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Bradford and Brutsaert win the Super D

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Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo) wins the national Super D championship

Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo) wins the national Super D championship (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Adam Snyder (Team Jamis)

Adam Snyder (Team Jamis) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nate Byrom (Northstar)

Nate Byrom (Northstar) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Defending champion Adam Craig (Giant)

Defending champion Adam Craig (Giant) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Bikes are on the ground for a LeMans start

Bikes are on the ground for a LeMans start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Men's LeMans start

Men's LeMans start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Chad Cheeney (Durango Devo) wins the start

Chad Cheeney (Durango Devo) wins the start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound) moves up to second position

Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound) moves up to second position (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Chad Cheeney leads into the singletrack

Chad Cheeney leads into the singletrack (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound) chasing Chad Cheeney

Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound) chasing Chad Cheeney (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Ulmer Naish (KHS)

Ulmer Naish (KHS) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Michael Pastore leads the Mens 30-39 race

Michael Pastore leads the Mens 30-39 race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Men 50 LeMans start

Men 50 LeMans start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Judy Freeman (Tough Girls)

Judy Freeman (Tough Girls) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo) corners in first place

Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo) corners in first place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo) heads downhill

Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo) heads downhill (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Danae York leads Kelli Emmett.

Danae York leads Kelli Emmett. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) got caught behind some slower riders.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) got caught behind some slower riders. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru) lost a shoe at the start when someone stepped on it

Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru) lost a shoe at the start when someone stepped on it (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound) is national champion

Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound) is national champion (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elite Women's Super D podium

Elite Women's Super D podium (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Elite Men's Super D podium

Elite Men's Super D podium (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound) and Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo) won the Super D national championships in Granby, Colorado. Both adopted the winnng strategy of getting to the front before the downhill portion of the Super D, where passing was nearly impossible. The course started with a very brief run uphill, and the rest was all downhill.

"It was hectic," said Bradford of the start. "The run, which took about 15 or 20 seconds, was wild. Everyone was shoving everyone. The bikes were so clumped together, people were running all over each other."

Bradford beat Mike West (Maverick) and Ross Schnell (Trek / Oakley / Crank Bros) to the line for his first national title. His best previous result was a second to Carl Decker (Giant) at the Sea Otter Super D earlier this year. Jon Wilson (Northstar / Giant) and Eric Carter (GT Bicycles) rounded out the podium.

Defending champion Adam Craig (Giant) was 11th, ending an era of his domination of the national championship Super D. "Dudes were pushing and running and shoving. I got pushed a half dozen times while running and as I was picking up my bike, someone shoved me. I don't mind a mostly downhill Super D, but we need to tell these guys to have a start that will sort things out and make it less dangerous. There was nowhere to pass unless you took huge risks." Craig was not willing to take those risks - which kept him upright and safe so he could go on to win the short track later in the day.

Retired pro Brutsaert made an appearance after a friend asked her to come along out for the week. "The start was super unbelievably hard. I've never done a LeMans start. You're trying to catch your breath the whole way. I managed to go into the singletrack first."

"I love old school racing," she said. "It's not about the bike, but about racing smart and being kind of fit." Brutsaert retired from a pro career after the 2001 World Championships in Vail, Colorado, and was just racing for the day. When asked if she would also race the downhill in the afternoon while she was here, she said, "Did you see those jumps up there? I'm not racing that! I like to stay on the ground."

Jacqueline Harmony (Vixen Racing/Loeka/All Mountain Cyclery/Hayes) was second by just one second. Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles) finished third at seven seconds, and Krista Park (Incycle / Magura / NoTubes) and Kyia Anderson (Hidden Bay Sports / Cannondale) were fourth and fifth respectively.

2008 Super D women's champion Rachel Lloyd was not present to defend her title.

Race note

- Willow Koerber finished 14th officially after a shoe incident ruined her chances at the top.  Near the start, someone stepped on her shoe and it came off and went flying into the woods.  By the time she retrieved it and put it back on, her race was over.

