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Nash wins Whiskey off road crit

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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) takes the victory with a late surge

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) takes the victory with a late surge
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Lesley Paterson (Scott) sets the pace ahead of Katerina Nash (Luna)

Lesley Paterson (Scott) sets the pace ahead of Katerina Nash (Luna)
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The elite women power up a steep hill in the fat tire crit.

The elite women power up a steep hill in the fat tire crit.
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Katerina Nash topped the elite women's podium at the Whiskey fat tire crit

Katerina Nash topped the elite women's podium at the Whiskey fat tire crit
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Crank Brothers teammates Judy Freeman and Chloe Forsman

Crank Brothers teammates Judy Freeman and Chloe Forsman
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) leading the peleton early in the contest

Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team) leading the peleton early in the contest
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Pro women on the steepest climb

Pro women on the steepest climb
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Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) keeping close watch on Lesley Peterson (Scott)

Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) keeping close watch on Lesley Peterson (Scott)
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Pro men on the climb

Pro men on the climb
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)

Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna Pro Team)
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) pacing the leaders up the climb

Kelli Emmett (Giant) pacing the leaders up the climb
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Judy Freeman (Crank Brothers) dropped a chain early in the race

Judy Freeman (Crank Brothers) dropped a chain early in the race
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Chloe Forsman (Crank Brothers) having a brilliant race

Chloe Forsman (Crank Brothers) having a brilliant race
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Amanda Carey (NoTubes) with one lap to go

Amanda Carey (NoTubes) with one lap to go
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Chloe Forsman (Crank Brothers) pacing the leaders on the back side of the course

Chloe Forsman (Crank Brothers) pacing the leaders on the back side of the course
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Announcers Bruce Dickman (L) and Larry Longo (R) having some fun with Georgia Gould

Announcers Bruce Dickman (L) and Larry Longo (R) having some fun with Georgia Gould
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Forty-six women competed in the women’s pro criterium to the delight of massive crowds who lined nearly every foot of the course. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) attacked with one lap to go and nobody could respond. She crossed the line alone to take the victory. World X-Terra Champion Lesley Patterson (Scott) was competitive the whole race but settled for second place. US Pro XCT series leader Chloe Woodruff (Crank Brothers) was third. After a poor start, Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) clawed her way back to fourth position. Kelli Emmett (Team Giant) finished fifth.

Unlike the men’s race, the women’s race came apart much earlier. Nash said, “At one point I looked back and there were just four of us. I was quite surprised since I thought we had a large group together.”

At various times Patterson, Woodruff, and Emmett could be seen on the front. Nash seemed content to sit in and wait for the right moment to attack. Her pedigree as the most successful short track racer in the USA was well known to her rivals.

Woodruff came to Prescott a month ago to train. She said, “It’s phenomenal here. We’ve had a wonderful welcome in town. The weather has been perfect and the trails are endless. Part of the draw to come here a month ago was to get acclimated to the altitude. In Tucson we’re much lower so last year up here I definitely felt the altitude.”

For most of the race Nash, Patterson, Woodruff, and Emmett raced as a group. It was not until the last couple of laps that Gould made contact and eventually picked off Emmett.

On the second to last lap Nash made her move. “It’s always a bit different on pavement," said Nash. "This was a good course and I felt good. It was pretty painful but worked out pretty well. I just had a bit more acceleration than my group of three at the end and was able to hold it (the lead). I punched it on the second hill before coming down for the last lap.”

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Full results

#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Katerina Nash (Luna / Orbea / Shimano)
2Lesley Paterson (Scott Bikes / 2xU / View Hotels)
3Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers, Scott Bikes, Momentum Endurance)
4Georgia Gould (Luna / Orbea / Shimano)
5Kelli Emmett (Giant / Sram / Schwalbe)
6Erica Tingey (Jamis Bicycles, Stan\s Wheels, Julbo Sunglasses)
7Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna / Orbea / Shimano)
8Evelyn Dong (White Pine Touring, Smith Optics)
9Serena Gordon (All Access Promotions, Giant, CLIF Bar)
10Mical Dyck (Stan\s No Tubes, Cannondale, Kenda Tires)
11Nina Baum (Stan\s NoTubes / Cannondale / Kenda)
12Suzanne Snyder (Luna Pro Team, Orbea, Shimano)
13Andrea Wilson (Niner Bikes, Outdoors Incorporated)
14Amanda Sin (Scott Sports / Shimano / CRCS Disaster Kleenup)
15Amy Beisel
16Jamie Busch (Quadzilla Racing/Specialized)
17Amanda Carey (Stan\s No Tubes, Kenda, Cannondale)
18Sonya Looney (Ergon, Michael David Winery, Bear Peak Dental)
19Alice Pennington
20Heather Irmiger (Trek, Shimano, Oakley)
21Erin Alders (Liv Giant, Giant mt bikes)
22Rebecca Gross (tough girl/scott/reynolds)
23Blair Hurst (Boulder Running Company (Team sponsor; not individual))
24Judy Freeman (Crankbrothers, Scott Bikes, Pactimo Apparel)
25Sarah Sturm (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Fort Lewis College, SRAM)
26Beth Utley (GU, PASA, Heart Center, Northern Arizona Gastro, ProGold, Specialized)
27Deidre York (The Gear Movement, Carborocket, Point6)
28Jen Hanks (Epic Brewing/MTBracenews.com/Stans No Tubes)
29Brianne Marshall (STAN\S NOTUBES, Niner, Maxxis)
30Heidi Rentz (Ibis, Hammer Nutrition, Vermont Bike Tours)
31Jari Kirkland (Griggs Orthopaedics, Mavic, Crested Butte Mt Resort)
32Karen Jarchow (Santa Fe Brewing Co. / Pivot Cycles)
33Lauren Catlin (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Fort Lewis College, SRAM)
34Elizabeth Sampey (currently, myself.)
35Christine Jeffrey (2XU, Extreme Endurance, Zipfizz, Energy Towel)
36Jaime Brede (Honey Stinger, Bontrager, Sam Brede)
37Lisa Uranga (Comedy Defensive Driving, Plano Cycling & Fitness, Roman Strength)
38Tracy Thelen (Carmichael Training Systems, GU Energy, Exposure Lights USA (Ibex Sports)
39Vicki Barclay (Stan\s NoTubes / Cannondale / Kenda)
40Vanessa Humic (Stans notubes, Kenda, Xpedo)
41Sarka Ruzickova (cannondale, No tubes,honeystinger)
42Bryna Blanchard
43Shannon Gibson (Stan\s NoTubes / Cannondale / Kenda)
44Beth Ann Orton (Sellwood Cycle Repair)
45Kata Skaggs (Adventure Bike Company, Trisports.)
46Jane Rynbrandt (Tough Girl / Shimano / Rudy Project

 

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