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Looks pretty darn good!!! :thumbsup:

This in from USA Cycling today.....

Sonoma, Calif. (July 14, 2006)-Two first-time winners stood atop the podium at the 2006 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships brought to you by X-Fusion Friday as Ryan Trebon (Corvallis, Ore./Kona-Les Gets) and Georgia Gould (Ketchum, Idaho/Luna) captured national titles in the elite cross country event.

Their surprising performances earned them each an automatic nomination to represent the United States at the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships later this summer in New Zealand and represent a possible changing of the guard on the domestic pro mountain bike circuit.

After riding to his first career National Mountain Bike Series victory in June, the 25-year-old Trebon took his biggest win to date claiming the most prestigious one-day mountain bike race in the United States in solo fashion after an early-race attack went unmatched by his competitors.

On the first of four laps around a 7.7-mile undulating circuit through Infineon Raceway, Trebon attacked and managed to escape from the 48-rider field. By the time he had completed the second lap, Trebon had amassed a 1:30 advantage on a four-rider chase group that contained defending national champion Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Gary Fisher), Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.GT-Hyundai), Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Trek-Volkswagen) and Kona-Les Gets teammate Barry Wicks (Santa Cruz, Calif.). Another 1:30 off the pace sat a second chase group of Adam Craig (Bend, Ore./Giant), Carl Decker (Bend, Ore./Giant) and Michael Broderick (Chilmark, Mass./Seven Cycles).

As Trebon continued to focus on his solo effort, the first chase group worked together until Wells attacked. The effort resulted in the loss of Horgan-Kobelski who dropped off the pace, leaving three candidates in pursuit of Trebon. Wells then crashed on the course's descent, eliminating him from contention.

"We had four, and then Todd attacked on the climb and that's what got rid of JHK," explained Wicks after the race. "Then, we were going down the last descent and it was really slippery and Todd was taking some risks to keep the gap down. I let him gap me because I didn't want to crash. I was keeping it safe. I didn't expect him to crash, but I knew when he went down that he wasn't getting back up. At that point it was just me and Jeremiah."

At the 23-mile mark, Trebon held a 1:20 lead over Wicks and Bishop. With a teammate up ahead, Wicks had no reason to chase and instead let Bishop do the work, eventually wearing him down.

"He (Bishop) chased really hard and I could tell that he was really starting to hurt and began cramping up. I kind of just rolled past him and kept the same pace and he couldn't keep it up. I didn't even have to really attack."

After Horgan-Kobelski and Bishop succumbed to their chase efforts and Wells crashed, Trebon needed only to maintain his pace and avoid a mechanical mishap or crash to claim his first-ever national title.

"I've always come so close to winning one, especially in cyclo-cross," said Trebon after the race. "It's frustrating to come close and not win them, so it's nice to finally get a monkey off my back and get a big one."

Wicks meanwhile grabbed second, 54 seconds back, giving the Kona-Les Gets team the top-two podium spots and notching one of his biggest career rides.

"This is way beyond my expectations for the weekend, so I'm excited," said Wicks. "I've beat all these guys before, but never in a race like this. This is a pretty big deal, so it's definitely my best-ever result."

Bishop claimed third place, 1:28 back - a solid result after spending most of the day mounting the chase of Trebon

One of the pre-race favorites, Horgan-Kobelski managed to secure a place on the podium, finishing 2:50 off the pace of Trebon to place fourth.

"It was a tough day for me out there," explained outgoing champion Horgan-Kobelski. "It was actually a lot more tactical than I thought. Other than Ryan having the legs to get off the front, there was a flurry of attacks right at the beginning of the race and drafting played a pretty big role out there. The guys that were doing a lot of work definitely paid for it."

Of the three riders in the second chase group, Craig emerged in the best position to claim the final podium spot, placing fifth, 3:11 behind Trebon.

The 2006 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships brought to you by X-Fusion continues Saturday as pro men's and women's mountain cross highlights the schedule.

COMPLETE RESULTS http://www.norbanationals.com/results/index2006.shtml
 

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And a helluva nice guy....

I can remember being passed more than once by him at times when I felt like I was going to die, and he always had a very kind word of encouragement that helped me keep on truckin.
Way to go guys-very impressive!
 

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shiggy said:
Do not forget that Barry is an Oregon boy, born(?), raised and brought up on our race circuit.
Not sure if he was born here, but he was in my wife's gymnastics class when he was just a little shaver. He was a hell of an athlete even then. I've been lapped by him in a couple races, he is fast. According to Kona's website he still lives in Corvallis, don't know if that's up to date. I used to see him at OSU but haven't this year.
 

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Rufudufus said:
Not sure if he was born here, but he was in my wife's gymnastics class when he was just a little shaver. He was a hell of an athlete even then. I've been lapped by him in a couple races, he is fast. According to Kona's website he still lives in Corvallis, don't know if that's up to date. I used to see him at OSU but haven't this year.
And he is now the National Short track XC champion!
 
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