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Rose Grant repeats as USA Marathon Champ

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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) wins the USA Marathon Championship in convincing style.

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes) wins the USA Marathon Championship in convincing style.
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) had a commanding lead at the halfway point.

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) had a commanding lead at the halfway point.
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) leading after 24 miles

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) leading after 24 miles
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) leading the Elite Women out onto the course.

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) leading the Elite Women out onto the course.
(Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) would be trying to keep her national championship jersey today.

Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes-Pivot) would be trying to keep her national championship jersey today.
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Kaitlyn Patterson (OAM NOW) riding solidly in second place during the first 30 miles.

Kaitlyn Patterson (OAM NOW) riding solidly in second place during the first 30 miles.
(Image credit: Dave McElwaine)

The USA Cycling National Marathon Championships at Wildwood Park dodged a bullet, as expected thunderstorms did not develop, but the riders had to deal with temperatures as high as 94 (F), with humidity nearly as high. Hydration quickly became a bigger challenge for the riders than the distance.

The women's race was dominated by Rose Grant (Stans NoTubes), but she did not have an easy day of it. Kaitlin Paterson (OAM NOW) settled into second place well off the pace of Grant, but good for a podium finish.

Grant commented on the race, "It was super hard. It was about fifteen degrees hotter than last year. The first half went really well and I felt like I was racing and moving up through the men a little bit."

She added, "But the second half I was just maintaining….it was really challenging and mentally fatiguing. I had to stop at feed zone three and drink an extra bottle and after than I came around again."

Grant will head to the new Carson City Off-Road Race, the third race in the Epic Rides Series. As the series leader, Grant will be competing for a $10,00 overall check, plus $5,000 if she takes the win that day.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rose Grant (USA)4:51:31
2Kaitlyn Patterson (USA) OAM NOW/Athletic Mentors0:12:35
3Lisa Randall (USA) Super Sport Athletic Wear Inc.0:59:00
DNFKate Dietrich (USA) Women's Project Pedal p/b VO2

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