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NORBA Series Finals Underway

August 28, 2004 – The NORBA National Mountain Bike Series finals are officially underway at Durango Mountain Resort. With the overall Series champions being crowned this weekend, riders will face tough competition as series leaders fight to hold on to the top spots and their rivals have one last chance to move up in the rankings. Pro action got off to an exciting start this afternoon with the mountain cross qualifier, in which Brian Lopes (Murrieta, Calif.) and Jill Kintner (Murrieta, Calif.) claimed the top seeds.

The mountain cross course was redesigned for 2004, and is very technical
with sharp corners. Spectators will see a rematch of the 2003 men’s finals
tomorrow afternoon, as Eric Carter (Temecula, Calif.) and Mike King (San
Diego, Calif.) will once again fight for top honors. Carter currently leads
the standings with 974 points, and King is 108 points behind with 866. In
the qualification round today, Brian Lopes was the fastest in 27.58.
Carter was next in 27.76.

The women’s race is just as close with Jill Kintner (Murrieta, Calif.)
holding the top spot in the standings with 997 points. Tara Llanes (Los
Alamitos, Calif.) is only 52 points behind. The qualifier saw Kintner once
again take the top seed in a time of 29.99. Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.)
was the next fastest in 30.86.

Current Men’s Mountain Cross Series Standings

1. Eric Carter (Temecula, Calif.) 974
2. Mike King (San Diego, Calif.) 866
3. Brian Schmith (Lancaster, Calif.) 847
4. Rich Houseman (Pasadena, Calif.) 837
5. Jared Graves (AUS) 754

Current Women’s Mountain Cross Series Standings

1. Jill Kintner (Murrieta, Calif.) 997
2. Tara Llanes (Los Alamitos, Calif.) 945
3. Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.) 881
4. Kathy Pruitt (Lake Almanor, Calif.) 801
5. Leana Gerard (Sumner, Wash.) 794

In addition to tomorrow’s pro mountain cross finals, NORBA fans can expect
thrilling cross-country contests, as pro racers will battle it out on the
1990 World Championship course. Geoff Kabush (CAN) currently leads the
men’s cross-country standings with 841 points, while Travis Brown
(Boulder, Colo.) is at 748. Jimena Florit (ARG) leads the women’s
standings, but she raced in today’s Olympic cross-country race and will not
compete in Durango tomorrow, leaving the top honors open for second ranked
Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) or her Luna Chix teammate – Alison
Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who currently sits third in the
rankings.

Current Men’s Cross-Country Standings

1. Geoff Kabush (CAN) 841
2. Travis Brown (Boulder, Colo.) 748
3. Ryan Trebon (Corvallis, Or.) 721
4. Chris Sheppard (CAN) 681
5. Jay Henry (Avon, Colo.) 661

Current Women’s Cross-Country Standings

1. Jimena Florit (ARG) 861
2. Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) 844
3. Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 828
4. Willow Koerber (Gunnison, Colo.) 824
5. Kelli Emmet (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 760





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