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US Pro XCT #2: Sea Otter Classic 2010

Date range:
April 16-18, 2010

April 18, Cross country - Elite men:

Stander wins cross country in three-up sprint

Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
April 19, 2010, 0:12 BST,
April 19, 2010, 4:34 BST

An outnumbered Kabush hangs in for second

Burry Stander (Specialized) takes the win in a sprint against Geoff Kabush (Maxxis - Rocky Mountain)

Burry Stander (Specialized) takes the win in a sprint against Geoff Kabush (Maxxis - Rocky Mountain)

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Burry Stander won the three-up sprint at the end of the elite men's cross country race at the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. With two against one in the lead trio, the Specialized team dominated the race, taking first, third and fourth. However, the outnumbered Geoff Kabush (Maxxis Rocky Mountain) rode an intelligent race, making it to the final sprint despite Team Specialized's best efforts to drop him en route. Kabush finished second ahead of Todd Wells (Specialized) in third.

Not far behind, Christoph Sauser (Specialized) finished fourth. Roel Paulissen (Cannondale) made a late race surge to ride himself up into fifth place.

Early int he race a group of five riders formed, including Wells, Stander, Kabush, Marco Fontana (Cannondale) and Sauser, at the front, setting a pace that strung the large field out immediately.

Fontana and Sauser were gapped off. "It's tough to plan the start, but we hoped to get all three of us up there," said Wells. "We almost did, but it didn't quite work."

"I was behind Fontana and then got about five to 10m off Kabush, and then I didn't have the top speed to catch back up," said Sauser. "I thought maybe I could catch back on the climb, but I sat down a little too early and then there was a flat part and that was it." On his own on the flat parts, Sauser wasn't as fast as the lead trio, especially with a long, level paved section around the race track on each of the five total laps.

The rest of the race was a battle between the two Specialized men, Stander and Wells, and one Maxxis Rocky Mountain rider, Kabush. Stander and Wells did everything they could to shake Kabush, but the tenacious Canadian rode intelligently to defend his position in their group. Kabush had hoped to get some help against Specialized from the Cannondale riders, but after Fontana faded, he didn't see anything but red at the front for the duration.

"Obviously I wanted to win, but it was a good race," said Kabush. "It was tough going there with just me and the Specialized guys. I wasn't looking behind. I knew I had to stay in the top three. They'd go one-two in the singletrack and wanted to let a gap grow, so I worked to stay second wheel and try to control it and soften them up whenever I could."

"Todd and I were trying the whole time to get a gap on Kabush, but we couldn't. He was riding well today," said Stander.

"I thought for sure we'd be able to shake him," said Wells. "We'd get small gaps on him, and then he'd power back. At one point, we almost got both of us off, but he was too strong. I would attack and Burry would sit on Kabush, then he'd attack and I'd sit on Kabush."

However, both Specialized riders approached the finish with confidence. "I knew at the finish that Burry would beat Kabush in the sprint," said Wells.

"I knew it was going to be a sprint," said Stander. "I did a lot of road racing during my summer - the last couple of weeks. My sprinting has been good. I attacked first, then Todd went over me and Kabush followed him, so it gave me the perfect line-up and I knew when we came into the last straight that I had it."

"Burry led the last singletrack and I kept a bit of a gap. I was hoping to get it down to the last corner when I knew I could get to the finish," said Kabush, "but when Todd went on the inside, I had to cover that. On the last corner, I made my jump, but Burry was able to come by."

Sauser never did catch the lead trio and rode solo for three laps to finish fourth. On the final lap, Paulissen worked his way up significantly to leap away from the chase group of five that he'd joined near the end of the race. He was helped by two teammates, who blocked for him as he rode away for fifth place.

"It was hard today. I had some stomach problems and still do," said Paulissen. "I was suffering the first 40 minutes, and I tried to get in my rhythm. The legs got better though and on the long gravel climb, I went for it."

