NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS — To no one’s surprise, Katerina Nash (Luna) took the victory at Cycle-Smart International Day One. She was followed by Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) and Sally Annis (CrossResults.com). Ladies First’s Andrea Smith and Crystal Anthony took fourth and fifth.
Nash started the day by running a clinic for the Boston Luna Chix, both before and after her own race. All day, she could be seen around the course with a large group of women, but she still managed to ride seemingly easily to victory during the elite race.
While Nash took an early lead, there was a fight going on for second place behind her as Van Gilder, Annis and Smith duked it out on course. “We knew it was in all of our best interest to work together to bring Nash back,” said Laura Van Gilder after the race, “Sally was going really, really well and Smith and I were both working hard.”
However, Van Gilder strategized throughout the race, waiting for the right moment to attack the other two. She made the attack on the ride/run-up (riding, obviously) on the final lap. Behind her, Smith fumbled on the ride-up, taking herself and Annis down, leaving Van Gilder a clear-cut opportunity to break away. Another small fumble on the barriers by Smith gave Annis the edge, and she cruised into the finish seconds behind Van Gilder, who had been slowed down by a flat by the barriers and had to ride it to the pit.
Van Gilder on her race:
Sally Annis on her race:
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Elite Women’s Results:
1 Katerina NASH LUNA Pro Team 2 Laura VAN GILDER Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers 3 Sally ANNIS crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles 4 Andrea SMITH Ladies First 5 Crystal ANTHONY 6 Nicole THIEMANN Team CF-Elite 7 Catherine STERLING Bikeman.com 8 Rebecca WELLONS 9 Maureen BRUNO ROY 10 Arley KEMMERER Charm City Cycling LLC 11 Carolyn POPOVIC 12 Patricia BUERKLE 13 Jena GREASER NorEast Cycling 14 Cassandra MAXIMENKO 15 Laura RALSTON Massachusetts Institute of Technology 16 Emily THURSTON STEVENS 17 Frances MORRISON 18 Elle ANDERSON Ladies First 19 Christina TAMILIO Ladies First 20 Stacey BARBOSSA Elite Endurance Training Systems 21 BrittLee BOWMAN 22 Christina BIRCH MIT Cycling p/b FXDD 23 Jenny IVES Farm Team Cycling 24 Kathleen LYSAKOWSKI Cycle Lodge 25 Sheila VIBERT Sunapee Racing Team 26 Kristine CHURCH 27 Nancy LABBE-GIGUERE Ladies First 28 Lauri WEBBER 29 Lauren KLING 30 Marian JAMISON 31 Bryna BLANCHARD 32 Molly HURFORD Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles 33 Bailey SEMIAN Team Specialized - Rising STARS p/b Bicycling Magazine 34 Kathryn ROSZKO BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage 35 Elizabeth LUKOWSKI NYcross.com 36 Alice HENRIQUES Zanconato Racing 37 Kathleen WULFKUHLE Charm City Cycling LLC 38 Christine FORT Pedal Power Team-MA 39 Elizabeth WHITE Blue Steel Cyclery 40 Kaitlyn LAWRENCE Charm City Cycling LLC DNF Sara BRESNICK-ZOCCHI