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Nash wins day one at USGP New Belgium Cup

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Nash storms to solo victory on day one in Fort Collins.

Nash storms to solo victory on day one in Fort Collins. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Georgia Gould (Luna) and Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) get tangled up.

Georgia Gould (Luna) and Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) get tangled up. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Katerina Nash (Luna) in the Exergy USGP of Cyclo-cross leader's jersey.

Katerina Nash (Luna) in the Exergy USGP of Cyclo-cross leader's jersey. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Shannon Gibson (Stans's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team)

Shannon Gibson (Stans's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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French champion Carolina Mani en route to 5th in Fort Collins.

French champion Carolina Mani en route to 5th in Fort Collins. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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US U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld)

US U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Susan Butler (River City Bicyles-Ridley)

Susan Butler (River City Bicyles-Ridley) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld)

Nicole Duke (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant-Specialized)

Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant-Specialized) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Elite women's podium (l-r): Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team), Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)

Elite women's podium (l-r): Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team), Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team), Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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US champion Katie Compton and Czech champion Katerina Nash quickly separated themselves from the rest of the women's field.

US champion Katie Compton and Czech champion Katerina Nash quickly separated themselves from the rest of the women's field. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team) at the front, closely followed by Katerina Nash (Luna)

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team) at the front, closely followed by Katerina Nash (Luna) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Katerina Nash (Luna) on the wheel of Katie Compton.

Katerina Nash (Luna) on the wheel of Katie Compton. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized)

Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Erin Kummer (Timex) hops back on her bike.

Erin Kummer (Timex) hops back on her bike. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) made her 'cross season debut in Fort Collins.

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) made her 'cross season debut in Fort Collins. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) leads Katerina Nash (Luna) through the barriers.

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) leads Katerina Nash (Luna) through the barriers. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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US champion Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) sets the pace in front of Katerina Nash (Luna)

US champion Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) sets the pace in front of Katerina Nash (Luna) (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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It quickly became a two-woman race between Katie Compton and Katerina Nash.

It quickly became a two-woman race between Katie Compton and Katerina Nash. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Georgia Gould (Luna) on her way to a 3rd place finish.

Georgia Gould (Luna) on her way to a 3rd place finish. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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French champion Caroline Man leads US U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau.

French champion Caroline Man leads US U23 champion Kaitlin Antonneau. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) on her way to a 10th place finish.

Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) on her way to a 10th place finish. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Katerina Nash (Luna) remounts on the flyover.

Katerina Nash (Luna) remounts on the flyover. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) in action.

Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) in action. (Image credit: Dejan Smaic / SportifImages)

Czech National Champion Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) defended her title under sloppy conditions at the UCI C1 New Belgium Cup p/b Poudre Valley Health in Fort Collins, Colorado. She displayed sound technical skills against her toughest competitor US National Champion Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Offroad) who placed second on the day after struggling through the slick mud. Nash’s teammate Georgia Gould round out the podium with a respectable third place.

“Every win is a great but when the field is more competitive it makes the win feel better,” Nash told Cyclingnews. “It was nice to see Katie Compton back on the ‘cross bike and being back in the game. This was the most competitive field that we have had so far and it was nice to do well here.”

The event marked round three of the Exergy Cyclo-cross US Gran Prix series. Nash went into the race as the overall leader having won the opening two rounds at the Planet Bike Cup in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

The Elite women’s race was held under what many ‘cross racers would consider desirable weather conditions with rain, high winds and cool temperatures. It took the women nearly 10 minutes to complete the first lap, indicating the severity of the slow and sloppy conditions. “I think people were surprised by the weather because it was a little cold,” Nash said.

It was apparent from the start that the race was between two riders, Compton and Nash. Also in attendance was Gould, Nicole Duke and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Caroline Mani (SRAM), Sue Butler (River City Bicycles-Ridley).

Duke took the early lead but was quickly caught and passed by Compton. Other riders following close behind were Nash, Gould, Mical Dyck (Pro City Racing), Kathy Sherwin (Stans NoTubes Elite), Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant-Specialized),

Compton pushed a quick tempo during the first half of the opening lap. Although this was her first ‘cross race of the season, she displayed almost perfect technical skill and power through the mud during the first portion of the race. However, a bout of bad luck caused her to slide out in one of the corners before the end of the first lap.

“I feel I'm in a good spot right now physically,” Compton told Cyclingnews. “I’m still not quite ready for ‘cross season to start but each week gets better. I'm going in a little slower this year and know I have things to work on and room to get faster so second today is a good start.”

Nash earned five consecutive victories this season and proved to be a worthy opponent riding on Compton’s wheel. She started the race as the defending champion and an odds-one favourite to defend her title. Compton put pressure on the pedals through the start of the third lap and continued to slowly gain additional seconds. Nash closed the small gap before the start of the fourth lap.

“Katie was really strong in the first half of the race and I made a few mistakes and had to close a little gap which took me a little bit,” Nash said. “Once I got back to her she was still riding super strong but I felt like during the second half of the race she started to slow down a little bit.”

