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Nash wins Bonelli Park short track

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) on her way to winning the Bonelli Park short track

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) on her way to winning the Bonelli Park short track
(Image credit: Phil Beckman / PB Creative)
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Short track winners Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) flanked by Catharine Pendrel and Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and the voice of Bonelli, Larry Longo

Short track winners Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) flanked by Catharine Pendrel and Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and the voice of Bonelli, Larry Longo
(Image credit: Phil Beckman / PB Creative)

Making it the perfect weekend, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) backed up her Bonelli Park cross country win on Saturday with a short track victory on Sunday. Added to her Mellow Johnny's cross country victory of two weeks ago, Nash - who is from the Czech Republic but lives in California - is undefeated so far this season. Nash finished ahead of Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team).

The elite women lined up at the start for what would be a fast and exciting race around a short, spectator-friendly course. For the first three laps of the race, the 27-women strong field stayed mostly together, but was strung out by the fastest racers riding a blistering pace at the front.

Nash sat comfortably in the peloton while Canadian Cindy Montambault (CVM 2 Vals) set the pace early on.

Near the end of the fourth lap, another Canadian Catharine Pendrel played the first card for the Luna Pro Team, taking a flier. Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing), also of Canada, reacted to close the gap and was followed closely by Nash and Gould. As Pendrel applied pressure at the front, stragglers continued to get shed off the back.

Two laps later, the Luna Pro Team riders were still comfortably in control, driving the pace of what was then a 12-woman lead group.

By the end of lap seven, it was Luna's Gould, Pendrel and Nash in the lead along with Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) and Batty.

With a quarter of the race left to go, the pace eased, allowing a regrouping of eight women who stayed together until they got the two-laps-to-go signal.

Going into the last lap, Nash led Batty, Pendrel, Gould and McConneloug. They maintained their positions and finished in that order.

Pendrel was awarded a $200 prize as the race's most aggressive rider.

"I'm so happy for this win," said Nash. "It was a great team effort today. We had the numbers and Catharine's attack really set things up nicely."

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Katerina Nash (Can) Luna Pro Team
2Emily Batty (Can) Trek Factory Racing
3Catherine Pendrel (Can) Luna Pro Team
4Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team
5Mary Mcconneloug (USA) Kenda/Stans No Tubes
6Sandra Walter (Can)
7Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team
8Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Colonels
9Larissa Connors (USA) Marin Bikes Factory
10Evelyn Dong (USA) Backcountry.Com
11Andreanne Pichette (Can) Opus OGC
12Rose Grant (USA) Sportsman & Ski Haus
13Cindy Montambault (Can) Cvm 2 Vals
14Erica Tingey (USA) Team Jamis
15Amy Beisel (USA) Liv/Giant-Tuffshed
16Karlee Gendron (Can) Trek Canada Mountain
17Nina Baum (USA) Stans No Tubes Women
18Vicky Barclay (USA) Stans No Tubes Elite
LappedHannah Rae Finchamp (USA) Luna Pro Team
LappedErin Alders (USA) Liv/Giant
LappedApril Morgan (USA)
LappedMelissa Ross (USA) Faster Performance
LappedEmily Shields (USA) BMC Project Dirt
LappedCayley Brooks (USA)
LappedGabrielle April (Can) Rocky Mountain
DNFAnnie Last (GBr) Trek Factory Racing
DNFShayna Powless (USA) BMC Project Dirt

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