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Kabush wins Fat Tire Crit with last lap attack

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Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) taking the victory

Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) taking the victory (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Pro racers being briefed in the Elk Playhouse

Pro racers being briefed in the Elk Playhouse (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Carl Decker (Team Giant) is always in style

Carl Decker (Team Giant) is always in style (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar)

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Israeli champion Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis)

Israeli champion Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis) (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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The leaders drafting like roadies

The leaders drafting like roadies (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) was attentive to all the moves being made

Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) was attentive to all the moves being made (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski with a small gap

Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski with a small gap (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) on the descent

Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) on the descent (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) with a gap over the main field

Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) with a gap over the main field (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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The leaders descending back into the main square

The leaders descending back into the main square (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Nobody is more aero than Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek)

Nobody is more aero than Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) descending

Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) descending (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Pro men head up the head wall for the first time

Pro men head up the head wall for the first time (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Pro men cornering soon after the start

Pro men cornering soon after the start (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Pro men’s start in downtown Prescott

Pro men’s start in downtown Prescott (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain)

Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain) (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) being interviewed

Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) being interviewed (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Pro men at the start

Pro men at the start (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Whiskey Row

Whiskey Row (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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The ornate bar in the Palace Hotel

The ornate bar in the Palace Hotel (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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A long-time Prescott resident

A long-time Prescott resident (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Jeff Kerkove (Ergon Topeak)

Jeff Kerkove (Ergon Topeak) (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Teams setting up along Whiskey Row

Teams setting up along Whiskey Row (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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The courthouse square in Prescott

The courthouse square in Prescott (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) rolling through the finish

Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) rolling through the finish (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Men’s podium (l-r): Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) 4th; Carl Decker (Team Giant) 3rd; Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) 1st; Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) 2nd; Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru Trek) 5th

Men’s podium (l-r): Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) 4th; Carl Decker (Team Giant) 3rd; Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) 1st; Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) 2nd; Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru Trek) 5th (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) with one lap to go

Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) with one lap to go (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Drew Edsall (Kenda Felt) cornering into the town square

Drew Edsall (Kenda Felt) cornering into the town square (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Barry Wicks (Team Kona)

Barry Wicks (Team Kona) (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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TJ Woodruff (Momentum Endurance) riding through the town square

TJ Woodruff (Momentum Endurance) riding through the town square (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Blake Harlan (Team Jamis) buzzing the photographer

Blake Harlan (Team Jamis) buzzing the photographer (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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The main contenders being patient with the early attacks

The main contenders being patient with the early attacks (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis) having a moment of glory

Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis) having a moment of glory (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis) on the climb

Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis) on the climb (Image credit: Epic Rides)
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(Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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(Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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The leaders with two laps to go

The leaders with two laps to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) being watched closely by Georgia Gould

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) being watched closely by Georgia Gould (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Nina Baum (NoTubes) appearing to be having a good time

Nina Baum (NoTubes) appearing to be having a good time (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) riding in front of the downtown crowd

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) riding in front of the downtown crowd (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Alison Mann (Bikes for Boobs) riding through downtown

Alison Mann (Bikes for Boobs) riding through downtown (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Pua Mata (ShoAir) passed on the opportunity to ride skinnier tires

Pua Mata (ShoAir) passed on the opportunity to ride skinnier tires (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Chloe Woodruff (Crank Bros) taking a brief flier off the front

Chloe Woodruff (Crank Bros) taking a brief flier off the front (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and Kelli Emmett off the front of the race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and Kelli Emmett off the front of the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Alison Mann (Bikes for Boobs) riding in the top five

Alison Mann (Bikes for Boobs) riding in the top five (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Judy Freeman (Crank Bros) cornering

Judy Freeman (Crank Bros) cornering (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Pua Mata (ShoAir) riding nearly the whole race alone in third place

Pua Mata (ShoAir) riding nearly the whole race alone in third place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) leading Georgia Gould on the descent

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) leading Georgia Gould on the descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Shannon Gibson (NoTubes) cornering on the descent

Shannon Gibson (NoTubes) cornering on the descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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A gorilla hands up water to a rider

A gorilla hands up water to a rider (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Pro women climbing the head wall

Pro women climbing the head wall (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) takes the win in the Fat Tire Crit

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) takes the win in the Fat Tire Crit (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Pua Mata (ShoAir) is one of the race favorites this weekend

Pua Mata (ShoAir) is one of the race favorites this weekend (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Todd Saddow welcomes the pro racers

Todd Saddow welcomes the pro racers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Courthouse Square in Prescott

Courthouse Square in Prescott (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Alison Mann (Bikes for Boobs)

