Houseman and Graves double podium in Sonoma, Snowmass
Deer Valley, UT and Snowmass, CO (July 15 and 16) – The Yeti-FOX Racing Factory Team split up this weekend: the Americans contested the national championships in Sonoma, CA, while the Australians rocked the Colorado State Championships in Snowmass, CO.
This is a press release written by me, Lee McCormack
Sonoma was hot, hot, hot. With everything on the line for the national title, Houseman was even hungrier than usual. He qualified second in 4X, then marched through the rounds to meet Brian Lopes, Eric Carter and Cody Warren in the final. Carter got the gate. Houseman chased and finished third. Young TJ Sharp qualified 13th — sweet! — but got axed in the first round. All good; TJ has a bright future, especially hanging around the Big House.
The downhill wasn’t your typical steep rockfest, but it was super fun to ride. Houseman qualified ninth (so-so), but in the final he made the course his servant. He rolled a 1:54.73, just 0.71 seconds behind Duncan Riffle and 0.21 second behind Ryan Finney. Sharp was only 12 seconds back, but on a course this short he wound up 28th.
To recap: Houseman won two bronze medals in two events. Not bad for a guy with a full-time desk job! Hs bosses at SponsorHouse are as stoked at the folks at Yeti and FOX.
Meanwhile back in Colorado …
Aussies Jared Graves and Justin Leov enjoyed a mellow weekend at Mountain States Cup #5 in Snowmass, CO. Since Yetis are born in ColoRADo, it seemed fitting that these Yeti speedsters would represent at the Colorado State Championships.
The 4X course is long, fast and flowy, with good-sized jumps, awesome berms and useable passing lines. Not that anyone got to pass Graves, who snapped every gate and led from start to finish in every heat. Local hero Ross Milan (and part time Yeti-FOX racer) was right on Graves’ wheel to take the state title.
The Snowmass downhill rips down wide open ski runs and dives through insanely fast tree sections. With average speeds over 40 mph, the pro men were moving. Graves came in second 0.24 seconds behind Chris Del Bosco from Vail. Justin Leov finished 0.51 seconds behind Graves to take third.
To re-recap: Houseman with two thirds, Graves with a first and second, Leov with a third. Not so bad …
Look for Clay Porter’s video report on www.yeticycles.com
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Go Graves! Congrats to the Yeti race team from sunbaked Afghanistan.
International riders were allowed to race in the Nationals for NORBA points but their results were not published. The actual overall finishing order:
1. Amiel Cavalier (AUS)
2. Jared Rando (AUS)
3. Des Curry (NZL)
4. Ben Bell (AUS)
5. Andrew Neethling (RSA)
From www. farkin.net:
“The US National Mountain Bike Titles were held this weekend at Infineon, California. The format of this race was a little confusing with international riders allowed to race some events and not others. Also, similar to The Aussie titles, no foreigner could actually “claim” the national title. Whilst the Australian’s and other non US persons were not allowed to race the 4X they were allowed to race the DH (to obtain NORBA series points only) and the Aussies took away another NORBA win. Information is a little sketchy to obtain as official results do not list any non US persons (it all seems to be kept under some vale of secrecy at the moment)”
I heard about that business. Just crazy. I got my results from USA Cycling — and they only listed Americans. Crazy.
It’s sort of like the way I won the Super D state championships last weekend — if you don’t count the first 14 finishers.
Yeah, and I won the 40-49 division in our Sunshine Series DH if you don’t count riders under 48… still, US riders were kicking Aussie butt in the Tour de France last time I checked. And that’s half downhill.