Davison wins her home race at Catamount Classic Pro XCT

Luna women Nash and Gould round out top three

One week after winning the US cross country nationals, Lea Davison (Specialized) won the US Pro XCT final at the Catamount Classic on home turf in Vermont.  Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould (both Luna Pro Team) rounded out the top three at 37 and 43 seconds respectively.

"I can't believe it. This a dream come true to win in front of my home crowd. They cheered me on," said Davison after her victory. "It's unbelievable to have surgery and come back and win this."

How it happened

All eyes were on US National Champion Davison as she lined up on her home course, and in front of a throng of her Little Bella young ladies.

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), who provided Davision with major competition last year, is currently competing for Canada at the Commonwealth Games. However, the powerful Luna squad brought Olympians Katerina Nash and Georgia Gould to bolster their chances for a win.

As expected, Davison took the hole-shot, and throughout the first lap it appeared that only Nash was up to the task of riding with her. Gould was not far off the pace but could not quite close down the gap. By lap three, however, Nash took the lead.

In the tight uphill singletrack, she appeared to be blocking Davison, which allowed her teammate Gould to join them. Shortly thereafter, Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com), Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) and Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) all bridged up to the leaders.

Surprisingly, Huck attacked the whole group and forced the pace incredibly high. As Huck led into the rock garden on lap four, Nash crashed just behind her, allowing Davison to get around her. On the final lap, Davison simply went harder and faster than anyone else. On the open sections of the course, she could be seen hammering up each climb out of the saddle. Nash did her best to chase but finished 37 seconds behind to claim second place.

Gould rolled in third, and Woodruff claimed the fourth spot. Huck provided some fireworks at the finish as she out-sprinted Campuzano for the last spot on the podium.

Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lea Davison (Specialized Racing)1:31:55 
2Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)0:00:37 
3Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)0:00:43 
4Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.Com Bike Team)0:00:54 
5Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes-Vcgraphix.Com)0:01:11 
6Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team)0:01:12 
7Sandra Walter (Liv/Giant Canada)0:01:57 
8Rose Grant (Sportsman And Haus)0:03:51 
9Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing)0:04:34 
10Kate Courtney (Specialized Racing)0:04:50 
11Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team)0:05:35 
12Cindy Montambault (Cvm 2 Vals / Equipe Du Quebec)0:05:49 
13Rebecca Beaumont (Equipe Du Quebec / Cyclone D'alma/ Devinci)0:07:21 
14Amy Beisel (Liv/Giant - Tuff Shed)0:08:02 
15Shayna Powless (Bmc Project Dirt Presented By Kmc)0:09:14 
16Larissa Connors (Marin Bikes Factory Team)0:09:48 
17Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill P/B Seven Cycles)0:10:20 
18Ellen Noble (Bear Development)0:11:30 
19Elizabeth White (Uvm Cycling)0:12:10 
20Erin Alders (Liv/ Giant)0:12:38 
21Elisa Otter (Bicycles Express)0:12:45 
22Erica Tingey (Team Jamis)0:13:07 
23Emily Shields (Bmc Project Dirt Presented By Kmc)0:13:34 
24Vicki Barclay (Stan's Notubes Elite Women's Team)0:14:02 
25Serena Gordon (All Access Racing)0:14:50 
26Joanne Grogan (Ness)0:15:34 
27Laura Morfin (Mexico National Team)0:15:51 
28Chloe Cross (Team Whistler)0:18:15 
29Gabrielle April (Rocky Mountain/Procycle)0:18:38 
DNFFrederique Larose-Gingras (Cvm Subway Sigma)  
Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Soren Meeuwisse (Team Ontario/Trek Canada Mtb Team)0:59:23 
2Marine Lewis (Espresso Sport/Equipe Du Quebec)0:01:04 
3Laurie Arseneault (Team Iris)0:01:46 
4Paige Foxcroft (Team Ontario - Cycle Solutions Angry Johnny's Cc)0:02:34 
5Amelie Simard (Cvm Subway Sigma)0:02:48 
6Ksenia Lepikhina (Tokyo Joe's)0:03:27 
7Anne-Julie Tremblay (Equipe Team / Cyclone D'alma)0:03:48 
8Sabrina Bureau (Subway-Sigma)0:05:05 
DNFElodie Bernier (Team Quebec)  
DNFBrenda Santoyo (Mexico National )  

 

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