Nash triumphs at CrossVegas

Davison and Pendrel round out podium

Katerina Nash (Luna) won CrossVegas in emphatic fashion Wednesday evening for her third victory in four years at the Desert Breeze Soccer Complex.

Nash soloed clear of the field shortly after the midpoint of the 40-minutes race, while Lea Davison (Specialized) repeated her 2012 runner-up result by pipping Nash's teammate Catharine Pendrel (Luna) for second place at 18 seconds.

"I didn't really attack," said Nash. "I somehow got a gap. I just wanted to keep the pace really high. I wanted the front group to get smaller. The pace was not super high. Meredith [Miller] was really active and was helping out but no one else was interested in helping.

"I missed racing CrossVegas last year because I was injured," added Nash. "I was standing here drinking a beer. I thought that this was kind of fun, but racing is a lot better. It feels great to be back."

Once Nash broke the elastic the gap between her and the Davison/Pendrel chase group grew steadily from five to 20 seconds while Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) followed in the battle for fourth with Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus), Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles) and Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers Race Club).

"Katerina was inching away from me and I was trying to claw my way back," said Davison. "At first it was seven seconds and I thought I was still in there. Then it went to 10 and 20 seconds and I was then thinking 'okay, we are now racing for second'.

"I never gave up because you never know what's going to happen. She was simply the stronger rider tonight. Hat's off to Katerina. It was very cool today because it was three mountain bikers battling."

In the last lap finale Davison sprinted in ahead of Pendrel for second to notch her second runner-up finish in as many years while Miller took the four-rider sprint for fourth at 36 seconds.

Full Results
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:41:50 
2Lea Davison (USA) Specialized Racing0:00:18 
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:00:19 
4Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:00:36 
5Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Bicycles0:00:37 
6Chloe Woodruff (USA) Crankbrothers Race Club  
7Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:00:38 
8Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:00:46 
9Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:00 
10Maghalie Rochette (Can) Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:04 
11Courtenay McFadden (USA) Bicycle Blue Book-HRS-Rock Lobster0:01:16 
12Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:01:24 
13Jessica Cutler (USA) Bikesport NW-Jamis0:01:48 
14Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:58 
15Amy Dombroski (USA) Young Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team0:02:12 
16Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom0:02:22 
17Mical Dyck (Can) Stan's NoTubes  
18Emily Kachorek (USA) #Ghetomoto0:02:24 
19Amanda Nauman (USA) SDG-Felt0:02:27 
20Heather Jackson (USA) Cannondale Herbalife Wattie Ink. Zoot0:02:39 
21Lauren Stephens (USA) Fcs|Zngine P/B Mr. Restore0:02:59 
22Beth Ann Orton (USA) Team S&M0:03:13 
23Ally Stacher (USA) Specialized-lululemon0:03:25 
24Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Motofish Racing0:03:26 
25Nina Baum (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's MTB Team0:03:30 
26Katherine Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team0:03:35 
27Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Colonel's/Sho-Air0:03:38 
28Andrianna Zolton (USA) Jlvelo Ambassadors0:03:39 
29Emily Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team0:03:40 
30Rebecca Gross (USA) Raleigh-Clement  
31Kristin Weber (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:03:42 
32Andrea Wilson (USA) Brickhouse Racing p/b Nimblewear USA0:03:47 
33Amanda Carey (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite0:03:54 
34Judy Freeman (USA) Crankbrothers Race Club0:04:53 
35Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy0:05:08 
36Sarah Sturm (USA) Real Wheels0:05:11 
37Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports Racing0:05:12 
38Carolina Gomez Villafane (Arg) Team Rambuski Law0:06:05 
39Shannon Gibson (USA) NoTubes Elite CX0:06:46 
40Bre Rue (USA) Fred Meyer Cycling Team0:07:09 
41Natalie Koncz (USA) Zuster Cycling0:07:24 
42Karen Brocket (USA) Jetcycling0:07:35 
43Stacey Spencer (Can) Phillips Brewing Company-Code Performance0:07:47 
44Nicole Borem (USA) Don Walker Cycles Racing -3laps 
45Stace Cooper (USA) TBBCX-Gheto  
DNFLyne Bessette (Can)  
DNSKate Powlison (USA) Evol Elite Racing  

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