Nash wins Bonelli Park US Cup round

Luna Pro Team rider defends her lead atop the series

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro) backed up her win at the Mellow Johnny's Classic two weeks ago with another victory at Bonelli Park in California for round 2 of the US Cup on Saturday in California.  Nash won the cross country race ahead of her teammate Catharine Pendrel and Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing).

The Czech rider dominated the elite women's cross country mountain bike race from start to finish.

Nash and her Luna Pro teammate Catharine Pendrel rode away from their competition on the first lap of the five-lap race. Behind them, Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) led the chase while Daniela Campuzano Chavez Peon (Mexican National Team), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team), Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Stan's NoTubes), Evelyn Dong (Backcountry.com) and Mikaela Kofman (Scott-3Rox) followed.

Near the end of lap three of the UCI category HC race, Nash rode the uphill A-line and got a gap on Pendrel, who opted for the longer, but less technically challenging B-line. Just a few seconds was all Nash needed to make her move. She applied pressure and quickly turned her advantage into a decisive lead.

Nash would ride the remaining laps, uneventfully, on her own at the front of the race on her way to victory.

Pendrel, once left to ride on her own, measured her effort for the duration of the race and successfully defended her second place while Batty and then Campuzano each rode solo to third and fourth places respectively.

The tightest battle was for the fifth and final podium spot. A chase group of four women formed in the final laps, including Gould, McConneloug, Dong and Kofman. While Gould and McConneloug faded as the race progressed, Dong and Kofman became stronger. In the end, Dong made a last lap move to secure herself a fifth place finish.

Bonelli Park drew an impressive 41 elite women to the start line.

After round two of four in the US Cup series, Nash continues to lead the series ahead of Pendrel and Batty.

The US Cup will continue with round 3, a UCI Category HC race in Fontana, California on Saturday, March 22.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team1:19:43 
2Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:00:24 
3Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:00:53 
4Daniela Campuzano Chavez (Mex) Mexico National Team0:03:20 
5Evelyn Dong (USA) Backcountry.Com0:04:36 
6Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Kenda/Stans No Tubes0:04:49 
7Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing0:04:57 
8Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:05:07 
9Monique Mata (USA) Sho-Air/Cannondale0:05:22 
10Sandra Walter (Can)0:06:48 
11Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo Joes-Vcgraphix0:08:05 
12Rachel Lloyd (USA) California Giant0:08:10 
13Candice Neethling (RSA) Bundu Bashers0:08:33 
14Amanda Nauman (USA) Sdg/Felt0:09:39 
15Larissa Connors (USA) Marin Bikes Factory0:10:19 
16Rose Grant (USA) Sportsman & Ski Haus0:10:54 
17Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team0:11:30 
18Amanda Sin (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing0:12:41 
19Kate Courtney (USA) Specialized Factory0:13:11 
20Cindy Montambault (Can) Cvm 2 Vals0:13:31 
21Nina Baum (USA) Stans No Tubes Women0:13:56 
22Jamie Busch (USA) Juliana/Santa Cruz0:14:10 
23Amy Beisel (USA) Liv/Giant-Tuffshed0:14:46 
24Erin Alders (USA) Liv/Giant0:15:22 
25Hannah Rae Finchamp (USA) Luna Pro Team0:16:03 
-1lapTonya Bray (USA) Paa/Mtbchick.Com  
-1lapErica Tingey (USA) Team Jamis  
-1lapAndreanne Pichette (Can) Opus-Ogc  
-2lapsEmily Shields (USA) BMC Project Dirt  
-2lapsKaylee Blevins (USA) Bear Development  
-2lapsGabrielle April (Can) Rocky Mountain/Pro  
-2lapsCaroline Woods (USA) Marin Factory Team  
-3lapsDeyanira Guerrero (Mex) Veloz Team  
-3lapsVicky Barclay (USA) Stans No Tubes Elite  
-3lapsChristina Gokey-Smith (USA) Colonels  
-3lapsMelissa Ross (USA) Faster Performance  
-3lapsApril Morgan (USA)  
-3lapsFrederique Larose-Gingras (Can)  
-3lapsCayley Brooks (Can)  
DNSKarlee Gendron (Can) Trek Canada Mountain  
DNSAnnie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing  
DNSShayna Powless (USA) BMC Project Dirt  
DNFLesley Paterson (USA) Scott Bikes  
DNFJennifer Todd (USA) Platinum Performance  
Elite women brief US Cup series standings after round 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) Luna Pro Team80 pts
2Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team64 
3Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing57 
4Daniela Campuzano Chavez Peon (Mexico) DC49 
5Georgia Gould (United States) Luna Pro Team47 

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