DH riders finish off season at top of field
Local downhill bikers Del Bosco and Kendall prove worth in national championshipBy Shauna FarnellDaily Staff WriterMAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. – As the downhill mountain bike racing season drew to a close last week, local pro rider Chris Del Bosco wrapped up the National Off Road Bicycling Association series with a No. 1 spot.Del Bosco won the NORBA downhill championship last Saturday in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., with a finish time of five minutes, 13.06 seconds. Junior expert rider, Kyle Kendall, 16, took 10th in his division and said the downhill course yielded several crashes and wasn’t easy to navigate.”I saw a lot of things I didn’t need to see,” said Kendall, who is a junior at Battle Mountain High School. “I didn’t hear of any bad injuries, but there were definitely a lot of crashes.”Riders racing the Mammoth downhill, like those competing in other events at the NORBA championship, were invited due to their outstanding results throughout the season. Downhill racers started individually after 30-second intervals.”I caught the two guys that started ahead of me,” Kendall said. “I asked to pass them both … they didn’t let me pass. They ended up crashing. I had to get a rerun because of that. The course was basically insane. It was like Moab – pretty much all rock and just technical. It started out slow with tight, technical turns.”Kendall finished his run with a time of 6:08; faster than many of the semi-pro riders competing in the event and faster even than a few of the pro riders.”I was determined to place top 10,” he said. “The stuff I ride at the (NORBA) races is harder than Vail Mountain itself, but I’ve learned to be a better bike handler.”
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