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Dombroski takes Super Cross Cup win

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Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement

Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement
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Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement

Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement
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Laura Van Gilder (C-3 Althletes Serving Athletes) leading McConneloug, Bruno-Roy, and Elliot through the waist high grass

Laura Van Gilder (C-3 Althletes Serving Athletes) leading McConneloug, Bruno-Roy, and Elliot through the waist high grass
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Many of the racers reached Long Island on one of the ferries across the sound

Many of the racers reached Long Island on one of the ferries across the sound
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chasseurs) is the NACT series leader

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chasseurs) is the NACT series leader
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Natalia Gardiol (Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames) descending in the woods

Natalia Gardiol (Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames) descending in the woods
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Anna Young (Pioneer Racing) descending on singletrack

Anna Young (Pioneer Racing) descending on singletrack
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Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) clearing the barriers

Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) clearing the barriers
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Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) running the barriers

Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) running the barriers
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Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) descending in first place

Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) descending in first place
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) certainly knows how to rip singletrack

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) certainly knows how to rip singletrack
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) leading on the first lap

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) leading on the first lap
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chasseurs) trying to chase down the leaders

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chasseurs) trying to chase down the leaders
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Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) rounding some S-turns with the lead

Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) rounding some S-turns with the lead
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) bridged up to Dombroski and made it a battle

Kelli Emmett (Giant) bridged up to Dombroski and made it a battle
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Laura Van Gilder (C-3 Althletes Serving Athletes) leading Elliot throught the tall grass

Laura Van Gilder (C-3 Althletes Serving Athletes) leading Elliot throught the tall grass
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Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing) in the chase group

Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing) in the chase group
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Laura Van Gilder (C-3 Althletes Serving Athletes) leading the chasers over the barriers

Laura Van Gilder (C-3 Althletes Serving Athletes) leading the chasers over the barriers
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) leading the heads of state on lap one

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) leading the heads of state on lap one
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Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing) appears to be suffering here

Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing) appears to be suffering here
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Sara Bresnick-Zocci (Pedalpower coaching/Landry's) is another pro mountain biker who looked proficient in the woods

Sara Bresnick-Zocci (Pedalpower coaching/Landry's) is another pro mountain biker who looked proficient in the woods
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Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) putting a final move on Emmett

Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) putting a final move on Emmett
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chasseurs) working to keep the leaders jersey

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chasseurs) working to keep the leaders jersey
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) locked in a battle with the chasers

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) locked in a battle with the chasers
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Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) emerging from the woods alone

Amy Dombroski (Schlamm P/B Clement-Primus Mootry) emerging from the woods alone
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It was surprising to see Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) a bit off the leaders pace today

It was surprising to see Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) a bit off the leaders pace today
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Amy Dombroski is interviewed after her win

Amy Dombroski is interviewed after her win
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Dombroski claims victory

Dombroski claims victory
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Georgia Gould

Georgia Gould
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Georgia Gould in the woods

Georgia Gould in the woods
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Kelli Emmett (Giant)

Kelli Emmett (Giant)
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Kelli Emmett racing towards second place.

Kelli Emmett racing towards second place.
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Kelli Emmett rides solo

Kelli Emmett rides solo
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Standing at around five feet tall, Amy Dombroski (Primus Mootry) may be the smallest woman in cyclo-cross but she achieved a big win at the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup held in Southampton, New York.

Her win did not come without a fight from Kelli Emmett (Giant) who conceded to second place on the last lap. Georgia Gould (Luna) put her mountain bike skills to the test over the circuit's rooted trails and placed third on the day.

"This was my first UCI win this year," said the US Under-23 National Cyclo-Cross Champion. "It feels really good. I put in a surge on the last lap and that stuck. It was cool because it came all apart on the first lap but then it came together with Emmett. Eventually it came down to tactics at the end and that made it fun. It feels good to get a win under the belt, it's always nice to win."

The Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup double header marks the final stop on the North American Cyclo-Cross Trophy (NACT) series. Canadian Natasha Elliott placed sixth on the day and maintained a healthy lead in the overall series standings.

Mountain bikers and roadies collide in Southampton

The warm autumn sun shone over the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup, a sharp contrast to last year's frigid early winter air that kept many of the racers from finishing. The circuit incorporated the same technical wooded trails that catered to the mountain bikers coupled with several lengthy straightaways that aided the road riders.

"Today was pretty warm, a nice change from last year," Dombroski said. "It was probably the best weekend of racing so far. No clean up or anything which is nice. The parts through the woods were a little tacky and it was fast."

Several well-known mountain bikers arrived equipped to handle the circuit's rooted trails and technical off-camber sections. Off-road riders like Gould, Emmett, Elliott, Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing-Sevens Cycles) and Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda) were joined by road riders like Laura Van Gilder (C3 Sollay-Athletes Serving Athletes), Lyne Bessette (October Factory Racing) and Anna Milkowski (Bike Reg).

Notably missing from the start line was UCI World Cup leader, Katie Compton (Planet Bike) and US Gran Prix of Cyclo-Cross leader Katerina Nash (Luna). According to Dombroski, their absence increased her chances at victory.

"It's funny because showing up to the races so far it was Katie and Katerina who are both on a different level," Dombroski said. "It's all I can do just to stay on their wheel as long as I can. When I do get to race against them I sit on their wheels for a little bit longer each time. This race, neither were here and I knew a win was possible."

Mcconneloug nabbed the hole-shot and kicked off the race with a leading performance on the first of five laps. She was reeled back in by a reshuffling group of chasers that included Dombroski, Emmett, Gould, Van Gilder, Bruno-Roy and Elliott.

"It was kind of a mountain bike course and that was where Kelli would shut the gap down on me," Dombroski said. "I wasn't going that fast in those parts. It also had some all-out power section and I think that was where I was going good. So it was almost like we were opposite riders today. But it made for a good race."

Dombroski made her first attack on the second lap however, her lead was quickly shut down by one lone chaser, Emmett. "I decided it's always smarter to attack when it's hard," Dombroski said. "There was one climb that goes up into the woods. I did my first attack at the bottom of that climb. I got a gap but Emmett closed it down."

Emmett not only caught Dombroski, she showed that she was still fighting for victory when she launched her own attack at the start of the third lap. Dombroski attached her self to Emmett's wheel in order to catch a breath and rest from the two-up battle.

It took two more attacks over the next two laps before Dombroski was able to ride Emmett off her wheel. However, by then the pair were on the last lap with only an eight-second difference between them. "I knew it would be a fight," Dombroski said.

Dombroski mustered up the strength to maintain the eight-second advantage as she crossed the line ahead of a hard-fought performance from Emmett. Gould snapped away from the chase group and maintained third place crossing the line.

Full results
1Amy Dombroski (USA)0:39:21
2Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant0:00:20
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna0:01:03
4Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:10
5Mary Mcconneloug (USA)0:01:13
6Natasha Elliott (Can) EMD Serono-Stevens
7Maureen Bruno Roy (USA)
8Andrea Smith (USA)0:02:47
9Sara Bresnick (USA)0:03:27
10Anna Barensfeld (USA)
11Lyne Bessette (Can)0:04:18
12Linnea Koons (USA)0:04:48
13Sally Annis (USA)0:05:23
14Anna Young (USA)0:05:31
15Perri Mertens (Aus)0:05:57
16Christina Tamilio (USA)0:06:36
17Emma Bast (USA)
18Natalia Gardiol (USA)
19Amy Breyla (USA)
20Andrea Luebbe (USA)

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