The leading duo headed into the last half of the race with a large advantage over third placed chaser Gould and fourth place chaser Dyck.
Nash dropped her bike over the barriers on the second lap and lost several seconds to Compton.

Compton slipped and fell on a muddy off camber corner for a second time during the fourth lap. Nash took advantage of the mishap and gained a 10-second lead. She increased her gap to nearly 30 seconds during the final lap ahead of a struggling Compton.

“She ended up making a mistake when I was riding behind her and slid in the corner,” Nash said. “I kept on riding my pace and I was some-what surprised that she didn’t come back to me.”

“My ‘cross skills are a little rusty and I'm getting used to the new bike so I'm still making mistakes,” Compton said. “It affected my race since I couldn't close the gap on Katerina. Sometimes my second day is better than my first so I'm going to give it all I have and hope the outcome is one better [tomorrow].”

Gould rode a strong third place nearly one and half minutes behind race leader, Nash. Dyck held on for fourth place nearly 20-second lead ahead of chasers Duke, Mani, Butler, Antonneau and Sherwin.

Full Results

1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team0:44:02
2Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team0:00:44
3Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team0:02:05
4Mical Dyck (Can) Pro City Racing0:02:58
5Caroline Mani (Fra) CC Etupes0:03:38
6Susan Butler (USA) River City Bicyles-Ridley0:03:40
7Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:46
8Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:03:50
9Katherine Sherwin (USA) Stans's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team
10Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:04:19
11Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant-Specialized0:04:47
12Kelsy Bingham (USA) Roosters-Bikers Edge0:05:09
13Alice Pennington (USA) Team S&M0:05:42
14Kari Studley (USA) Team Redline0:05:48
15Heather Irmiger (USA)0:06:21
16Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club0:06:41
17Devon Gorry (USA) Rambuski Law0:07:34
18Rebecca Gross (USA) Tough Girls0:07:37
19Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports0:07:47
20Sage Wilderman (USA)0:08:01
21Shannon Gibson (USA) Stans's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team0:08:21
22Judy Freeman (USA)
23Meghan Korol (USA) Momentum Racing-Pro Bikes0:08:49
24Courtney Van Dimpel (USA)0:09:09
25Rebecca Blatt (USA)0:09:56
26Alison Powers (USA) Cross Propz0:10:03
27Nina Baum (USA)
28Melanie Long (USA) Tough Girl-Scott0:10:23
29Sarah Maile (USA) Ventana Mountain Bikes-1lap
30Marsa Daniel (USA) Team Group Health
31Anna Dingman (USA) Cycleution
32Erin Kummer (USA) Timex
33Kate Powlison (USA) The Service Course-WBR-2laps
34Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Raleigh America
35Jennifer Hill (USA) Rivet SG
36Amber Rydholm (USA) GS Boulder
37Cristina Begy (USA) Gates Carbon Drive
38Lynn Bush (USA) Tough Girl-Scott
39Lea Stralka (USA) Ragnarok
40Jadine Riley (GBr) Team Group Health
41Catherine Johnson (USA) Service Course-WBR
42Deirdre Garvey (USA) Louisville Cyclery
43Katie Jay Melena (USA) Bay 101-HRS-Rock Lobster
DNFLinda Sone (USA) Cycle-Smart/Flanders
DNSAshley James (USA) KCCX Elite
DNSKelly Benjamin (USA) KCCX-Fuji Elite p/b Challenge Tires

Elite women - Exergy USGP Cyclocross standings after round 3
1Katerina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team150pts
2Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Pro Team114
3Caroline Mani (Fra) CC Etupes78
4Nicole Duke (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld74
5Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant-Specialized66
6Susan Butler (USA) River City Bicyles-Ridley50
7Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld47
8Katherine Sherwin (USA) Stans's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team45
9Katherine Compton (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team40
10Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles39
11Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant-Specialized36
12Chloe Forsman (USA) Momentum Endurance34
13Pepper Harlton (Can) Juventus Cycling Club31
14Mical Dyck (Can) Pro City Racing30
15Kelsy Bingham (USA) Roosters-Bikers Edge25
16Emily Batty (Can) Subaru-Trek25
17Linda Sone (USA) Cycle-Smart/Flanders11
18Alice Pennington (USA) Team S&M8
19Sunny Gilbert (USA) Michelob Ultra - Big Shark Racing8
20Ashley James (USA) KCCX Elite8
21Kari Studley (USA) Team Redline7
22Heather Irmiger (USA)6
23Meghan Korol (USA) Momentum Racing-Pro Bikes6
24Devon Gorry (USA) Rambuski Law4
25Rebecca Gross (USA) Tough Girls3
26Jennifer Gaertner (USA) Raleigh America3
27Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports2
28Jeanne Fleck (USA) Velo Duluth - Twin Ports Cyclery2
29Katy Curtis (Can) Cyclemeisters2
30Sage Wilderman (USA)1

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