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Gould wins in Derby City

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Natasha Elliot (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy) leads the chase to catch Georgia Gould.

Natasha Elliot (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy) leads the chase to catch Georgia Gould. (Image credit: Trish Albert / www.southeasterncycling.com)
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Deb Whitmore (The Spokeswomen-Performance) blasts through the sand.

Deb Whitmore (The Spokeswomen-Performance) blasts through the sand. (Image credit: Trish Albert / www.southeasterncycling.com)
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Georgia Gould (Luna) took off on the first lap in the elite women's race and never looked back.

Georgia Gould (Luna) took off on the first lap in the elite women's race and never looked back. (Image credit: Trish Albert / www.southeasterncycling.com)
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(Image credit: Trish Albert / www.southeasterncycling.com)
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Kym Facsewski (Grace Law-Trek) hops over the barriers.

Kym Facsewski (Grace Law-Trek) hops over the barriers. (Image credit: Trish Albert / www.southeasterncycling.com)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) won by a very large margin today

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) won by a very large margin today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Tackling an uphill section.

Tackling an uphill section. (Image credit: Craig Dooley)
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A beautiful autumn day in Kentucky.

A beautiful autumn day in Kentucky. (Image credit: Craig Dooley)
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The riders roll out.

The riders roll out. (Image credit: Craig Dooley)
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A treacherous section of the course.

A treacherous section of the course. (Image credit: Craig Dooley)
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It was a testing circuit.

It was a testing circuit. (Image credit: Craig Dooley)
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Elite women's podium (L to R): Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) second, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) first, Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) third

Elite women's podium (L to R): Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) second, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) first, Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) third (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) uses her mountain biking skills to get her up a steep climb

Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) uses her mountain biking skills to get her up a steep climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) in second place on the run-up

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) in second place on the run-up (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Mo Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill- Seven) rides the ridge in the woods

Mo Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill- Seven) rides the ridge in the woods (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The race for third place was quite competitive

The race for third place was quite competitive (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) neck and neck with Kaitlin Antonneau

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) neck and neck with Kaitlin Antonneau (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) on top of the first climb in the wooded section of the course

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) on top of the first climb in the wooded section of the course (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry)

Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) spent most of the race trying to recover from an early problem

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) spent most of the race trying to recover from an early problem (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) runs the Green Monster steps in fifth place

Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) runs the Green Monster steps in fifth place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) all alone on the steps of the Green Monster

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) all alone on the steps of the Green Monster (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cylclocrossworld.com) takes a different line than the other women

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cylclocrossworld.com) takes a different line than the other women (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rides in fifth position early in the race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) rides in fifth position early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) leads Laura Van Gilder on the first lap

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) leads Laura Van Gilder on the first lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry) is just starting her cyclo-cross career but is getting some results

Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry) is just starting her cyclo-cross career but is getting some results (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Race favorites (L to R) Meredith Miller, Laura Van Gilder, and Georgia Gould

Race favorites (L to R) Meredith Miller, Laura Van Gilder, and Georgia Gould (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) started on the front row today

Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) started on the front row today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) is awarded her number by a young member of the Red Zone Cycling team

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) is awarded her number by a young member of the Red Zone Cycling team (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The bridges across the Ohio River made a nice backdrop for Friday night's number presentation ceremony

The bridges across the Ohio River made a nice backdrop for Friday night's number presentation ceremony (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Parts of the new course at Bandman Park was through the trees

Parts of the new course at Bandman Park was through the trees (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The Green Monster fly-over

The Green Monster fly-over (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Rising star Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cylclocrossworld.com) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry) is proof of just how dusty the course was today

Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry) is proof of just how dusty the course was today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Young Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cylclocrossworld.com) crosses the line ahead of Meredith Miller to take 4th place

Young Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cylclocrossworld.com) crosses the line ahead of Meredith Miller to take 4th place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Althletes Serving Athletes) easily out-sprinted her rivals to take third place

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Althletes Serving Athletes) easily out-sprinted her rivals to take third place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) spends most of the race all alone in second place

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) spends most of the race all alone in second place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Deb Sweeney (Performance Bicycle Racing) descends the ramp on the Green Monster

Deb Sweeney (Performance Bicycle Racing) descends the ramp on the Green Monster (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry) rides under the Green Monster fly-over

Teal Stetson Lee (California Giant Berry) rides under the Green Monster fly-over (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Linda Sone (Planet Bike) runs the sand pit

Linda Sone (Planet Bike) runs the sand pit (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Amanda Carey (Team Kenda) overcomes a poor starting position within one lap to join the chasers

Amanda Carey (Team Kenda) overcomes a poor starting position within one lap to join the chasers (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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The elite women's first chase group in the sand pit

The elite women's first chase group in the sand pit (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru) had a brilliant race today

Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru) had a brilliant race today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) leads the race through the sand pit

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure) leads the race through the sand pit (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Althletes Serving Athletes) gets the hole shot in the elite women's start

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Althletes Serving Athletes) gets the hole shot in the elite women's start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro) captured a convincing victory at the UCI category one Derby City Cup, round three of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross (USGP). She finished with a more than two and half-minute lead ahead of second placed Natasha Elliott (Garneau Club Chaussure-Olgivy) and an additional 10 seconds to third placed Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes).

