Forsberg, Martinez Even in 2013 GNCC Points

June 17, 2013
Courtesy of Geiger Media
On the heels of her second straight win and fifth overall of the season, Bell Helmet rider Maria Forsberg has moved into a tie for the top spot in the GNCC Women standings.

Forsberg and fellow Bell Helmet rider Kacy Martinez are knotted at 134 points with a handful of events left on the schedule.

GNCC Championship Points

“I’m feeling really good right now,” Forsberg said. “My riding and my fitness are both great, so I’m excited for what the future holds.”

At Sunday’s Mountaineer Run, Forsberg took advantage of favorable conditions to get a lead and maintain it.

“It rained off and on a little bit during the race,” Forsberg said. “I love the mud, so whenever it rains I usually do better there. It kind of screws up your goggles when it happens, but the race was a lot of fun.”

Being a native of Washington state, Forsberg knows a thing or two about riding in wet, slick conditions.

“It rains just about every day here,” she said. “That’s why I love the mud so much, because I do most of my riding right after it rains.”

Forsberg completed the course in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 31 seconds with a comfortable margin of victory over Martinez, who ended in 2:14:36.

“The race wasn’t too muddy, it was just really slippery,” Martinez said. “The rocks got real slippery. This was probably one of the rockiest races I’ve ever run, so the rain we got from time to time made it a challenge.”

Martinez, who hasn’t finished worse than second in the races she’s run this season (a win and six second-place efforts in seven starts), knows that in order to win the championship she’s going to have to earn a couple of more victories.

“I feel like I’m prepared and can run up front,” Martinez said. “I’ve not had any bad races this year. I just need things to break my way a little better.”

Both Forsberg and Martinez will miss the next scheduled GNCC race at the end of the month because they will be in Germany for Global X Games, leaving just four events to determine the championship. The next GNCC event the pair will race in will be the Sept. 7 Can-Am Unadilla at Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, N.Y.

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