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Nash wins women's short track

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) has won countless short track races

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) has won countless short track races
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The Little Bellas prepare to support Lea Davison (Specialized) at the short track event

The Little Bellas prepare to support Lea Davison (Specialized) at the short track event
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Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) did not make the breakaway group

Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) did not make the breakaway group
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry) making a rare mountain bike race appearance

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry) making a rare mountain bike race appearance
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New Luna squad member Teal Stetson-Lee signing autographs for the Little Bellas

New Luna squad member Teal Stetson-Lee signing autographs for the Little Bellas
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Crank Bros' Rachael Throop watching her team from the sidelines

Crank Bros' Rachael Throop watching her team from the sidelines
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The elite women's start is led out by the Colnago riders

The elite women's start is led out by the Colnago riders
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It was no surprise to anyone that Eva Lechner (Colnago) got the hole shot

It was no surprise to anyone that Eva Lechner (Colnago) got the hole shot
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Pua Mata (Sho Air) riding around 10th position with Kelli Emmett (Giant) following

Pua Mata (Sho Air) riding around 10th position with Kelli Emmett (Giant) following
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Teal Stetson-Lee making her Luna debut

Teal Stetson-Lee making her Luna debut
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking command of the race

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking command of the race
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) sprinting up the climb

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) sprinting up the climb
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) riding second wheel

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) riding second wheel
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leading early in the race with her teammates close by

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leading early in the race with her teammates close by
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Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) attempting to reel in the leaders

Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) attempting to reel in the leaders
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Heather Irmiger (Subaru Trek) put in a strong performance

Heather Irmiger (Subaru Trek) put in a strong performance
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) was in the mix for most of the race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) was in the mix for most of the race
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Specialized riders Meredith Miller (L) and Lea Davison (R)

Specialized riders Meredith Miller (L) and Lea Davison (R)
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A young rider gets ready for the Easter Egg Hunt

A young rider gets ready for the Easter Egg Hunt
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Youngsters eagerly looking for Easter Eggs

Youngsters eagerly looking for Easter Eggs
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) is a threat to win any short track race

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) is a threat to win any short track race
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NoTubes Elite Women's riders (L to R) Nina Baum, Sarah Kaufmann, and Shannon Gibson

NoTubes Elite Women's riders (L to R) Nina Baum, Sarah Kaufmann, and Shannon Gibson
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Teal Stetson Lee (Luna) and former teammate Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry)

Teal Stetson Lee (Luna) and former teammate Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry)
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Cross country world champion Catharine Pendrel

Cross country world champion Catharine Pendrel
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Colnago's Nathalie Schneitter (L) and Eva lechner (R) made the trip over from Europe

Colnago's Nathalie Schneitter (L) and Eva lechner (R) made the trip over from Europe
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Georgia Gould (Luna) cracking jokes as usual on the women's front row

Georgia Gould (Luna) cracking jokes as usual on the women's front row
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Amanda Sin (3Rox Racing-Scott) was competitive

Amanda Sin (3Rox Racing-Scott) was competitive
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Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) on the steep climb

Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) on the steep climb
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Nina Baum (NoTubes) riding in the top 10

Nina Baum (NoTubes) riding in the top 10
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading the race with teammate Catharine Pendrel chasing

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading the race with teammate Catharine Pendrel chasing
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Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leading on lap three

Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) leading on lap three
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Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) getting over her handlebars on the climb

Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) getting over her handlebars on the climb
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) proved today that she was on top form by riding away from everyone with just two laps to go. Lea Davison (Specialized) had to battle three Luna women, but managed to get around them to take the silver medal. World champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) finished third. Heather Irmiger (Subaru Trek) had her most impressive short track in a while to finish a strong fourth. Eva Lechner (Colnago-Sudtirol), who had set the early pace, finished fifth.

As expected, the day's race became Luna against the world. Lechner and her Colnago teammate immediately went to the front from the starting gun. They are two of the fastest starters on the World Cup circuit. However, neither of them had ever done a short track race so they may have been surprised when the pace never came down, and the more experienced North American women began working them over.

After a couple laps on the front, the Colnago women gave way to a surging Pendrel. She said after the race, “The North Americans have raced on this short track before. I knew there were a couple sections where we knew the lines and were a bit faster (than the Europeans).”

Davison could never quite get to the front of the race and seemed intent on trying not to let two Luna women get in front of her. She was aided a bit when with three laps to go Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) dropped a chain and lost up to 15 seconds. Gould was never able to fully recover from that incident.

With two laps to go, Nash put the hammer down as she has done dozens of times in the past. Within a few seconds, it was apparent that only Davison was able to give chase.

Pendrel settled into third behind Davision as she was not going to be part of chasing her teammate down. With one lap to go, the gap had grown to about 100 feet, and the race for second began in earnest. Davison put in a strong last lap and held off Pendrel to take second place.

"Today was great. It’s been a while since I’ve won anything at Sea Otter," said a jubilant Nash. “I’m really excited to get on the top step of the podium today."

Pendrel explained her strategy: “I wanted to make it to the front and make it all Luna... and that’s what we did. Katerina was awesome and was able to take control at the end.”

Pendrel commented also on having the Colnago-Sudtirol women in the race, “Eva and Nathalie lead out practically every World Cup, so I said to myself it’s going to hurt when they come over. I am super happy they came. It raises our level every time we get a super fast woman in our field.”

Emily Batty (Subaru Trek), winner of the 2010 short track race seemed to have a bit of an off day. She was still good enough to take 10th place.  Pua Mata (Sho-Air), who finished eighth, and Chloe Forsman (Crank Bros), who finished ninth, also had good rides.

Former road national champion Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry) decided to enter the mountain biking races this weekend to keep her cyclo-cross dirt skills sharp. She finished an impressive 12th place.

The pro women will compete in the cross country event on Sunday. 

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team
2Lea Davison (USA) Team Specialized
3Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team
4Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru Trek
5Eva Lechner (Ita) Colnago
6Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team
7Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago
8Monique Mata (USA) Sho-Air
9Chloe Woodruff (USA) Crankbrothers Race
10Emily Batty (Can) Subaru Trek
11Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Factory Off Road
12Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant
13Amanda Sin (Can) Scott-3 Rox Racing
14Allison Mann (USA) B4B/RNR
15Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team
-2lapsNina Baum (USA) Star's Notubes Elite
-4lapsJenny Smith (NZl) Star's Notubes Elite
-5lapsJamie Busch (USA) Quadzilla/Calmar
-5lapsKelsy Bingham (USA) Team Jamis
-6lapsHaley Smith (Can) Norco Factory Team
-6lapsSarah Kaufmann (USA) Stan's Notubes Elite
-6lapsKaila Hart (USA) Star's Notubes Elite
-6lapsShannon Gibson (USA) Star's Notubes Elite
-6lapsSydney Fox (USA)
-6lapsWan Lin Chang (Tpe) Specialized Racing
-6lapsVanessa Humic (USA) Stan's Notubes Elite
DNFJudy Freeman (USA) Crankbrothers Race

 

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