Anne Trombley winning 50-54 and finishing third in the 45-49 race, despite starting a minute back. © Steve Anderson

Anne Trombley winning 50-54 and finishing third in the 45-49 race, despite starting a minute back. © Steve Anderson

Former MTB pro Anne Trombley not only handily took the women’s 50-54 win today, she finished third in the 45-49 race, despite starting a minute back from them.

On taking third in the 45-49 race… In the first lap a gal passed me in my age group, so I was like, crap, I better get my butt going. That put a fire under me.

On keeping the pace high… The thing is, you just never know. You don’t know where you are and then somebody is like ‘Ann you’re in fifth.’

On mechanicals… I flatted actually on the second lap and I got a pit bike, my friend’s bike. Luckily her bike was in the pit.

On the course… In these conditions you almost don’t want it to get too warm because then it’s going to get wet. I would have had it a little bit drier because I wanted to ride that hill. That was my goal but it didn’t quite happen.

On her first cyclocross National title… When I was racing mountain bike you didn’t really do both like the crazy ladies, Georgia and Katie. You picked one and used the other one for training.

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