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Gould storms to solo victory in Texas

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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) wins her second Mellow Johnny's Classic

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) wins her second Mellow Johnny's Classic
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) wasted no time in opening up a lead

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) wasted no time in opening up a lead
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) at the start

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) at the start
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) is having a solid season

Chloe Forsman (BMC) is having a solid season
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Lea Davison (Specialized) starting the race as the Pro-XCT series leader

Lea Davison (Specialized) starting the race as the Pro-XCT series leader
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) putting in another "time trial"

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) putting in another "time trial"
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Lea Davison and Krista Park descending together on the first lap

Lea Davison and Krista Park descending together on the first lap
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Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) taking third place

Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) taking third place
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) seemingly all alone on Lance Armstrong's ranch

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) seemingly all alone on Lance Armstrong's ranch
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) on the longest climb

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) on the longest climb
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Krista Park (Incycle) trying to hold onto third place

Krista Park (Incycle) trying to hold onto third place
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Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) in the tall grass

Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) in the tall grass
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rounding the final corner before the finish

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rounding the final corner before the finish
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Georgia Gould spending some time with Jorge Munoz who was also a proud owner of an Orbea

Georgia Gould spending some time with Jorge Munoz who was also a proud owner of an Orbea
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Megan Korol (Momentum Racing) smoking a descent

Megan Korol (Momentum Racing) smoking a descent
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Sarah Kaufman (Elete Electrolytes) riding in sixth place

Sarah Kaufman (Elete Electrolytes) riding in sixth place
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Krista Park (Incycle) riding third has stepped up her game this season

Krista Park (Incycle) riding third has stepped up her game this season
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Racers said they enjoyed the twisty course and Texas hills

Racers said they enjoyed the twisty course and Texas hills
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Lea Davison (Specialized) settled into second place by herself

Lea Davison (Specialized) settled into second place by herself
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Krista Park (Cannondale/NoTubes) riding third on a long climb

Krista Park (Cannondale/NoTubes) riding third on a long climb
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Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) riding in fourth place

Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) riding in fourth place
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) putting in a fifth place ride

Chloe Forsman (BMC) putting in a fifth place ride
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) descending with a massive lead

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) descending with a massive lead
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) attacking the course

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) attacking the course
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Lea Davison (Specialized) riding solidly in second place

Lea Davison (Specialized) riding solidly in second place
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Krista Park (Cannondale/NoTubes) descending through the mesquite trees

Krista Park (Cannondale/NoTubes) descending through the mesquite trees
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Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) having her best race ever

Daniella Campuzano (Turbo Bike Team) having her best race ever
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rode yet another impressive time trial to win the Mellow Johnny's Classic for the second straight year at round 4 of the US Pro XCT near Austin, Texas, on Saturday afternoon.

Lea Davison (Specialized) gave chase for a lap but decided ride her own pace in the heat to take second place. Daniela Campuzano (Team Turbo) from Mexico had her best finish ever in third. Krista Park (Cannonadale/No Tubes), who along with Gould just returned from the World Cup in South Africa, finished fourth. Chloe Forsman (BMC) earned her first ever US Pro XCT podium with a fifth place finish.

The race was held on Lance Armstrong's vast ranch, which has been the site of many cross country events. Permanent courses have been constructed, and they've gotten rave reviews from the racers. The Texas hills, twisty singletrack, and tough dirt road climbs combined to test even the best technical riders.

With the race starting at 10:30 am, the women were able to avoid some of the heat that the men would be subjected to later in the day. Even so, the humidity was so high that many riders struggled to keep their body temperatures down.

"It's hot out there," said Gould, "but the trail is so fun that today was suffering combined with fun."

At the race start, Gould immediately went to the front and put her head down. "I wanted to be in front and pick my lines. I just rode my own race," she said at the finish.

After the first lap, the racers were spread out all over the course. A smaller than average women's field meant that there were fewer opportunities to form groups and strategic alliances. Davison, who attempted to stay with Gould for a lap, decided mid-race to change her strategy. "It was important to relax and ride your own race because when I was focused on catching Georgia, I was all over the place.

Davison finished the race covered with Texas dirt. "I went down twice. I wasn't quite on my game," said Davison. She was unhurt although her surgically repaired hip took a bit of abuse in one of the falls.

Campuzano was a new face near the front of a US Pro XCT race. She rode impressively and was able to shed a strong Park to nail down third place. Her team went absolutely wild for her at the finish. "For me this was a good opportunity. This was my best race of my life. I am very happy," said a grinning Campuzano.

Park is finding herself in the mix at more races this season. She spent the winter training in Tucson, Arizona, then raced the spring series in Cyprus and most recently finished well enough at the World Cup in South Africa to assure a call-up at the next world cup in Dalby Forest, England.

Likewise, Forsman seems to have come into her own as an elite racer. As holder of many collegiate and junior national titles, it was only a matter of time until she started getting results. She won the short track race last month in Fontana, and today made it onto her first US Pro XCT cross country podium.

Former US National Champion Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) was present today but did not race due to an illness picked up during her recent trip to South Africa.

Gould was a late addition to the start list this week. She had planned to take the week off after spending 40-plus hours in airplanes, but said she changed her mind when she got home and was feeling good.

Most of the top elite women will have next weekend off before traveling to the World Cup at Dalby Forest.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Gould (USA) Luna1:21:13
2Lea Davison (USA) Specialized0:05:09
3Daniela Campuzano (Mex) Turbo Bike Team0:06:25
4Krista Park (USA) Cannondale/No Tubes0:06:26
5Chloe Forsman (USA) BMC Development Team0:07:46
6Sarah Kaufmann (USA) elete Electrolytes0:08:08
7Carolyn Popovic (USA) Team CF0:09:49
8Meghan Korol (USA) Momentum Racing/Pro Bikes0:19:46
9Erica Zaveta (USA) BMC Development Team0:21:18
10Linnea Koons (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:36:18
DNFJudy Freeman (USA) Kenda/Felt
DNSHeather Irmiger (USA) Subaru-Trek

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