Geoff Kabush and Nash win Grand Junction Off-Road Fat Tire Crits

Wells and Matter round out men's podium

Geoff Kabush (Scott Maxxis) went off the front of the race with five laps remaining. He was able to hold off the peloton and take the win despite the determined efforts of several riders. Todd Wells (SRAM-TLD) finished second, while Brian Matter (Linear Sport Racing) finished a close third.

Geoff Kabush explained, "For the first ten, twelve, fourteen minutes there were some attacks and I was just feeling out the speed in the corners. Once things started to settle down I just countered one move and wasn't fully committed but they let me get ten seconds. I just tried to ride really smooth and hit it in the headwind on the backside. When the laps started counting down I knew that people would start to get a bit discouraged and hesitate. I just kept it rolling and was happy to see the three, two, one (laps) to go."

Women's Race

Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team), the most successful short track racer in history, rode a tactically perfect race to win the Fat Tire Crit on the final lap. Her teammate Maghalie Rochette set up the win by attacking the peloton and riding off the front for several laps. It forced others to chase her down while Nash sat in and kept her powder dry. Amy Beisel (Pro Cycling) finished second and local favourite Alexis Skarda (Stans NoTubes) took third place. Her work done, Rochette rolled in to take eighth place.

USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes), a favorite this weekend, was leading the race early on when she slid out in a corner and re-injured her dislocated shoulder. She was taken to hospital and is unlikely to race in the cross-country event on Sunday.

Katerina Nash was ecstatic about Rochette's effort. She remarked, "She did all the work. She did all the work. We were the only two out there (in the lead group) who had teammates so we definitely wanted to use that to our advantage. It was super windy and Maghalie went out there in put in the perfect attack, and I thought she was going to stay away. It was so close."

