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McConneloug outsprints Van Gilder for victory

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The view of the start

The view of the start (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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The women

The women (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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McConneloug was pretty visibly pumped to be back on top of the podium

McConneloug was pretty visibly pumped to be back on top of the podium (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Mary was pretty pleased with the win

Mary was pretty pleased with the win (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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McConneloug managed to hold off Van Gilder

McConneloug managed to hold off Van Gilder (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Van Gilder knows how to make her competitors hurt

Van Gilder knows how to make her competitors hurt (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Van Gilder leads the front group

Van Gilder leads the front group (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Water everywhere in the pit

Water everywhere in the pit (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Smith leads on the descent

Smith leads on the descent (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Annis and Smith, stride for stride

Annis and Smith, stride for stride (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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The leaders through the barriers

The leaders through the barriers (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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McConneloug drove hard

McConneloug drove hard (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Annis leads Van Gilder and Bruno Roy

Annis leads Van Gilder and Bruno Roy (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Van Gilder in the Shimano Series leader

Van Gilder in the Shimano Series leader (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)

For the second day, an extremely strong field of Elite Women took to the course. From the outset, it seemed like the course would provide an ideal platform for Laura Van Gilder (C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom). With over 400 career victories, Van Gilder specializes in the sprint and can take advantage of a course where she is able to sit in a draft.

The group at the front numbered 10 racers through the first couple laps. As the group began to pare itself down through the ensuing laps, the group at the front was down to six. Van Gilder and Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) largely set the initial pace while Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles), Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing), Arley Kemmerer (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) and Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing) came into play as the laps pressed on.

The hard driving of McConneloug and Smith brought the group down to four elite racers – McConneloug, Van Gilder, Smith and Annis. On the final lap, these four were tightly bunched, Van Gilder attacked on the pavement and only McConneloug could cover the move. While Smith and Annis drove to make contact, their form began to loosen with Smith overcooking a corner shortly before the finish. Caught behind Smith's crash, Annis could not make up the ground and the stage was set. Van Gilder led McConneloug heading into the barriers, only a few hundred meters from the finish, but when the C3 racer's chain slipped on the remount, McConneloug took advantage.

"I only picked up a couple bike lengths," said McConneloug after, "but what people don't know is that I have a secret sprint."

McConneloug harnessed her sprint and held off the challenge from Van Gilder, whose second place cements her control of the Shimano Series. Gracious in defeat, Van Gilder said of McConneloug, "the ideal cross racer is a mix of mountain biker and roadie. Mary has those both, she's incredible."

Annis came across the line third for a second very strong showing on the weekend. Smith, despite hitting the ground so close to the finish, held on for fourth.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mary McConneloug (USA) KENDA-Seven-NoTubes0:37:48
2Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom
3Sally Annis (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA cycles0:00:09
4Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:15
5Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:00:21
6Crystal Anthony (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:27
7Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill pb Seven Cycles0:00:30
8Elle Anderson (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:37
9Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Embrocationcycling.com
10Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:01:06
11Rebecca Wellons (USA) Quad Cycles0:01:14
12Anna Barensfeld (USA) Sterling CX p/b Sendmail0:01:32
13Carolyn Popovic (USA) Team CF0:01:46
14Jena Greaser (USA) NorEast Cycling0:01:49
15Patty Buerkle (USA) VA Asset Group p/b Artemis/Trek
16Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:58
17Stacey Barbossa (USA) Elite Endurance Training Systems0:02:03
18Melissa Ross (USA) Team Kenda Presented by GearGrinder0:02:27
19Cassandra Maximenko (USA) silverbull centralwheel0:02:36
20Brittlee Bowman (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:02:41
21Nancy Labbe-Giguere (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:02:48
22Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:03:00
23Frances Morrison (USA) J.A.M. Fund/NCC0:03:05
24Lex Albrecht (Can) Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda0:03:26
25Bryna Blanchard (USA) North American Velo0:03:34
26Kristine Church (USA) Human Zoom0:03:41
27Laura Ralston (USA) NorEast Cycling0:03:49
28Elizabeth White (USA) BLUE STEEL CYCLERY
29Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Sport/ Test Pilot
30Vanessa Mccaffery (USA) Corning/NoTubes Race Team/Swan Cycles0:04:12
31Lauren Kling (USA) New England Athletic Cyclocross0:04:28
32Molly Hurford (USA) Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles0:04:34
33Kerry Litka (USA) NorEast0:04:52
34Marian Jamison (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:05:09
35Kelly Chang (USA) SyCip0:05:26
36Anna Milkowski (USA) Wheelworks Racing0:06:59

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