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Nash victorious at Harbin Park

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) takes the sprint against Compton to win at Harbin Park

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) takes the sprint against Compton to win at Harbin Park
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Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel) putting in a good ride

Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel) putting in a good ride
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Cincy3 Harbin Park women’s podium (L to R): Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) 2nd, Katerina Nash (Luna) 1st, Elle Anderson (Cal Giant) 3rd

Cincy3 Harbin Park women’s podium (L to R): Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) 2nd, Katerina Nash (Luna) 1st, Elle Anderson (Cal Giant) 3rd
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) is hoping for an upset today

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) is hoping for an upset today
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USA champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)

USA champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) takes the hole-shot

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) takes the hole-shot
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USA champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) off the front

USA champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) off the front
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Mountain biker Katerina Nash (Luna) chose to run the stairs while Compton rides them

Mountain biker Katerina Nash (Luna) chose to run the stairs while Compton rides them
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The Elite women ride and run the log stairs

The Elite women ride and run the log stairs
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) had a good gap with one lap to go

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) had a good gap with one lap to go
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) was burying herself to bridge up to Nash with one lap to go

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) was burying herself to bridge up to Nash with one lap to go
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) makes a sneaky attack on the pavement

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) makes a sneaky attack on the pavement
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) setting the pace ahead of Compton

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) setting the pace ahead of Compton
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale) found herself in a Cal Giant sandwich for much of the race

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale) found herself in a Cal Giant sandwich for much of the race
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Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) finishing third

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) finishing third
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) fighting Miller for fourth place

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) fighting Miller for fourth place
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) battling Compton with two laps to go

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) battling Compton with two laps to go
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Kaitie Antonneau shows off her new insulated Skratch water bottle while warming up

Kaitie Antonneau shows off her new insulated Skratch water bottle while warming up
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven) warming up on her Seven bike

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven) warming up on her Seven bike
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) gapped the field almost immediately

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) gapped the field almost immediately
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) taking up the chase of Compton

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) taking up the chase of Compton
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The Elite Women ride the very long sand pit

The Elite Women ride the very long sand pit
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) riding in second place behind Compton

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) riding in second place behind Compton
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) slowly reeled in Compton

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) slowly reeled in Compton
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven)

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven)
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Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) riding the log steps ahead of Nash

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) riding the log steps ahead of Nash
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) riding the log steps ahead of the Cal Giant women

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) riding the log steps ahead of the Cal Giant women
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Bethann Orton (Team S&M) was not far behind the leaders for most of the race

Bethann Orton (Team S&M) was not far behind the leaders for most of the race
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Emily Kachorek (#Ghetomoto) running the log stairs

Emily Kachorek (#Ghetomoto) running the log stairs
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) running barriers in third place

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) running barriers in third place
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Sunny Gilbert (Michelob Ultra) was having a fantastic outing

Sunny Gilbert (Michelob Ultra) was having a fantastic outing
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Mackenzie Green (Borah) with two laps to go

Mackenzie Green (Borah) with two laps to go
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Cycling) won the Cincy3 Harbin Park cyclo-cross race after battling Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) head to head for seven laps. Nash attacked heading into the final lap, and distanced herself from Compton to win the final day of racing at the Cincinnati International Cyclocross festival, which started Friday afternoon.

"We were pretty equally matched today," said Nash. "It's pretty exciting to ride with Katie, she's such a strong racer, and very good technical skills, so I like the opportunity to stick with her. At the same time, I was like, 'I'm feeling good, so she'll have to work hard for the win.'"

Sunny skies and mild wind made for a drier course, and less challenging conditions, than Saturday night's Kings CX night race. Katie Compton started the race off fast as she flew through the hole-shot and began to push the pace at the front of the pack. Katerina Nash quickly joined Compton at the front, and the two proceeded to build a large lead over the primary chase group made up of Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized), and Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized.)

As Compton and Nash traded the lead lap after lap, it looked as if third place would be a race between Antonneau and Miller. Anderson yo-yoed off the back of the chase group, and appeared to be struggling early in the race.

Going into the final lap Nash attacked and separated from Compton. "I realized I would have to do something special on the last lap to get that little gap that I ended up getting," said Nash. "From the beginning of the last lap I picked the pressure up and punched it everywhere I could. Katie hung in there until the end, but I was able to take it at the finish."

Compton and Nash were clearly riding at a higher level than the rest of the field, and the finish came down to a strategic game of cat and mouse. "It was tactical the whole time," said Compton. "I was trying to push it in a few sections, but every time she [Nash] went to the front it slowed down a lot. I couldn't tell if she was tired or just slowing it down on purpose. So I was like, 'Well, I'll go faster,' because if I slow it down, technically - my timing is off for things. Maybe I went a little bit too hard."

As Nash rode in for her second win of the weekend, and Compton finished four seconds behind her, the race for third place was still unfolding. A rejuvenated Elle Anderson caught and passed Antonneau, and Miller, and rode in for third place. Miller finished fourth, and Antonneau fifth. Anderson and Miller took advantage of their numbers to isolate Antonneau, and wear her down over the remaining laps of the race.

"We were beating up on Katie a little bit, but that's how racing goes," said Miller. "That's what I've been looking forward to with having Elle on the team this year. It's the first time I've had another female teammate in quite a while. And really the first time we've been able to tag team like that."

The US Pro CX racing schedule continues on November 9-10th at the Derby City Cup in Louisville, KY.

Full Results
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:39:38
2Katie Compton (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:00:05
3Elle Anderson (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:44
4Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized0:01:56
5Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:01:58
6Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh-Clement0:02:38
7Beth Ann Orton (USA) Team S&M0:02:51
8Sunny Gilbert (USA) Michelob Ultra-Big Shark0:02:55
9Nicole Duke (USA) Marin-Spy0:03:03
10Allison Arensman (USA) Sophisticated Living p/b Bob's Red Mill
11Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:03:16
12Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:03:34
13Rebecca Gross (USA) Raleigh-Clement0:03:52
14Emily Kachorek (USA) #Ghetomoto0:04:17
15Chloe Dygert (USA) Midwest Devo0:04:21
16Abby Strigel (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:04:28
17Erica Zaveta (USA) Redline
18Carolina Gomez-Villafane (Arg) Team Rambuski Law0:04:29
19Emily Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team0:04:31
20Corey Coogan Cisek (USA) The Fix Studio0:05:06
21Julie Hunter (USA) BikeBeat-VaAssetGroup0:05:26
22Jennifer Nowlin (USA) The Fix Studio0:05:43
23Samantha Brode (USA) Cleveland Clinic-Carbon Racing0:05:46
24Elizabeth So (USA) Team TATI0:05:52
25Katherine Shields (USA) Mock Orange Pro CX Team0:06:25
26Meghan Korol (USA) Asheville Cyclocross0:06:28
27Victoria Steen (USA) Team6140:06:36
28Cooper Ambjorn (USA) Team Hungry0:06:43
29Geraldine Schulze (USA) BioWheels/Reece-Campbell Racing0:06:44

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