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Nash sweeps Carson City Fat Tire weekend

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) swept the weekend races with her 1:48 victory over Rose Grant

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) swept the weekend races with her 1:48 victory over Rose Grant
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Carson CityXC is a Wild West town with plenty of character

Carson CityXC is a Wild West town with plenty of character
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Amy Beisel (Ridebiker Alliance) made it up the massive climb with Grant and Nash

Amy Beisel (Ridebiker Alliance) made it up the massive climb with Grant and Nash
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Serena Bishop-Gordon (Giant-Cliff Bar) riding in 4th position with Jenny Smith on her wheel.

Serena Bishop-Gordon (Giant-Cliff Bar) riding in 4th position with Jenny Smith on her wheel.
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Veteran Jenny Smith (Stan’s NoTubes) riding to a 4th place finish

Veteran Jenny Smith (Stan’s NoTubes) riding to a 4th place finish
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The riders were treated to several aspen lined fire road sections of the course.

The riders were treated to several aspen lined fire road sections of the course.
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Riders had many views of Lake Tahoe from the Rim Trail.

Riders had many views of Lake Tahoe from the Rim Trail.
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Jen Hanks (Pivot Cycles) riding through one of the many aspen groves

Jen Hanks (Pivot Cycles) riding through one of the many aspen groves
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Sian Crespo (Bike Like A Girl) seemed to be enjoying her ride and her 14th place finish.

Sian Crespo (Bike Like A Girl) seemed to be enjoying her ride and her 14th place finish.
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) finishing second while winning the Epic Rides Series.

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) finishing second while winning the Epic Rides Series.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) following Rose Grant at the ten-mile point

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) following Rose Grant at the ten-mile point
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Riders passed by Marlette Lake at about 8,000 ft. elevation.

Riders passed by Marlette Lake at about 8,000 ft. elevation.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) would be competing in today’s race but not for the overall series.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) would be competing in today’s race but not for the overall series.
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Cyclocross specialist Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) has been competing for podium spots in the few mountain biking races she has done.

Cyclocross specialist Courtenay McFadden (American Classic) has been competing for podium spots in the few mountain biking races she has done.
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Amy Beisel (Ridebiker Alliance) is finally well after being hit by a car recently and suffering with a chest infection for a month.

Amy Beisel (Ridebiker Alliance) is finally well after being hit by a car recently and suffering with a chest infection for a month.
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) has a large lead in the overall Epic Rides series

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) has a large lead in the overall Epic Rides series
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The front row had plenty of talent including young Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) who was in 3rd place in the series.

The front row had plenty of talent including young Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) who was in 3rd place in the series.
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The Luna women lead the pros out onto the course.

The Luna women lead the pros out onto the course.
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The Pro Women heading to the mountains and twenty miles of climbing

The Pro Women heading to the mountains and twenty miles of climbing
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) leading Katerina Nash at Spooner Lake

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) leading Katerina Nash at Spooner Lake
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USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) has moved to the top of the sport in the past two years.

USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) has moved to the top of the sport in the past two years.
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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signing race posters at the pro riders meeting held at his official residence.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signing race posters at the pro riders meeting held at his official residence.
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Four-time Olympian Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) won the inaugural Carson City Off-Road in what has been her "backyard" for many years. USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) finished second, less than two minutes back, and secured the overall Epic Rides Series title and bonus money.

Amy Beisel, who had been hit by a car only two weeks ago, had recovered enough to take third place. Veteran endurance racer Jenny Smith (Stans NoTubes) put in a spectacular ride to claim fourth place and edge out Serena Bishop-Gordon (Liv Giant), who finished in fifth place.

The pro women split into several groups on the initial 10-mile climb to Spooner Lake, where Grant led Nash and a feisty Beisel, who was refusing to be dropped. In the final 10 miles of ascending to the top of the course, Nash took advantage of the fact that she was wearing a Camleback under her skinsuit.

When asked about whether it helped, she remarked, "Yes, absolutely. It's a long course and there's sections where you can't reach in for the water bottle, but you can reach the little nozzle. I did it last year at Grand Junction and was really happy with it."

Beisel lost contact with the leaders once the descending began. She noted after the race that descending was "something that I need to improve on."

In the final miles Nash accumulated her gap of 1:48. It was a small enough gap that Grant could undoubtedly see Nash at times, but large enough that it was insurmountable. Nash has excelled in short-track racing, cyclo-cross, World Cup Racing and occasionally long endurance events such as the B.C. Bike Race. She explained: "I love variety. I think it's important to race anything from 'cross, to long distance, to World Cups. It's all good and I love riding all kinds of bikes"

Rose Grant secured the first-ever Epic Rides series that also included the Whiskey Off-Road, and Grand Junction Off-Road. The pro men and women split $90,000 in prize money, plus $10,000 split between the leaders of the series. Grant commented: "It's such a fun series. It's so unique in the United States to have a series that brings out so much talent, has so much prize money and so many fans. This is really amazing."

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Team LUNA)3:52:50
2Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes)0:01:48
3Amy Beisel (RideBiker | Isoride | LIV)0:04:27
4Jennifer Smith (Stans NoTubes)0:12:44
5Serena Bishop Gordon (LIV | Giant)0:13:32
6Courtenay Mcfadden (American Classic)0:18:56
7Marlee Dixon0:19:22
8Erin Alders (Ride Biker Alliance)0:23:04
9Maghalie Rochette (LUNA Pro Team)0:24:40
10Suzie Snyder (Sierra endurance Sports)0:25:23
11Olivia Dillon (Velocio)0:32:47
12Liza Hartlaub (Pivot Cycles)0:39:47
13Jen Hanks (Pivot Cycle)0:42:19
14Sian Crespo (Bike Like a Girl)0:46:37
15Amber Broch (Northstar at Tahoe)1:05:56

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