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Gould is gold as Compton pulls the plug

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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) takes the win by a large margin.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) takes the win by a large margin. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) works her way up to second place to keep the leader's jersey.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) works her way up to second place to keep the leader's jersey. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Some of the spectators seemed to be in character.

Some of the spectators seemed to be in character. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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A young, thin Elvis?

A young, thin Elvis? (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) gets the hole shot.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) gets the hole shot. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading USA Champion Katie Compton.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading USA Champion Katie Compton. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kerry Barnholt (Scott Ritchey) running the barriers.

Kerry Barnholt (Scott Ritchey) running the barriers. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton suffered a race-ending crash as she chased Gould.

Katie Compton suffered a race-ending crash as she chased Gould. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rides to the pits in obvious pain.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) rides to the pits in obvious pain. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) being shadowed by Nicole Duke.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) being shadowed by Nicole Duke. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) all alone after Compton withdrew.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) all alone after Compton withdrew. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Endurance mountain biker Amanda Carey (Kenda-Felt) is at home on the singletrack.

Endurance mountain biker Amanda Carey (Kenda-Felt) is at home on the singletrack. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding a back-and-forth downhill.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding a back-and-forth downhill. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) and Nicole Duke approaching the barriers.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) and Nicole Duke approaching the barriers. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The steep run-up.

The steep run-up. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Amanda Miller (Hudz Subaru) mounts up.

Amanda Miller (Hudz Subaru) mounts up. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) being encouraged by Big Foot.

Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) being encouraged by Big Foot. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Devon Haskell (Bike Station) on the run.

Devon Haskell (Bike Station) on the run. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Cal Giant team-mates Teal Stetson-Lee and Jesse Anthony.

Cal Giant team-mates Teal Stetson-Lee and Jesse Anthony. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Autumn in Boulder.

Autumn in Boulder. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Boulder pumpkin patch.

Boulder pumpkin patch. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Wendy Simms (Ridley) came ready for ballet on a bicycle.

Wendy Simms (Ridley) came ready for ballet on a bicycle. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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NACT series leader Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry).

NACT series leader Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Courtney Dimple (L) and Teal Stetson-Lee at the starting line.

Courtney Dimple (L) and Teal Stetson-Lee at the starting line. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The elite women's front row.

The elite women's front row. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) leading Georgia Gould on the first lap.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) leading Georgia Gould on the first lap. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Amanda Miller (Hudz Subaru) streaking through some trees.

Amanda Miller (Hudz Subaru) streaking through some trees. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kathy Sherwin (Hudz Subaru) got off to a good start.

Kathy Sherwin (Hudz Subaru) got off to a good start. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven) riding some off-cambre grass.

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven) riding some off-cambre grass. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Jennifer Tilley (Velo Bella).

Jennifer Tilley (Velo Bella). (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Katie Compton (Planet Bike) on the run-up.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike) on the run-up. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kathy Sherwin (Hudz Subaru) running with her bike on her shoulder.

Kathy Sherwin (Hudz Subaru) running with her bike on her shoulder. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) running the barriers.

Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) running the barriers. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Wendy Simms (Ridley) riding downhill switchbacks with her tutu flapping in the breeze.

Wendy Simms (Ridley) riding downhill switchbacks with her tutu flapping in the breeze. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) riding a 180 degree turn.

Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Berry) riding a 180 degree turn. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) riding a turn that saw many mishaps.

Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) riding a turn that saw many mishaps. (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Lisa Strong (Hudz Subaru) riding downhill switchbacks

Lisa Strong (Hudz Subaru) riding downhill switchbacks (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro) rode in for a solo victory at the UCI C1 Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup held at the FlatIron Crossing Shopping Center & Frank Varra Park in Broomfield on Sunday. After a crash on the opening lap, Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) fought her way back into second place ahead of 'cross newcomer Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru).

"I was feeling really good in the off-cambre corners," Gould said. "I don't know if I had the mojo corner riding today or what. Some days you can't get out of your own way but today wasn't one of those days."

Miller increased her lead in the North American Cyclo-cross Trophy (NACT) series, having moved ahead of Wendy Simms during the Colorado Cross Classic held the previous day. However, Miller confirmed that she will not attend the final round held in Sterling, Massachusetts in November.

