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Davison wins US short track championship

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The Pro Women being called to staging at the Catamount short rack

The Pro Women being called to staging at the Catamount short rack (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) out sprints Georgia Gould (Luna) on the way to winning the US short track national championships

Lea Davison (Specialized) out sprints Georgia Gould (Luna) on the way to winning the US short track national championships (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding third wheel late in the race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding third wheel late in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading with a bit more than one lap to go

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading with a bit more than one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) was not about to let Nash ride away

Lea Davison (Specialized) was not about to let Nash ride away (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) leading with Kate Courtney riding second wheel

Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) leading with Kate Courtney riding second wheel (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) taking a turn at the front mid-race

Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) taking a turn at the front mid-race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Libby White (UVM) eyeing a rocky descent

Libby White (UVM) eyeing a rocky descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) leading the women onto the back of the course

Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) leading the women onto the back of the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) leading the race on the second lap

Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) leading the race on the second lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The Little Bellas were all screaming for Lea Davison to win

The Little Bellas were all screaming for Lea Davison to win (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The Pro Women starting on a long grassy part of the course

The Pro Women starting on a long grassy part of the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Shayna Powless (BMC Project) with one lap to go

Shayna Powless (BMC Project) with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) followed by Chloe Woodruff with one lap to go

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) followed by Chloe Woodruff with one lap to go (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) being vigilant never to allow both Luna riders ahead of her

Lea Davison (Specialized) being vigilant never to allow both Luna riders ahead of her (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Young Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding in the top 10

Young Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding in the top 10 (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) riding her own pace

Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) riding her own pace (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading late in the race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading late in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Emily Shields (BMC Project) descending in the woods

Emily Shields (BMC Project) descending in the woods (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Amy Beisel (Liv/Giant Tuff Shed) on a fast descent

Amy Beisel (Liv/Giant Tuff Shed) on a fast descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) stayed with the lead group until late in the contest

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) stayed with the lead group until late in the contest (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) matching the pace set by Nash

Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) matching the pace set by Nash (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) was part of the lead group of five late in the race

Chloe Woodruff (Backcountry.com) was part of the lead group of five late in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) had her hands full against the two Luna riders

Lea Davison (Specialized) had her hands full against the two Luna riders (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) bided her time never far from the front

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) bided her time never far from the front (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The downhill portion of the course forced the riders to space out considerably

The downhill portion of the course forced the riders to space out considerably (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading the race on lap five with Lea Davison in pursuit

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading the race on lap five with Lea Davison in pursuit (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) riding alone behind the leaders

Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) riding alone behind the leaders (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Chloe Cross (Team Whistler) chasing the leaders on lap three

Chloe Cross (Team Whistler) chasing the leaders on lap three (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The pace split the field within one lap leaving small chase groups behind

The pace split the field within one lap leaving small chase groups behind (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nobody was surprised to see Lea Davison (Specialized) go to the front within a couple laps

Nobody was surprised to see Lea Davison (Specialized) go to the front within a couple laps (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) takes the hole-shot and heads up the climb

Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe’s) takes the hole-shot and heads up the climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) went to the lead on lap two

Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team) went to the lead on lap two (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) was happy after winning her first elite national championship title: the short track

Lea Davison (Specialized) was happy after winning her first elite national championship title: the short track (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

Lea Davison (Specialized) won her first elite national title in the short track race in Sun Valley, Idaho on Sunday afternoon. Davison battled Georgia Gould (Luna) on the last few laps, and while Gould led with one to go, Davison found one of the few places to pass and went around the Luna rider, holding her off until the finish. Mary McConneloug (Kenda Seven NoTubes) raced to third place.

"I'm so excited to win my first national title," said Davison. "I love short track, and I'm thrilled. It's been a good couple of weeks with a lot of firsts."

From the start, four women formed the lead group: Davison, Gould, McConneloug and Chloe Woodruff (Crank Brothers Race Club 11). Davison and Gould were the strongest, with Gould setting the pace for a majority of the time.

