15 titles awarded at Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships


Bend, Oregon (September 15, 2012) — USA Cycling crowned 15 national champions on Saturday at Wanoga Sno Park in Bend, Ore., at the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships. An overnight rainstorm was not enough to tamp down the dust on the course.

Three-time Olympian Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) added another Stars-and Stripes jersey to his closet after winning the pro men’s race ahead of Carl Decker (Bend, Ore./Giant Factory) and the 2011 national champion, Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank-Giant). Wells completed the 54-mile course in 3:36:52, only 35 seconds faster than Decker and one minute faster than Craig. Wells and Craig worked together in the early stages of the pro men’s race, opening a large gap on the field. With about five miles remaining in the race, Wells dropped Craig and accelerated to the finish line. Decker drilled it late in the race and passed Craig into second place with about 1.5 miles remaining in the race.

Monique “Pua” Mata (Yucaipa, Calif./Sho-Air) repeated as the pro women’s national champion as she finished 9:13 ahead of the runner-up in the 2011 race Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo./Giant Mountain Bike Team) and Sarah “Sari” Anderson (Carbondale, Colo./Honey Stinger-Trek). Mata earned the top step of the podium after she finished the race in 4:09:35. Emmett was 11 minutes ahead of third-place rider Anderson.

Bradford Perley (Banner Elk, N.C./Cannondale) won the senior men’s 19-29 race by just over three minutes. Perley finished the course in 4:03:36 while his closest competitor, Ryan Chandler (Saint Helena, Calif.), finished in 4:06:49. Billy Damon (Auburn, Calif./Folsom Bike-Mercedes Benz) won the master men’s 30-34 race with a time of 4:04:20 while Kyle Dixon (Reno, Nev./Velo Reno p/b Tamarack Junction) earned the Stars-and-Stripes jersey after winning the masters men 35-39 race. Dario Fredrick (San Anselmo, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) won the masters men’s 40-44 contest after riding 54 miles in 4:08:29. Brian Taylor (Boise, Idaho/Team Ascent Idaho) earned the gold medal after winning the masters men’s 45-49 contest. Local cycling legend, Paul Thomasberg (Bend, Ore.), won the masters men’s 50-59 contest by only two minutes over Jeffery Otto (Beaverton, Ore.). Randy Beckner (Helena, Mont./Montana Velo) won the masters men’s 60-69 race by 20 minutes.

In the men’s singlespeed race, Cary Smith (Jackson, Wyo./Team Cf) took the top prize after finishing in 4:03:44. Cody Peterson(Bend, Ore.) rode away with the silver medal after completing the course in 4:06:53. Jamie Busch (Los Gatos, Calif.) rode away with the women’s singlespeed race, winning by nearly 23 minutes.

In the women’s age-group championship races, Kimberly Fong (Berkeley, Calif./Cycles Fanatic Factory Racing) won the seniors women’s race by nearly an hour. Fong’s time of 5:21:29 was 54:26 faster than second-place Kyla McDermott’s (Brockton, Mass./Bikebarnracing.com) mark of 6:15:55. Rachel Hadley (Aspen, Colo.) won the masters women’s 30-39 contest by 11 minutes. Helene Drumm (San Anselmo, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) rode away with the masters women’s 40-49 race after completing her race in 4:57:48. Ellen Guthrie (Salt Lake City, Utah/Revolution Cafe Rio) posted the largest margin of the day. Guthrie won the masters women’s 50-and-up race with a time of 5:37:01. Her closest competitor, Fredde Foster (Mill Valley, Calif.) completed the race in 7:11:16.

For more information, visit the official event webpage of the 2012 USA Cycling Mountain Marathon National Championships for more information on the event, including a course maptechnical guideresultsphoto gallery and more. Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #MTBMarathon. For more information on Bend and the surrounding area, go to www.visitbend.com.

2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships
Wanoga Sno Park
Bend, Ore.
Sept. 15, 2012

Full Results
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Pro Men
1. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) 3:36:52
2. Carl Decker (Bend, Ore./Giant Factory) 3:37:27
3. Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Rabobank-Giant) 3:37:52
4. Barry Wicks (Corvallis, Ore./Kona) 3:41:57
5. Alexander Grant (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) 3:44:22

Pro Women
1. Pua Mata (Yucaipa, Calif./Sho-Air) 4:09:35
2. Kelli Emmett (Colorado Springs, Colo./Giant Mountain Bike Team) 4:18:48
3. Sarah “Sari” Anderson (Carbondale, Colo./Honey Stinger-Trek) 4:30:09
4. Serena Gordon (Bend, Ore.) 4:35:16
5. Kelly Boniface (Steamboat Springs, Colo./MOOTS) 4:49:22