"It was drier than half of the mountain biking out here," Gould said. "I know people always say that 'cross is when it's muddy, but really 'cross is also like this and you've got to be good at everything. This course had a lot of everything. The course today had a little bit of everything and kept you on your toes."

Gould surpassed US National Champion Katie Compton (Planet Bike) to take the USGP series overall lead and hopes to maintain her top spot in the standings during the final two weekends of racing in Fort Collins and Portland.

"The USGP is my goal for the season and I am always happy to show up here because Louisville is always a great race," Gould said. "I'd say, aside from the World Cup, the USGP is the most professional and talented field of racing out there. We are so lucky to have it here in the US. Joan and Bruce are so committed to supportive of women's cycling, and as a woman I am also supportive of that."

Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru) earned herself the event's Most Aggressive Rider award for starting the race in 27th place and ending it inside the top 10.

Sand pit debacle forces Miller to chase

A top-notch field started the elite women's C1-level race on Saturday on a brand new course held at the Eva Bandman Park, site of the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships scheduled for 2013. Noticeably absent from the line up were top 'cross contenders Compton, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro) and Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru).

The present contenders included Gould, Elliott and Van Gilder along with Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant-Specialized), Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Kathy Sherwin and Nicole Duke (Hudz-Subaru), Under 23 National Champion Ashley James (Kenda) and Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven Cycles).

The opening lap proved to be more challenging than anticipated, in particularly the first run through the circuit's deep and lengthy sand pit. The front group of five riders lead by Elliott bobbled in the sand, including Miller who ran into the back of Gould's wheel, crashed and needed several second to untangle from other rider's bikes.

Gould surpassed Elliott in the sand and gained a several-second gap coming out of the pit. However, Miller was not so fortunate and was forced to run for several meters after the sand pit and then ride into the mechanic's pit in need of a spare bike.

By the start of the third lap, Gould powered her way into a 45-second lead with a quality chase group trying to limit their losses behind. Those in the chase included Elliott, Antonneau, Van Gilder, Duke and still further make James, Stetson-Lee, Sherwin, Bruno Roy, Amanda Carey (Kenda) and Pepper Harlton (Juventus). Miller continued chasing from further back in 12th place and more than one-minute behind Gould's lead.

Gould's average 5:20-minute lap times were untouchable. However, Miller, who was one of the most aggressive rider on the day, flew around the circuit in similar time splits picking off one rider at a time until the last lap where she finally made her way back in contention for a podium place.

Elliott attacked the chase group with three laps to go and gained the 10-second margin she needed to secure second place. The race for third included Van Gilder, Antonneau, Miller and Sherwin.

"I hit the sand first today and I bobbled," said Elliott who recapped the opening lap. "I went so hard for the first three minutes that when I hit the sand I was so tired. Then, I crashed on the third lap on the run up but caught back up and then dropped them at the barriers. I just kept putting my head down and I think I was doing the technical sections faster."

Van Gilder attacked over the green monster fly over on the last lap in order to gain the front position in line. As the riders rounded the final corner on to the pavement, Van Gilder started her sprint and held the others off for third place.

"I think we all made mistakes today, maybe not Kaitlin, even though we were all taking pulls it hurt us in the end," Van Gilder said. "It was those little mistakes that cost us the gap that we had to close to Georgia. When you have someone that can rider that smoothly at the front, we were pushing it so much that we were making in the back, it's hard."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:37:51
2Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy0:02:47
3Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:02:55
4Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com0:02:58
5Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:02:59
6Katherine Sherwin (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:03:01
7Nicole Duke (USA) Hudz/Subaru0:03:34
8Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:03:45
9Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus0:04:10
10Amanda Carey (USA)0:04:41
11Linda Sone (USA) Planet Bike0:04:56
12Ashley James (USA) Team Kenda0:05:09
13Jennifer Maxwell (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Sterke Meiden0:05:25
14Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:05:42
15Marne Smiley (USA) Scott/Ollett Coaching0:06:01
16Lisa Strong (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:06:09
17Kimberly Flynn (USA) Grace Law-Trek p/b Vantaggio0:06:12
18Robin Williams (USA) Mercy-Specialized
19Nicole Borem (USA) DRT Racing
20Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports
21Erin Silliman (USA) ALAN North America Cycling Team
22Holly Klug (USA) Pony Shoop
23Carrie Cash-Wootten (USA)
24Anne Schwartz (USA) Flying Rhino Cycling Club
25Lauri Webber (USA) Secret Henry's Team
26Jeanne Fleck (USA)
27Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure-Ogilvy
28Deb Sweeney Whitmore (USA)
29Geraldine Schulze (USA)
30Amanda Mckay (USA)
31Meghan Korol (USA)
32Shannon Gibson (USA) Velobella- Ellsworth
33Bridget Donovan (USA)
34Lynn Bush (USA)
35Tammy Wallace (USA)
36Melissa Corliss (USA)
37Kiersta Tucker (USA)

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