August 16/98 5:48 am - Mountain Bike Nationals XC Mid-Race Update
Posted by Editor on 08/16/98
Mountain Bike Nationals Update
We just received a mid-race update for the Cross-country national championships race. As the riders start their third lap (of 4 for the women, 5 for the men), it is Chris Sheppard (Catera-Pure Energy) and Roland Green (Mapei-Kona) swapping back and forth at the front of the menâ€šs race. Sheppard led at the end of the first lap by 25 seconds, but Green has moved up and overtook about two-thirds of the way through the second lap to carve out a slim 5 second lead. Solidly in third place is Seamus McGrath (Haro), at 1:30 - McGrath is the top placed Espoir rider. Andreas Hestler (Volvo-Cannondale) and Peter Wedge (Mapei-Kona) were together at the end of the first lap, 1:20 down on the leader, but Hestler is now on his own in 4th, 2:30 back at the start of lap 3. it looks like Hestler had a crash in the first lap.
In the womenâ€šs race, it is, no surprise, Alison Sydor (Volvo-Cannondale) with a commanding lead of 3:10 over Chrissy Redden (Ritchey). In third place is B.C. newcomer Amber Chorney, at four minutes. Rounding out the top five are Melanie Dorion (Oryx) at 4:20 and Melanie McQuaid (Rocky Mountain) at 4:40. Trish Sinclair (Kona) is next at 5:50, and Lesley Tomlinson (Polo Sport) at 6:00. There was little change from laps one to two - the first three were the same, with Dorion swapping positions with McQuaid.