New Faces Appear at NMBS R3 .Reports, Series Standings, Results

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2008 National Mountain Bike Series
Santa Ynez National, presented by Platinum Performance
Round 3, May 16-18, 2008, Stump Grinder Dirt Club


LOS OLIVOS, California, (April 6, 2008) — Sizzling springtime temperatures in southern California combined with what some commentators termed ‘world cup fatigue’ to herald the arrival of some new faces at the top of the results lists when the National Mountain Bike Series stopped for Round Three in Los Olivos, the Santa Ynez Valley National, presented by Platinum Peformance, May 16-18.

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Kenda Cross Country – Women
Kelli Emmet (Giant) of Colorado Springs, benefited from an overheated Georgia Gould (Luna Chix), of Ketchum, Id., to claim the first NMBS win of her career on the 11-mile loop in the southern end of California’s Coastal Ranges. With a time of 1:45:08, Emmet finished 10 seconds ahead of Gould’s team-mate, Catherine Pendrel, of Kamloops, BC. Gould, unbeaten in her past seven NMBS starts, had led the race by at least two minutes, but with shade temperatures soaring above 100F, and the course offering almost no shade, she finally dismounted about ten minutes before the finish with a case of heat stroke which required a visit to the hospital. Lea Davison (Trek VW), of Jericho, Vt., came in third at 2:05, with her factory team-mate, New Zealander Jennifer Smith, fourth at 3:04. Canada’s Mical Dyck (Trek/Terrascape Racing) finished fifth at 5:30.

Georgia Gould quote: “I kinda passed out. It wasn’t any fun… I probably could’ve had more fluids. I think it was the exertion and the extreme heat, that combination. I don’t know that I’ve ever ridden in temperatures of 110F before, that’s what they told me it was. I’d decided I wasn’t going to pay attention to the heat, and just ride. Then suddenly it was time to pay attention to the heat and nothing else!” said Gould from the cool comfort of her home a couple of days later.

Kenda Cross Country – Men
Australia’s Sid Taberlay (Avanti/SRAM) is perhaps more accustomed to racing in such high temperatures, or maybe, having missed out on the punishing four week European world cup stint, he was simply fresher than those road-weary tourists. Whatever it was, Taberlay had the legs to ride away from the North American elite of Canada’s Geoff Kabush (Maxxis), Barry Wicks (Kona Les Gets), Santa Cruz, Ca., the early leader, Todd Wells, (GT), of Durango, Co. and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher), Boulder, Co.

The winning move came when Taberlay surged on the final climb of the race. He left Wicks behind, and stayed clear of Kabush who had been slowly reeling in the leaders after being gapped by the ‘ Wells Express’ early in the race.

Taberlay finished with a time of 1:43:38, with Kabush 35 seconds back. Wicks was third at 1:00, and Wells held onto fourth at 1:59, while Horgan-Kobelski – who had suffered unusually in the heat – came in fifth at 2:26.

For Taberlay, this was a good confidence-booster as he heads to Andorra and Scotland during the next three weeks for world cup races where he will compete for the one Australian spot in the men’s Olympic field. Three others are in the hunt for this coveted prize.

Fox Racing Shox Downhill – Men
Brad Benedict (X-Fusion/Santa Cruz), from San Luis Obispo, showed his knowledge of the Coast Ranges hills, powering down the gently sloping 1.2 mile course in 2:00.48, almost one second faster than the highly decorated gravity veteran, Eric Carter (Mongoose), of Winchester, Ca. British rider, Waylon Smith, finished third, 1.11 seconds back. Benedict, 22 years old, was joined by two other young riders on the podium: Julius Syvanen (Cortina/CR1), of San Diego, Ca., aged 22, and fifth-placed Julis Binggeli (Team KHS), of St George, Ut., who is only 19 years old.

Fox Racing Shox Downhill – Women
One rider has dominated the women’s gravity scene in recent years, and that is Melissa Buhl (Team KHS), of Chandler, Az. Buhl blasted down the Los Olivos course in 2:08.50, a time that would have placed her among the top 15 pro men. Michelle Riviera (StevenKSD), of La Puente, Ca., took second, 15.73 seconds back, and Sondra Williamson (Specialized/SRAM), of Morgan Hill, Ca., was third at 16.13. Mariska Chuse (Dark Horse), of Nevada City, Ca., and Darian Harvey (Sobe/Cannondale), of Durango, Co., rounded out the top five.

