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Nash trashes the rest with win number five

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolls into the finish alone for the win.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) rolls into the finish alone for the win.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) has the Grand Prix series nearly wrapped up.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) has the Grand Prix series nearly wrapped up.
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Amy Dombroski (Clement-Primus-Mootry) on her way to second place.

Amy Dombroski (Clement-Primus-Mootry) on her way to second place.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) followed by Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) followed by Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain).
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) finishing off a remarkable performance.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) finishing off a remarkable performance.
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Dede Winfield (C-3 Athletes serving Athletes) before the start.

Dede Winfield (C-3 Athletes serving Athletes) before the start.
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) is coming off three wins in Iowa.

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) is coming off three wins in Iowa.
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) is the Canadian national champion.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) is the Canadian national champion.
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Elite women getting ready to roll.

Elite women getting ready to roll.
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) leads Katerina Nash on the first lap.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) leads Katerina Nash on the first lap.
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) chasing Nash on a hill that many riders had to run on.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) chasing Nash on a hill that many riders had to run on.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading the race on a steep run-up.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) leading the race on a steep run-up.
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Amy Dombroski (Clement-Primus-Mootry) racing in third place.

Amy Dombroski (Clement-Primus-Mootry) racing in third place.
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) got a good start.

Kelli Emmett (Giant) got a good start.
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Barb Howe (Vanderkitten) on the steep run-up.

Barb Howe (Vanderkitten) on the steep run-up.
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Iristi Berg (Redline) running with her bike.

Iristi Berg (Redline) running with her bike.
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Sometimes pushing the bike was faster than carrying it.

Sometimes pushing the bike was faster than carrying it.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) running the barriers in first place.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) running the barriers in first place.
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Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) lost contact with the leaders after a couple laps.

Alison Dunlap (Luna Pro Team) lost contact with the leaders after a couple laps.
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Dede Winfield (C-3 Athletes serving Athletes) running over the barriers.

Dede Winfield (C-3 Athletes serving Athletes) running over the barriers.
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A beautiful day in Portland.

A beautiful day in Portland.
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) leading the field on the motocross course.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) leading the field on the motocross course.
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) with Katerina Nash close behind.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) with Katerina Nash close behind.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) topping the hill.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) topping the hill.
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) pushing her bike with Nash close behind.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) pushing her bike with Nash close behind.
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Amy Dombroski (Clement-Primus-Mootry) closing in on Katerina Nash with a lap to go.

Amy Dombroski (Clement-Primus-Mootry) closing in on Katerina Nash with a lap to go.
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) celebrating as she rides in alone for the victory.

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) celebrating as she rides in alone for the victory.
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Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) out-sprinting Meredith Miller for third place.

Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) out-sprinting Meredith Miller for third place.
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Women's podium: winner Katerina Nash (center) with Allison Sydor (left) and Amy Dombroski

Women's podium: winner Katerina Nash (center) with Allison Sydor (left) and Amy Dombroski
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Katerina Nash (Luna Chix) put on another show today in Portland, riding away from the best cyclo-crossers in North America. A feisty Amy Dombroski (Clement-Primus-Mootry) did her best to chase Nash down, but came up a bit short. Canadian champion Alison Sydor (Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) out-sprinted US National Road Champion Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry) to take the last spot on the podium. Miller was fourth.

The weather was spectacular for the racing at Portland International Speedway. Racers are normally treated to a muddy track at this venue, but on this occasion, the course was mostly fast and dry. As a special treat, the course designer utilized a section of an adjacent motocross course. The racers rode a long series of whoops before heading into the woods for a more conventional track.

Alison Sydor lad the women's field into the motocross park with Nash and a long train of riders close behind. A steep run-up provided some separation, but Nash clung to Sydor's wheel. Within a lap, she was able to get around Sydor. Once she did, her lead was never in jeopardy again.

Dombroski, who was sixth coming through the motocross course, slowly picked off riders for the next couple of laps. Once she passed Sydor, she set her sights on closing down the gap to Nash.

Dunlap, Sydor and Miller found themselves in a chase group as Dombroski motored away. All three were riding well until Dunlap punctured, ending her chances at a podium.

There was some confusion on the part of some racers, including Dombroski, as to how many laps remained at the end of the race. "I was happy with my race, but I wish it had gone longer. It went by really fast," said Dombroski. "When there was actually one lap to go I thought there were two to go," she added.

"Amy was super strong," said Nash. "I had a few bobbles, so that made the race more exciting. It's kind of fun to go over all those bumps and figure out the best technique, whether to pedal or try to jump them. I was trying different things every lap."

In one of the most exciting moments of the race, Alison Sydor came onto the finishing stretch of pavement with Meredith Miller. The 40-something Sydor got out of the saddle led the whole way to the line. Miller was obviously impressed and congratulated Sydor at the finish.

With the absence of Luna teammate Georgia Gould, Nash essentially has the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross (USGP) series wrapped up. When asked if it would change how she will race tomorrow, she said, "I like winning races. It doesn't get old so I'll probably jut go out and try hard again."

On Sunday, the elite women will race in the USGP final. For the American racers, it is there last tune-up before the national championships next weekend in Bend, Oregon.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katerina Nash (Cze)0:38:13
2Amy Dombroski (USA)0:00:09
3Alison Sydor (Can)0:00:54
4Meredith Miller (USA)
5Alison Dunlap (USA)0:01:25
6Kelli Emmett (USA)0:01:41
7Susan Butler (USA)0:02:01
8Linda Sone (USA)0:02:25
9Barbara Howe (USA)0:02:26
10Maureen Bruno Roy (USA)0:02:47
11Kaitlin Antonneau (USA)0:02:53
12Deidre Winfield (USA)0:03:12
13Kristin Wentworth (USA)0:03:30
14Alice Pennington (USA)0:03:38
15Lisa Curry (USA)
16Kristi Berg (USA)0:03:55
17Kari Studley (USA)0:04:01
18Coryn Rivera (USA)
19Wendy Williams (USA)0:04:26
20Elizabeth Frye (USA)0:04:51
21Anissa Cobb (USA)0:05:05
22Ann Knapp (USA)
23Megan Faris (USA)0:05:10
24Abby Jenkins (USA)
25Joele Guynup (USA)0:05:31
26Serena Bishop (USA)0:05:32
27Katrina Baumsteiger (USA)
28Jenni Gaertner (USA)0:05:39
29Tina Brubaker (USA)
30Shannon Gibson (USA)0:05:49
31Amy Frykman (USA)0:06:02
32Devon Haskell (USA)0:06:05
33Jadine Riley (GBr)0:06:16
34Shannon Holden (USA)0:06:23
35Corey Coogan (USA)0:06:34
36Veronica Vega (USA)0:06:45
37Marian Jamison (USA)0:07:26
38Amy Breyla (USA)0:07:48
39Sarah Maile (USA)0:07:54
40Patricia Dowd (USA)0:08:26
41Karen Oppenheimer (USA)
42Sami Fournier (USA)

 

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