Clouse takes Ruts 'n' Guts opening day

Gilbert is second in Tulsa, Honsinger third

Katie Clouse (Alpha Bicycle-Groove Subaru) took her second USA Cycling ProCX victory of the season Saturday in the Elite women’s crace at Ruts 'n' Guts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

After taking the holeshot, Clouse settled into a front group that separated itself from the 25-rider field in the first lap of racing. Joining Clouse at the front were Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team), Courtenay McFadden (Pivot Maxxis pb Stan's DNA Cycling), Samantha “Sammi” Runnels (Squid Squad), Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX), Raylyn Nuss (Gateway Harley Davidson-Trek) and Caroline Mani, who finished third in 2017 but lost contact with the lead group after one more turn around the course.

“Too many lead changes to count in the early laps, but I know I did a lot of work at the front to push the pace," said Gilbert, who finished second "With a brisk wind, and near-freezing-but -ry conditions, a large group stayed together for most of the way through lap three."

Halfway through the six-lap contest, Gilbert was leading the front group, which was down to five riders after Nuss fell off the pace. Clouse put in the first attack in the sandpit, but Gilbert closed it down.

With only two laps of racing remaining, last year's runner-up McFadden was the next rider to drop out of the lead group, leaving the four riders to fight for the top step of the podium. Clouse made another attack on the barriers going into the final lap, but Gilbert immediately closed the slight gap and retook the front of the group.

“It was down to Clara H., Katie, and me exchanging attacks,” Gilbert said. “Katie built a small gap through the final wooded section, and I got an even smaller gap coming out of the woods. We both held off a hard charging Clara and motivated Sammi R. for the podium spots.”

Clouse made one more attackand this one worked. The 18-year old held the gap to the finish line. Clouse's winning time was 43 minutes, 18 seconds. Gilbert took the sprint for second place ahead of Honsinger, crossing the line five seconds behind the winner.

“No bobbles or mechanicals to heighten the drama among the top riders, just sheer riding ability and speed,” Gilbert said.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Clouse (USA) Alpha Bicycle-Groove Subaru0:43:18 
2Sunny Gilbert (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:00:05 
3Clara Honsinger (USA) Team S&M CX  
4Samantha Runnels (USA) Squid Squad0:00:06 
5Raylyn Nuss (USA) Gateway Harley Davidson-Trek0:00:45 
6Courtenay McFadden (USA)0:01:10 
7Caroline Mani (Fra)0:01:57 
8Dani Arman (USA)0:02:13 
9Beth Ann Orton (USA)0:02:27 
10Amanda Nauman (USA)0:02:34 
11Jennifer Malik (USA)0:02:44 
12Abigail Yates (GBr)0:03:06 
13Turner Ramsay (USA)0:03:29 
14Lauren Stephens (USA)0:03:49 
15Anna "Katrina" Engelsted (USA)0:04:02 
16Susan Livingston (USA)0:04:27 
17Aubrey Drummond (USA)0:04:37 
18Molly Clark-Oien (USA)0:04:46 
19Rebecca Gross (USA)0:04:58 
20Cara O'neill (USA)0:05:07 
21Leslie Ethridge (USA)0:05:12 
22Marilyn Rayner (USA)0:05:17 
23Meghan Newlin (USA)0:05:20 
DNFBridget Tooley (USA)  
DNFShannon Mallory (USA)  

 

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