Elite men
1Aaron Bradford (Onsite Ultrasound)0:05:53
2Mike West (Maverick)0:00:07
3Ross Schnell (Trek / Oakley / Crank Bros)0:00:11
4Jon Wilson (Northstar/Giant)0:00:19
5Eric Carter (GT Bicycles)0:00:20
6Naish Ulmer (KHS / Spy Optics)0:00:22
7Nicholas Weighall (Rad Racing NW)0:00:24
8Dante Harmony (All Mountain Cyclery/Hayes)0:00:25
9Adam Snyder (Team Jamis)0:00:28
10Drew Edsall (Scott USA / WTB)0:00:30
11Adam Craig (Giant Bicycles)0:00:31
12Nathaniel Hills (Wolf Rock Racing)0:00:38
13Bryan Alders (Monaviecannnondale.com)0:00:41
14Nick Truitt (PCL Construction/Yeti Cycles)0:00:42
15Carl Decker (Giant Bicycles)0:00:43
16Nate Byrom (Northstar / WTB)0:00:44
17Tyson Kaman (FCCT)0:00:45
18Chad Kittles (Bikeparts.com)0:00:49
19Spencer Powlison (Mafia Racing)0:00:49
20Alex Ryan (Champion System / Cannondale)0:00:50
21Spencer Paxson (Team S&M Young Guns)0:00:55
22Robert Marion (KMC / Hayes)0:00:57
23Chase Orrick (Durango Devo/Tomac Bikes)0:01:10
24Jonathan Buckell (Foes Racing)0:01:11
25Jamas Stiber (Stiber Racing)0:01:15
26Jake Lueckel (Bicycle Village / Squirt Lube)0:01:18
27Ray Storm (Pronghorn Racing)0:01:35
28James (Jay) Richards0:01:46
29Travis Livermon (Champion System / Cannondale)0:02:07
30Chad Cheeney (Durango Devo)0:02:40
DNSChad Melis (Dales Pale Ale Spot Brand)
DNSWade Wilderman (Team Totally Wired)
DNFJon Vivolo (Ellsworth / Road 34)

Elite women
1Elke Brutsaert (Durango Devo)0:06:49
2Jacqueline Harmony (Vixen Racing/Loeka/All Mountain Cyclery/Hayes)0:00:01
3Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles)0:00:07
4Krista Park (Incycle / Magura / NoTubes)0:00:14
5Kyia Anderson (Hidden Bay Sports / Cannondale)0:00:19
6Jennifer Whalen (Jenxracer.com)0:00:25
7Caroline Jarolimek (Full Cycle)0:00:26
8Danae York (Velobum.com/Turner Bikes)0:00:27
9C Michelle Rivera (Steven K Sports and Design)0:00:28
10Johanne Tuttle (Sycamore Cycles)0:00:37
11Kimber Gabryszak (Velo Bella Kona)0:00:38
12Judy Freeman (Tough Girl / SCOTT)0:00:46
13Amy Scherm0:00:48
14Willow Koerber (Subaru / Gary Fisher)0:01:54
DNFConnie Misket (Velo Bella Ellsworth)
DNFSage Wilderman (Team Totally Wired)
DNFSarah Kaufmann (Roaring Mouse / Titus)

Junior men 18 & under
1Seth Kemp (GT / Kenda Cycleyouth)0:06:01
2Jake Richards (Maplelag / Devo / Giant)0:00:28
3David Berg (EnduranceFactor.com / BikeChain.com)0:00:33
4Casey Sanchez (HUB)0:00:34
5Jeremiah Newman0:00:35
6Max Houtzager (Whole Athlete)0:00:35
7Bergen Tjossem (RPM / Yeti)0:00:40
8Will Patterson0:00:45
9Casey Williams (Bear Valley Bikes)0:00:46
10Brian Jorgensen0:00:53
11Bryce Semonian (Rodder Racing)0:01:07
12Gino Pastore (Durango Devo)0:01:08
13Alex Schoenfelder (Gas / Intrisic)0:01:09
14Andrew Dunlap0:01:13
15Elliott Saslow0:01:16
16Sepp Kuss0:01:18
17Luke Allen (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:01:19
18Joshua Wilcox (High Desert Bicycles)0:01:20
19Erik Jorgensen0:01:31
20Joshua Elston (Autoliv Cycling Club)0:01:33
21Coulter Westman (Optimize Endurance Services / BikeSource)0:01:34
22Merrick Westman0:01:39
23Derek Deyoung (TAI)0:01:43
24W. Grant Ellwood0:01:50
25Chase Dickens (Kenda / KMC / Hayes)0:01:51
26Hank Stowers (Durango Devo)0:01:52
27James Shahan (Durango Devo)0:01:53
28Montana Johnson (Cycletherapy)0:01:54
29Zane Enders (Autoliv)0:02:06
30Charlie Cone0:02:09
31Mitch Davis (Theraputic Associates / Black Diamond Racing)0:02:13
32Ross Ellwood0:02:18
33Alexander Willie (SMBA)0:02:19
34Wade Harrison (Bitterbrush Cycles)0:02:28
35Avi Kurlantzick (Artemis)0:02:59
36Cassidy Bailey (SMBA)0:03:32
37Chase Willie0:04:09
38Lane Speas (Mojo Wheels)0:04:51
DNFHayden Kast (Mojo Wheels)
DNFBrian Ledbetter
DNFChase Weissinger (Ibis Cycles)

