Sunday, September 9, 2007

Emmett takes 26th at world event

Colorado Springs rider Kelli Emmett struggled to a 26th-place finish Saturday in the elite women’s cross country portion of the Mountain Bike World Championships in Fort William, Scotland.

Emmett, sponsored by Giant, completed the 21.1-mile course in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 58 seconds, nearly 10 minutes off the pace of Russia’s Irina Kalentieva, the top-ranked rider in the world.

Starting in the No. 36 position, Emmett moved up 10 spots. But she was the only rider in a six-person American field to finish outside the top 25.

Next week, most U.S. cross country cyclists will compete in the World Cup finals in Maribor, Slovenia. It’s the last race before the mountain bike Olympic test event, which is Sept. 22 in Beijing.

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