to start along with his teammates Derek Zandstra and Cameron Jette. Flanked with strength and strategy, and showing superb early season fitness last weekend at the Sea Otter Classic, Kabush is a strong candidate for the $6,500 first place payday among the men's field.

Kabush will face riders like Max Plaxton and Jeremiah Bishop (both Sho-Air/Cannondale), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Trek), Adam Craig (Giant), Ben Sonntag (American Interbanc-Cannondale), Barry Wicks (Kona) and Todd Wells and Howard Grotts (both Specialized).

Unfortunately, Pua Mata (Team Sho-Air/Cannondale) will not be defending her 2011 and 2012 Whiskey victories as she continues to heal a broken leg. However, Team Luna Chix will be showing up with its strongest presence yet including Olympic bronze medalist Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash, Teal Stetson-Lee, Suzanne Snyder and Shonny Vandlandingham. Gould has previously finished second while Stetson-Lee was fifth last year.

Another woman to watch will be Lesley Paterson (Scott), the 2012 X-terra World Champion, who won the Bonelli Park Pro XCT earlier this season. Paterson will be among several women chasing after the $6,500 top women's prize, which is equal to the men's top payout.

Heather Irmiger (Trek), Amanda Carey (Stan's No Tubes), Kelli Emmett (Giant) and Chloe Woodruff and Judy Freeman (Crankbrothers) will also be on the start line.

"The quality of racers the Whiskey Off-Road is drawing to Prescott, Arizona is unparalleled in American mountain biking during recent years. We're very excited to host such an awesome dedicated group of racers," said Todd Sadow, President of Epic Rides.

"Plus, the opportunity to carry this momentum into the Inaugural Grand Junction Off-Road with $20,000 pro purse labor day weekend shows great promise for the North American Pro mountain biker in pursuit of venues able to service both exposure for their sponsors and financial requirements useful in making 'Professional Mountain Biker' a legitimate career path."

For a few weeks, the start list for the Whiskey 50 seemed like it might take a hit. After the UCI announced it would enforce its Rule 1.2.019 earlier this season, all UCI racers who entered the unsanctioned Whiskey Off-Road would have faced a possible fine and/or suspension. However, after the UCI agreed to suspend the enforcement of the rule through the end of 2013, many top mountain bikers went ahead with their original plans to compete in Arizona.

In its 10th year, the Whiskey Off-Road continues to grow at an exponential rate. The race now offers $40,000 in prize money, effectively doubling what was offered three years ago. Matching the purse, event attendance has doubled from 1,000 to 2,000 riders since 2010.

Pros will compete in a fat tire crit on Friday night and a 50-miler on Sunday while amateurs will race various distances on Saturday.

