2009 USA Cycling national mountain bike championships in Granby, Colorado. Kona Factory team was there and put the pedal down to take three top fifteen spots in) the the Cross Country event (Ryan in 8th, Barry in 10th and Tonkin in 12) and a 4th place finish in the short track. (Trebon).
Elite men’s short track
With about 10 minutes to go in the elite men’s short track national championships race, Adam Craig (Giant) launched an explosive attack to catapult himself from third to first. Once off the front, Craig grew his gap to take a convincing win ahead of Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher) and Ryan Trebon in 4th place.
“Some official-looking guy near the start/finish said I had two laps to go, so I thought I’d better hurry up and make my move,” said Craig. “Unfortunately, I found out I really had five laps to go. It was so hard, I almost had to stop.”
Craig, who was the Super D and cross-country national champion last year, was delighted with his win. “I was starting to think I wouldn’t have to worry about bringing national championship kits to races for the next year, the way this weekend was going,” he said, referring to losing the Super D title earlier in the day.
The race started with Wells setting a furious pace. Behind him, Horgan-Kobelski and Sam Schultz (Subaru/Gary Fisher) sat on, and Wells pulled them away from the rest. Craig was a few more places back for the first half of the race.
Schultz appeared to be riding so well he had some, and even himself, convinced it might be his big day. “I was feeling good when I was with the leaders. I was thinking, ‘Hey maybe I can do this? Maybe I should go around them?’, but now I think I was just getting a little cocky,” he laughed. “I’m glad I didn’t try to make a move because I came a little unglued soon after.”
Ryan Trebon (Kona) put in a consistent race to finish fourth. He worked his way up, passing Colin Cares and Schultz along the way. Schultz would finish fifth.
The U23 and junior women started off the racing action on Friday morning, with both races ending with sprints to the finish. Following just under 14 miles of racing, two experienced riders stood head-and-shoulders above the rest in the U23 women’s competition.
Multiple-time national champion Chloe Forsman (Luna) and Amy Dombrowski (Webcor Builders) riding on a Kona, finished the approximately 14-mile race nearly eight minutes ahead of their closest competition. Only around four seconds, however, separated the pair with the former collegiate national champion, Dombrowski outsprinting the defending champion, Forsman.