Monday, November 2, 2009

Johnson leads NACT after slippery Colorado races

Blue Sky Velo Cup, Saturday
Katie Compton (Planet Bike) and Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers and Jamey Driscoll of pulled out no tricks but took the top treats at the NACT Blue Sky Velo Cup in Longmont, Colorado on Saturday. After snow blanketed the state early in the week, the sun made a late season cameo appearance for the weekend, and cross fans were treated to mud and a display by some of the best racers in the world.

Compton demonstrated why she is leading the UCI circuit now, and the Elite Women’s race quickly became a contest for second as Compton turned it into a dirt time trial. The Luna Chix duo of Georgia Gould and Alison Dunlap swept up second and third. Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) put her road skills to the test for fourth. Mountain biker Kelli Emmett (Giant) rounded out the top five.

As Johnson and Powers began to build a lead in the Elite Men’s race, the two were also jockeying for who would take over the NACT leader’s jersey after the Boulder race on Sunday. Johnson dropped his teammates, but with Powers holding on for second and teammate Jamey Driscoll in third, Sunday’s race was set to decide who would pull on the red jersey Sunday afternoon. Adam Craig (Giant), always entertaining, put in a good show to take fourth while Troy Wells (Clif Bar) was fifth.

Boulder Cup, Sunday
As the Cannondale/ train departed from the start line in Boulder on Sunday, Tim Johnson was in the new position of both debuting and defending the NACT leader’s jersey. Fortunately, Johnson’s Sunday race ended identical to Saturday’s; with the former national champion standing on the top podium.

Cannondale once again swept the top three spots, with Jeremy Powers in second and Jamey Driscoll in third. Geoff Kabush (Maxxis/Rocky Mountain) and Jeremy Horgan Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher) filled out the top five at Sunday's race. With just one more weekend remaining in the series, Johnson and his teammates look to have the NACT comfortably locked up.

The women’s race also played out similarly to Saturday, with Compton taking off from the start and never looking back. Gould didn't start on Sunday, and her place in second was taken by Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM) as Compton finished three minutes ahead. As with Saturday, Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix) was third, Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farm), fourth, and Kelli Emmett (Giant) took fifth.

The final NACT races are at the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Event, Nov. 21-22 in Southampton, New York.

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(Submitted by Stephanie Chase for the NACT)