Rochette added, "I wanted to try something and I wanted it to stick until the end, but at the same time I knew that if they caught me that Katerina was in good position. It was awesome.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoff Kabush (Can) Scott Sports, Maxxis, Shimano  
2Todd Wells (USA) SRAM, SCOTT, CLIF  
3Brian Matter (USA) Linear Sport Racing, Trek, Shimano  
4Menso De Jong (USA) CLIF Bar, Niner Bikes, SRAM  
5Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Off Road  
6Howard Grotts (USA) Specialized  
7Russell Finsterwald (USA) SRAM | Troy Lee Designs Race Team  
8Kyle Trudeau (USA) CZ Racing. BikeFlights, Rouleur Carbon  
9Fernando Riveros Paez (Col) CZ Racing  
10Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Topeak-Ergon, Canyon  
11Nick Gould (USA) Ska Brewing, Zia Taqueria, Trek  
12Bryson Perry (USA) Rouleur Devo, DNA Cycling, Summit Cyclery-Giant  
13Herman Larsson (USA)  
14Adam Bucklin (USA) Team Rwanda  
15Nic Beechan (USA) Trek Test Team, Shimano, Stans NoTubes, Ride 100%, Fox  
16Lucas Rowton (USA) Montrose Bike Shop, Jonathan Livesay, my parents :)  
17Jake Yackle (USA) Yackle Brothers Racing, KHS  
18Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale, Enve Composites, Gear Rush  
19Weston Rasmussen (USA) CZracing, Tenac Championship Coaching  
20Cody Schwartz (USA) Scott, SRAM, Jakroo  
21Taylor Lideen (USA)  
22Troy Wells (USA) CLIF  
23Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) CLIF Bar, Niner Bikes, SRAM  
24Payson Mcelveen (USA) Orange Seal  
25Stephan Davoust (USA) Giant Factory Off Road, SRAM, Schwalbe  
26Chris Baddick (GBr) Boulder Cycle Sport, Scott Bicycles  
27Liam Earl (USA) TEAM CLIF BAR, NINER BIKES, CMU CYCLING TEAM  
28Rotem Ishay (Isr) Jamis Bikes, Vittoria Tires, Stan's NoTubes  
29Dean Hill (USA) Aspen Pro Cycling - Cima Cycles - Ute City Cycles  
30Ricardo Creel (Mex) CZ Racing  
31Cal Skilsky (USA) AZ Devo  
32Mitchell Peterson (USA) Canyon-Shimano  
33Alex Pond (USA) Sonoran Cycles, Honey Stinger, Big Agnes  
34Quinten Bingham (USA) America First Credit Union/P-Town Cross  
35Tyler Jones (USA) Privateer  
36Mark Currie (USA) ENVE Composites, The Adrenalin Project, Skratch Labs  
37Levi Kurlander (USA) Trek Bicycles, Team RideBiker p/b Sho-Air  
38Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona Endurance Team  
39Jakub Valigura (Cze) Full Cycle Boulder, Giant, Dryve Wheels  
40Donny Warbritton (USA) Stages Cycling  
41Spencer Paxson (USA) Kona Bicycles, WTB, Shimano  
42Nicolas Jimenez (USA) Yeti Cycles, Pactimo, Colorado Mesa University  
43Tim Racette (USA) McDowell Mountain Cycles, Mike's Mix, Maxxis Tires  
44Nick Thomas (USA) Cadence Promotions, Speedtech, Trek  
45Connor Barrett (USA) Summit Cyclery, Giant Bicycles, DNA Cycling  
46Tyler Fox (USA) Giant Bicycles, Rockshox, Sram.  
47Samuel Dolzani (USA) Honey Stinger, Bontrager  
48Bryan Dillon (USA) Topeak-Ergon, Canyon, SRAM  
49Drew Free (USA) KUHL, Pivot Cycles, Go-Ride.com  
50Daniel Matheny (USA) Matheny Endurance, COS Racing, EVOC  
51Brent Burcham (USA) Team Ninja  
52Cypress Gorry (USA) KTM Factory USA  
53Cody Cupp (USA) Purgatory Mountain Resort  
54Henry Nadell (USA) CZ Racing  
55Eivind Roed (USA)  
56Carter Anderson (USA)  
57John Nobil (USA)  
58Brent Dupe (USA)  
59Dylan Bailey (Can) Catalyst coaching and Sportlab, orange seal, suomy  
60Bobby Brown (USA) Bicycle Outfitters, Boyd Cycling  
61Peter Kalmes (USA) Sonoran Cycles  
62Noah Sears (USA) Pivot, MRP, Ergon  
63Austin Riley (USA) Aminorip, Tyler Hamilton Training, Green Guru Gear  
64Matthew Turner (USA) Competitive Cyclist, Pivot Cycles, POC  
Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) CLIF  
2Amy Beisel (USA) ProCycling / Kenda Tire  
3Alexis Skarda (USA) Stans, Kenda  
4Serena Bishop Gordon (USA) LIV, SRAM, Schwalbe  
5Crystal Anthony (USA) Maxxis, Shimano  
6Sofia Gomez Villafane (Arg) Assos , Pivot Cycles  
7Emily Schaldach (USA) TREK, RIDEFAST RACING, MECHA FITNESS  
8Maghalie Rochette (Can) CLIF, Maxxis, Fox  
9Evelyn Dong (USA) Cannondale  
10Jena Greaser (Can) Catalyst Coaching & SportLab, Personal Financial Sponsor (Diabetic Cats), Orange Seal, Julbo Eyewear  
11Sarah Kaufmann (USA) Stan's/Kenda Women's Elite Team  
12Rebecca Gross (USA) KHS Bicycles, Sped Precision Components, Rotor Bicycle Components  
13Chase Edwards (USA) Flagstaff Bike Revolution  
14Isnaraissa Moir (USA) Pivot Cycles, MRP, Ergon  
15Nicole Tittensor (USA) Jans/Reynolds/Scott  
16Christine Jeffrey (USA) CZ Racing  
17Nikki Peterson (USA) RideBiker, Incycle Bicycles, Kenda Tires  
18Karen Jarchow (USA) Topeak-Ergon Racing Team, Canyon, Rockshox, SRAM, Limar  
19Tamara Donelson (USA) The Cycle Effect  
20Sara Sheets (USA) Oskar Blues, Drunk Cyclist, Northern Colorado Grassroots  
21Liza Hartlaub (USA) GU Energy Labs  
22Celeste Cannon (USA) Tokyo Joe's, Lee's Cyclery, Nothern Colorado Eye  
23Jennifer Smith (Aus) Stan's NoTubes, Kenda Tires, Cannondale  

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