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Nash victorious on Cycle-Smart International's first day

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) soloed to victory during the UCI C2 Cycle Smart International held at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. The Czech national champion out-paced Laura Van Gilder (C3-Mellow Mushroom) in second and Sally Annis ( Cycles) in third.

“It is nice to be back in New England,” Nash said. “The main reason why I came out here was to teach a cyclo-cross clinic for the Boston Luna team and we tied that into the weekend of UCI racing here.”

The event marked round five of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclo-cross Series that is currently led by Van Gilder. “I’m very committed to finishing up this series,” Van Gilder said. “But, it wouldn’t take much to mix things up again because the points fall typical to a UCI event, so if you have one bad day you can lose the lead. I won’t assume anything because I’ve been that person who gets a flat tire or has had a bad day before.”

The Cycle Smart International was once again held at its traditional location in Look Park. The terrain offered a perfect combination of hills, wooded track and open grass sections. Some of the main features of the course included two steep run-ups, dual descents, a set of hurdles and rail road tracks.

“There were a lot of corners on the course and I think that was my biggest struggle today,” Nash said. “I didn’t ride the course very well and I was trying to clean up my lines during the race.”

Van Gilder lined up as the series leader, however, the odds-on favourite to win the race was Nash, who recently won the round two UCI World Cup in Tabor. Her competitors also included Annis along with included Nicole Thiemann and Carolyn Popovic (Team CF), Andrea Smith and Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing) and Arley Kremmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes).

“These races are all hard, it doesn’t matter who attends but it was nice to race up here against Katerina,” Van Gilder said. “Katerina set the early pace and I was the next rider on her wheel. She gradually increased her gap to 15 seconds and three of us were chasing her.”

Van Gilder led the chase ahead of her companions Annis, Anthony and Smith. The four riders worked together during the following three laps, however, their combined efforts were not enough to close the gap to Nash.

“It seemed like the kind of course where if we worked together we might have been able to close the gap a little bit,” Van Gilder said.

“We traded pulls and tried to take advantage of the course in particular areas.”

Nash secured a solo victory on the day, however, the race for second remained between her chasers. Van Gilder gained a small advantage on one of the steep hills on the last lap. Although she suffered a flat tire on the lower half of the course, she had enough time to exchange bikes in the mechanics pit and solo in for second place ahead of Annis and Anthony.

Full results

1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:41:58
2Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom0:00:28
3Sally Annis (USA) p/b JRA Cycles0:00:31
4Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:42
5Crystal Anthony (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:04
6Nicole Thiemann (USA) Team CF0:01:20
7Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:02:01
8Rebecca Wellons (USA) Quad Cycles0:02:07
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:02:23
10Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:02:30
11Carolyn Popovic (USA) Team CF0:02:34
12Patricia Buerkle (USA) VA Asset Group p/b Artemis - Trek0:02:40
13Jena Greaser (USA) NorEast Cycling0:02:54
14Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Silverbull Centralwheel0:03:08
15Laura Ralston (GBr) MIT Cycling-FXDD0:03:19
16Emily Thurston (USA) Stevens0:03:29
17Frances Morrison (USA) J.A.M. Fund-NCC
18Elle Anderson (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:43
19Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing
20Stacey Barbossa (USA) Elite Endurance Training Systems0:03:44
21Brittlee Bowman (USA) p/b JRA Cycles0:03:46
22Christina Birch (USA) MIT Cycling p/b FXDD0:03:49
23Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Sport-Test Pilot0:03:50
24Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:03:59
25Sheila Vibert (USA) Sunapee Racing Team0:04:23
26Kristine Church (USA) Human Zoom0:04:29
27Nancy Labbe-Giguere (Can) LadiesFirst Racing0:04:47
28Lauri Webber (USA) Secret Henrys Team0:04:58
29Lauren Kling (USA) New England Athletic Cyclocross0:05:11
30Marian Jamison (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:05:18
31Bryna Blanchard (USA) North American Velo0:05:19
32Molly Hurford (USA) Team Rockstar Games-Signature Cycles0:05:41
33Bailey Semian (USA) Team Specialized - Rising Stars p/b Bicycling Magazine0:05:56
34Kathryn Roszko (USA)'s Garage0:06:11
35Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYcross.com0:06:43
36Alice Henriques (USA) Zanconato Racing0:06:52
37Kathleen Wulfkuhle (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:06:59
38Christine Fort (USA) Pedal Power Team-MA0:07:54
39Elizabeth White (USA) Blue Steel Cyclery0:08:01
40Kaitlyn Lawrence (USA)-1lap
DNFSara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA)

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