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Katerina Nash dominates at Boston Rebellion

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USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stan’s NoTubes/ Pivot)

USA Marathon Champion Rose Grant (Stan’s NoTubes/ Pivot) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Barbara Benko (Focus) launching off a jump

Barbara Benko (Focus) launching off a jump (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Makaela Kofmann (Ridebiker Alliance) leading Emily Shields through some twisty singletrack

Makaela Kofmann (Ridebiker Alliance) leading Emily Shields through some twisty singletrack (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Amy Beisel (Ridebiker Alliance) snapped a chain and had to drop out

Amy Beisel (Ridebiker Alliance) snapped a chain and had to drop out (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Laura Slavin (Elite Endurance) was having fun out on the course

Laura Slavin (Elite Endurance) was having fun out on the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) had almost a minute lead on the last lap

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) had almost a minute lead on the last lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) could see Nash at times but could not reel her in

Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) could see Nash at times but could not reel her in (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Evelyn Dong (Cannondale) was having a solid outing

Evelyn Dong (Cannondale) was having a solid outing (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Fairlee Frey (George’s Cycles) chose to run through this rock garden

Fairlee Frey (George’s Cycles) chose to run through this rock garden (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolled in alone to take the victory

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolled in alone to take the victory (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) was happy with her race and preparation for the Olympics

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) was happy with her race and preparation for the Olympics (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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USA Champion Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) taking second place

USA Champion Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) taking second place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Pro Women’s Podium (L to R), Barbara Benko (Focus) 4th, Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) 2nd, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) 3rd, Kate Courtney (Specialized) 5th

Pro Women’s Podium (L to R), Barbara Benko (Focus) 4th, Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) 2nd, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) 3rd, Kate Courtney (Specialized) 5th (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The Pro Women enjoying a champagne moment

The Pro Women enjoying a champagne moment (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Libby White (Tokyo Joe’s) has ridden these New England conditions her whole life

Libby White (Tokyo Joe’s) has ridden these New England conditions her whole life (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) chasing Barbara Benko (Focus) during lap two

Kate Courtney (Specialized) chasing Barbara Benko (Focus) during lap two (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Some of the Roadbiker Alliance Women showing off; (L to R) Larissa Connors, Ellen Nobel, Makaela Kofman

Some of the Roadbiker Alliance Women showing off; (L to R) Larissa Connors, Ellen Nobel, Makaela Kofman (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Newly crowned USA Champion Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing)

Newly crowned USA Champion Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The second row of women at the start

The second row of women at the start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking the hole-shot

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking the hole-shot (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) lead the women out onto the course

Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) lead the women out onto the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking the new drop with ease

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking the new drop with ease (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Barbara Benko (Focus XC Team) chasing Nash and Huck early in the race

Barbara Benko (Focus XC Team) chasing Nash and Huck early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Kimberley Quinlan (Bicycle Express) making easy work of the drop-off

Kimberley Quinlan (Bicycle Express) making easy work of the drop-off (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Alexis Skarda (Stan’s NoTubes) flying off the new jump

Alexis Skarda (Stan’s NoTubes) flying off the new jump (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding in fifth place

Kate Courtney (Specialized) riding in fifth place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Hannah Finchamp (Luna Pro Team) in the air

Hannah Finchamp (Luna Pro Team) in the air (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Rose Grant (Stan’s NoTubes) found the flatter course to her liking

Rose Grant (Stan’s NoTubes) found the flatter course to her liking (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Alexis Skarda (Stans NoTubes) riding one of several rock gardens

Alexis Skarda (Stans NoTubes) riding one of several rock gardens (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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US Cup final standings (L to R) Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) 2nd, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance) 3rd

US Cup final standings (L to R) Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) 2nd, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Larissa Connors (Ridebiker Alliance) 3rd (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) put on an awesome display of power and speed to win the UCI-HC rated Boston Rebellion today. Newly crowned USA Champion Erin Huck (Scott 3Rox Racing) was less than a minute behind, but had to settle for second place. Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) moved up during the race to claim third place. Barbara Benko (Focus) finished fourth, while Kate Courtney (Specialized) rounded out the podium in fifth place.

With only 338 feet of climbing per lap on the course at Adams Farm, the race favoured those who could deal with tight singletrack turns, punchy climbs, and rock gardens full of baby head rocks.

Katerina Nash loved the course. She remarked after the race, "I think mountain bike races should always look like this. Forget the mindless climbing forever. We should just ride fun trials like here. It was awesome."

Nash continued, "I like this kind of riding, and I was probably one of the few people out there on smaller wheels, so I kind of took advantage of the quick cornering and "cyclocross" accelerations. I wanted to get into the singletrack first and see what happened."

Erin Huck quickly found herself in "no mans land" and essentially rode the entire race by herself. At times she could see Nash, but could not reel her in.

Huck explained, "The last two to three laps I could see her at the top of a climby section near the start, but that was it for climbing which is usually my strength. During the rest of the lap she would put time on me."

This was Huck's first appearance wearing her new stars and strips USA Champions jersey. When asked how it felt, she remarked, "Honestly, I was a little bit nervous putting it on for the first time. It's a little bit overwhelming."

USA Champion Rose Grant has spent most of the season racing longer events and is still dialing the different effort needed for cross-country events. She got off to a great start, and then slowly reeled in Barbara Benko to take third place. The course clearly favoured her riding skills, and was similar to the USA Marathon Nationals course in Georgia where she won her latest title.

Thirty-two pro women toed the line today, but fewer finished, largely due to flat tires on the sharp rocks. Ellen Noble (Ridebiker), a pre-race favourite had to drop out, as did Amy Beisel (Ridebiker) due to mechanicals.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Luna Chix)1:38:17
2Erin Huck (Scott-3rox racing)0:00:47
3Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes - Pivot Cycles)0:01:21
4Barbara Benko (Focus XC Team)0:02:08
5Kate Courtney (Specialized Factory Racing)0:02:22
6Evelyn Dong (Cannondale 360 Fly p/b Sugoi)0:05:54
7Larissa Connors (Ridebiker)0:06:07
8Tina Severson (Createx Colors /Benidorm Bikes/Naturally Fast)0:09:21
9Hannah Finchamp (Luna Chix)0:10:37
10mikaela kofman (Ridebiker/Liv)0:11:17
11alexis skarda (Stan's NoTubes Women's Elite Team)0:12:26
12Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters)0:12:56
13Sarah Kaufmann (Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team)0:14:45
14Elizabeth White (Bicycle Express Racing)0:15:03
15Amelie Simard (CVM Sigma Assurance)0:15:05
16Kimberley Quinlan (Bicycle Express Racing)0:15:35
17Laurie Arseneault (La Cordée)0:15:50
18Laura Slavin (Elite Endurance.com Pro Factory / Bicycle Tech / Trek)0:16:10
19Joanne Grogan (NEXT-BMB)0:17:28
20Emily Shields (Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team)0:18:03
21Kayley Burdine (Eastern Shore Cycles/Specialized)0:18:41
22Kristine Contento-Angell (MTBNJ)
23Lindsey Bauer (TRT Bicycles)
24Jennifer Malik (Paradise Garage Racing)
25Jordan Dube (Craft Factory Racing)
26Amy Beisel (Team RideBiker | Isoride | LIV)
27Fairlee Frey (George's Cycles p/b Dryve Wheels)
28Lisa Rabensteiner (Focus XC Team)
DNFEllen Noble (RideBiker)
DNFJena Greaser
DNFErin Faccone (JRA Cycles)

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