Nash takes Cincinnati 'cross opener

Miller, Antonneau podium as Compton DNFs

The previous night's rain did not slow riders down on the hilly course laid out for the first day of racing at the Cincinnati International Cyclocross Festival, with Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking her fourth UCI race of the season in the women’s event.

Nash took an early lead and pushed her gap to almost two minutes by the end of the race. Nash’s main rival, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective), was laid low early in the race by an asthma attack, and did not complete the race.

"I had a really good ride. I really enjoyed this course," said Nash. "All the hills, they are hard but I think that being a mountain biker, and doing it all summer long, is a little bit of an advantage."

Nash has been on fire this season after winning CrossVegas and both days of the Providence Cyclocross Festival. Dispelling rumors of her retirement as the by product of a poorly translated article, Nash intends to focus on domestic races this season.

How it happened

Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) jumped off the start line first to grab the hole-shot after the start. Miller led early in the first lap and was closely marked by Nash and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com.) Katie Compton deftly moved through traffic and joined early leaders along with Nicole Duke (Spy-Marin). Compton and Nash separated from the lead group on one of several long, slippery hills and by the end of the first lap the duo had opened up a gap of 30 seconds.

Over the next lap Nash and Compton started testing each other. Nash, who was out of the saddle attacking every corner and hill, emerged with a 10 second lead over her rival. Compton, was unable to respond, and lost ground quickly. Then with three laps to go Compton never crossed the finish. Laid low by an asthma attack, she had pulled out of the race, unable to compete.

"It was a tough day at the office," said Compton. "I just had bad allergies, and had an asthma attack. Tired, not enough warm-up, and the trees, and the weeds, kind of got to me today. It's unfortunate but I'm okay, and I deal with it enough, so I had to drop out. I'll definitely race tomorrow and Sunday."

Nash continued to hammer over the hills and the soft, rutted turns, to build a lead of almost two minutes during the remaining laps. Behind Nash the battle for second place was tightly contested between Miller and Antonneau, who both recently completed successful World Cup campaigns.

"Little Katie and I were together, and I was mostly just following her," said Miller. "Then I finally came around her and opened up the gap."

Nash crossed the line in first, followed by Miller, and then Antonneau. Mo Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven Cycles) used her legendary experience to fend off a late charging Emily Kachoreck (#Ghetomoto) to finish fourth. Known mostly for her exploits on the road, Kachoreck slotted in fifth place, her first UCI cyclo-cross top ten.

Racing continues on Saturday November 2nd at the Cincinnati International Cyclocross Festival as riders head to the Cincy3 Kings Cross After Dark race at Kingswood Park in Mason, Ohio. Elite Women start at 7:00 PM EST and the Elite Men start at 8:10 PM EST.

Full Results
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:41:37 
2Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:47 
3Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:51 
4Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:02:47 
5Emily Kachorek (USA) #Ghetomoto0:03:01 
6Beth Ann Orton (USA) Team S&M0:03:30 
7Erica Zaveta (USA) Redline0:03:49 
8Sunny Gilbert (USA) Michelob Ultra-Big Shark0:04:03 
9Carolina Gomez-Villafane (Arg) Team Rambuski Law0:04:21 
10Rebecca Gross (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:04:41 
11Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:05:07 
12Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) The Fix Studio0:05:26 
13Emma Swartz (USA) Junior Dropouts-Brazen Dropouts0:05:33 
14Laurel Rathbun (USA) Exergy TWENTY160:06:04 
15Allison Arensman (USA) Sophisticated Living p/b Bob's Red Mill0:06:14 
16Julie Hunter (USA) BikeBeat-VaAssetGroup0:06:30 
17Meghan Korol (USA) Asheville Cyclocross0:06:44 
18Jennifer Nowlin (USA) The Fix Studio0:07:24 
19Katherine Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team0:08:21 
20Emily Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team0:08:23 
21Chloe Dygert (USA) Midwest Devo0:08:33 
22Elizabeth So (USA) Team TATI0:08:54 
23Cooper Ambjorn (USA) Team Hungry  
24Geraldine Schulze (USA) BioWheels/Reece-Campbell Racing  
25Victoria Steen (USA) Team614  
26Katrina Baumsteiger (USA) Team Rambuski Law  
27Kelly Paterson (USA) Wolverine Racing-ACFStores.com  

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