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Norba #3 Dual - Park City, Utah
Courtesy Paul Skilbeck - USA Cycling
PARK CITY (Ut.), 30 June 2001 - Michael Deldycke (Schwinn) of France took over the series lead on a night when Leigh Donovan (Schwinn) Capistrano Beach, Calif., took her third straight win, and Eric Carter (Mongoose/Hyundai) Temecula, Calif., surprised himself to emerge as the winner of the night under hot evening sun at Deer Valley Resort in the round three of the SoBe Dual Slalom discipline of the Chevy Trucks National Off-Road Bicycling Association National Championships Mountain Bike Series
After working his way through the stellar men's field that included world champions Mike King (Haro/Lee Dungarees) San Diego, Calif., Brian Lopes (GT/Fox) Temecula, Calif., and Nicolas Vouilloz (Vouilloz Racing), Carter defeated the fast Chris Kovarik (Intense) Australia, in the final heat for the win.
The battle for third and fourth between Brian Lopes (GT/Fox) Temecula, California, and Michael Deldycke was the key contest of the event, since this decided the series leader. Deldycke came back in the second run, beating Lopes for third place.
Leigh Donovan in great form, was barely challenged and in the final overcame Tara Llanes (Yeti/Pearl Izumi) Newport Beach, Calif., in the finals. Tai-Le Muxlowe (Dirtworks) Australia, found herself against Katja Repo (Team GT) Finland, in a surprise match-up for third place. Katja confidently raced her way into a bronze medal while Katja took forth in her first appearance in the NORBA dual slalom series this year.
"This win was awesome but nothing will top my Big Bear win - in front of my family and all. This course was good, though I'm not much of a berm-girl!"
"This course was really easy to make mistakes on, as everyone did. You had to ride well and be able to make it up when you slipped."
1. Eric Carter, Temecula, Calif. (Mongoose/Hyundai)
2. Chris Kovarik, Australia (Intense)
3. Michael Deldycke, France, (Schwinn)
4. Brian Lopes, Laguna Beach, Calif. (GT/Fox)
1. Leigh Donovan, Capistrano Beach, Calif. (Schwinn)
2. Tara Llanes, Newport Beach, Calif. (Yeti/Pearl Izumi)
3. Katja Repo, Finland (GT)
4. Tai-Le Muxlowe, Australia (Dirt Works)
Overall Series results after three of five rounds
1. Michael Deldycke 420 points
2. Brian Lopes 380
3. Eric Carter 360
4. Wade Bootes Australia (Trek/Volkswagen) 340
5. Chris Kovarik Australia (Intense)
1. Leigh Donovan 600 points
2. Tara Llanes 500
3. Katrina Miller 400
4. Missy Giove 320
5. Cheri Elliott 240
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