Canadian rider tickled pink in short track |

Canadian rider tickled pink in short track

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

Jeff Kabush is fast becoming a fan of all things pink.

His new wife, Keri, has the maiden name Pink and it was while wearing pink socks that he easily claimed the victory in Sunday’s short track cross-country race at the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) National Mountain Bike Race Series (NMBS) at Deer Valley.

A friend had brought the socks for Kabush to the race, emblazoned with "Dopers suck" on the side, and Kabush figured the pink luck wouldn’t hurt. He was right. He created a large gap from the start of the race that never closed. A set of tires with a fast tread may have also helped his effort.

"I was able to corner a lot faster and the gap just kept opening," said the Canadian rider. "I got quite a bit of confidence."

Right behind was Sam Jurekovic, a U-23 national team member and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski.

Earlier in the afternoon, LUNA-sponsored riders against swept the top three spots with Katerina Nash taking first, followed by Georgia Gould and Shonny Vanlandingham.

Gould shot out to the early lead, but the relentless Nash finally caught her wheel and pulled ahead for the victory.

"I tried to keep her in sight," Nash said. "It worked out, being two of us. We started pushing each other."

Kathy Sherwin of Heber took seventh.

In the women’s downhill, Melissa Buhl, a KHS rider, won with a time of three minutes and 15.93 seconds. Kathy Pruitt of Jamis took second with a time of 3:22.11 and Maverick’s Abigail Hippely took third finishing in 3:23.76.

Honda’s Duncan Riffle made the most of the rocky course taking first in the men’s pro downhill, flying down the course with a time of 2:39. Justin Leov of Yeti finished just a second slower for second and Mongoose’s Andrew Neethling took third with a time of 2:40.6

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