Men – Senior – 19-29
1. Bradford Perley (Banner Elk, N.C./Champion System/Cannondale) 4:03:36
2. Ryan Chandler (Saint Helena, Calif.) 4:06:49
3. Joel Titius (Corona, Calif.) 4:09:29
4. Austin Line (Redmond, Ore.) 4:19:28
5. Joseph Petrowski (Littleton, Colo./Primal – 1st Bank) 4:21:53

Men – Singlespeed – 19-99
1. Cary Smith (Jackson, Wyo./Team Cf) 4:03:44
2. Cody Peterson (Bend, Ore.) 4:06:53
3. Aj Linnell (Victor, Idaho) 4:20:25
4. Ryan Voss (Damascus, Ore.) 4:26:01
5. Joshua Krattiger (Boise, Idaho/Joyride Cycles-Id) 4:31:40

Men – Master – 30-34
1. Billy Damon (Auburn, Calif./Folsom Bike-Mercedes Benz) 4:04:20
2. John Merrill (Ashland, Ore.) 4:09:14
3. Casey Hill (Talent, Ore.) 4:24:38
4. Dustin Gillingham (Lakewood, Colo.) 4:31:02
5. Matt McCourtney (Woodacre, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 4:31:02

Men – Master – 35-39
1. Kyle Dixon (Reno, Nev./Velo Reno p/b Tamarack Junction) 4:02:40
2. Ty Kady (Brea, Calif.) 4:04:33
3. Scott Leonard (Carbondale, Colo.) 4:15:14
4. Trent Ford (Newport Coast, Calif./Blackstar Racing) 4:17:40
5. Stuart Gonzalez (Riverside, Calif.) 4:18:03

Men – Master – 40-44
1. Dario Fredrick (San Anselmo, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 4:08:29
2. Rob McGee (San Clemente, Calif./Blackstar Racing) 4:16:52
3. Stosh Bankston (Nevada City, Calif./Bicycle Emporium) 4:17:07
4. Shawn Hadley (Aspen, Colo.) 4:19:07
5. Edward Micek (Bend, Ore./Bendbroadband-webcyclery) 4:22:47

Men – Master – 45-49
1. Brian Taylor (Boise, Idaho/Team Ascent Idaho) 4:13:58
2. Bruce Rogers (Bend, Ore.) 4:17:25
3. John Hunt (Fairfax, Calif./Whole Athlete-Specialized) 4:20:59
4. Alec Petro (Duxbury, Mass./Corner Cycle Cycling Club) 4:23:31
5. Alex Gallego (Missoula, Mont./Mbw Racing-Team Stampede-Five Valley Velo) 4:26:08

Men – Master – 50-59
1. Paul Thomasberg (Bend, Ore.) 4:24:03
2. Jeffery Otto (Beaverton, Ore.) 4:26:09
3. Terry Duran (Birmingham, Ala./Birmingham Velo) 4:29:10
4. Scott Seaton (Bend, Ore.) 4:29:53
5. Ray Brust (Honolulu, Hawaii/Boca Hawaii) 4:35:05

Men – Master – 60-69
1. Randy Beckner (Helena, Mont./Montana Velo) 4:44:22
2. Dwight Hibdon (Park City, Utah) 5:04:20
3. Don Leet (Bend, Ore./Bend Endurance Academy) 5:08:25
4. Richard Latorraca (Capitola, Calif.) 5:19:40
5. Kevin Weitz (San Rafael, Calif.) 5:31:58

Women – Senior – 19-29
1. Kimberly Fong (Berkeley, Calif./Cycles Fanatic Factory Racing) 5:21:29
2. Kyla McDermott (Brockton, Mass./Bikebarnracing.Com) 6:15:55

Women – Singlespeed – 19-99
1. Jamie Busch (Los Gatos, Calif.) 4:42:50
2. Rebecca Bjork (Bend, Ore.) 5:05:41
3. Alice Drobna (Bend, Ore./Webcyclery.Com) 5:09:27
4. Michele Bliss (Boulder, Colo./Team Kappius) 5:28:18

Women – Master – 30-39
1. Rachel Hadley (Aspen, Colo.) 4:44:30
2. Erin Alders (Nevada City, Calif.) 4:55:51
3. Heather Lyman (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) 5:02:40
4. Claire Duncan (Bend, Ore.) 5:09:38
5. Karin Edwards (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) 5:20:50

Women – Master – 40-49
1. Helene Drumm (San Anselmo, Calif.Whole Athlete-Specialized) 4:57:48
2. Lisa Belair (Lake Oswego, Ore.) 5:18:49
3. Elizabeth Pinsker (Greenbrae, Calif.) 5:25:30
4. Sarah Halvorson (Missoula, Mont./Mbw Racing-team Stampede-five Valley Velo) 5:26:32
5. Laura Trace (Portland, Ore.) 5:30:55

Women – Master – 50-99
1. Ellen Guthrie (Salt Lake City, Utah/Revolution Cafe Rio) 5:37:01
2. Fredde Foster (Mill Valley, Calif.) 7:11:16

Source: Dave Gaylinn

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