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Sports Shorts 10/2/07

Area riders make strong showings at Northstar-at-Tahoe finale

It was touch and go for the last downhill race of the series at Northstar-at-Tahoe Ski Resort.

Four inches of snow were reported the day before, with a severe weather system pounding the area all weekend. Sunday proved to be only overcast, and the new Livewire Trail was tacky from the rain and snow and perfect for racing.



This trail is more of a motocross course with serious pedaling required in some areas, which makes for intense work on downhill-specific bikes that weigh around 45 pounds.

The Dark Horse Racing team of Nevada City made a strong showing, with team manager Jesse Chuse (Expert 44) bringing home second place; Dan Ures Sr.




(Expert 45) first place; Dan Ures Jr. (Expert 26) third; Mariska Chuse (Female Open) third; and Graeme Pitts (Pro) ninth against 27 top riders, including World Cup competitors.

The Miners Indie Mountain Bike Team had a strong presence as well. Those results included Chris Whitlock (14) sixth in Beginner 17 and under, and in the Sport 17 and under category: Greg Hermansen (16) 8th, Max Floyd (15) 9th, and David Lowe (16) 11th.

The weekend of Oct. 5-7 is the last chance to ride the Northstar Bike Park this year, with no more races are scheduled before the park closes.

” Leslie Pitts, special to The Union

Miners Indie mountain bikers begin preseason practice rides today

The Miners Indie Mountain Bike Team is a local team for high school students.

The first practice and registration for new students is at 3:30 p.m. today at Tour of Nevada City Bike Shop, 457 Sacramento St., in Nevada City.

Forms are available at all GV/NC bike shops or can be filled out at sign-ups. Students should be prepared for the first day with a bike in good working order, a helmet and a water bottle. For more information, call coach Debra Little 470-0504.

The Miners Indie team has won five of seven California state championships.

” The Union staff


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