Melissa Buhl Wins NORBA DH Round at Mammoth Lakes, Takes NORBA DH Series Championship Race report by Steve Medroft
In the women's race, Buhl set the early time of 4:46:39 and sat in the hot seat as strong riders like Kathy Pruitt (Luna Chix) and April Lawyer (Maxxis/Intense/Oakley) all tried to top her without success.
"I love Mammoth," Buhl said at the finish. "I always have; the trails are really similar to home." Home is Chandler, Arizona. Buhl says she didn't feel particularly strong on her finals run. "Because I didn't think my practice runs had gone that well, I focused on having no mistakes and it paid off."
The KHS pro has come second in competitions from NORBA Downhills, Mountain Cross, Dual Slalom and Jeep King of the Mountain competitions in 2005. "I was close, close, close all year. This feels really good."