Alison Mann (Bikes for Boobs) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Sarah Kaufmann (NoTubes)

Sarah Kaufmann (NoTubes) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson-Lee is Luna’s newest member

Teal Stetson-Lee is Luna’s newest member (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Nina Baum (NoTubes Elite Women’s Team)

Nina Baum (NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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The largest VW bus in the world

The largest VW bus in the world (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Racers registering for the weekend’s events

Racers registering for the weekend’s events (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Women’s Podium (l-r) Judy Freeman (Crank Bros) 4th; Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) 2nd; Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 1st; Pua Mata (ShoAir) 3rd, Chloe Woodruff 5th

Women’s Podium (l-r) Judy Freeman (Crank Bros) 4th; Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) 2nd; Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 1st; Pua Mata (ShoAir) 3rd, Chloe Woodruff 5th (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) riding in the top ten

Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) riding in the top ten (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) leading with two laps to go

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) leading with two laps to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) together late in the race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) together late in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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The climb was steep

The climb was steep (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Wendy Simms (Kona) and Sue Butler (River City) hammering up the climb

Wendy Simms (Kona) and Sue Butler (River City) hammering up the climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Pro women’s front row

Pro women’s front row (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Wendy Simms (Kona) at the starting line

Wendy Simms (Kona) at the starting line (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)
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Pro women starting in downtown Prescott

Pro women starting in downtown Prescott (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/ www.trailwatch.net)

Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing) and Georgia Gould (Luna) rode to victory in the elite men's and women's Fat Tire Crit, the opening event of the Whiskey Off Road weekend of racing.

Elite men

Geoff Kabush managed his energy output to save just enough for a last lap attack to win the Whiskey Fat Tire Crit on Friday. Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) put in a strong performance to finish second. Carl Decker (Team Giant), always competitive in these types of races, finished third. Colin Cares (Kenda Felt) was riding for the win today but had to settle for fourth place. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek) finished in fifth place.

The downtown criterium course proved to be quite challenging due to the incredible amount of climbing plus fast descending. Riders were allowed to use 1.5-inch tires but Kabush opted to use his full-size Maxxis Lite tires that had given him the win at the Sea Otter Classic last weekend.

The 79-person field got a bit jammed up on the first tight turn, but there were no crashes. Several riders attacked the field including Cares and Rotem Ishay (Team Jamis). Cares' attack strung out the field and broke the elastic band to many of the chasers. Left on the front was a group of 10 men which included the eventual podium finishers Barry Wicks (Kona), Chris Sheppard (Rocky Mountain), Ishay, and others.

Each time up the climb seemed to whittle down the group by one rider. Ishay and Wicks fell off the pace and formed a new chase group.

Kabush explained the race dynamics during the mile-high event. "The course is just too hard to put in big efforts, especially the climbs here being two-stage. You couldn't roll the whole thing. I was just trying to wind it into the steep section every time and use the momentum… and then just try to recover. I was breathing pretty hard. I just had to wait and give it everything over the last climb."

None of the other podium finishers were surprised to see Kabush take off with one to go. His reputation as a master tactician is well known to all of them.

Elite women

Georgia Gould bided her time in a two-person breakaway with Kelli Emmett (Giant) and pulled away for the win with two laps to go. Emmett finished second. Pua Mata (ShoAir) rode nearly the whole race in no man's land to finish a strong third. Crank Brothers teammates Judy Freeman and Chloe Woodruff finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Several riders took fliers off the front of the race including Woodruff, but within two laps Emmett asserted herself and only Gould could follow.

"Kelli went to the front early and I was able to get up there with her," said Gould. "We were both riding a steady pace. She was riding strong. We weren't working together because there's nowhere to pull or draft."

Both women took turns at the front of the race. While racers were allowed to use 1.5-inch tires, it appeared that Gould was running full-sized knobbies. With two laps to go, Gould attacked Emmett on the climb and the gap held until the finish.

"It was hard. The steepest part isn't even the worst part," said Gould after the race. "You do that little steep pitch and you think that's the hill that they're talking about. Then you have a little flat and you turn, and it's the long steady pitch that get's you."

The elite men and women will race again on Sunday in the 50-mile main event. Stay tuned to for full results, reports and photos.

The following video is provided by race promoter Epic Rides.

Brief Results

Pro men
1Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing)
2Thomas Turner (Team Jamis)
3Carl Decker (Team Giant)
4Colin Cares (Kenda-Felt)
5Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru-Trek)

Pro women
1Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)
2Kelli Emmett (Team Giant)
3Pua Mata (ShoAir) 3rd
4Judy Freeman (Crank Bros)
5Chloe Woodruff

 

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