"It would be nice to keep the jersey but I won't be going to the last race of the season," Miller said. "I think I might have enough points. I've never actually worn a leader's jersey in a 'cross series before."

Crashes marr elite women's race

The UCI elite women contested a 40-minute race that started with a pile up in the first set of corners as the riders tried to make their way around the small pond on the far edge of the circuit. Gould gained a several-second lead but she too crashed into a dirt divot heading toward the first of two run-ups.

"In the race I completely stuffed it, but I was going in there a little too hot," Gould said. "There was a paved section after that so I was fine, those guys passed me but I was able to catch back on. Luckily the crowd was all up here and not down there. I was feeling good and tried to ride hard all the time."

A group of five riders formed that included Compton, Gould, Duke and Miller. They plummeted back down to the lower portion of the course through a highly technical and off-cambre section lightly coated with freshly cut grass clippings that caused a series of crashes.

"There was a lot of off-cambre stuff so you just had to be confident with your tyres, skills and how you weighted the bike," Duke said. "My downhilling skills definitely played a role for me. I got to relax a little more on that stuff today where maybe others would tense up."

Compton and Gould gained a small lead as they headed toward a set of twists and turns before facing the second run-up that included a set of barriers at the bottom of the climb.

Compton was forced to pull out of the race following a crash on the off-cambre grass. The US national champion sat in the grass for several seconds, allowing Gould to ride away, before adjusting her bike and riding down to the mechanics' pit.

"I hope she [Katie Compton] is OK and didn't get really hurt," Gould said. "It was still early in the race and I didn't think that I would win for sure."

Gould rode a flawless performance during the last half of the race with a lead that exploded to over two minutes to the next group. The chase group included Amanda Miller (Hudz-Subaru), Meredith Miller and Duke, all fighting for second place.

Not too far back was Wendy Simms (Front Runners-Ridley), Devon Haskell (Bike Station Aptos), Teal Stetson Lee (Cal Giant-Specialized), Barbara Howe (IBIS and the Danger Twins) and Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven Cycles).

"I had to do a second bike change because I thought my bike was broke and then switched back," Miller said. "I tried to keep it smooth and steady and try not to make too many mistakes."

Gould ended her strong performance with a victory followed by Miller in second and Duke third. Amanda Miller, who rode much if the final lap in second position, slipped to fourth place ahead of Stetson Lee, Haskell, Simms, Howe and Bruno Roy.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Gould (USA) Team Luna0:41:34
2Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant/Specialized0:02:16
3Nicole Duke (USA) HUDZ-Vista Subaru0:02:37
4Amanda Miller (USA) Hudz-Subaru Cycling Team0:02:50
5Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant/Specialized0:02:57
6Devon Haskell (USA) Bike Station Aptos0:03:23
7Wendy Simms (Can) Ridley Bicycles0:03:32
8Barbara Howe (USA) Ibis and the Danger Twins0:03:34
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycle0:03:35
10Alice Pennington (USA) Team S&M0:04:02
11Nina Baum (USA) Cannondale0:04:07
12Lisa Strong (USA) Hudz- subaru0:04:18
13Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Felt0:04:28
14Kathy Sherwin (USA) Hudz-Vista Subaru0:04:45
15Sonya Looney (USA) Hudz Subaru0:05:02
16Megan Taylor (USA) COMotion Sports0:05:06
17Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports0:05:07
18Lisa Curry (USA) GAS/Intrinsik0:05:16
19Catherine Johnson (USA) Rocky Mounts/ Izze0:06:10
20Courtney Dimpel (USA) bike station aptos0:06:18
21Shannon Gibson (USA) VeloBella- Ellsworth
22Lathleen Hannon (USA) Freewheel/Hunter Cycles
23Becca Blay (USA)
24Kristal Boni (USA) Blue Sky Velo
25Kate Scheider (USA) Mafia Racing
26Melanie Long (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT
27Janis Sandlin (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT
DNFKatie Compton (USA) Planet Bike / Stevens
DNFSarah Maile (USA) Ventana Mountain Bikes
DNFKerry Barnholt (USA) Scott Ritchey
DNFLynn Bush (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT
DNFJennifer Tilley (USA) Velo Bella/Ellsworth
DNFMargell Abel (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT

 

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