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Story Courtesy Lyne Lamoureux
Photos courtesy Mia Sullivan/StudioMProductions.com
The moon was full, the Las Vegas lights shimmered in the distance, the
crowds were noisy and the racing was hot at CrossVegas. In a show of
force, Czech National Cyclocross Champion Katerina Nash (Luna Pro
Team) soloed to victory, her first at the race after taking second the
past two years.
“This is one of my favorite races and it's a good crowd tonight.” Nash
said. “Every time you win it's super exciting it wasn't easy out
there, it's a super tough course. I just put in a good effort maybe
half-way through the race, the gap kept growing. I had teammates back
there, they were super strong but they weren't going to let me go so I
put my head down and Mary was riding extremely strong today.
CrossVegas is a big deal and it's exciting to win out here.”
From the start of the race, the women of Luna Pro Team were in total
control of the 40-minute race. Nash and her teammates Georgia Gould,
and Amy Dombroski went immediately to the front and established a fast
paced tempo. Joining the lead group was former US National cross
country champion, Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven Cycles).
With three laps to go Nash attacked hard and established a huge lead.
The battle was on for the remaining podium slots.
“I knew where my race was and I had to be smart about it. I was pretty
much soft-pedaling on the front, neither of them would come around.
Finally a little bit of help on windy sections but got a little
blocked off on the last hillclimb“ McConneloug.
Though McConneloug pressed the Luna Pro Team riders, Dombroski timed
her attack in the final lap and prevailed to take second.
“Last year that was where I was able to get out of the group that I
was with." Dombroski used her knowledge of the course to attack on the
climb. "You have to attack where it's hard, I think that's probably
one of the hardest part, because it's a steep hill, the grasses are
real dry, I just of gave it everything there and tried to keep turning
the pedals over even though I was totally inside out.”
McConneloug came in third, with Gould finishing fourth.
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