August 8, 2004 (Snowmass, Colo.) – The final afternoon at Snowmass Village kicked off with the short track competition in which Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Geoff Kabush (CAN) reigned supreme.
In the women’s race, Dunlap launched her attack after only a few laps. Keeping the pace behind her were her Luna Chix teammates Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) and Katerina Hanusova (CZE), who broke off from the rest of the chasers. Kerry Barnholt (Boulder, Colo.), Gretchen Reeves (Boulder, Colo.), Dara Marks-Marino (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Canada’s Chrissy Redden (Golden, Colo.) dropped the other chasers and fought to bridge the gap. Missing from the lead group and chasers was Jimena Florit (ARG), who was slowly working her way up in the field.
Vanlandingham and Hanusova made contact with Dunlap and formed a strong trio of teammates working together in the front, with a huge gap on the rest of the racers. As the Luna Chix worked together, a determined Florit powered her way into fourth position and rode by herself, intent on catching the Luna Chix.
With two laps to go in the race, the three leaders spread out with Dunlap taking off in the front. Florit attacked and took over Hanusova’s third place position. She then moved past Vanlandingham and kept her eye on Dunlap. As the women came through the last turn of the final lap, Florit was only about 10 seconds behind Dunlap, but there was not enough time left to claim the lead position.
Dunlap posted the win, with Florit taking second and Vanlandingham claiming third. Hanusova was fourth and Dara Marks-Marino rolled across in fifth.
The men’s race saw the winner make his move early. Kabush led the field up the initial climb while Ryan Trebon (Corvallis, Ore.) and Travis Brown (Boulder, Colo.) followed. While the three leaders broke off in front, Adam Craig (Corinth, Maine) attacked on his single speed bike and took over the lead position. Kabush and Craig worked together and separated themselves from the field. In the back, U.S. Olympians Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.) and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo.) were working their way up.
As Kabush made his final attack and tore off the front end, Wells moved up into third position in a strong effort to take two titles this weekend. The gap formed by Kabush widened as the race came to a close. With only two laps to go, he had a 20 second lead over Wells, which he was able to sustain for the win. Wells came in second to make for an incredible weekend. The crowd cheered Adam Craig across the finish in third. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Carl Decker (Bend, Ore.) were fourth and fifth respectively.
1. Alison Dunlap
2. Jimena Florit
3. Shonny Vanlandingham
4. Katerina Hanusova
5. Dara Marks-Marino
1. Geoff Kabush
2. Todd Wells
3. Adam Craig
4. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski
5. Carl Decker