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Nash keeps USGP streak alive in Bend

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking the win in Bend

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) taking the win in Bend
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) finishing off a podium ride

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) finishing off a podium ride
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) opening a gap to the fourth place rider

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) opening a gap to the fourth place rider
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Elite Women’s start is won by Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)

Elite Women’s start is won by Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)
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Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise) has dramatically improved his season

Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise) has dramatically improved his season
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale) focusing on her warmup

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale) focusing on her warmup
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) putting her mountain biking skills to good use

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) putting her mountain biking skills to good use
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannnondale) moving up in the field

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannnondale) moving up in the field
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) riding through the trees

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) riding through the trees
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Shannon Gibson (NoTubes) riding the flyover

Shannon Gibson (NoTubes) riding the flyover
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This cyclocross fan got the “best dressed” award

This cyclocross fan got the “best dressed” award
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) at the top of the stairs

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) at the top of the stairs
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) through the sand

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) leading Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) through the sand
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Mical Dyck (NoTubes) flying over her handlebars in the deep sand

Mical Dyck (NoTubes) flying over her handlebars in the deep sand
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Georgia Gould (Lun Pro Team) taking second place and preserving her chance to win the USGP series title on Sunday

Georgia Gould (Lun Pro Team) taking second place and preserving her chance to win the USGP series title on Sunday
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) topping a hill in pursuit of Nash

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) topping a hill in pursuit of Nash
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) cresting a hill with the race lead

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) cresting a hill with the race lead
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Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee descending off the plateau

Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee descending off the plateau
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Amanda Miller (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) running the barriers

Amanda Miller (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) running the barriers
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) running the barriers mid-race

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) running the barriers mid-race
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) having to dismount as Georgia Gould rides away

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) having to dismount as Georgia Gould rides away
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) leading the Optum women through the sand

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) leading the Optum women through the sand
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Canadian Champion Mical Dyck (NoTubes) forced off her bike by a crash ahead of her

Canadian Champion Mical Dyck (NoTubes) forced off her bike by a crash ahead of her
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Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale) riding in the top five

Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale) riding in the top five
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Rapha Focus Team-mates Julie Krasniak and Chris Jones

Rapha Focus Team-mates Julie Krasniak and Chris Jones
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) cutting up as usual

Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) cutting up as usual
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries-Specialized) is happy to have both hands in working order again

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries-Specialized) is happy to have both hands in working order again
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) out for a pre-ride

Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) out for a pre-ride
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The race venue in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon

The race venue in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon
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Ladies First Racing’s Elle Anderson and Andrea Smith preparing their bikes

Ladies First Racing’s Elle Anderson and Andrea Smith preparing their bikes
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Mical Dyck (NoTubes) showing off her new Canadian champion kit

Mical Dyck (NoTubes) showing off her new Canadian champion kit
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Shannon Gibson (NoTubes Elite Women’s Team)

Shannon Gibson (NoTubes Elite Women’s Team)
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Long-time Luna team mechanic Zak Demerrit will be moving on to other ventures after this weekend

Long-time Luna team mechanic Zak Demerrit will be moving on to other ventures after this weekend
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) is one of the favorites to win today

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) is one of the favorites to win today
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Nicole Duke (Alchemy) at the start

Nicole Duke (Alchemy) at the start
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Elite Women’s front row

Elite Women’s front row
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) pretty much owned third place the entire race

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) pretty much owned third place the entire race
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) was stuck to Nash’s wheel like glue for a few laps

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) was stuck to Nash’s wheel like glue for a few laps
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) heading up a steep, loose climb

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) heading up a steep, loose climb
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Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries-Specialized) is glad to be racing again after recovering from hand surgery

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries-Specialized) is glad to be racing again after recovering from hand surgery
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading Gould up the stairs on lap two

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading Gould up the stairs on lap two
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Kaitie Antonnneau (Cannondale) putting a foot on on a steep pitch

Kaitie Antonnneau (Cannondale) putting a foot on on a steep pitch
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) with the leaders on lap one

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) with the leaders on lap one
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Nicole Duke (Alchemy) got off to a competitive start

Nicole Duke (Alchemy) got off to a competitive start
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) wasted no time going to the front of the race

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) wasted no time going to the front of the race
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) gets her Orbea dialed in before the race

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) gets her Orbea dialed in before the race
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Katerina Nash kept her Oregon winning streak alive Saturday during the first day of the US Grand Prix of Cyclocross Deschutes Brewery Cup in Bend, soloing away from teammate Georgia Gould after the Luna Pro Team riders distanced themselves from the rest of the field.

Nash won both races during last year's inaugural USGP appearance in Bend and showed no signs Saturday of letting anyone else claim the podium's top step.

“I've always done really well here in Oregon,” Nash said. “I did really well back in Portland when the race would go there. I don't know what it is about Oregon, but I've had good luck here.”