"We were all seesawing back and forth, but Georgia and I were pretty consistent and mostly at the front," said Davison. "Georgia led more, I maybe led for a lap and a half. We were working together for sure."

Eventually, McConneloug and Woodruff started to struggle, constantly trying to close small gaps that opened up. Woodruff fell off the pace first, then McConneloug could no longer hang.

That left Gould and Davison racing the final laps together. Heading into the last lap, Gould led Davison.

"That was an intense last lap," said Davison. "It was a real battle. I tried to get around Georgia going into the last lap. The last three laps I had kept trying to figure out where you could pass. This course is so high speed, there aren't many places to pass."

Gould said, "I let Lea pull a little, but I could see Mary was going to catch us and maybe Chloe and Kelli so I went to the front. I got a little impatient and figured that even if I did a lot of work, it'd be worth it to only deal with one person instead of four people. Chloe and Mary are both savvy racers and have won short track races before."

Davison saw her chance on the final lap's climb. "Georgia left a line open on the last climb, and that's where I got by. Then I had a little gap. She closed on me and I saw her right on my wheel, so I kept pushing it and honestly, she couldn't get around."

"Lea made a smart move and went at the right place," said Gould. "There wasn't a finishing straight, and I tried to pass. When we came out to go over the bridge again, I thought maybe I could go inside." However, it didn't work out for Gould, and Davison held her off in the final sprint for the win.

Third placed McConneloug said she felt great and was delighted with her finish.

"It was so fun. I was so happy to get called up fifth. When the gun went off, I was right there," said McConneloug. "I was chilling in the draft - waiting and watching and testing to see what the speeds would be like on the corners. On the fifth or sixth lap, Georgia was starting to make some attacks and Lea was covering. Chloe and I were dangling a bit, and I knew I had to get around her. I came around Chloe and was in range of Georgia and Lea for a few, but I couldn't quite get up to them."

Woodruff was happy to make the podium. "This was our second short track of the year - we don't get as many any more. It was a flat and fast course and I think it suited me, but there wasn't much room for recovery. You were on the gas the whole time."

"I started to get gapped off Georgia and Lea about halfway through. I lost them, and Mary came around me. It would have been hard to do it off the back of that group - you have to put yourself in a fast position and hang on."

Kelli Emmett (Giant) tried that - riding alone in fifth for much of the race, but the morning's super D winner was eventually passed and missed out on the podium. Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms) finished in fifth place.

"I'm not sure which was worse, yesterday or today," Miller joked at the finish before adding more seriously, "I could hear people yelling that Kelli was dying so I kept going. The second half of the race is usually my forte - that's what I tend to do with cross races. I knew I had to keep the pressure on."

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lea Davison (Specialized Factory Racing)0:29:23
2Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)0:00:01
3Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)0:00:35
4Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers Race Club 11)0:00:49
5Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/Sp)0:00:55
6Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)0:01:06
7Kelli Emmett (Giant Mountain Bike Team)0:01:09
8Heather Irmiger (Subaru/Trek)0:01:15
9Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes)0:01:19
10Pua Mata (Sho-Air)0:01:35
11Rebecca Gross (Tough Girl Cycling)0:01:43
12Nina Baum0:01:53
13Katherine Sherwin (Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team)
14Judy Freeman0:02:18
15Lauren Catlin (Durango Devo)0:02:22
16Rose Grant (Sportsman & Ski Haus)0:02:24
17Evelyn Dong0:02:25
18Amy Dombroski (Crankbrothers Race Club)0:02:53
19Heidi Rentz0:02:56
20Kaila Hart (No Tubes Elite Women's Racing)0:02:57
21Sage Wilderman (Durango Devo)0:03:01
-2lapsSarah Sturm (Durango Devo)
-2lapsDeidre York (The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling)
-3lapsRebecca Blatt (Ronin Racing)
-3lapsJena Greaser (NorEast Cycling)
-3lapsAliciarose Pastore (BMC Mountain Bike Development Team)
-6lapsKatie Sodergren (Tokyo Joe's -Whole Foods)

 

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