Biking blitz |

Biking blitz

Some 1,500 riders descended on the Snowmass Ski Area last weekend for the seventh stop in the National Off Road Biking Association (NORBA) National Championship Series.A trio of 2004 Olympic mountain bikers, including the two Coloradans who make up the U.S. men’s team, dominated the cross-country races on Saturday. Durango’s Todd Wells and Boulder’s Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski finished first and second, respectively, in the 26-mile men’s pro division cross-country race. Jimena Florit, who lives and trains in San Diego but is representing her native Argentina in the Olympics, won the pro women’s cross-country race (on a shorter course) in 1:46.5. In downhill racing, Kathy Pruitt, the 2000 downhill world champion, blitzed the course – 2.4 twisting miles of rock and dirt, dropping 1,700 feet over jumps and berms to the finish on Fanny Hill – to win her third straight National Series downhill in 4 minutes, 22 seconds. In the men’s pro downhill race, Nathan Rennie of Australia’s Gold Coast was the last man standing after 60-plus racers took their one crack at the Bonzai Downhill course. His time was 3:37.32.

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