Nash wins duel with Gould for US Cup win in Colorado Springs

Luna rider claims series title

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) won the final round of the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday afternoon as well as the overal series title.

The elite women started off for seven laps of the high altitude course around Pulpit Rock on CCSU land, with Pike’s Peak as a backdrop. The start was a predictable sight, with Luna Pro Team’s Catharine Pendrel and Katerina Nash leading the large field up the first climb. However, it would be Mexico’s Daniel Campuzano first down the hill after the mid-course tight climb and its subsequent tricky descent. Campuzano had crashed while training earlier in the week and sported some nice road rash, but rode a tough, gutsy race throughout the day.

After stringing a lead group of 15 women into the back section on city land, where Nash and Gould forced a selection that only Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) could close down. Gould slalomed into the lead just outside of the start/finish area, while a chasing Pendrel fought back to rejoin near the hairpin turn towards the first passage of the finish line. Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) briefly chased onto this elite group only to drop off the pace on the second descent. She would spend the rest of the race in no-woman’s-land, fighting the wind, heat and altitude alone.

Gould attacked hard on lap two, only to pay for the effort by dropping back on lap four. By the fifth lap, a regrouping took place to give Luna a three-to-one advantage over Batty. At this point, Gould pushed hard again to gain a sizeable lead.

On the next lap, Nash attacked hard, possibly sensing Gould slowing, but certainly knowing that Batty couldn’t follow her. Her attack was so fierce that she clipped a fence, momentarily bobbling before regaining speed in pursuit of teammate Gould. Nash then caught and cleared past her teammate to take the win ahead of Gould, Batty and Pendrel.

"We obviously have the numbers and were riding super strong and you have to be respectful of your teammates," said Nash. "It was pretty clear that Emily wasn’t going to be able to chase so at one point I felt I had enough in the tank to get away from Emily and Kathy."

Gould said, "The course was really hard - it was a tactical race. People would go hard at the start and it would come back together on the flatter faster parts. I’ve had an on and off year don’t have the confidence I was hoping for. I just wanted to make it a good hard race and prepare for the national championships that are coming up."

Behind, Huck pushed hard to hold off a late challenge for the final podium spot from Campuzano, while Backcountry.com teammates Evelyn Dong and Chloe Woodruff joined forces to pace home in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

The women’s overall standings for the USA Cycling US Cup didn’t change at all in the final round other than point totals, with Nash (137 points) staying in the lead ahead of teammate Pendrel (117 points), with Batty (107 points) spoiling the Luna Pro Team’s party ahead of Georgia Gould (97 points). Backcountry.com’s Evelyn Dong (80 points) confirmed her breakout performance with a fine fifth overall.

"Georgia did a great job and I barely got to her in the end, so a great day for the team. The overall win is kind of emotional for me. I’ve raced for a really, really long time and it’s the very first time I’ve won an overall cross country series," said Nash. "I’m excited that the series came back the way it used to look. After all these years, it’s kind of humbling to come back and have and awesome series with a great payout and to hopefully do my job to inspire young racers."

Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team1:43:42 
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:02 
3Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing0:00:46 
4Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team0:00:49 
5Daniela Campuzano Cha (Mex) Mexico National Team0:02:40 
6Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo Joes-Vcgraphix0:02:51 
7Evelyn Dong (USA) Backcountry.Com0:05:21 
8Chloe Woodruff (USA)0:06:14 
9Adriana Rojas (CRc) Costa Rica0:06:23 
10Mikaela Kofman (Can) Scott 3 Rox Racing0:06:59 
11Rose Grant (USA) Sportsman & Ski Haus0:08:05 
12Rachel Lloyd (USA) California Giant0:08:41 
13Crystal Anthony (USA) Riverside Racing0:09:26 
14Amy Beisel (USA) Liv/Giant-Tuffshed0:10:07 
15Larissa Connors (USA) Marin Bikes Factory0:10:16 
16Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross0:11:30 
17Megan Carrington (USA) Naked Womens Racing0:13:56 
18Erin Alders (USA) Liv/Giant0:14:25 
-1lapEmily Shields (USA) Bmc Project Dirt  
-1lapTeal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team  
-1lapCaroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh Icemelt  
-1lapSerena Gordon (USA) All Access Racing  
-1lapNina Baum (USA) Stans No Tubes Women  
-1lapErica Tingey (USA) Team Jamis  
-1lapShayna Powless (USA) Bmc Project Dirt  
-1lapKaylee Blevins (USA) Bear Development  
-2lapsSarah Kaufmann (USA) Stans No Tubes Women  
-2lapsAlexis Skarda (USA)  
-3lapsRebecca Gross (USA) Prima/Audi Denver  
-3lapsVicky Barclay (GBr) Stans No Tubes Elite  
-3lapsBrianne Marshall (USA) Tough Girl Cycling  
-3lapsLauren Catlin (USA) Bear Development  
-4lapsRebecca Blatt (USA)  
-4lapsDaniella Rojas Meneses (Chi)  
DNFJena Greaser (USA)  
Elite women US Cup final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)137 pts
2Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)117 
3Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing Team)107 
4Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)97 
5Evelyn Dong (Backcountry.Com)80 
6Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes-Vcgraphix.Com)72 
7Daniela Campuzano Cha (Mexico National Team)70 
8Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Berry Farms)60 
9Mikaela Kofman (Scott 3 Rox Racing)59 
10Larissa Connors (Marin Bikes Factory Team)49 
11Rose Grant (Sportsman & Ski Haus)39 
12Sandra Walter38 
13Monique Mata (Sho-Air/Cannondale)37 
14Amy Beisel (Liv/Giant-Tuffshed)35 
15Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team)33 
16Erica Tingey (Team Jamis)32 
17Candice Neethling (Bundu Bashers)31 
18Erin Alders (Liv/Giant)29 
19Amanda Nauman (Sdg/Felt)28 
20Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda/Stans No Tubes)26 
21Christina Gokey-Smith (Colonels)25 
22Shayna Powless (Bmc Project Dirt)24 
23Vicky Barclay (Stans No Tubes Elite Womens)20 
24Cindy Montambault (Cvm 2 Vals)19 
25Chloe Woodruff18 
26Adriana Rojas (Costa Rica)17 
27Emily Shields (Bmc Project Dirt)17 
28Kate Courtney (Specialized Factory Racing)16 
29Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing Team)16 
30Nina Baum (Stans No Tubes Women Elite)15 
31Jessica Rawlins (Bicycles Plus Racing)15 
32Andreanne Pichette (Opus-Ogc)15 
33Amanda Sin (Scott 3 Rox Racing)14 
34Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing)13 
35Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)11 
36Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)10 
37Kaylee Blevins (Bear Development)10 
38Sarah Kaufmann (Stans No Tubes Womens Elite)10 
39Frederique Larose-Gin10 
40Hannah Rae Finchamp (Luna Pro Team)10 
41Jamie Busch (Juliana/Santa Cruz Bicycles)10 
42Megan Carrington (Naked Womens Racing)9 
43Lorenza Morfin8 
44Cheryl Sornson (Rdc)8 
45Lauren Catlin (Bear Development)5 
46Caroline Mani (Raleigh Icemelt)5 
47Rebecca Blatt5 
48Serena Gordon (All Access Racing)5 
49Alexis Skarda5 
50Jena Greaser5 
51Daniella Rojas Menese (Oxford Kona)5 
52Brianne Marshall (Tough Girl Cycling)5 
53Rebecca Gross (Prima/Audi Denver Women's)5 
54Lisa Uranga5 
55Caroline Woods (Marin Factory Team)5 
56Cayley Brooks5 
57Lesley Paterson (Scott Bikes)5 
58Deyanira Guerrero (Veloz Team)5 
59Tonya Bray (Paa/Mtbchick.Com)5 
60Jennifer Todd (Platinum Performance)5 
61April Morgan5 
62Melissa Ross (Faster Performance Center)5 
63Gabrielle April (Rocky Mountain/Pro Cycle)5 
64Vanessa Humic (Kenda/Pmbc)5 
65Karlee Gendron (Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team)5 

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