Kabush king with a win in Windam

Canadian champion comes back after crash

After suffering a mid-race crash, Canadian national champion Geoff Kabush (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) rode himself back into contention and ultimately took his second straight ProXCT victory. Max Plaxton (ShoAir Specialized) took second place after his teammate Sid Taberlay flatted and dropped to fourth. Todd Wells (Specialized) was third. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher/Subaru) finished fifth.

Windham Mountain has been designated as a World Cup venue for 2010, and spectators and racers alike were excited to see how the elite racers would perform on the newly modified cross country course. Designers shortened the course to 3.2 miles to bring it in line with World Cup standards and added a 0.65-mile start loop through a parking lot to make it more spectator friendly.

Kabush led all the favorites up the mountain but it was Taberlay who was first on the descent. Young Sam Schultz (Gary Fisher/Subaru) was again riding with the leaders in the first two laps, but then faded somewhat. Horgan-Kobelski knew he had to finish four spots or less behind Taberlay to secure the US ProXCT Series title. At one point during the race, that was in question, but by the end of the race the series was his.

"I wanted to finish with a win, but on the third lap those guys kind of slipped away," said JHK. "I could tell it probably wasn't my day to win so I knew I needed to finish on the podium. I'm pretty happy to win the series."

The race at the front seemed under control by Kabush until the ShoAir guys popped out of the woods with Kabush nowhere in sight. "I caught my bar on the end of a stump and kind of fell off. It was no big deal but my bike tumbled down a little bit of a cliff," said Kabush, who explained his absence. "I had to take a bit of a hike and got back on. I lost 30-45 seconds."

Plaxton and Taberlay put the hammer down after Kabush faltered. Plaxton set a blistering pace up the mountain followed by Taberlay and Wells. Sam Schultz, JHK, and Kabush briefly formed a second group but Kabush finally had to bridge the gap on his own.

"I just tried to ride back on. I knew those guys would try to take advantage of the gap," said Kabush. By the top of the climb on lap four he had made contact. "On lap five I lit it up and got the (winning) gap. It was good practice for next year's World Cup."

Kabush was the only member of the podium today who rode his hard-tail on the course. The lumpy descent had most riders reaching for their dual suspension bike. Kabush had tested his dually but decided that the extra weight was not worth the climbing penalty.

In the final US ProXCT series standings, JHK finished first, Taberlay second, Plaxton third, Wells fourth, and Kabush was fifth. Kabush had missed one of the races due to his World Cup schedule.

This race concludes the inaugural year of the ProXCT Series sponsored by ShoAir. There was great doubt at the end of last season as to whether there would be a national series in 2009 but ShoAir's Scott Tedro worked through considerable difficulties to make it happen. By combining forces with some existing successful races such as Bump n' Grind, a six-race series was crafted. Series champion Horgan-Kobelski said after the race, "There are a lot of positive things to build on for next year."

On Sunday, the elite men will compete in the finals of the TrailWatch.net Short Track. Wells has the series virtually locked up barring some disaster.

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage from Windham Mountain this weekend.

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain1:38:46 
2Max Plaxton (Can) Shoair/Specialized0:01:07 
3Todd Wells (USA) Specialized0:01:15 
4Sid Taberlay (Aus) Shoair/Specilaized0:01:34 
5Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (USA) Subaru-Gary0:01:40 
6Adam Craig (USA) Giant MTB Team0:04:12 
7Sam Jurekovic (USA) Shoair/Specialized0:04:54 
8Derek Zandstra (Can) 3 Rox Racing0:05:06 
9Rotem Ishay (Isr)0:06:07 
10Carl Decker (USA) Giant MTB Team0:07:05 
11Michael Broderick (USA) Kenda/Seven0:07:19 
12Sam Schultz (USA) Subaru-Gary0:07:53 
13Rob Squire (USA) U23 National Team0:07:53 
14Matthew Hadley (Can) Xprezo0:08:47 
15Andy Schultz (USA) Kenda/Tomac/Hayes0:09:25 
16Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young Guns0:10:18 
17Barry Wicks (USA) Kona0:11:06 
18Tad Elliott (USA) U23 National0:11:07 
19Peter Glassford (Can) Trek Store Racing Team0:12:08 
20Kris Sneddon (Can) Kona0:12:15 
21Thomas Turner (USA) Outspokin Bicycles0:12:53 
22Adam Snyder (USA) 3-D Racing0:14:58 
23Ryan Woodall (USA) Dedicated Athlete/Industry0:17:29 
24Colin Cares (USA) Kenda/Tomac/Hayes0:20:34 
-1lapDana Weber (USA) Trek/World Bicycle Relief  
-1lapBrandon Draugelis (USA) Cannondale Factory Racing  
-1lapJason Sager (USA)  
-1lapMichael Mooradian (USA) Spin Bike  
-1lapStephen Ettinger (USA) Black Diamond Sports Therapy  
-1lapMatthew Okeefe (USA)  
-1lapTom Sampson (USA)  
-1lapRobert Marion (USA) Kenda/Kmc/Hayes  
-1lapMacky Franklin (USA) Transparent Racing  
-1lapAaron Snyder (USA)  
-1lapBlake Harlan (USA) Jamis Factory Team  
-2lapsBrent Mellen (USA) Strava Velo  
-2lapsJustin Raynes (USA) Bikes Unlimi  
-2lapsMike Joos (USA)  
-2lapsJohn Burns (USA)  
-2lapsBenjamin Moore (USA)  
-2lapsMartin Kell (USA) Mountainside  
-2lapsTim Mosher (USA) Cannondale Factory Team  
-2lapsEthan Gilmour (USA) U23 Nat Team  
-2lapsSeamus Powell (USA) /Windham Mt Outfitters  
-2lapsAndrew Alesio (USA)  
-2lapsNathanael Wyatt (USA)  
-3lapsKyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox Racing  
-3lapsTimothy Carson (USA)  
-3lapsNoah Tautfest (USA)  
-3lapsChris Gagnon (USA) Magura/MTBmind.Com  
-3lapsRickey Visinski (USA)  
-3lapsJordan Kahlenberg (USA)  
-3lapsGreg Waggoner (USA)  
-3lapsAaron Elwell (USA) Crrt/Monster/T6  
-3lapsLeonardo Sandoval (USA) One Man Show  
-3lapsMaurice Gamanho (USA)  
-3lapsAndrew Freye (USA) Bikeman.Com  
-3lapsMike Festa (USA)  
-3lapsPatrick Wallace (USA)  
-3lapsKatriel Statman (USA) Transparent Racing  
-3lapsHarrison Precourt (USA) International Bikes MTB/Twin Six  
-4lapsGreg Carpenter (USA) Devo/Giant  
-4lapsOsias Lozano (USA)  
DNFSimon Happy (Can) RST Velo Sports  
DNFJustin Lindine (USA) Bikers.Com/Cannondale  
DNFTravis Livermon (USA) Champion System/Cannondale  
DNFSeamus Mcgrath (Can) Jamis Factory  
DNFPaul Kolb (USA)  
DNSRyan Trebon (USA) Kona  
DNSErik Tonkin (USA) Kona  
DNFJesse Jakomait (Can)  
DNFShane Gouldthread (USA) Dirtyharrys.Net  
DNFDylan Alesio (USA)  
DNFBrian Astell (USA) Lost Coast Brewery/Marin  
DNFAlex Ryan (USA) CCN/Cannondale  

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