Kabush continues winning streak in Mt. Snow

Mid-race attack unmatched by Taberlay

Canadian Champion Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) used familiar tactics from his playbook to take a convincing win at the Mount Snow Pro XCT. Kabush has been on a roll of late. Last month he earned his fifth successive Canadian national championship and won the Bromont World Cup race last weekend. Sid Taberlay (Sho-Air/Specialized) gave Kabush very stiff competition to finish second. Todd Wells, who rode with the leaders until the last climb, finished third. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher/Subaru) was well off the pace in fourth and Sam Schultz (Gary Fisher/Subaru) finished fifth.

Conditions at Mount Snow were the best in years. The sun was shining all day, providing a temperature of about 75 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) and the occasional mud on the course was not significant enough to give the "mudders" any advantage. This year’s course did not go quite as high up the mountain as in years past, yet climbing turned out to be the deciding factor in the race.

Within the first lap a select group consisting of Kabush, Taberlay, Wells, Schultz, and Horgan-Kobelski formed with Kabush pushing the pace early. At the beginning of the second lap, young Schultz could be seen pulling these other elite riders, Olympians all, up the mountain.

It was evident early in the race that series leader Max Plaxton (ShoAir/Specialzed was having trouble staying with the leaders. He dropped to seventh place, riding behind strong teammate, Sam Jurekovic. As the race wore on Jurekovic put distance between himself and Plaxton.

On lap three, the Gary Fisher riders were dropped from the lead group. From that point on Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski would ride fourth, while a slightly fading Schultz seemed to be paying for those early efforts. He would hang on for a podium spot, however, making it a good all-around outing for the Gary Fisher Team.

Wells and Kabush appeared to be working together at times, before the Canadian made his move. "I was working with Todd to try to get off the front. Sid was just kind of sitting on our wheels," said Kabush afterwards. "Then, on one really decisive climb, a gap opened up.

"I was just feeling out the other guys and figuring out the course where I could make some time…and save something for a decisive move"

"Kabush nailed it on that steep climb," said Wells. "Sid was closed to him and I was behind Sid…Sid got a gap on me and we were all at our limit riding into the finish."

With today’s fourth place finish, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski took over the series lead from Max Plaxton. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski was awarded the leaders jersey at a ceremony after the race.

Some of the Elite riders will race Super D on Sunday morning. All of them are expected to line up for Short Track racing in the afternoon. Stay tuned to Cyclingnews.com for full coverage all weekend.

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoff Kabush (Can)1:37:57 
2Sid Taberlay (USA)0:01:11 
3Todd Wells (USA)0:02:01 
4Jeremy Horgan-Kobelsk (USA)0:02:55 
5Sam Schultz (USA)0:03:58 
6Derek Zandstra (Can)0:05:03 
7Sam Jurekovic (USA)0:06:20 
8Rotem Ishai (Isr)0:07:44 
9Barry Wicks (USA)0:08:17 
10Andy Schultz (USA)0:08:42 
11Carl Decker (USA)0:08:57 
12Michael Broderick (USA)0:09:43 
13Peter Glassford (Can)0:10:30 
14Max Plaxton (Can)0:11:19 
15Kris Sneddon (Can)0:11:31 
16Spencer Paxson (USA)0:11:56 
17Sam Koerber (USA)0:12:49 
18Thomas Turner (USA)0:13:04 
19Colin Cares (USA)0:13:21 
20Rob Squire (USA)0:13:21 
21Adam Craig (USA)0:15:20 
22Tad Elliott (USA)0:15:20 
23Jesse Jakomait (USA)0:15:56 
24Ryan Woodall (USA)0:16:19 
25Matt Hadley (Can)0:16:23 
26Adam Snyder (USA)0:17:37 
27Dylan Alesio (USA)0:18:13 
28Stephen Ettinger (USA)0:19:37 
29Dana Weber (USA)0:19:49 
30Macky Franklin (USA)0:21:11 
31Mike Mooradian (USA)0:21:40 
32Ethan Gilmour (USA)0:22:17 
-1lapTristan Cowie (USA)  
-1lapMike Joos (USA)  
-1lapBenjamin Moore (USA)  
-1lapTom Sampson (USA)  
-1lapBrent Mellen (USA)  
-1lapJohn Burns (USA)  
-1lapMatthew O'Keefe (USA)  
-1lapRobert Marion (USA)  
-1lapAndrew Alesio (USA)  
-1lapMatthew Bailey (USA)  
-1lapAndrew Freye (USA)  
-1lapNoah Tautfest (USA)  
-1lapMartin Kell (USA)  
-1lapBlake Harlan (USA)  
-2lapsJustin Raynes (USA)  
-2lapsGreg Carpenter (USA)  
-2lapsNathan Wyatt (USA)  
-2lapsRickey Visinski (USA)  
-2lapsShane Gouldthread (USA)  
-2lapsScott Frederick (USA)  
-2lapsGreg Waggoner (USA)  
-2lapsKurt Schmid (USA)  
-2lapsWiley Mosley (USA)  
-2lapsAndrew Rigel (USA)  
-3lapsJordan Kahlenberg (USA)  
-3lapsKat Statman (USA)  
-3lapsLeo Sandoval (USA)  
-3lapsPaul Kolb (USA)  
-3lapsGreg Montello (USA)  
-3lapsArthur White (USA)  
DNFJeremy Powers (USA)  
DNFAlex Ryan (USA)  
DNFPatrick Wallace (USA)  
DNFTravis Livermon (USA)  
DNFRyan Trebon (USA)  
DNFChristian Favata (USA)  
DNFJason Sager (USA)  
DNFAaron Snyder (USA)  
DNSSeamus McGrath (Can)  

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