South Shore racers dominate on first day of nationals |

South Shore racers dominate on first day of nationals

The first day of the final NORBA National Championship race at Mammoth Lakes, Calif., saw all three South Shore riders take home first-place hardware.

The Ezakimak Hill Climb was one of the opening races for the weekend competition and was dominated by local riders from South Lake Tahoe.

Jeff Turner, Amber Ramos and Chris Jackson were the leaders of the pack Thursday afternoon. Ramos won her expert women’s bracket to become the national champion for 2000. Her time of 42 minutes, 5 seconds was six minutes better than her closest competitor, Kimberly Stevens.

Jackson definitely had the closest race of all the Tahoe riders. In his win in the sport men 19-34 division, Jackson was only 12 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Greg Drake. Racing on a track half as long as the expert division, Jackson turned in a time of 24:17 for the national title.

The only other South Shore rider to compete on Thursday was Turner, who ended up taking the title in the beginner men 35-and-over division. He beat Joe Bednar by 35 seconds with a time of 27:32.

Rick Kerns of Carson City also had a strong performance, taking second place in the expert men 50-and-over class, finishing behind only Dan Buckley’s time of 42:52.

The championships will continue throughout weekend with the cross country races scheduled Friday and the downhill competition set for Saturday.

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