Part of Nash's “luck” can be traced back to Gould, who took the holeshot off the starting straight and continued to pound out a frenetic pace that only Nash and Nicole Duke (Alchemy) could follow. Duke lost contact with the Luna leaders during the first circuit and wallowed in no-man's land, chased by Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement), Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld), Meredith Miller, (Cal Giant-Specialized) and Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna).

Mani surged away from the larger chase group and set out in pursuit of Duke, catching her about halfway through the second lap and dropping her another half lap later. Duke faded back to Antonneau, who had built a small lead on the rest of the chasers.

At the halfway point of the 40-minute race, Gould and Nash had built a 15-second lead on Mani, who had another 20 seconds on Duke and Antonneau. The fourth chase group now included Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld), Stetson-Lee, Meredith Miller, Mical Dyck (Stand No Tubes), Amanda Miller (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Pepper Harlton (Juventus Cycling).

Although the Luna duo in the lead was working well together and continuing to add to the advantage, Nash got impatient and, with two laps remaining, attacked Gould, who stayed close but couldn't quite pull her teammate back.

“Every time I rode behind Georgia I made a mistake,” Nash said. “So finally I went around and picked up the pace a little bit. I hoped to drop Georgia, but she's a very strong racer, and she stayed behind super close until the end.”

Mani continued to press on alone in third, losing more and more time to the riders in front of her but doing a good job of holding off the chasing group behind. It made for a long day for the French rider, who had never before hit the podium at a USGP race, but she stuck it out despite a momentary lapse in confidence.

“I felt really lonely today,” Mani said of her long solo chasing effort. “I don't know how many laps we had, but when I saw three laps [to go], I thought oh my gosh, I'm going to die.”

With Nash leading and looking strong, followed by an equally powerful-looking Gould and then Mani, the podium appeared to be set with two laps left, barring any major mishaps. Nash had five seconds over her teammate and 30 seconds over Mani. Behind the top three, Antonneau and Duke had fallen 52 seconds in arrears. That's when Antonneau opened things up and Duke began to fade.

As they took the bell for the final lap with Nash, Gould and Mani claiming the top-three spots, Antonneau held a 20-second lead over Amanda Miller. Stetson-Lee, Duke, Meredith Miller and Dyck formed the next chase group on the course. Nash eventually took the win with a 13-second gap over Gould. Mani came in 1:02 down on Nash, while Antonneau came in 1:35 after the leader. Amanda Miller rounded out the top five, finishing 1:39 off the lead pace.

Gould, who can win the overall series by finishing at least third on Sunday, kidded her teammate after the race for going early and not “waiting” for her, but was nonetheless happy with her runner-up spot.

“We both made some mistakes here and there,” Gould said. “Eventually there was a gap that Katerina opened up, and I wasn't able to close it down. It was a good race there for a little bit. I don't know what happened, I've already blocked it though.”

There's no doubt Gould would like to switch podium spots with her teammate on Sunday, but Nash will have the last word on that.

“I'm sure I'm gonna pay for this one tomorrow,” Nash joked after the race. “I'm gonna go for it, but we'll have to wait and see how it turns out.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:46:17
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:00:13
3Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh Clement0:01:02
4Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:35
5Amanda Miller (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:39
6Elle Anderson (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:47
7Mical Dyck (Can) Stan's NoTubes0:01:49
8Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) Luna Pro Team
9Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant Berry Farms0:01:57
10Nicole Duke (USA) Alchemy0:02:01
11Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:02:13
12Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club0:02:15
13Amanda Carey (USA) Volkswagen Boise0:02:16
14Crystal Anthony (USA) CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM0:02:25
15Jade Wilcoxson (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:02:28
16Wendy Simms (Can) KONA0:02:35
17Serena Gordon (USA) Silverado p/b Sunnyside Sports0:03:34
18Courtenay McFadden (USA) Peterson Racing p/b Spokesowomen0:03:42
19Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:49
20Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:03:55
21Alice Pennington (USA) Kona0:03:59
22Jenni Gaertner (USA) Motofish Racing0:04:47
23Jayne Mclaughlin (GBr) Zuster Cycling0:05:26
24Jessica Cutler (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com p/b Blue C0:05:31
25Beth Ann Orton (USA) Team S&M0:05:35
26Evelyn Dong (USA) White Pine Touring0:06:13
27Tina Brubaker (USA) Speedvagen Racing Machines0:06:41
28Joele Guynup (USA) Condo Group0:06:51
29Katie J Melena (USA) Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobst0:07:44
30Natalie Koncz (USA) Zuster Cycling0:07:51
31 (-2 laps)Shannon Gibson (USA) Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross
32Shantel Koenig (Can) redbike
33Jana Repulski (USA) Broken Spoke Cycling
34Alexandra Burton (USA) Upper Echelon Fitness
35Sara Fletcher (USA) West Coast Women's Cycling p/b
DNFEllen Sherrill (USA) Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobst
DNSCarmen McNellis Small (USA) Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
DNSGabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus

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