Elite men start list
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott Sports - 3Rox Racing    
2 Kurt Refsnider (USA) Salsa Cycles    
3 Ryan Ellis (USA)    
4 Jason Hilimire (USA) Gear Movement    
5 Stewart Gross (USA)    
6 Cameron Chambers (USA) Tuff Shed - Orbea - Enve    
7 Samuel Morrison (USA) The Gear Movement    
8 Jonathan Davis (USA) Trek - Ergon - ProGold    
9 Ted Willard (USA) G2 Bike - Bailey Bikes    
10 David Ochs (USA) Griggs Orthopedics - Go to Guide    
11 Keith Omundson (USA) Boulder Running Company    
12 Trapper Steinle (USA)    
13 Max Plaxton (Can) Sho-Air - Cannondale    
14 Alex Ryan (USA) Mock Orange Bikes - Kona Bikes    
15 Kalan Beisel (USA) Orbea - Tuff Shed    
16 Alex Grant (USA) Sho-Air - Cannondale    
17 Mimmo Futia (USA) Swiss American Bikes    
18 Dana Weber (USA) Stage 21 - Cannondale - Cytomax    
19 Frank Webber (USA) Orbea - Tuff Shed - Enve    
20 Bryan Dillon (USA) Griggs Orthopedics - Stan’s NoTubes    
21 Fernando Riveros Paez (Col) Bandwagon Racing - Rotor    
22 Nick Gould (USA)    
23 Shane Demars (USA) Pedal Pushers Cyclery    
24 Brian Sells (USA) Trek - Honey Stinger - Ergon    
25 John Nobil (USA) Bear Valley Bikes - Specialized    
26 Chad Davis (USA) Scott Sports - Syncros    
27 Adam Looney (USA) Eriksen - Honey Stinger    
28 Doug Johnson (USA) Bandwagon Racing - Pranava Yoga Center    
29 Scott Keller (USA) Form Cycles - Over the Edge Sports Sedona    
30 Ethan Millstein (USA) Airpark Bikes - TRU Composites - Milly Inc.    
31 Ryan Petry (USA) Tri Scottsdale - Tribe Multisport    
32 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Trek - Shimano - Oakley    
33 Christopher Beardsley (USA) Club Pilates    
34 Anthony Slowinski (USA) Bicycle Sport - Rooibee Red Tea    
35 Chris Jackson (USA) Castex Rentals - Felt Bicycles    
36 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Bicycles - SRAM - Schwalbe    
37 Adam Craig (USA) Giant Bicycles - SRAM - Schwalbe    
38 Sam Chovan (USA) Giant Bicycles - Pabst Brewing Company    
39 Menso De Jong (USA) Clif Bar - SRAM - Stevens Bicycles    
40 Elliot Reinecke (USA) Velo Hangar - Focus Bikes    
41 David Graf (USA) American Interbanc - Cannondale    
42 Tyler Coplea (USA) Orbea - Enve - Tuff Shed    
43 Jeff Kerkove (USA) Ergon - Topeak - Canyon    
44 Sepp Kuss (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory    
45 Payson Mcelveen (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory    
46 Marcus Hayward (USA) PH Structural - Bicycle Ranch -SRAM    
47 Sean Babcock (USA) Kona Bikes - Sellwood Cycle - Giro    
48 Sam Gross (USA) Nationwide Insurance - Flat Tire Bike Shop    
49 Yuki Ikeda (Jpn) Topeak - Ergon - Canyon    
50 Tj Woodruff (USA) Momentum Endurance - Arizona Cyclist    
51 Ben Sonntag (USA) American Interbanc - Cannondale    
52 Blake Harlan (USA) Jamis - Geax Tires - Stan’s NoTubes    
53 Skyler Trujillo (USA) Jamis - Geax Tires - Stan’s NoTubes    
54 Rotem Ishay (Isr) Jamis - Geax Tires - Stan’s NoTubes    
55 Thomas Turner (USA) Jamis - Geax Tires - Stan’s NoTubes    
56 Jason Sager (USA) Jamis - Geax Tires - Stan’s NoTubes    
57 David Timmons (USA) Honey Stinger - NAU Cycling    
58 Tom Obrien (USA) Nationwide Insurance - Scott Sports    
59 Ryan Clark (USA) Audi - Felt - Oakley    
60 Philip Tinstman (USA) MRI Endurance - Haro Bikes    
61 Troy Wells (USA) Clif Bar - Stevens Bikes - SRAM    
62 Brian Matter (USA) RACC - GearGrinder - Trek    
63 Daniel Munoz (USA) G2 Altitude Training - Cyclery USA    
64 Lance Runyon (USA) Jetset - Allstate - TROV    
65 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Sho-Air - Cannondale    
66 Tinker Juarez (USA) Sho-Air - Cannondale    
67 Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Bikes    
68 Brennan Wodtli (USA) All Access Staging&Productions    
69 Ernie Watenpaugh (USA) Jack Daniel’s    
70 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona Bikes - SRAM - Maxxis    
