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Following the Piney Hills Classic this past weekend, Canadian Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) and Georgia...
Following the Piney Hills Classic this past weekend, Canadian Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis) and Georgia Gould (Luna) were named overall winners of the inaugural USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Cross Country Calendar.
After 29 events, Kabush topped the men's standings ahead of Todd Wells (GT-Hyundai) by 55 points (500 - 445). Jeremiah Bishop (Trek-VW) was third overall with 400 points, followed by Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Gary Fisher) in fourth with 399 points and Adam Craig (Giant) in fifth with 365 points.
Gould won the women's division with 650 points, many of which were accumulated by seven victories, ahead of Willow Koerber (Subaru-Gary Fisher) who earned 361 points. Shonny Vanlandingham (Luna) scored 355 points to finish third, while Katerina Nash (Luna) finished fourth with 325 points and Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Gary Fisher) rounded out the top five with 305 points.
Gould's victories included the Sea Otter Classic, the Fontana National, the Deer Valley National, the Sugar Mountain National, the Nova National, the Santa Ynez Valley Mountain Bike Classic and the Snowmass National. She also scored points at the national championships with a second in the cross country and fifth in the short track races.
By the end of the season Kabush boasted six victories including Sea Otter, the Nova National, the Santa Ynez Valley Classic, the Fontana National, the Deer Valley National and the Snowmass National. Kabush also scored significant second-place points behind at the Sugar Mountain National.
Jared Graves and Melissa Buhl have already been named the gravity calendar champions while Nat Ross and Rebecca Rusch have earned top honors in the ultra-endurance calendar.