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Wells wins short track national championships

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Todd Wells of Team Specialized stays in the red zone to claim the short track win.

Todd Wells of Team Specialized stays in the red zone to claim the short track win.
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Todd Wells, 2010 US National Short Track Champion.

Todd Wells, 2010 US National Short Track Champion.
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2009 short track national champion Adam Craig (Giant/Rabobank) gives a display of showmanship by riding a wheelie at his call-up to the start line.

2009 short track national champion Adam Craig (Giant/Rabobank) gives a display of showmanship by riding a wheelie at his call-up to the start line.
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The fastest mountain bikers in the United States stay hydrated and have a little chat at the start line.

The fastest mountain bikers in the United States stay hydrated and have a little chat at the start line.
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Subaru/Trek's Sam Schultz took the short track hole shot.

Subaru/Trek's Sam Schultz took the short track hole shot.
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The Subaru/Trek duo of JHK and Sam Schultz were on point at the start of the race.

The Subaru/Trek duo of JHK and Sam Schultz were on point at the start of the race.
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Todd Wells of team Specialized quickly made his way to the head of affairs by the second lap.

Todd Wells of team Specialized quickly made his way to the head of affairs by the second lap.
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As Sam Schultz is slowly distanced, JHK takes a dig at putting Todd Wells in the hurt locker.

As Sam Schultz is slowly distanced, JHK takes a dig at putting Todd Wells in the hurt locker.
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Clif Bars' Troy Wells, brother of Todd Wells, also has some speed in his legs as evidenced by his top 10 finish.

Clif Bars' Troy Wells, brother of Todd Wells, also has some speed in his legs as evidenced by his top 10 finish.
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By mid race, Todd Wells had cracked JHK.

By mid race, Todd Wells had cracked JHK.
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Subaru/Trek's JHK bites the proverbial bar in an attempt to reel in Todd Wells.

Subaru/Trek's JHK bites the proverbial bar in an attempt to reel in Todd Wells.
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Only a couple months after knee surgery, Giant/Rabobank's Adam Craig is regaining his race pace.

Only a couple months after knee surgery, Giant/Rabobank's Adam Craig is regaining his race pace.
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Kona's "Tree Farm", Ryan Trebon, started strong, but faded to sixth by the race's end.

Kona's "Tree Farm", Ryan Trebon, started strong, but faded to sixth by the race's end.
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Under 23 National cross country champ Tad Elliot (Sho-Air/Specialized) rode to an impressive top 10 in a field of very fast pro men.

Under 23 National cross country champ Tad Elliot (Sho-Air/Specialized) rode to an impressive top 10 in a field of very fast pro men.
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Todd Wells puts his team Specialized full suspension 29'er through the paces enroute to taking the short track victory.

Todd Wells puts his team Specialized full suspension 29'er through the paces enroute to taking the short track victory.
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Giant/Rabobank'' Adam Craig reels in a fading Tim Allen of team Niner.

Giant/Rabobank'' Adam Craig reels in a fading Tim Allen of team Niner.
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Specialized's Todd Wells claims his short track victory.

Specialized's Todd Wells claims his short track victory.
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JHK gives a finish line salute.

JHK gives a finish line salute.
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Men's short track podium.

Men's short track podium.
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Todd Wells (Specialized) capped off a fantastic weekend with a win in the short track national championship on Sunday afternoon in Granby, Colorado. Wells' victory came the day after he earned the cross country national title.

"It seems like I have always missed out, but this weekend, things just seemed to fall into place," said Wells.

On the dusty course, Wells was clearly the strongest rider. He, Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (Subaru/Trek) and Sam Schultz (Subaru/Trek) initially pulled away, gapping the rest of the field.

"I wasn't feeling so good before the race but once we got going, I must have recovered pretty well overnight and I was able to put in a good ride," said Wells.

Then Wells powered away from the two Subaru/Trek riders. "It wasn't a full out attack today, but I could see they were suffering, so I decided to push the pace a little," said Wells. "Up here at altitude, it's hard to attack. If you go into the red zone, it's hard to come back out."

