bikeBiker X: Staying upright works

MOUNT SNOW, Vt. -- Biker X again proved it definitely belongs in Winter X, with an exciting finish in both the men's and women's finals Saturday.

Myles Rockwell and Katrina Miller both took advantage of mistakes made by the leaders during the final run to take Biker X gold in the men's and women's divisions, respectively.

Myles Rockwell
Rockwell found victory to his liking.
Rockwell, a first-time Winter X Games competitor, rode tough throughout the entire race, staying near leader Bas Debever. When Debever lost control and crashed midway through the course, Rockwell capitalized and took the lead. Mike King came on strong at the end to challenge, but had only enough left for second. Nigel Page took third.

"This was my first time (in Biker X), I had no idea, no expectations," said an exuberant Rockwell, who high-fived the crowd as he made his way down the course. "I just went for it."

Rockwell said he would like to see this kind of course on dirt.

"I would love to race like this on dirt, it would be such a challenge," he said.

With course conditions improving from Friday's qualifying round and the weather somewhat colder making the snow a little harder, the women's final was up for grabs.

Miller came hard out of the gate, trailing good friend Elke Brutsaert while waiting to make her move.

"I had a pretty decent start out of the gate. Then I sat back and waited to make my move," said the Australian, "but before I could do anything she (Brutsaert) fell so I didn't have to do anything but ride."

Last year's gold medal winner Tara Llanes came in second. Brutsaert was able to recover to take third for the second year in the row.

Men's and Women's Snow Mountain Biking Results
  Men Women
1. Myles Rockwell Katrina Miller
2. Mike King Tara Llanes
3. Nigel Page Elke Brutsaert
4. Eric Carter Leigh Donovan
5. Bas Debever Shawna Ward
6. Wade Bootes Marla Streb
7. Lars Tribus Missy Giove
8. Pete Loncarevich April Lawyer
9. Joe Lawwill Katja Repo
10. Ryan White Donna Fletcher
11. John Tomac Danielle Connolly
12. David Watson Melissa Miller
13. Steve Peat Kat Sweet
14. Todd Snider  
15. Travis Gardner  
16. Kyle Ebbett  
17. Todd Leduc  
18. Jason Sigfrid  
19. Tony Szynaka  
20. Andrew Shandor  
21. Rich Houseman  
22. Scott Ybarra  
23. Jessie Whitsell  
24. Philip Tinstman  
25. Derin Stockton  
26. Kirt Voreis  
27. Michal Marosi  
28. Ken Avery  
29. Eric Cseff  

 Katrina Miller pedals her way to Biker X gold.
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 Katrina Miller likes Vermont, but misses the Australia sun.
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