2012 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships
Men - Pro
1. Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek) 1:48:17
2. Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) 1:49:21
3. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek) 1:50:05
4. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore.) 1:50:48
5. Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Cannondale Factory Racing) 1:51:22
"The two men who are ticketed to wear the red, white and blue in London in the Olympic Games, defending national champion Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./Specialized Racing) and Sam Schultz (Missoula, Mont./Subaru-Trek), dueled throughout the 34.8-kilometer, six-lap contest. On the last lap, Schultz attacked on the climb and Wells was unable to answer due to a flat tire, allowing Schultz to ride away with the first elite national championship of his career.
"We just kept on going back and forth before he got a flat," Schultz said. "He would come around me at the bottom of the climb. I just nipped him before the singletrack because he descended pretty well. I wasn't descending that great, so I just made sure I got ahead of him. It would have been real intense if he hadn't flatted. It definitely would have come down to that last lap."
Schultz and Wells showed early in the race why they were selected for such a lofty assignment. The two men quickly found themselves at the front of the 56-rider field, quickly opening an advantage. The chase group, comprised of Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Boulder, Colo./Subaru-Trek), Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore.) and Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va./Cannondale Factory Racing) fought valiantly to keep up, but were unable to get closer than 30 seconds. Schultz pulled away from Wells on the last lap to earn the Stars-and-Stripes jersey and the winner's share of the $1,000 purse offered in the professional men's cross-country race," according to the press release by USA Cycling officials.