"It was every bit as hard as it looked," said JHK. "I was suffering, but I think everyone was. It was just one of those courses with lots of hard, punchy short efforts every lap and nowhere to recover. I felt decent out there, but Todd was the strongest guy this weekend, and I think I was the second strongest guy this weekend."  Like the elite women, the men raced 20 minutes plus three laps.

Schultz seemed to run out of gas as the race progressed. He dropped off the pace of Horgan Kobelski and was caught by Adam Craig (Giant) on the final lap.

"I thought Sam and I were going to be able to work together, but we were both so on the rivet that no one could take an extra hard pull to close the gap down," said JHK.

Craig was third, Schultz was fourth and Carl Decker (Giant) put in a solid race to take fifth place.

"I could tell Sam was just barely fading. I didn't think I'd have enough time," said Craig. "I thought we'd get three laps to go two laps before we did based on looking at the clock, but it worked out fine."

"I had to keep the boy honest, he's getting pretty fast," joked Craig. "It's good not to let him get too big for his britches."

Race notes

Riders gave input on the short track course to USA Cycling's Marc Gullickson, who helped incorporate the feedback in time for Sunday's racing. The course differed from the previous year in that it was more worn in and includes some singletrack bermy sections as well as a short section of the four cross course, going up.

All three top men, Wells, Horgan-Kobelski and Craig, said they were pleased with their form and looking forward to the next two weekends when World Cups will take them to Champery, Switzerland, and Val di Sole, Italy.  Most will board planes Monday or Tuesday to cross the pond.

"This race is completely different from the World Cups," said Wells. "Of course, it's always nice to win and this race gives me confidence but that's a whole nother animcal over there. The course are hard, it's at sea level and there are like 200 guys racing. I feel good and I know what to expect."

"This weekend went well. Two good races is all you can ask for. My form is where I want to be and I feel like I can ride fast," said JHK.

Craig was pleased to see his form building as he continues his comeback post-knee surgery. He was looking forward to being in Europe in July.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Todd Wells (Specialized)
2Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Trek)
3Adam Craig (Giant/Rabobank)
4Sam Schultz (Subaru/Trek)
5Carl Decker
6Ryan Trebon (Kona)
7Colin Cares (Kenda/Felt)
8Tad Elliott (U23 National Team)
9Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar)
10Bryan Alders
11Andy Schultz (Kenda/Felt)
12Alexander Grant
13Russell Finsterwald (Subaru/Trek)
14Michael Broderick (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes)
15Kevin Kane
16Stephen Ettinger (US National Team)
17Tim Allen (Niner-Ergon)
18Barry Wicks (Kona)
19Mitchell Hoke (Tokyo Joe's)
20Kalan Beisel
21Macky Franklin (MTB PRO Team: Yeti-Sunflower Markets)
22Scott Frederick (Inland Construction)
23Cody Peterson
24Mitchell Peterson
25Kerry Werner (Christiana Cycling/Shirk''s Racing Presented by Trek Bikes)
26Travis Woodruff (Trek Bicycle Store Race Team)
27Bradford Perley (Mafia Racing)
28Peter Ostroski
29Thomas Sampson (Cannondale)
30Brad Bingham (Moots Cycles)
31Joe Schneider (3D Racing)
32Drew Edsall (Yeti / Sun Flower Market)
33Jack Hinkens (Trek Co-op)
34Ryan Dorsey
35Bryce Gordon (Honey Stinger/Trek)
36Robert Marion (Carpe Diem Racing)
37John Curry (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports)
38Adam Parke
39Nate Byrom (Northstar / Giant)
40Jason Young
41Wesley Lamberson (Cycleyouth U23 Pro Team)
42Benjamin Portilla (Honey Stinger/ Trek)
43Jason Siegle (Bike Religion)
44Matt Wiebe
45Aaron Elwell (High Gear / Trek)
46Clinton Claassen (Team Mad Cat)
47Chris Peterson
48Scott Kuppersmith (Herring Gas Cycling/Herring Gas Cycling Team)
49Carl Hesselein (Whole Athlete Cycling)
50Richard Schoenfelder (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports)
51John Bennett (Whole Athlete)
52Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Racing)
53Braden Kappius (Team Clif Bar)
54John Nobil (Bear Valley Bikes)
55Erik Tonkin (Kona)

 

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