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Gould cruises to victory at season opener

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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) wins the US Pro XCT women’s race in Bonelli Park by over a two minute margin

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) wins the US Pro XCT women’s race in Bonelli Park by over a two minute margin
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Elite Women’s start

Elite Women’s start
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Elite Women hitting the first turn on the pavement

Elite Women hitting the first turn on the pavement
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) got off to a great start

Chloe Forsman (BMC) got off to a great start
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Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) descending through some tall grass

Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) descending through some tall grass
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Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) on a steep pitch

Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) on a steep pitch
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Erica Zaveta (BMC) on a long descent

Erica Zaveta (BMC) on a long descent
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) climbing up to the ridge

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) climbing up to the ridge
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Lea Davison (Specialized) could see Gould at times but could not reel her in

Lea Davison (Specialized) could see Gould at times but could not reel her in
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Lydia Tanner (Tokyo Joe’s) reaching the summit

Lydia Tanner (Tokyo Joe’s) reaching the summit
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) streaking down a descent

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) streaking down a descent
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Daniela Campuzano (Mexico NationalTeam) riding to a 7th place finish

Daniela Campuzano (Mexico NationalTeam) riding to a 7th place finish
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) winding her way uphill

Chloe Forsman (BMC) winding her way uphill
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Krista Park (Incycle-Cannondale) descending through the grass

Krista Park (Incycle-Cannondale) descending through the grass
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Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) on a fast descent

Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) on a fast descent
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The new NoTubes Elite Women’s Team

The new NoTubes Elite Women’s Team
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Elite Women’s Podium (L to R) Chloe Forsman (BMC) 5th, Lea Davison (Specialized) 2nd, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Krist Park (Incycle Cannondale) 3rd, Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) 4th

Elite Women’s Podium (L to R) Chloe Forsman (BMC) 5th, Lea Davison (Specialized) 2nd, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 1st, Krist Park (Incycle Cannondale) 3rd, Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) 4th
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Trek-Subaru team-mates Emily Batty (L) and Heather Irmiger

Trek-Subaru team-mates Emily Batty (L) and Heather Irmiger
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Judy Freeman (Kenda-Felt)

Judy Freeman (Kenda-Felt)
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Chloe Forsman (BMC)

Chloe Forsman (BMC)
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Elite Women’s front row

Elite Women’s front row
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Shannon Gibson (No Tubes) descending

Shannon Gibson (No Tubes) descending
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding a ridge above the lake

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) riding a ridge above the lake
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Lea Davision (Specialized) making a brilliant comeback from a year off the bike

Lea Davision (Specialized) making a brilliant comeback from a year off the bike
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Sarah Kaufman riding in the top ten

Sarah Kaufman riding in the top ten
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) climbing the winding course

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) climbing the winding course
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Krista Park (Incycle Cannondale) showing good form she brought back from Cyprus

Krista Park (Incycle Cannondale) showing good form she brought back from Cyprus
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Erica Zaveta (BMC) on a steep descent

Erica Zaveta (BMC) on a steep descent
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Heather Irmiger (Trek-Subaru) knew there would be better days

Heather Irmiger (Trek-Subaru) knew there would be better days
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Lea Davison (Specialized) chasing Gould

Lea Davison (Specialized) chasing Gould
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Amanda Carey (Kenda Felt) coming through the start-finish

Amanda Carey (Kenda Felt) coming through the start-finish
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) descends singletrack on the Bonelli Park course

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) descends singletrack on the Bonelli Park course
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Georgia Gould (Luna) picked off 2011 right were she left off in 2010 - dominating the women's US national cross country series. Gould made it look easy - riding solo early in the race until she crossed the line as the winner of the first round of the US Pro XCT in Bonelli Park, California. She finished two minutes and 13 seconds ahead of Lea Davison (Specialized) and Krista Park (Cannondale/NoTubes).

Runner-up Davison proved she's back racing with the best after a year off due to hip injury and subsequent surgery and rehab. Park, in third, was freshly returned to the US after some training and racing in Cyprus.

How it unfolded

When the gun went off, 18 elite women all stomped on the pedals and hammered off the start, as they jockeyed for position on the asphalt section that leads into the first climb of the day. Midway up the climb, a lead group of five women formed, among them Gould, Davidson, Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek), Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) and Park.

Once she got to the front, US cross country national champion Gould dropped the hammer and rode everyone off her wheel for the next five laps. Following Gould's attack, racers settled into their own rhythm and the gaps grew as racers spread out.

Even with Gould's predictable dominance, the race offered a few surprises.

For Davidson, her second place marked the end of a long road back after missing the entire 2010 season. Given a life-line by her new Specialized Factory domestic team this year, Davidson didn't disappoint her brand new sponsors and rode to a solid second place in her first race in over a year. She was the only rider to keep Gould in sight for the early laps, but sucumbed to Gould's brutal pace.

Probably the biggest surprise on the day was the performance of privateer Krista Park, who scored her first national series career podium. Podium regulars Heather Irmiger and Emily Batty showed some signs of rust from the long winter break. Park on the other hand, she proved she's off to a great start in the early season.

Batty, who is new to the Subaru/Trek team for 2011, ended up fourth after running up front early in the race. The amicable Canadian looked good on her new 29er, but just didn't have the staying power of the top three.

Chloe Forsman (BMC MTB Development Team) placed a solid fifth on the day for her new team.

Judy Freeman (Kenda/Felt), Daniela Campuzano (Mexico National Team), Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt), Zephanie Blasi(No Tubes Elite Women) and Lydia Tanner (Tokyo Joes) filled out the top ten.

Next up in the Triple Crown event is the super D is next up today while the short track will happen on Sunday.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Gould (USA) Luna1:40:44
2Lea Davison (USA) Specialized0:02:13
3Krista Park (USA) Incycle/Cannondale0:07:14
4Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek0:07:48
5Chloe Forsman (USA) BMC Development Team0:08:22
6Judy Freeman (USA) Kenda/Felt0:10:50
7Daniela Campuzano (Mex) Mexican National Team0:14:09
8Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Felt0:15:09
9Zephanie Blasi (USA) No Tubes Elite Women0:18:26
10Lydia Tanner (USA) Tokyo Joes0:18:33
11Sarah Kaufmann (USA)0:19:02
12Carolyn Popovic (USA)0:19:19
13Kelsy Bingham (USA)
14Erica Zaveta (USA)
15Heather Irmiger (USA)
16Deyanira Guerrero (Mex)
17Kaila Hart (USA)
18Shannon Gibson (USA)

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