It was Paulissen's first time racing a 29er on a cross country course. "It was good on the rolling portions of this course. The course wasn't twisty, and the bike was so stable. I would race it again, depending on the course."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Burry Stander (RSA) Specialized Factory 1:23:13  
2 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain    
3 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:00:02  
4 Christopher Sauser (Swi) Specialized Factory Racing 0:01:06  
5 Roel Paulissen (Bel) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:14  
6 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:39  
7 Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:02:52  
8 Jeremiah Bishop (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:02:53  
9 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:03:17  
10 Chris Sheppard (Can) Rocky Mountain/Thule 0:03:22  
11 Carl Decker (USA) Giant Factory Offroad 0:04:44  
12 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona    
13 Adam Morka (Can) Trek Canada 0:05:00  
14 Conrad Stoltz (RSA) Specialized Factory Racing 0:05:01  
15 Jason Sager (USA) Team Jamis    
16 Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Cannondale Factory Racing    
17 Lachlan Norris (Aus) Drapac/Porsche/Giant 0:05:37  
18 Travis Livermon (USA) Champion Systems/Cannondale 0:06:20  
19 Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona 0:06:26  
20 Thomas Turner (USA) Jamis Bicycles 0:06:34  
21 Craig Richey (Can) Aviawest 0:06:36  
22 Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda-Felt 0:07:07  
23 Stephen Ettinger (USA) Mafia Racing 0:07:14  
24 Ryan Woodall (USA) 0:07:21  
25 Rotem Ishay (Isr) Team Jamis    
26 Ken Onodera (Jpn) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:07:22  
27 Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M    
28 Tad Elliott (USA) Team Sho-Air/Specialized    
29 Peter Glassford (Can)    
30 Tj Woodruff (USA) Trek Bicycle Store    
31 Dana Weber (USA) Trek 0:07:25  
32 Max Knox (RSA) DCM 0:07:41  
33 Robert Marion (USA) American Classic/Kenda 0:07:56  
34 Stefan Widmer (Can) Rocky Mountain Factor 0:08:09  
35 Sean Babcock (USA) Team S&M 0:08:19  
36 Kerry Werner Jr. (USA) Shirks Presented 0:08:20  
37 Simon Jensen (Den) HMTBK 0:08:31  
38 Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:08:33  
39 Tinker Juarez (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:08:36  
40 John Bennett (USA) Whole Athlete 0:09:00  
41 Russell Finsterwald (USA) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:09:05  
42 Mitchell Hote (USA) 0:09:28  
43 Pierre Facomprez (Fra) Look Shimano    
44 Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Teamgive/Blackbottom 0:09:33  
45 Kalan Beisel (USA) Procycling    
46 Eric Emsky (USA) Blue Competition Cycle 0:09:38  
47 Jeffrey Herrera (USA) Hammerheadbikes.Com 0:09:45  
48 Dror Pekatch (Isr) Subaru-Gary Fisher 0:09:57  
49 Vincent Lombardi (Fra) Sho-air/Sonance 0:10:10  
50 Branden Stewart (RSA) DCM 0:10:12  
51 Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Felt 0:10:13  
52 Yuki Saito (Jpn) Topeak-Ergon 0:10:17  
53 Ben Thompson (USA) Trek MTN Co-Op 0:10:23  
54 Bryan Alders (USA) Pearl Izumi 0:10:46  
55 Aaron Bradford (USA) Specialized/Onsite    
56 Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona 0:10:47  
57 Aren Timmel (USA) Team Chico 0:11:16  
58 Scott Frederick (USA) Inland Construction 0:11:18  
59 Adam Snyder (USA) Team Jamis 0:11:43  
60 Tim Allen (USA) 0:11:45  
61 Ross Schnell (USA) Trek/Crankbrothers    
62 Greg Carpenter (USA) 3D Racing 0:12:01  
63 Ethan Gilmour (USA) Giant Factory 0:12:11  
64 Nate Whitman (USA) Cynergy / Specialized 0:12:17  
65 Alex Grant (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing 0:12:24  
66 Kevin Smallman (USA) Incycle Bikes/Cannonda 0:12:56  
67 Drew Edsall (USA) Yeti 0:13:41  
68 Spencer Powlison (USA) Mafia Racing-Pabst-Felt 0:14:41  
69 Anthony Slowinski (USA) Backwoods Racing 0:16:13  
70 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:17:30  
-1lap Lucas Livermon (USA) Inland Construction    
-1lap Omer Kem (USA) Team Jamis    
-1lap Nicholas Stevens (GBr) Waltworks    
-1lap Aaron Snyder (USA) Scott Rc Mountain Bike    
-1lap John Nobil (USA) Bear Vly Bikes    
-1lap Blake Harlan (USA) Team Jamis    
-1lap Bradford Perley (USA) Mafia Racing/Felt/PBR    
-1lap Dylan Stucki (USA) Mafia Racing    
-1lap Michael Mooradian (USA) Bedford-Spin-Verge    
-1lap Aaron Elwell (USA) Highgear/Trek    
-1lap Braden Kappius (USA) Clif Bar    
-1lap Kenny Burt (USA)    
-1lap Alex Boone (USA) Trek MTN Coop    
-1lap Nate Byrom (USA) Northstar/Giant    
-1lap Justin Maka (USA) Hayes/Spy    
-1lap Nitish Nag (USA) Nrl Racing Developmen    
-1lap Gabriel Keck (USA) Summit Bicycles    
-1lap Brian Astell (USA) Lostcoast Brewery    
-1lap Charles Jenkins (USA) KHS 650 Crew    
-1lap Mitchell Peterson (USA) Giant    
-1lap Nick Weighall (USA) California Giant Berry    
-2laps Jeff Blair (Can) Unattached    
-2laps Mike Anderson (USA)    
-2laps Randall Jacobs (USA) Wheelworks Racing    
-2laps Tony Smith (USA) Focus Bikes    
-2laps Kyle Stock (USA) Golden Chain Cyclists    
-2laps Jason Moeschler (USA) WTB    
-2laps Wiley Mosley Mosley (USA) John Quinn / Jerk Racing    
-2laps Matt Connors (USA) Bicycle Ranch    
-2laps Noah Tautfest (USA) Biyclce Express    
-2laps Ben Sullivan (USA) Momentum Endurance    
-2laps John Burns (USA)    
-2laps Ron Castia (USA) Infovista Cycling Team    
-2laps Jeff Kerkove (USA) Topeak-Ergon    
-2laps Seamus Powell (USA) Ollett Coaching/Inustr    
-2laps Zachary Keller (USA) Form Cycles    
-2laps Bob Delp (USA) Vitamin Water/Folsom    
-2laps Osias Lozano (Col)    
-2laps Garnet Vertican (USA) Giant    
-2laps Rob Sousa (USA) Pro Cycling    
-2laps Anastasio Flores (USA) Giant Berry Farms    
-2laps Andrew Rigel (USA) Mafia Racing/Felt/PBR    
-2laps Hal Helbock (USA) Cytomax/Khs    
-2laps Eric Batty (Can) Trek Canada    
-2laps Evan Plews (USA) www.Evanplews.Com    
-3laps Rouke Croeser (RSA) DCM    
-3laps Bryan Van Vleet (USA) KHS    
-3laps Matt Wittler (USA) Lost Coast    
DNF Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona    
DNF Sid Taberlay (USA) Sho-air/Specialized    
DNF Kat Statman (USA) Feedback Sports    
DNF Nick Truitt (USA) Yeti    
DNF Drew Mackenzie (Can) Island Racing Club    
DNF Jim Hewett (USA) Summit Bicycles