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Nuss wins elite women's Pan-Am Cyclo-cross title

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Raylyn Nuss wins solo for elite women's title

Raylyn Nuss wins solo for elite women's title in Garland, Texas (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Raylyn Nuss wins elite women's Pan-American Cyclo-cross championship in Garland, Texas

Raylyn Nuss wins elite women's title at 2021 Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championships in Garland, Texas (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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2021 Pan-American Championship smile for elite women's winner Raylyn Nuss

2021 Pan-American Championship celebration for elite women's winner Raylyn Nuss (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Elite women on course in Garland, Texas for Pan-American Championships

Early lead group in elite women's field racing in Garland, Texas (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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US Pro road champion Lauren Stephens riding Pan-Am Cyclo-cross Championships

US Pro road champion Lauren Stephens finished ninth at Pan-Am Cyclo-cross Championships (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Raylyn Nuss on a climb in wooded section of two-mile course

Raylyn Nuss on a climb in wooded section of two-mile course (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Ruby West would take silver in the elite women's race in 2021

Ruby West would take silver in the elite women's race in 2021 (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Caitlin Bernstein would ride to third place

Caitlin Bernstein on the uphill sand section runs ahead of Raylyn Nuss (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Raylyn Nuss had a solo lead with one and half laps to go

Raylyn Nuss had a solo lead with one and half laps to go (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Erica Zaveta in one of the sand sections

Erica Zaveta in one of the sand sections (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Hannah Arensman in lead group

Hannah Arensman in lead group (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)
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Elite women's podium at 2021 Pan-American Championships ini Garland, Texas

Elite women's podium (L to R): Ruby West in second, winner Raylyn Nuss (Steve Tilford Foundation Racing), and Caitlin Bernstein (Easton Overland/ McGovern Cycles) in third (Image credit: Lee McDaniel/ Resolution Cross Cup)

Raylyn Nuss (Steve Tilford Foundation Racing) rode solo across the line to win the elite women’s Pan-American Cyclo-cross Championship on Saturday in Garland, Texas. Canadian Ruby West, who captured the women’s U23 Pan-Am title in 2019, battled for a second place result. 

The final spot on the podium went to Caitlin Bernstein (Easton Overland/ McGovern Cycles) as she was able to hold off a charging Hannah Arensman (Sycamore Cycles).

The Pan-Am Cyclo-cross Championships returned to the US for the first time since 2016, which was followed by two consecutive years in Ontario, Canada and a year off due to COVID-19. Racing took place on a sunny, dry day at Winters Park Amphitheater in Texas, a course which also held events on the weekend for the 10th edition of the Resolution Cross Cup. 

West led out the 17-rider field with a blistering pace, the lead group including Crystal Anthony (Liv Racing Collective), Erica Zaveta (The Pony Shop P/B KPMG), and Sunny Gilbert (Blue Competition Cycles P/B Build), Bernstein, Nuss and Arensman. 

On the second lap moving through the chicane into an uphill sandpit, Nuss moved to the front, while from the leaders Bernstein went down in a turn. Nuss was able to create a gap with the move. 

West launched an attack to close the gap to Nuss with three to go, and the duo set out to begin to distance the riders behind, which would soon dwindle down to a battle for third between Bernstein and Arensman.

Nuss, who had returned to the US from racing in Czech Republic where she took second in the C2 Toi Toi Cup, would ride strong and clean through the sand sections to gain an edge over West. Headed to the bell lap, Nuss had no one in sight and would hold the lead for the victory. 

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Raylyn Nuss (USA) Steve Tilford Foundation Racing 52:44:00
2Ruby West (Can) Independent 0:53:27
3Caitlin Bernstein (USA) Easton Overland/ McGovern Cycles 0:53:33
4Hannah Arensman (USA) Sycamore Cycles 0:53:36
5Sunny Gilbert (USA) Blue Competition Cycles P/B Build 0:54:15
6Crystal Anthony (USA) Liv Racing Collective 0:54:27
7Emily Werner (USA) Emmy'S Sweets Pb Ken'S Bike Shop 0:54:47
8Erica Zaveta (USA) The Pony Shop P/B KPMG 0:55:39
9Lauren Stephens (USA) Team Tibco Silicon Valley Bank 0:57:14
10Sophie Russenberger (USA) Team S&M CX 0:57:37
11Anne Usher (USA) Fast Fun Nice P/B Wattie Ink 0:58:02
12Amanda Nauman (USA) Sdg - Monster Hydro 0:58:28
13Natalie Smith (USA) Ultra Violet 0:58:41
14Siobhan Kellyu (Can) Black Dog Racing 0:58:46
15Brenna Wrye-Simpson (USA) Team S&M CX 0:59:14
16Purshall Artison (USA) A Dugast USA
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