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Butler prevails in snowy new year 'cross

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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) gets the holeshot

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) gets the holeshot
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) wins her first UCI race of the season at Chicago New Year's Resolution

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) wins her first UCI race of the season at Chicago New Year's Resolution
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) passed Annis in the snow

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) passed Annis in the snow
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Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) is feeling the pressure of the chase

Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) is feeling the pressure of the chase
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Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) battles the windy conditions

Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) battles the windy conditions
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Nicole Thiemann (Team CF-Elite) won the battle for fourth

Nicole Thiemann (Team CF-Elite) won the battle for fourth
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) is surging up

Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) is surging up
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Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing) was the only rider to stick with Annis early on

Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing) was the only rider to stick with Annis early on
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Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) takes early lead

Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) takes early lead
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) on her way to sixth place

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) on her way to sixth place
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Arley Kemmerer (Charm City Cycling LLC) on the muddy climb

Arley Kemmerer (Charm City Cycling LLC) on the muddy climb
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Elite Women's podium (l-r): Crystal Anthony (LaidesFirst Racing), Sue Butler (River City Bicycles). Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles)

Elite Women's podium (l-r): Crystal Anthony (LaidesFirst Racing), Sue Butler (River City Bicycles). Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles)
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Sue Butler (River City Bicycles/Ridley) fought snow and gusting winds to record her first victory of the 2011-12 season. Saturday's winner Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) finished second, 51 seconds back, followed by Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing) in third place, 1:13 down.

Butler launched off the start line to take the hole shot and settled into a lead group. Annis was the early protagonist, with Anthony and Nicole Thiemann (CF Elite) also taking turns at the head of the race. Butler's smooth riding style prevailed, however, as the Portland, Oregon, rider carried more speed through the course's various sand traps and muddy portions. Butler rode away on her own in the latter third of the race to claim a solo victory.

"I was riding through things that people were running, and I would ride to things a little bit closer because every time I just rode a little bit more than someone else I would catch people," said Butler. "When I got around someone, I punched it."

Butler's victory was her first since 2010 and she'll head towards next weekend's cyclo-cross national championship in Madison, Wisconsin on a high note.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Susan Butler (USA) River City Bicycles/Ridley0:38:53
2Sally Annis (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:00:51
3Crystal Anthony (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:13
4Nicole Thiemann (USA) Team CF-Elite0:01:26
5Arley Kemmerer (USA) Charm City Cycling LLC0:01:33
6Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers0:01:43
7Andrea Smith (USA) Ladies First0:01:48
8Elle Anderson (USA) Ladies First0:03:03
9Kelly Fisher-Goodwin (USA) KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team0:03:50
10Emily Shields (USA) SmartStop / Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:03:58
11Samantha Schneider (USA)0:04:06
12Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) Team Plan C PB Stevens0:04:07
13Katherine Shields (USA) SmartStop / Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:05:09
14Anna Dingman (USA) Cycleution0:05:11
15Marne Smiley (USA) Bobs Red Mill0:06:48
16Nicole Borem (USA) Men Of Steel Racing LLC0:07:00
17Elizabeth So (USA) Team TATI0:07:01
18Ellen Sherrill (USA) Bike Station Aptos0:07:53
DNFLindsay Zucco (USA) Team Bicycle Heaven

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