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Gould gets another win for Luna Pro Team

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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) opened a comfortable margin on the final lap to sweep the weekend's events.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) opened a comfortable margin on the final lap to sweep the weekend's events.
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NoTubes teammates Kaila Hart and Nina Baum get off to a clean start

NoTubes teammates Kaila Hart and Nina Baum get off to a clean start
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A lead group forms with early with Kathy Sherwin (NoTubes) on the front

A lead group forms with early with Kathy Sherwin (NoTubes) on the front
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) with the lead on a gradual descent

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) with the lead on a gradual descent
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Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) made it across to the early leader

Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) made it across to the early leader
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) descends through the trees

Chloe Forsman (BMC) descends through the trees
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Krista Park (Cannondale NoTubes) streaks through the trees

Krista Park (Cannondale NoTubes) streaks through the trees
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) tries to distance herself from rivals Lea Davision (Specialized) and Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek)

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) tries to distance herself from rivals Lea Davision (Specialized) and Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek)
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Lea Davison (Specialized) refuses to be dropped by Georgia Gould (Luna)

Lea Davison (Specialized) refuses to be dropped by Georgia Gould (Luna)
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Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) came slightly unglued from Georgia Gould (Luna) and Lea Davison (Specialized)

Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) came slightly unglued from Georgia Gould (Luna) and Lea Davison (Specialized)
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Heather Irmiger (Trek Subaru) rode brilliantly despite a cast on her left hand

Heather Irmiger (Trek Subaru) rode brilliantly despite a cast on her left hand
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Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) stuck in no-woman's land

Emily Batty (Trek Subaru) stuck in no-woman's land
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Zephanie Blasi (NoTubes) prior to the start

Zephanie Blasi (NoTubes) prior to the start
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Lea Davison (Specialized) is one of the few who has ever beaten Georgia Gould (Luna) in short track racing.

Lea Davison (Specialized) is one of the few who has ever beaten Georgia Gould (Luna) in short track racing.
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The elite women are staged

The elite women are staged
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Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) gets the hole shot

Emily Batty (Subaru Trek) gets the hole shot
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Georgia Gould (Luna) and Lea Davison (Specialized) with one lap to go

Georgia Gould (Luna) and Lea Davison (Specialized) with one lap to go
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Lea Davison (Specialized) rides with a cast on her left thumb

Lea Davison (Specialized) rides with a cast on her left thumb
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) races in the chase group

Chloe Forsman (BMC) races in the chase group
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) pulls Lea Davison (Specialized), Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek), and Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek)

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) pulls Lea Davison (Specialized), Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek), and Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek)
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Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) full-throttle and then some

Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) full-throttle and then some
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Lea Davison (Specialized) planned to contest the final sprint but Georgia Gould (Luna) had other ideas.

Lea Davison (Specialized) planned to contest the final sprint but Georgia Gould (Luna) had other ideas.
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While she had her hands full the entire race, Georgia Gould (Luna) won the Subaru Cup short track race with a last lap surge. Lea Davison (Specialized) had hoped it would come down to a final sprint with Gould, but had to settle for second place. Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek) finished third, Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) was fourth, and a hard-charging Judy Freeman rounded out the podium with fifth place.

The Mt. Morris, Wisconsin, course was extremely fast with few places to escape. For half of the lap, the riders faced a gradual climb while on the other half, they were descending. This allowed for re-grouping and some recovery on every lap.

Kathy Sherwin (NoTubes) took the hole-shot and led the field up the first climb and onto the traverse of the ski hill. Within one lap, Gould took command of the race while Davison, Irmiger, and Batty were close behind. Sherwin could not hold the pace and slipped back.

In a surprising move, Freeman came from behind and bridged the gap to the leaders. Given the pace at the front, she buried herself to make contact. Freeman was rewarded later with a spot on the podium.

Gould was content to pull the entire race despite a slight headwind on the left-to-right traverse of the mountain. She is one of only two racers in North America (Katie Compton being the other) who could pull this off.

"I figured if anyone else wanted to make a move they would," said Gould. "My plan is usually to push a hard pace and have fewer people to deal with, and there's less jostling around. In short track, you always have to be ready for an attack, so I'm always waiting and watching. Lea can certainly put in a strong attack."

Irmiger was the next rider to lose contact with the leaders. Gould, Batty, and Davison rode a couple laps together before Batty also was dropped. This left Davison and Gould to duke it out for the victory.

Davison was contemplating how she could win. "I was thinking about it the whole race - how I was going to win and where I was going to go. I thought it would be good to have it come down to a sprint because I went too early in Fontana. But she (Gould) just inched it up on that last lap and I couldn't make it happen."

"Georgia is one of the top cyclists in the world so she's always a good one to compete against," said Davison. "I did the best I could under the circumstances (a cast on her left hand - Ed.).

In a strange coincidence, Chloe Forsman (BMC Development) and Irmiger also raced with casts on their left hands due to thumb injuries.

The national championships in Sun Valley, Idaho, are next up for the elite women domestically, although in between, they will contest two North American World Cups. Compton, Davison, and Gould can be expected to put on an exciting show in the short track event. Gould will be racing in front of her hometown crowd so she may have a slight advantage.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)0:24:48
2Lea Davison (Specialized USA)0:00:04
3Emily Batty (Subaru-Trek)0:00:16
4Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek)0:00:48
5Judy Freeman (Kenda)0:00:57
6Kathy Sherwin (Notubes Elite)0:01:45
7Zephanie Blasi (Notubes Elite)0:01:56
8Kelli Emmett (Giant Factory)0:02:18
9Chloe Forsman (BMC Mountain Bike Team)0:35:12
10Krista Park (Notubes/Cannondale)0:35:12
11Kaila Hart (No Tubes Elite)0:35:12
12Carolyn Popovic (Team CF)0:35:13
13Nina Baum (Notubes Elite)0:35:13
14Susan Butler0:35:13
15Sarah Kaufmann (Elete Electroly)0:35:13
16Melanie M Colavito (Missing Link)0:35:13
17Abigail Strigel (Trek Stores)0:35:13
18Meghan Korol (Momentum Racing)0:35:13
19Shannon Gibson (Notubes Elite)0:35:13
20Kim Eppen (Mercy-Specialized)0:35:13
21Maren Cosens0:35:13
22Erica Zaveta (BMC Mountain Bike Team)0:35:13
23Molly Throdahl0:35:14
24Rebecca Blatt (Embrocation)0:35:14
25Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212)0:35:14
DNFSara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Coop/Kuhl)
DNFKelsy Bingham (Team Jamis)
DNFRosara Joseph (Rabobank Giant)

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