Snowmass MSC & Windham NMBS report: NEMA Riders Dominate Across the Country

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Nema’s riders had yet ANOTHER outstanding weekend across the nation! Nema’s factory sponsored team, Yeti / Fox Shox, CLEANED UP in Snowmass, Colorado, for the “Blast the Mass” Mountain States Cup. Meanwhile, Nema factory riders THREW DOWN out in Windham, New York for the latest round of the National Mountain Bike Series!


Nema’s Ross Milan (Yeti / Fox Shox) dominated the Snowmass MTX course, taking the win in every heat into the finals. In the finals, Ross met up with several fast riders – Petr Hanak, Jon Watt, & Erik Nelson. Each rider could easily spoil the day for other, but Ross would have nothing of it. Ross, charged hard out the gate & never looked back!

MTX – Pro Men
1. Ross Milan [NEMA]
2. Petr Hanak
3. Jonathan Watt
4. Erik Nelson

6. Chris Boice [NEMA]
8. Rudy Unrau [NEMA]

In the downhill, this day would mark a decisive victory for Nema riders as our factory team (Yeti / Fox Shox) swept the top 3 spots of the podium! Young gun, Aaron Gwin, demonstrated that he’s a true threat to any race he enters. Aaron narrowly defeated his teammate Justin Leov by just over 1-tenths of a second! Fellow teammate Sam Blenkinsop would round out the three in 3rd spot.

Downhill – Pro Men
1. Aaron Gwin 4.05.47 [NEMA]
2. Justin Leov 4.05.61 [NEMA]
3. Sam Blenkinsop 4.09.49 [NEMA]

21. Ross Milan [NEMA]
24. TJ Sharp [NEMA]
31. Chris Boice [NEMA]

MTX – Pro Women
1. Melissa Buhl
2. Neven Steinmetz [NEMA]
3. Christen Boyer
4. Darian Harvey


A new venue on the National circuit, Windam Ski Resort proved to be highly challenging and extremely fun for the riders! With much of the natural terrain incorporated into the course, riders were refreshed and excited to race what is being touted as one of the best racetracks on the NMBS circuit this year!

In the downhill qualifying, constantly changing weather conditions proved to be problematic for racers. Despite early morning showers, Nema’s Kieran Bennett managed to keep himself calm and not let the wet conditions slow him down. Even being a bit cautious of the wet & grassy traverses and poor conditions, Kieran qualified 3-seconds ahead of the field, giving him a good amount of confidence going into the finals.

In the finals, Kieran Bennett followed up his stellar qualifying performance with his second NMBS win of the season by nearly 2 and a half seconds! Joining him on the podium were fellow Nema factory riders Brad Benedict & Ryan Condrashoff in 4th & 5th respectively. Windham marked the 2nd international victory of Kieran’s career.

Notable: Nema’s Brad Benedict’s extends his points lead with a 4th place finish on the day. Meanwhile Nema’s Ryan Condrashoff moves into 3rd and the day’s winner Kieran Bennett moves into 4th (despite missing the first two rounds of the NMBS) With one more round to go in Brian Head, Utah, this should prove to be a very fruitful & exciting conclusion to the season for Nema riders!

1. Kieran Bennett [NEMA]
2. Geritt Beytagh
3. Cameron Cole
4. Brad Benedict [NEMA]
5. Ryan Condrashoff [NEMA]

10. Mike Haderer [NEMA]
18. Joey Schusler [NEMA]
24. John Hauer [NEMA]

Nema’s Mike Haderer took the first NMBS victory of his career over a small, but very talented field of riders. On a fast & flowy track, Haderer sped through the rounds to defeat New Zealand’s Cameron Cole (who won the previous round in Deer Valley).

Dual Slalom

1. Mike Haderer [NEMA]
2. Cameron Cole
3. Eric Carter
4. Ryan Condrashoff [NEMA]

6. Joey Schusler [NEMA]
10. John Hauer [NEMA]

American riders now head to Mt. Snow, Vermont for the US Championships. Best of luck to all riders attending!

source: J. Dylan Dean

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