Kabush king with a win in Windam

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.


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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 ReliefRow 24 - Cell 2
-1lapBrandon Draugelis (USA) Cannondale Factory RacingRow 25 - Cell 2
-1lapJason Sager (USA)Row 26 - Cell 2
-1lapMichael Mooradian (USA) Spin BikeRow 27 - Cell 2
-1lapStephen Ettinger (USA) Black Diamond Sports TherapyRow 28 - Cell 2
-1lapMatthew Okeefe (USA)Row 29 - Cell 2
-1lapTom Sampson (USA)Row 30 - Cell 2
-1lapRobert Marion (USA) Kenda/Kmc/HayesRow 31 - Cell 2
-1lapMacky Franklin (USA) Transparent RacingRow 32 - Cell 2
-1lapAaron Snyder (USA)Row 33 - Cell 2
-1lapBlake Harlan (USA) Jamis Factory TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
-2lapsBrent Mellen (USA) Strava VeloRow 35 - Cell 2
-2lapsJustin Raynes (USA) Bikes UnlimiRow 36 - Cell 2
-2lapsMike Joos (USA)Row 37 - Cell 2
-2lapsJohn Burns (USA)Row 38 - Cell 2
-2lapsBenjamin Moore (USA)Row 39 - Cell 2
-2lapsMartin Kell (USA) MountainsideRow 40 - Cell 2
-2lapsTim Mosher (USA) Cannondale Factory TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
-2lapsEthan Gilmour (USA) U23 Nat TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
-2lapsSeamus Powell (USA) /Windham Mt OutfittersRow 43 - Cell 2
-2lapsAndrew Alesio (USA)Row 44 - Cell 2
-2lapsNathanael Wyatt (USA)Row 45 - Cell 2
-3lapsKyle Douglas (Can) 3 Rox RacingRow 46 - Cell 2
-3lapsTimothy Carson (USA)Row 47 - Cell 2
-3lapsNoah Tautfest (USA)Row 48 - Cell 2
-3lapsChris Gagnon (USA) Magura/MTBmind.ComRow 49 - Cell 2
-3lapsRickey Visinski (USA)Row 50 - Cell 2
-3lapsJordan Kahlenberg (USA)Row 51 - Cell 2
-3lapsGreg Waggoner (USA)Row 52 - Cell 2
-3lapsAaron Elwell (USA) Crrt/Monster/T6Row 53 - Cell 2
-3lapsLeonardo Sandoval (USA) One Man ShowRow 54 - Cell 2
-3lapsMaurice Gamanho (USA)Row 55 - Cell 2
-3lapsAndrew Freye (USA) Bikeman.ComRow 56 - Cell 2
-3lapsMike Festa (USA)Row 57 - Cell 2
-3lapsPatrick Wallace (USA)Row 58 - Cell 2
-3lapsKatriel Statman (USA) Transparent RacingRow 59 - Cell 2
-3lapsHarrison Precourt (USA) International Bikes MTB/Twin SixRow 60 - Cell 2
-4lapsGreg Carpenter (USA) Devo/GiantRow 61 - Cell 2
-4lapsOsias Lozano (USA)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Happy (Can) RST Velo SportsRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFJustin Lindine (USA) Bikers.Com/CannondaleRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFTravis Livermon (USA) Champion System/CannondaleRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFSeamus Mcgrath (Can) Jamis FactoryRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFPaul Kolb (USA)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNSRyan Trebon (USA) KonaRow 68 - Cell 2
DNSErik Tonkin (USA) KonaRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFJesse Jakomait (Can)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFShane Gouldthread (USA) Dirtyharrys.NetRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFDylan Alesio (USA)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFBrian Astell (USA) Lost Coast Brewery/MarinRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Ryan (USA) CCN/CannondaleRow 74 - Cell 2

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