By Steve Medcroft
The NORBA circuit shifted north to Mount Snow, Vermont last weekend and was dominated by racers in town ahead of the Mont Saint-Anne in Canada this week.
Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven Cycles) and Christoph Sauser (Specialized) took wins in cross country. McConneloug says focused on riding a smooth, efficient race in order to prepare for Mont Sainte Anne. Sauser gushed about his equipment: “Today we got brand new Epic bikes with integrated cranks and the bike is so light again - it's under nine kilos,” he said.
In Downhill, World Cup riders Greg Minaar (G-Cross Honda) and Sabrina Jonnier (Monster Energy/Iron Horse) took top honors.
And despite the presence of so many of the world's elite, domestic pros had some fun too. Tara Llanes (Giant) and Rich Houseman (Yeti/Fox) cleaned up in Dual Slalom while Ryan Trebon (Kona Les Gets) and Katerina Nash (Luna Chix) topped the short track podiums.
After pulling out of Saturday's cross-country race, Trbon said that the NORBA short track, his first NORBA victory, was especially sweet. “It's about time," he said. "I mean I've had a bunch of bad luck, you know, and I'm kind of just making up for all the other times I was close but couldn't quite finish it off. It's nice to get the first one out of the way.”
To kick off the weekend, organizers moved the Super D to 8am on Saturday. That, in conjunction with a 3pm cross-country start, bolstered the size of the field to almost a hundred racers including winners Sue Haywood (Trek/VW) and Barry Wicks (Kona Les-Gets). Also in the field was retired former US National Downhill Champion Marla Streb (Luna Chix) competing for the first time since giving birth to Nicoya Streb just six weeks ago.
One rider to not make out well at Mount Snow was Lea Davidson (Trek/VW). She slipped on a pipe during the cross country race and dislocated her elbow. Team manager Jonathan Posner sent the picture above and filled us in by email: "The medical response folks said that this is about the most painful injury they ever see at their facility. It was a complete dislocation of the elbow joint. They manipulated it back into place on the second try and she should be OK to race again before the season winds down."
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