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- 19. October 2007.

Buhl take USA Cycling MTB National Gravity Calendar titles



Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 18, 2007)—

In the women’s division, Buhl dominated the calendar with 1,054 points while second-place finisher Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz./Team Cactus) finished with 648 points. Kathy Pruitt (Lake Almanor, Calif./Jamis) notched 445 points throughout the season to place third, while Lisa Myklak (Boulder, Colo./Morewood) finished fourth with 439 points and Darian Harvey (Durango, Colo./Durango Rough Riders) rounded out the top five with 424 points.

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Buhl’s commanding victory came as a result of several key victories in Calendar events. In May, Buhl won both the 4-Cross and Downhill competitions at the Chile Challenge in Angel Fire, N.M. One month later, she again scored a double victory with wins in the Downhill and Dual Slalom events at the Deer Valley National presented by Gary Fisher-Subaru. Buhl’s winning streak continued in July with a win in the Downhill race at the Infineon Cougar Mountain Classic and Downhill and Dual Slalom victories at the Sugar Mountain National presented by Maxxis. At the Snowmass National presented by Clif Bar, Buhl again claimed two gold medals with wins in both the Downhill and 4-Cross events.


Buhl also scored significant points at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships with a national title in the Dual Slalom and a silver medal in the Downhill competition.


Three victories at the Blast the Mass in Snowmass Village, Colo., where Buhl won the 4-Cross, Super D and Downhill events, also contributed to her 1,000-plus point total.


Other notable performances from Buhl on the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Gravity Calendar included a third-place finish in the Downhill competition and a fourth-place finish in the Dual Slalom at the Sea Otter Classic in April.


Graves 495-point total came as a result of victories in the 4-Cross event at the Blast the Mass and Dual Slalom wins at the Deer Valley and Snowmass Nationals. Graves also scored a pair of second-place finishes in the Downhill and Dual Slalom competitions at the Sea Otter Classic and finished second in the Downhill races at both Blast the Mass and the Snowmass National.
2007 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Gravity Calendar
Final Standings:
*For complete final standings, visit www.usacycling.org/mbnc.

Women
1. Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.) 1,054
2. Jacqueline Harmony (Tucson, Ariz.) 648
3. Kathy Pruitt (Lake Almanor, Calif.) 445
4. Lisa Myklak (Boulder, Colo.) 439
5. Darian Harvey (Durango, Colo.) 424


About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 60,000 members and 2,500 annual events. USA Cycling associations include the BMX Association (BMX), National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), U.S. Cycling Federation (road/track), the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (professional men’s road). For more information, visit www.usacycling.org or contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867.

This Article Published 2007-10-18 10:54:31 For more information contact: alee@usacycling.org

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