Sandpoint, Idaho - The Pacific Northwest greeted Haro Bicycles with the podium, strong rides and a wee bit of Mother Nature’s wrath over a weekend of racing. Cody Warren once again showed his potential by riding himself into two podium spots at round four of the NORBA National Series."I wasn't up for last week (Angel Fire World Cup) and I backed down a few times. This week I just went for it no matter what," said Warren after making the final and grabbing fourth in a wet four cross. Mick had this to say of Warren's semi-final, "Yeah Cody put in a good pass on me. For a brief micro second, I thought he might hold back, but he let the brakes go and got into the final".
Before the start of the four cross, the cross country riders were putting in a hard-man effort as the skies opened up on the field dumping hail and rain. "I took a gamble by running slower mud tires (Medussa and Mimo)" said Sheppard of his pre-race decision while it was still sunny. "When the rain hit I just let it go on the descents and that fueled my climbing", said Sheppard after a labor-filled move from 14th to 7th during the final rain soaked hour of the race.
McGrath had an off-day yet was untarnished and noted "Sometimes you can be in the best shape of the season but your legs choose to have a vacation on race day".
The downhill had to be one of the closest in years with the top seven riders separated by 2.7 seconds! Warren came down early and was able to hold onto the hot seat through to the last five racers. "The track was challenging and fun with tacky dirt....my final run was almost perfect" an exuberant Warren beamed. Hannah agreed with Cody saying that, "The course was balanced...with the previous day's rain it made for unlimited traction to the point you could white knuckle corners (aka use no brakes)". Hannah would be knocked off the podium by the final two riders.
To cap off the weekend, McGrath and Sheppard intensely attacked the "hurricane of pain" better known as the short track. Both of them made it to the front group which slowly widdled itself down from ten riders to six. Sheppard made the split and had this to say, "From minute three to eleven I suffered a great deal reducing my capacity for a podium. Coulda, shoulda, woulda!" McGrath trailed for the final few laps and noted, "I fell off the pace towards the end but was hoping Shep could get around Trebron for the final pode spot. It was a good sprint and I had the best seat in the house!"
Next up for Team Haro is round five of the NORBA National Series. High altitude, dust and the odd thunderstorm should make for a hard fought weekend!
Haro Bicycles and its riders would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued support: Thor, Shimano, Manitou, Easton, Sun Ringle, Bell, Sella Italia, Cane Creek, Champion Nutrition, Maxxis, Grove Innovations
1. Neething 4:19.83
2. Minnaar 4:19.94
3. Graves 4:20.18
4. Ponozzo 4:20.515. Warren 4:21.01
7. Hannah 4.22.49
3. Minnaar4. Warren
5. Schmitt6. Hannah
5. Craig7. Sheppard
1. Horgan Kobelski
5. Trebron6. Sheppard