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Nash heads Luna sweep in Portland finale

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An official ringing the official bell for the final lap.

An official ringing the official bell for the final lap.
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The elite women's start.

The elite women's start.
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Sue Butler (Hudz Subaru) firing off a vicious start.

Sue Butler (Hudz Subaru) firing off a vicious start.
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The elite women's podium (l-r): Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash and Amy Dombroski - a Luna sweep.

The elite women's podium (l-r): Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash and Amy Dombroski - a Luna sweep.
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Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) shouldering her bike rather than pushing it on the run-up.

Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) shouldering her bike rather than pushing it on the run-up.
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Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) racing in sixth place.

Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) racing in sixth place.
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Canadian Champion (Ridley-FSA) pushing her bike on the run-up.

Canadian Champion (Ridley-FSA) pushing her bike on the run-up.
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) on the run-up.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) on the run-up.
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Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) was having a far better race than on Saturday.

Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) was having a far better race than on Saturday.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) starting on the run-up with nobody in sight behind her.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) starting on the run-up with nobody in sight behind her.
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Amanda Carey (kenda-Felt) at the start.

Amanda Carey (kenda-Felt) at the start.
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Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) on the back stretch.

Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) on the back stretch.
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Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) having an inspired race.

Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) having an inspired race.
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Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) remounting her machine.

Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) remounting her machine.
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) running the barriers in fifth place.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) running the barriers in fifth place.
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Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) riding alone in third place.

Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) riding alone in third place.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) trying to reel in Nash.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) trying to reel in Nash.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) descending the back of the course.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) descending the back of the course.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) with a ten second lead on Gould.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) with a ten second lead on Gould.
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Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter and Co) crossing a ridge on the course.

Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter and Co) crossing a ridge on the course.
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Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing-Seven) seemed to be having a much better ride today.

Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing-Seven) seemed to be having a much better ride today.
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Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) riding her last 'cross race before retiring.

Barb Howe (Ibis and the Danger Twins) riding her last 'cross race before retiring.
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Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) riding in third postion.

Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) riding in third postion.
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The entire Luna squad riding off the front of the race.

The entire Luna squad riding off the front of the race.
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Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash and Amy Dombroski top an all-Luna podium.

Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash and Amy Dombroski top an all-Luna podium.
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Wendy Simms was awarded most aggressive rider.

Wendy Simms was awarded most aggressive rider.
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Nash was all smiles after a flawless race.

Nash was all smiles after a flawless race.
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Katerina Nash takes her sixth career win in Portland.

Katerina Nash takes her sixth career win in Portland.
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Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) chasing in fifth position.

Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) chasing in fifth position.
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Meredith Miller on the run up with Wendy Simms.

Meredith Miller on the run up with Wendy Simms.
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Katerina Nash leads the Luna trio on the run-up.

Katerina Nash leads the Luna trio on the run-up.
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry-Specialized) stacked it in the first lap.

Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant Berry-Specialized) stacked it in the first lap.
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Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) takes the hole shot.

Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) takes the hole shot.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) with Dombroski in the distance.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) with Dombroski in the distance.
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The final women's USGP podium (l-r): Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team).

The final women's USGP podium (l-r): Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team).
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Linnea Koons (Embrocation Cycling Journal) rounding a corner.

Linnea Koons (Embrocation Cycling Journal) rounding a corner.
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Linda Sone (Planet Bike) taking a spill during some tight turns.

Linda Sone (Planet Bike) taking a spill during some tight turns.
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Ashley James (Kenda) marking fellow U-23 rider Coryn Rivera.

Ashley James (Kenda) marking fellow U-23 rider Coryn Rivera.
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Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter and Co) putting a foot down through some S-Turns.

Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter and Co) putting a foot down through some S-Turns.
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Talented youngster Ashley James (Kenda) on the front row.

Talented youngster Ashley James (Kenda) on the front row.
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Sue Butler (Hudz Subaru) coming off a podium finish on Saturday.

Sue Butler (Hudz Subaru) coming off a podium finish on Saturday.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) has racked up an impressive record over the past few years in Portland.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) has racked up an impressive record over the past few years in Portland.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) sweeps the weekend in Portland.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) sweeps the weekend in Portland.
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) takes the USGP Championship.

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) takes the USGP Championship.
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Meredith Miller, Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash on the series podium.

Meredith Miller, Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash on the series podium.
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Czech champion Katerina Nash proved once again that she is the queen of the USGP Portland Cup by putting in a error-free ride to claim her sixth career victory there on Sunday afternoon.

Nash virtually led from start to finish in a Luna team podium sweep, beating USGP series winner Georgia Gould, while Amy Dombroski claimed the third spot with a sizable margin over the rest of the field.

"I didn't quite get the hole shot, I was second or third place, but I moved up to the front and wanted to make it a hard pace," said Nash. "Georgia was always close, so there was always the concern about not making mistakes, pushing the pace and accelerating out of corners."

In comparison with the previous day's slip and slide where everyone seemed to have numerous mishaps, today's race was nearly flawless for the Czech powerhouse, who decimated the field with her pace by the second lap.