Series Roundup

Fox Racing Shox Downhill – Men
Waylon Smith now leads the downhill standings with 321 points, ahead of Brad Benedict’s 315. Rich Houseman lies third with 259 points. Three more rounds remain in the series.

Fox Racing Shox Downhill – Women
Melissa Buhl dominates with two perfect scores of 202 points, giving her a total of 404 from two rounds. Darian Harvey moves up into second place and Sondra Williamson moves into third.

Fox Racing Shox Dual Slalom/Mountain Cross – Men
Third place for Eric Carter in Sunday’s Round Two race adds to his fifth place at Round One and puts him into the series lead with 311 points. The rising star Logan Binggeli moves up into equal second in the series, alongside British rider Dale Holmes (KHS) on 285. Three rounds remain in the series.

Fox Racing Shox Dual Slalom/Mountain Cross – Women
Let’s all get used to seeing Melissa Buhl on top of the podium. Having defeated names such as Britain’s Fionn Griffiths (Norco) and the great Leigh Donovan (GT) already this year, she is starting to look unbeatable. As in the Downhill, Buhl has amassed the maximum possible score, 364 points. Donovan and Griffiths are tied for second on 172.

Super D – Men
Barry Wicks has earned 345 points from his second and third place results thus far in the series, and holds a solid lead over Carl Decker (Giant), who is on 327. Dana Weber (Trek VW) lies in third place on 297 points. Watch out for the Super D winner at Los Olivos, Geoff Kabush, should he decide to compete in more Super D races.

Super D – Women
Sue Butler (Monavie/Cannondale), of Portland, Or., has climbed to the series lead through consistent riding that yielded a second fourth place for the series. With two rounds of six completed much can still happen, but for the time being, Butler is the rider to beat with 310 points. Kelli Emmet lies second with 309, having a third and a seventh place, while Michelle Rivera, with a second and an 11th place so far in the series, is third on 299.

Kenda Cross Country – Men
Geoff Kabush appears to be well on his way to a second consecutive NMBS series win, with two victories and a second place already in the bag. He has a total of 536 points, and a comfortable lead over Barry Wicks, who lies second with 466. Jeremy Horgan Kobelski, who has been below his best this year in the NMBS, lies third on 443.

Kenda Cross Country – Women
A seventh place finish for Katerina Nash at Round Three was good enough to keep her in the series lead, with 481 points, two ahead of the winner at Los Olivos, Kelli Emmet, on 479. Of course this can change at the end of the series when riders get to discard their lowest result, but a lot of other things can change too. Lea Davison’s third place at Los Olivos moved her up to third in the series, on 432 points.

Kenda Short Track Cross Country – Men
After three rounds of six, Canada’s Geoff Kabush has two wins and a third place, which is gives him a one-point series lead over second-placed Barry Wicks. The two have 527 and 526 points, respectively. Third, with 440 points, is Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski.

Kenda Short Track Cross Country – Women
At Round Three, Katerina Nash benefited from the absence of her team-mate Georgia Gould, with whom she normally tussles for first place points, and temporarily has a commanding lead in the series. Gould will narrow that gap at the series conclusion when she throws out her one bad result. As it stands, however, Nash, on 536 points, leads Mical Dyck on 437, and Lea Davison on 422.

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About The National Mountain Bike Series
The 2008 National Mountain Bike Series (NMBS) comprises six rounds and is the premier mountain bike racing series in the United States. It is sanctioned by the national governing body of cycling sports, USA Cycling. The series determines the most consistent performers over an entire summer’s gruelling competition. For more information and to see the complete 2008 NMBS calendar, visit For all non-media inquiries, please send email to:


XC=Cross Country, ST=Short Track,
DS= Dual Slalom, 4X=Mountain Cross, DH=Downhill, Super D=Super D

Round 1
March 29 – March 30, 2008



Fontana National
Southridge Park
Fontana, California
XC/DH/ST/4X/Super D

Round 2
April 5 – April 6, 2008


NOVA National
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fountain Hills, Arizona
XC/ST/Super D

Round 3
May 17 – May 18, 2008


Santa Ynez National presented by Platinum Performance
Ted Chamberlin Ranch
Los Olivos, California

Round 4
June 28 – June 29, 2008


Deer Valley National
Deer Valley Resort
Park City, Utah


Round 5
July 12 – July 13, 2008


East Coast National
Windham Resort
Windham, New York

Round 6, Series Final
August 30 – September 1, 2008




NMBS Finals Presented by Trek VW
Brian Head Mountain Bike Park
Brian Head, Utah
XC/DH/4Xor DS/ST/Super D

source:NMBS Press Office

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