Junior women 18 & under
1Emily Parker0:07:38
2Ksenia Lepikhina0:01:27

Men 19-29
1Lars Ellefson (Maplelag / Giant)0:06:18
2Chris Thibodeau (Sierra Express / Sho-Air)0:00:16
3Brian Crooks0:00:21
4Will Macdonald (Mafia Racing)0:00:23
5Duncan Oliver0:00:28
6Dustin Gillingham (Miracle Racing)0:00:30
7Christopher Sulfrian (Generic Cycles / Secret Cyclery)0:00:31
8Clinton Claassen (Team Mad Cat)0:00:31
9Ned Kajko (Steamboat Gravity Team)0:00:49
10Michael Barrett0:01:35
11John Clark (Fast Times / Cannondale / SDG)0:02:06
12Jared Kessler (The Hub)0:07:34
13Jesse Gonzales (Mom & Dad)0:07:55
DNFBen Cruz (WTB)

Men 30-39
1Michael Pastore (Ibis)0:06:08
2John Pattullo (CCCX.org)0:00:00
3Andrew Wachter (Pedal Power)0:00:17
4Andrew Johnston (Kenda / CycleYouth)0:00:24
5Todd Branham (Long Cane Trails / Industry 9)0:00:25
6Jon Freckleton (Aspire Performance)0:00:28
7Douglas Schuler (Boulder Cycle Sport / Lenz Sport)0:00:34
8Aaron Uhl (Trek Bike Store Boulder / Boulder MTB Racing)0:00:37
9Jonathan Davis (Trek Bike Store / Boulder MTB Racing)0:00:41
10Sonny Morocco (Moore-Gray Goat / Kenda / 661)0:00:43
11Gary Bischoff (Nema / Magura / Azonic)0:00:56
12Barry Hirst0:00:57
13Jeffrey Dickey (NCVC / Inova Health System)0:01:24
14Christopher Taylor (COMotion Sports / Yeti)0:01:29
15Joaquin Canizales (Team Marty's)0:01:55
16Travis Fahrney0:02:04
DNFHeath Sherratt (The Hub Roseville)
DNFBrian Butler

Men 40-49
1Todd Smith (Breck Velo)0:06:27
2Gavin Hayes (Spot Brand/Dales Pale Ale)0:00:03
3Chris Bentley (Team TAI / FSA / Fox)0:00:04
4Robert Garcia (Wolf Rock Racing)0:00:05
5Scott Hackett (Team Body Sync / Leading Edge Sports)0:00:07
6Gavin Spaulding (KHS Bicycles)0:00:08
7Greg Herbold (Sram)0:00:25
8Craig Skinner0:00:34
9Scott Ledbetter0:01:15
10Ron Sanchez (Hub)0:01:16
11Timothy Barnes (Mafia Racing)0:01:28
12Eric Newman0:01:30
13Stewart Mitchell (Gallatin Alpine Sports)0:01:40
14Clark Wright (EX Drinks)0:02:08
15Jay Gleason0:02:14
DNFDarrell Jamieson (Project 529)
DNFLee Mccormack (LeeLikesBikes.com)
DNFJack Serra Jr (Bikesource)

Men 50+
1Paul Zarubin (Northstar at Tahoe)0:07:12
2Robert Bevard (Horns Hill Hucksters / God / Bike Doctor)0:00:08
3David Strouse (COMotion Sports / Yeti)0:01:59
4Woody Harris (Mojo Wheels)0:02:13
5Michael Kast0:02:48

Women 19-29
1Lianna Miller (Mafia Racing)0:07:34
2Brianne Spiersch0:00:46
3Meghan Korol (Twin Six)0:00:51
4Catherine Cantway0:00:56

Women 30-39
1Lynn Bush (Tough Girl / SCOTT)0:07:23
2Megan Cordes (The Great Chiweenies)0:00:14
3Maria Pastore0:00:14
4Shannon Mathis (Vantaggio / Specialized)0:00:42
5Eden Sierra0:00:52
6Michelle Monroe (Joselyn's / Burnham Coaching)0:01:03
7Jennel Ortiz (Team Marty's)0:03:14

Women 40+
1Sue Rawley (Red Rock Racing)0:08:44
2Rachel Delateur (GL6 / Joyride)0:00:14
3Ann Davis (Theraputic Associates / Black Diamond Racing)0:00:26
4Deborah Martin-Wille (Red Rock Racing)0:00:38

 

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.

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