Monday, September 01, 2008

NMBS Series Finals - Brian Head, UT

How do you know you have the correct bike setup?  

Perhaps the best way is to race over a season and see how many podiums you can stand on within a series.  That is not easy!

This season had many top guns going to World Cups e.g Georgia Gould to earn points, in order to make it to the games.  Long hours on planes equals no recovery.

Think about it, if you can obtain a top 5 or even a top 10 over a series is super.  We do stay in touch with the racers.   We just got off the phone with Pua Sawicki, who just took the stage race at Brian Head before this final NMBS Final and she pointed out that the legs where a bit dead from all the racing.  Pua - "Fast twitch is not the same as slow twitch."  Regardless, she just had the best season of her life! 

Can we agree that Georgia Gould had her best season being #1, and Lea Davison had her best season.  There are others, like Sue Butler and the list goes on.

Take Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Gary Fisher/Subaru) who just claimed his 1st. XC win this season at the series finals in Brian Head, Utah.  This is not easy to take a win or even place in the top 5.  Just have one flat and that will cost you e.g. Bishop this NMBS Final.

If you don't follow race results, you don't see the trends, you only see who is the winner of a given race.   

We know, that its hard to race at a certain percent e.g. 70%, 80%, etc...  The word is "RACE" and that means you go and it hurts, dead legs or not! You have the motor or not on that given day, and hope you did all the right things.  The last thing you need is to think that your bike is not right.  You also have no control of flats, etc...  Can you say stressful!

Now look at teams, what a season Luna Team had.  They had countless podiums, as they saw victory after victory through the 2008 season and not just here in the USA. 

Luna is the top ranked team in the world this year!

Even with NMBS titles on the line, both Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash nailed down both Short Track & XC.  Katerina Nash took the NMBS Short Track on Saturday and team-mate now new Olympian Georgia Gould took the XC title.  This last race had Pua Sawicki (Ellsworth) & Lea Davison (Trek/VW) who where tied for fourth place in the championships with 709 points at this last race.  Good stuff!

Series Standing

1. Georgia Gould   Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
2. Katerina Nash
3. Heather Irmiger
4. Lea Davison  Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish
5 Pua Sawicki    Wobble-naught & Myo-facts sEMG/Dartfish

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