71 Cory Wallace (USA) Kona Bikes - SRAM - Maxxis    
72 Derek Zandstra (Can) SCOTT Sports - Shimano    
73 Cameron Jette (Can) SCOTT Sports - 3Rox Racing - Shimano    
74 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona Bikes - SRAM - Easton Cycling    
75 Derek Hermon (USA) Bear Valley Bikes - Specialized    
76 Michael Hosey (USA)    
77 Phil Grove (USA) Hammer Nutrition - My Tax Return    
78 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized - Clif Bar - Oakley    
79 Joel Titius (USA) So Cal Endurance - Ellsworth Bikes    
80 John Sawasky (USA) Ride Dirt - ZMS - FBR    
81 Jason Siegle (USA) SDG - Felt - iRT Wheels    
82 Colin Cares (USA) Kenda Tires - Felt Bicycles    
83 Sid Taberlay (Aus) Kenda Tires - Felt Bicycles    
84 Logan Taylor (USA) American Interbanc - Cannondale    
85 Matt Ewonus (Can) Balance Point Racing - Sunlife Financial    
86 Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized Racing    
87 Anthony Tintelnot (USA) Natural Dynamix - Bike Religion    
88 Sean Leader (USA)    
Elite women start list
# Rider Name (Country) Team  
1 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Bar - Orbea - Shimano    
2 Tracy Thelen (USA) Carmichael Training Systems    
3 Elizabeth Sampey (USA)    
4 Sarka Ruzickova (USA) Cannondale - Stan's NoTubes    
5 Jari Kirkland (USA) Griggs Orthopaedics - Mavic    
6 Deidre York (USA) The Gear Movement - CarboRocket    
7 Andrea Wilson (USA) Niner Bikes - Outdoors Incorporated    
8 Beth Ann Orton (USA) Sellwood Cycle Repair    
9 Amy Beisel (USA)    
10 Eszter Horanyi (USA) Griggs Orthopaedics - Waltworks    
11 Suzanne Snyder (USA) Luna Bar - Orbea - Shimano    
12 Kata Skaggs (USA) Adventure Bike Company - TriSports    
13 Beth Utley (USA) GU Energy Labs - PASA - Heart Center    
14 Jamie Busch (USA) Quadzilla Racing - Specialized    
15 Kate Aardal Calgary, AB    
16 Heather Irmiger (USA) Trek - Shimano - Oakley    
17 Leah Mccabe (USA) GU Energy Labs - crankbrothers    
18 Jaime Brede (USA) Honey Stinger - Bontrager    
19 Jacquie Phelan (USA) Todd DeAngelis    
20 Mical Dyck Victoria, BC Stan's NoTubes - Cannondale    
21 Amanda Carey (USA) Stan's NoTubes - Kenda Tires    
22 Blair Hurst (USA) Boulder Running Company    
23 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Bicycles - SRAM - Schwalbe    
24 Heidi Rentz (USA) Ibis - Hammer Nutrition    
25 Erin Alders (USA) Liv Giant - Giant Bicycles    
26 Alice Pennington (USA)    
27 Karen Jarchow (USA) Santa Fe Brewing Co. - Pivot Cycles    
28 Sarah Sturm (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory    
29 Judy Freeman (USA) crankbrothers - Scott Sports    
30 Sonya Looney (USA) Ergon - Michael David Winery    
31 Lauren Catlin (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory    
32 Jen Hanks (USA) Epic Brewing -    
33 Lisa Uranga (USA) Comedy Defensive Driving    
34 Chloe Woodruff (USA) crankbrothers - Scott Sports    
35 Rebecca Gross (USA) Tough Girl - Scott Sports - Reynolds    
36 Serena Gordon (USA) All Access Promotions    
37 Amanda Sin (USA) Scott Sports - Shimano    
38 Shannon Gibson (USA) Stan's NoTubes - Cannondale    
39 Vicki Barclay (USA) Stan's NoTubes - Cannondale    
40 Nina Baum (USA) Stan's NoTubes - Cannondale    
41 Evelyn Dong (USA) White Pine Touring - Smith Optics    
42 Lesley Paterson (USA) Scott Sports - 2XU - View Hotels    
43 Bryna Blanchard (USA)    
44 Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) Luna Bar - Clif Bar - Wahine Farms    
45 Jane Rynbrandt (USA) Tough Girl - Shimano - Rudy Project    
46 Erica Tingey (USA) Jamis Bicycles - Stan's NoTubes    
47 Brianne Marshall (USA)    
48 Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Bar - Orbea - Shimano    
49 Vanessa Humic (USA) Stan's NoTubes - Kenda - Xpedo    
50 Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Bar - Orbea - Shimano    
51 Christine Jeffrey (USA) 2XU - Extreme Endurance - Zipfizz    

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