"I had clean ride today, I didn't crash - a couple times I had to unclip in the super tight corners, and then I just realised it was better to slow down for the turns and go hard on the straightaways. It was a good ride, super clean today."

Gould, with her back-to-back second places, took home the white jersey of the USGP series winner by a huge margin. While she was happy to take home her second overall win, she said the absence of other riders like US champion Katie Compton left a bit of a hole in the competition for the series on the final weekend.

"It feels good," said Gould of her series win, "but at the same time there were a lot of people that didn't do all the races. But this was definitely one of my big goals for the season. The USGP is always a big goal, it's the best series and they do such a great job putting it on."

Nash, having only taken part in the final two weekends, earned enough points to knock Compton off the series podium to take third, while Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry-Specialized) held onto second overall with fourth place on the day.

Miller had to overcome a string of bad-luck races, where, she explained, just about every Saturday race had some major mishap in store for her while each Sunday race was a bit better. "That makes me really worried for next week's nationals, because there is no Saturday race," Miller said.

"Today was much drier and faster but I'm still not nearly as fast in the tight, twisty stuff as [Nash and Gould] are. It's just a matter of being a bit more confident, not slowing down so much and having to accelerate hard out of the turns."

While riders like Dombroski had hoped for rain and mud, the skies were blue and the temperatures cool for the Portland Cup finale. Brisk winds and bright sunshine had set up the mud into a peanut butter-like consistency, taking some of the technical nature from the course.

Saturday's third place finisher Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) claimed the hole shot, setting a brisk tempo through the open fields before being overtaken on the back side by the three Luna riders.

The trio opened up a gap to fourth placed Miller by the end of the first lap and, after establishing their pecking order, the four remained in the same positions through to the end.

Canadian Wendy Simms earned the most aggressive rider award after chasing back from a second lap incident to pull back into fifth place.

After keeping pace with Nash for much of Saturday's race, Gould had hoped to contend for the victory today, but a lapse of concentration at the start put her on the defensive.

"I had a good initial start, but then in the first couple corners somehow I ended up in like seventh. I thought this isn't very good! I was kind of stuck behind and I could see Katerina go to the front, and I told myself I have to get around these people.

"It took me a little while to get up there, but then I was up with Amy and Katerina and I crashed in one of the tight corners on the back side. I just couldn't get out of my own way out there.

"That was enough to give Katerina the initial gap and I couldn't close it down."

For Dombroski, the third place finish was a relief after a disastrous ride on Saturday. "I tried to put yesterday out of my mind. You can't really dwell on those things," she told Cyclingnews. "I've been struggling a lot with my starts this year, and yesterday the one good thing was that I had a good start, so I tried to do that again. I had a good start and was able to stay on [Nash and Gould's] wheel."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:40:32
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:19
3Amy Dombroski (USA) Luna Pro Team0:01:12
4Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant/Specialized0:01:39
5Wendy Simms (Can) Ridley - Fsa0:02:16
6Katherine Sherwin (USA) Hudz-Vista Subaru0:02:24
7Susan Butler (USA) Hudz Subaru0:02:28
8Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com0:02:31
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Mm Racing P/B Seven Cycles0:02:33
10Ashley James (USA) Team Kenda0:02:40
11Linnea Koons (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:02:43
12Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club0:03:00
13Katy Curtis (Can) Bow Cycle/Cyclemeisters0:03:02
14Barbara Howe (USA) Ibis And The Danger Twins
15Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Felt0:03:17
16Devon Haskell (USA) Bh Usa0:03:32
17Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant/Specialized0:03:56
18Alice Pennington (USA) S&M0:04:05
19Coryn Rivera (USA) Peanut Butter & Co.Twenty120:04:29
20Kari Studley (USA) Velo Bella0:04:51
21Rebecca Blatt (USA) Silverbull Centralwheel0:05:03
22Wendy Williams (USA) River City Bicycles0:05:13
23Linda Sone (USA) Planet Bike0:05:25
24Lisa Curry (USA) Gas/Intrinsik0:05:44
25Katrina Baumsteiger (USA) Team Rambuski Law0:05:51
26Serena Bishop (USA) Sunnyside Sports
27Abby Watson (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:06:12
28Anna Dingman (USA) Gas/Intrinsik Cycling Team0:06:22
29Shannon Gibson (USA) Velobella- Ellsworth0:06:41
30Corey Coogan (USA) Team Plan C Pb Stevens0:06:56
31Laura Winberry (USA) Elite Endurance/Cascade Couriers0:07:10
32Emily Thurston (USA) Missing Link/ 3Rd Rail0:07:18
33Becca Blay (USA) Mafia Racing0:07:30
34Annie Usher (USA) Bridgetown Velo
35Carrie Cash (USA) Team Vera Bradley Foundation0:08:16
36 -1 lapMegan Chinburg (USA) Veloforma
37 -1 lapBrigette Stoick (USA) River City Bicycles
38 -1 lapMegan Elliott (USA) Black Mountain Bicycles
39 -1 lapTina Brubaker (USA) The Vanilla Workshop/Speedvagen
DNFJoele Guynup (USA) Island Racing Club/Everti/Shimano
DNFTiffany Cromwell (Aus) Lotto Ladies Team

 

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