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Nash wins Pro XCT opener at Mellow Johnny's Classic

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) out-sprinting Catharine Pendrel to take the win

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) out-sprinting Catharine Pendrel to take the win
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Katerina Nash leads her teammate Catharine Pendrel (both Luna)

Katerina Nash leads her teammate Catharine Pendrel (both Luna)
(Image credit: Sho-Air Cycling Group)
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Elite women's podium at the Mellow Johnny's Pro XCT

Elite women's podium at the Mellow Johnny's Pro XCT
(Image credit: Sho-Air Cycling Group)
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Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding technical rocks in fifth position

Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding technical rocks in fifth position
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Shayna Powless (BMC Project Dirt) riding well on lap one

Shayna Powless (BMC Project Dirt) riding well on lap one
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Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Strawberries) climbing a rocky section of the course

Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Strawberries) climbing a rocky section of the course
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Shayna Powless (BMC Dirt Project) riding on the sharp limestone

Shayna Powless (BMC Dirt Project) riding on the sharp limestone
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Laura Lorrenza Morfii (Shots and Kisses Turbo) riding to an 18th place finish

Laura Lorrenza Morfii (Shots and Kisses Turbo) riding to an 18th place finish
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Evelyn Dong (Backcountry) before the race

Evelyn Dong (Backcountry) before the race
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The elite women's start already had the Luna women swarming

The elite women's start already had the Luna women swarming
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Shayna Powless (BMC Dirt Project) on one of the countless rock gardens

Shayna Powless (BMC Dirt Project) on one of the countless rock gardens
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Katerina Nash leading her Luna teammate Catharine Pendrel with one lap to go

Katerina Nash leading her Luna teammate Catharine Pendrel with one lap to go
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Team) had to pull out all the stops to win fourth place over Erin Huck

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Team) had to pull out all the stops to win fourth place over Erin Huck
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Erica Tingey (Team Jamis) riding through the thick trees on her way to a ninth place finish

Erica Tingey (Team Jamis) riding through the thick trees on her way to a ninth place finish
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Larissa Connors (Marin Bikes) putting in a top 10 ride

Larissa Connors (Marin Bikes) putting in a top 10 ride
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chasing her two teammates who had gotten away on lap one

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chasing her two teammates who had gotten away on lap one
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Former world champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)

Former world champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team)
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Canadian National Champion Emily Batty's new Trek

Canadian National Champion Emily Batty's new Trek
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Luna teammates Georgia Gould and Maghalie Rochette discuss settings on their new bike computers

Luna teammates Georgia Gould and Maghalie Rochette discuss settings on their new bike computers
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Luna Pro Team (L to R): Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash, Catharine Pendrel, and Mabhalie Rochette

Luna Pro Team (L to R): Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash, Catharine Pendrel, and Mabhalie Rochette
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The Luna squad rode three wheel sizes today with Nash winning on the 27.5-inch wheel

The Luna squad rode three wheel sizes today with Nash winning on the 27.5-inch wheel
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Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing)

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing)
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Vicki Barclay (Stan's NoTubes)

Vicki Barclay (Stan's NoTubes)
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The powerful Luna team squad at the start

The powerful Luna team squad at the start
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Canadian NationalChampion Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing)

Canadian NationalChampion Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing)
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Mexico's Daniela Campuzano (Shots and Kisses Turbo)

Mexico's Daniela Campuzano (Shots and Kisses Turbo)
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Daniela Campuzano (Shots and Kisses Turbo) takes the hole shot

Daniela Campuzano (Shots and Kisses Turbo) takes the hole shot
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leads at the end of the start loop

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leads at the end of the start loop
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Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized) will be racing the US Cup series

Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized) will be racing the US Cup series
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Catharine Pendrel got away for good on lap one

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Catharine Pendrel got away for good on lap one
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolls across the line to win the Mellow Johnny’s Classic

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolls across the line to win the Mellow Johnny’s Classic
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) opened the USA Cycling US Cup Pro Series at the Mellow Johnny's Classic with a win in the elite women's cross country mountain bike race on Saturday in Dripping Springs, Texas.

The race kicked off the first round of racing in the brand new US domestic series on a sunny and warm afternoon. Nash and two of her Luna teammates, Catharine Pendrel and Georgia Gould, formed a decisive breakaway on the first lap of the five-lap UCI Category 1-level women's race, but Nash and Pendrel would prove stronger and rode away from Gould.

For the rest of the race, Pendrel and Nash traded efforts, but on the final lap, Nash proved the stronger of the two women and won sprint to the finish, two seconds ahead of Pendrel. Gould rolled in solo for third place over four minutes later.

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) worked her way up throughout the race to finish in fourth place while Erin Huck (Tokyo Joe's/VC Graphix.com) put in an impressive fifth place performance to secure the final podium spot.

After round one of four of the USA Cycling US Cup, the series standings match the results of the initial race. Nash leads the series ahead of Pendrel and Gould.

The USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series will continue with round 2, a UCI Category HC race at Bonelli Park in California on Saturday, March 15.

Full Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna  Pro  Team1:21:19
2Catharine Pendrel (Can) Luna  Pro  Team0:00:02
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna  Pro  Team0:04:28
4Emily Batty (Can) Trek  Factory  Racing0:05:27
5Erin Huck (USA) Tokyo  Joe's/VC  Graphix.com0:06:02
6Rachel Lloyd (USA) California  Giant  Strawberries/Specalized0:09:10
7Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna  Pro  Team0:09:33
8Daniela Campuzano  Chávez  Peón (Mex) DC0:09:56
9Erica Tingey (USA) Team  Jamis0:10:18
10Larissa Connors (USA) Marin  Bikes  Factory  Team0:11:12
11Christina Gokey-­-Smith (USA) Orbea  USA/  Colonels  Sho  Air0:11:27
12Shayna Powless (USA) BMC  project  Dirt  presented  by  KMC0:12:20
13Amy Beisel (USA) Tuff  Shed/Liv  Giant0:13:15
14Evelyn Dong (USA) Backcounty.com0:14:13
15Erin Alders (USA) LIV/  Giant0:15:04
16Jessica Rawlins (USA) Bicycles  Plus0:15:08
17Amanda Nauman (USA) SDG/Felt0:16:37
18Laura  Lorenza Morfin  Macouzet (Mex) Shots  and  Kisses  Turbo0:17:07
DNFLisa Uranga (USA) PACC
DNFVicki Barclay (USA) Stan's  NoTubes  Elite  Women's  Team
DNSChloe Woodruff (USA) Backcountry.com
DNSCheryl Sornson (USA) Team  Rare  Disease  Cycling
DNSSerena Gordon (USA) All  Access  Racing
DNSNina Baum (USA) Stan's  NoTubes  Elite  Women's  Team

Elite women US Cup brief standings after one round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Czech Republic) Luna Pro Team30pts
2Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team27
3Georgia Gould (United States) Luna Pro Team25
4Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing23
5Erin Huck (United States) Tokyo Joe's/VC Graphix.com21

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