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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

PRO DOWNHILL:

The National Mountain Bike Series blew into dusty, gusty Southridge Park in Fontana, California, this weekend for its third round of 2007. The weekend’s weather was a mixed bag, but one thing was consistently inconsistent and that was the wind. Riders practiced on hot and cold windy days on the dry dusty, rocky downhill course, famous for the long pedaling section at the end of the run. Riders had definite strategies to deal with the long sprint that followed the tricky rock sections. In the end, California native Cody Warren prevailed and Aussie Nathan Rennie (Santa Cruz/SRAM/RockShox) came second. Rounding out the international podium was New Zealand’s Justin Leov (Yeti) third, South Africa’s Andrew Neethling fourth and Australia’s Chris Kovarik fifth.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

About the physical efforts spent on the course, a hacking EC puts it best saying, “You get the best lung here at this downhill-Fontucky Lung!” Rennie said, “I was pretty spent and I kept breathing and breathing but it wasn’t catching up with my legs.”

In the women’s downhill Kathy Pruitt took top honors. Canada’s Claire Buchar was second, and out for a romp was Marla Streb in third. Lisa Myklak was fourth and Joanna Petterson fifth.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

WADDELL 6TH IN MEN’S EXPERT XC 25-29:

John Waddell raced the cross-country on Saturday and rode strong to place sixth. He was leading the first lap, and battled for second on the second lap. He eventually made a few mistakes and dropped to sixth in the third and final lap. “I hate it when I make mistakes. I felt strong and battled in the beginning, and just missed being on the podium. But what matters most is that I’m out there and giving it my best.” said John. John will go home to Perth, Western Australia this week after a six weeks stay in the States. He plans to race more XC and endurance races as he trains and prepares for solo 24-hour races.

The National Mountain Bike Series blew into dusty, gusty Southridge Park in Fontana, California, this weekend for its third round of 2007. The weekend’s weather was a mixed bag, but one thing was consistently inconsistent and that was the wind. Riders practiced on hot and cold windy days on the dry dusty, rocky downhill course, famous for the long pedaling section at the end of the run. Riders had definite strategies to deal with the long sprint that followed the tricky rock sections.