Taberlay defeats Wells and Horgan-Kobelski

Irmiger captures women's short track ahead of Byberg and Emmett

Sunday's H2O Overdrive Triple Crown All Mountain Series started off with the short track race. The 15-minute plus one lap race would prove to be a full throttle affair.

In typical fashion of short track, attacks started coming from lap one, with everyone trying to take a shot of going off the front.

Race leader Sho-Air/Specialized's Max Plaxton hit the deck hard on lap three and was trampled by Kona's Ryan Trebon and others, who had no where to go but over Plaxton and his bike. Plaxton would rejoin the group with a badly twisted up bike, but would claw his way back to the top five.

Out front, Todd Wells (Specialized), Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru / Gary Fisher), Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale), Sam Schultz (Subaru / Gary Fisher), Sid Taberlay and Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain - Maxxis) were drilling the pace. Plaxton and others were in a chase group just a few meters off.

With one to go, the riders began to size each other up, looking to set up an opportunity to lead into the races final chicane into the finish.

Newly crowned Austrailian National Short Track Champion Sid Taberlay of the Sho-Air/Specialized team jumped out of the field with an eighth of a lap to go and made the move stick taking a big win over Wells, JHK, Bishop and a banged up Plaxton.

The stage was now set for a Sho-Air/Specialized shootout, as both Plaxton and Taberlay went into the Super D event with one win a piece.

If Plaxton wanted the title, he was going to have to hang it out on to take the win, otherwise his teammate Taberlay had set himself up for a win.

In the women's short track - a 10-minute affair plus one lap - all guns were firing.

This time it was Subaru/Gary Fisher rider Heather Irmiger, fresh off her Hawaiian vacation, who took the win over Specialized's Lene Byberg, Giant's Kelli Emmet, with Chloe Forsman (Tokyo Joe's) and Pua Sawicki (Team Mata) rounding out the top five.

Full Results

Elite men short track
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sid Taberlay (Aus) Sho-air/Specilaized  
2Todd Wells (USA) Specialized  
3Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher  
4Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Team  
5Max Plaxton (Can) Sho-air/Specialized  
6Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher  
7Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain  
8Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada  
9Barry Wicks (USA) Kona  
10Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis  
11Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona  
12Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru/Gary Fisher  
13Peter Glassford (Can)  
14Tad Elliott (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized  
15Manuel Prado (Crc) Sho-air/Specilaized  
16Jeff Herrera (USA) Hammerheadbikes.com  
17Tj Woodruff (USA) Trek Bicycles Boulder  
18Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt  
19Stephen Ettinger (USA) Mafia/Felt/PBR  
20Dana Weber (USA) Trek/World Bicycle Relief  
21Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda/Felt  
22Eric Bierman (USA) Steven K Sports  
23Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona/FSA  
24Adam Snyder (USA) 3D Bicycles  
25Jason Siegle (USA) Bike Religion  
26Matthew Beaton (USA) Tokyo Joes  
27Trevor Downing (USA) Mafia Racing  
28Romolo Forcino (USA) Bear Valley Bikes  
29Vincent Lombardi (USA) Sho-Air/Sonnance  
30Nate Byrom (USA) Northstar/WTB  
31Joe Schneider (USA) 3D Racing  
32Garnet Vertican (USA) Big Ring  
33Josh Kelly (USA) Hmaer Nutrition  
34Chad Stoehr (USA) Blue Competition Cycles  
35Derek Hermon (USA) Bear Valley Bikes  
36Evan Plews (USA) www.evanplews.com  
DNFMitchell Hoke (USA) Tokyo Joes  
Elite women short track
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher  
2Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized  
3Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant MTB Team  
4Chloe Forsman (USA) Tokyo Joes  
5Pua Sawicki (USA) Okole Stuff.com  
6Amber Neben (USA)  
7Allison Mann (USA) Rock N Road Cyclery  
8Krista Park (USA) Incycle/Cannondale  
9Kay Sherwood (USA) Tokyo Joes  
DNFRebecca Tomaszewski (USA) Niner/Ergon  
Elite men Triple Crown standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Max Plaxton (Can) Sho-air/Specialized2 pts
2Sid Taberlay (Aus) Sho-air/Specialized3 
3Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain6 
4Todd Wells (USA) Specialized7 
5Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher9 
6Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Team11 
7Jeremy Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher11 
8Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada12 
9Barry Wicks (USA) Kona18 
10Manuel Prado (Crc) Sho-air/Specialized22 
11Peter Glassford (Can)23 
12Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona/FSA26 
13Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona26 
14Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda/Felt27 
15Dana Weber (USA) Trek/World Bicycle Relief27 
16Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru/Gary Fisher28 
17Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis28 
18Tj Woodruff (USA) Trek Bicycles Boulder31 
19Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt36 
20Tad Elliott (USA) Sho-Air/Specialized39 
21Adam Snyder (USA) 3D Bicycles42 
22Vincent Lombardi (USA) Sho-Air/Sonnance45 
23Romolo Forcino (USA) Bear Valley Bikes48 
24Jeff Herrera (USA) Hammerheadbikes.com49 
25Jason Siegle (USA) Bike Religion55 
26Evan Plews (USA) www.evanplews.com57 
27Eric Bierman (USA) Steven K Sports58 
28Mitchell Hoke (USA) Tokyo Joes60 
29Matthew Beaton (USA) Tokyo Joes62 
30Trevor Downing (USA) Mafia Racing69 
31Nate Byrom (USA) Northstar/WTB76 
32Joe Schneider (USA) 3D Racing81 
33Derek Hermon (USA) Bear Valley Bikes86 
Elite women Triple Crown standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant MTB Team3 pts
2Lene Byberg (Nor)4 
3Pua Sawicki (USA) Okole Stuff.Com4 
4Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher6 
5Allison Mann (USA) Rock N Road Cyclery8 
6Chloe Forsman (USA) Tokyo Joes11 
7Amber Neben (USA)12 
8Krista Park (USA) Incycle/Cannondale14 
9Kay Sherwood (USA) Tokyo Joes17 
10Rebecca Tomaszewski (USA) Niner/Ergon31 

 

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