Mulally and Buhl win US dual slalom titles

Category 1 through 3 titles awarded

Racing at the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships on Saturday featured dual slalom racing across all age groups and categories.

A short but heavy rain came down just before the finals began, making for slick conditions in the amateur finals. The course tightened up pretty quickly though, and by the time the pros went off - it was in perfect condition.

Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) and Melissa Buhl raced to wins in the men's and women's dual slalom national championship, respectively.

In the big final, Mulally beat out Blake Carney to take the gold medal while Brian Buell (Team Geronimo) bested Cody Kelley in the bronze medal round.

"It means a lot. Dual slalom is kind of like an American heritage. This is our thing and to be the national champion is really special," Mulally said after his win. "I rode consistent runs every time and I think that's what won the title for me."

In the women's race, Buhl outraced silver medalist Katie Holden in the final and Jacqueline Harmony picked up the bronze after winning against Katelyn Parhiala in the small final.

"It's always a good title to win," Buhl said. "I love the area. I love the people. The energy here is amazing. The people who put on the races did a good job with the course and a lot of work went into it, so 'well done' for those guys."

In the Category 1/2/3 women's race, Crystal Kalogris (Kovachi) claimed the gold medal ahead of silver medalist Nicole Kendle (Warren Wilson College).

Ethan Burns stood on the podium's top step after winning among junior men 14 and under. In the Category 1 Junior Men's 15-18 event, Luca Shaw came out victorious while Chase Hines (Factory SE Racing) claimed gold in the Category 1 Men's 19-29 contest and Jason Sherrill was the winner in the Category 1 Men's 30-39 race. In the Category 1 Men's 40+ competition, it was Kevin Liebig to claim top honors.

Among Category 2/3 Junior Men 15-18, Ian Turner was the top racer of the day while Kevin Quillan rode to the win in the Category 2/3 Men's 19-29 race. In the Category 2/3 Men's 30-39 event, Kevin Burkhead was the winner, and Ian Starr won the Category 2/3 Men's 40+ dual slalom.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Neko Mulally    
2 Blake Carney    
3 Brian Buell    
4 Cody Kelley    
5 Cody Johnson    
6 Michael Haderer    
7 Kenneth (Chuck) Pitts    
8 Tim Mangini    
9 Harrison Reynolds    
10 Michael Buell    
11 Ben Calhoun    
12 David Thacker    
13 Philip Noto    
14 Wesley Boucher    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Melissa Buhl    
2 Katie Holden    
3 Jacqueline Harmony    
4 Katelyn Parhiala    
Junior men 14 & under
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ethan Burns    
2 David Dressler    
3 Michael Kane    
4 Owen Witcher    
5 Joshua Rogers    
6 Phillip Steele    
7 Ethan Faw    
8 Noah Bell    
9 Clancy Loorham    
10 Aiden Loorham    
Cat. 1 Junior men 15-18
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Luca Shaw    
2 Bas Van Steenbergen    
3 Jay Fesperman    
4 William O'Brien    
5 Davis Nonno    
6 Kyle Grau    
7 Eric Vest    
8 Cody Smith    
DNF Tyler Krenek    
Cat. 1 men 19-29
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chase Hines    
2 Joshua Patton    
3 Brandon Hopkins    
4 Alex Dawson    
5 Danny Cesare    
6 Paul McSparin    
7 Craig Folsom    
8 Ace Savarese    
9 Mac Banner    
10 Daniel Ennis    
11 Nathan Swartz    
12 Thomas Wilkinson    
13 Gus Michaels    
14 Steven Penland    
15 Josh Smith    
16 David Medina    
Cat. 1 Men 30-39
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jason Sherrill    
2 William Murray    
3 Shawn Metcalf    
4 David Bethea    
5 Ryan Kramer    
6 John Fennell    
7 Jeremy Edge    
8 Gary Bethea    
Cat. 1 Men 40+
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Liebig    
2 Andy DeVault    
3 Jerry Mailloux    
4 Kurt Dressler    
5 Trey Smith    
6 Steven Brown    
7 Joe Bell    
Cat. 2/3 Junior men 15-18
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ian Turner    
2 Zachary Hutelin    
3 Dylan Vecchione    
4 Josh Standish    
Cat. 2/3 Men 19-29
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Quillan    
2 Christopher (Steele) Barber    
3 ryan dunn    
4 Cory Diamond    
5 Rowan Bateman    
6 santiago franco    
7 james guidry    
8 Cody Dunn    
9 Bradley Smith    
10 Michael Firquin    
11 Edwin Cowan    
12 William Hinton    
13 Tyler Morris    
14 Zak Hinton    
15 James Harnois (1 - Cat3)    
Cat. 2/3 Men 30-39
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Burkhead    
2 Bryan Morgan    
3 Reid Allred    
4 Allen Weber    
5 John O'Shura    
6 Patrick Alcisto    
7 Jeff Allred    
8 Coy Miller    
Cat. 2/3 Men 40+
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ian Starr    
2 Mike Suddeth    
3 Jason schmidt    
4 Doug Tate    
5 Michael Ward    
6 William Miller (1 - Cat3)    
7 Alfredo Carbonell (2 - Cat3)    
8 John OConnor    
Cat. 1/2/3 Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Crystal Kalogris    
2 Nicole Kendle    
3 Caroline Westray    
4 Coleen Pacurariu    
5 Eva Wilson (1 - Cat3)    
6 Corrine Miller    
7 Katherine Santos (2 - Cat3)    
8 McKenna Merten    

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