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July 17/10 16:25 pm - MTB XC Nationals - Men Updates


Posted by Editoress on 07/17/10
 

Our coverage of the 2010 Nationals brought to you with the support of Shimano

 

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The Elite men are off for the start loop followed by 5 full laps of the 7.5m km course

 

Current temperature is 23C and the sun is still shining

 

35 Elite Men

24 U23 Men

 

Elite Men

 

Group all together as they head out onto the first full lap

 

Lap 1

 

Elite Men

A group of ~ 20 has begun to form

 

Up the main climb it is Cameron Jette  (La Bicicletta Elite Team) leading Geoff Kabush  (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain), Derek Zandstra (3 Rox Racing), Max Plaxton (Team Sho Air/Specialized) and Marty Lazarski (Rocky Mountain Factory Team) and a long line of riders

 

At 2.5 km in: Zandstra, Kabush and Plaxton have separated themselves and have a small gap being chased by Marty Lazarski (Rocky Mountain Factory Team) at ~ 5 seconds

 

There is a bit of a breeze - a headwind heading out and the tailwind coming into the finish

 

In the U23's XC Skiing Olympian Alex Harvery is back racing some MTB

 

Lap 2

 

As they head out onto the 2nd lap Plaxton, Kabush and Zandsta together at the front. 

 

Out on course it is Plaxton on the front with Zandstra 2nd and Kabush bringing up the rear.  Then a group with Eric Batty (Trek Canada), Marty Lazarski (Rocky Mountain Factory Team) , Kris Sneddon (KONA) and Raphaël Gagne (Équipe Québec/Rocky Mountain Factory Team) all at 40 sec

 

Gagne struggling a bit to hold on

 

Laundry Chute ~ 1/2 way through the lap:  Zandstra in the lead folowed by Plaxton and Kabush

 

U 23 Men

 

Start of lap 2

Francis Morin (Team Quebec/Specialized) leading followed by Zachary Hughes (Norco Factory Team), Jared Stafford (Bikesports Racing) Justin Middleton (ERTC/Revolution)and Andrew L'esperance (Cyclesmith/Trek) all under 2 sec

 

 

Lap 3

 

Elite Men

Still the 3 leaders:  Plaxton, Kabush and Zandstra.  Chase group of 3:  Batty, Sneddon and Lazarski at 1:23.  Matthew Hadley (XPREZO - Borsac) at 1:35, Cory Wallace (KONA) at 1:46

 

Kabush has moved to the front and is starting to put the pressure on

 

at 2 km in - just past Eyedropper:  same 3 at front with the 3 chasers: Lazarski, Batty and Sneddon at 1:22.  Wallace and Hadley now together at 2 min.  Andrew Watson (Norco Factory Team) is 9th and moving up.  Jared Stafford (Bikesports Racing) top U23 is 10th

 

Through the Laundrey Chute (~ 1/2 way)  Zandstra leading Palaxton and Kabush

 

U 23 Men

 

Leader is Jared Stafford (Bikesports Racing)

 

Jared Stafford (Bikesports Racing) top U23 is 10th, Zachary Hughes (Norco Factory Team) at 25 sec back and Francis Morin (Team Quebec/Specialized) in 3rd

 

 

Wind is starting to blow a bit harder

 

Lap 4

 

2 to go

 

Elite Men

 

Across the line and Zandstra and Kabush have dropped Plaxton.  Kabush at the front setting the pace.  Plaxton at 9 sec

Sneddon at 2:28 and Batty at 2:29.  Lazarski at 2:51.  Wallace at and Hadley at 3:06.  Watson at 3:40, Glassford at 4:15, Sessford at 4:28, Widmer at 4:32, Gagne at 4:33

 

Up the 1st climb and Plaxton is about to make contact again

 

At the eyedropper and Plaxton is back on.  Batty and Sneddon at 2:40.  Lazarski just behind them.  Wallace  and Hadley at 3:08

 

Lazarski, Wallace and Hadley are all together now

 

Kabush has attacked and has gapped Plaxton and Zandstra

 

U23 Men

 

Jared Stafford still leading with Hughes 2nd at 1:16.  Morin at 1:17

 

Lap 5

 

Elite Men

 

Starting the last lap

Kabush now off the front with a gap of on Plaxton at 15 sec with Zandstra at 29 sec 

Batty and Sneddon at 4:37.  (6) Wallace at 4:57. (7) Hadley at 4:58. (8)Watson at 5:29, (9) Lazarski at 5:37, (10) Glassford at 6:36, (11)Gagne at 6:52

 

At the Eyedropper: Kabush leading Plaxton by 18 sec and Zandstra at 41.

 

At the Laundry Chute Plaxton is 35 seconds back and Zandstra is at another 25 sec +

 

U23 Men

 

Stafford still leading with Morin at 1:03 and Zachary Hughes at 1:47

 

Final

Geoff Kabush (BC) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain will wear the National Champion's jersey for another year (8th)

 

 

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