The Need for Speed

The NORBA National Championship Series returned to Durango last weekend to crown the nation’s top off-road cyclists in a number of categories including cross country, mountain cross and downhill. The mountains surrounding Durango Mountain Resort were awash with the sounds of downhill crazies, cross country suffer freaks and the hard core Durango fans supporting their local riders. Geoff
Kabush took the men's cross country championship while Durango’s own Shonny Vanlandingham took the women's title with a time of 1:58:13.57. In the downhill category, Greg Minnaar won the men's category with a time of 3:39.96 while Kathleen Pruitt took home the women's trophy.

The men's pro cross country racers get ready to ride. Geoff Kabush of team Maxxis won the race with a time of 1:54:23.46.

A men's pro downhiller successfully navigates
a new section of this year's course.

Professional downhiller Daniel Umland gets horizontal as he banks a corner
on his flight to the finish line. A total of 59 racers competed in the
pro men’s downhill competition.

Ned Overend crosses the finish line, placing 11th in the men's pro cross country race.

DMR General Manager Bill Rock goes for the full eight
seconds on the mechanical bull last weekend.

A men's pro downhill rider gets some healthy airtime
on his way to the base of Durango Mountain Resort.

Richard Houseman cruises through a grove of aspens on his way to finishing
the downhill course in 3:53.83 for 14th place.
The men's downhill podium gets a little crazy with winner Greg Minnaar
showering the crowd with champagne.








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