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

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