Redline's Kari Studley in control in her title defense. Singlespeed Women. © Cyclocross Magazine

Redline’s Kari Studley in control in her title defense. Singlespeed Women. © Cyclocross Magazine

by Ted Burns

VERONA, WISCONSIN — Kari Studley (Redline) took her second women’s singlespeed Nationals victory today, repeating last year’s comeback win. Behind her, New England’s 17-year-old Ellen Noble (Trek  Cyclocross Collective) took home second place, while Wisconsin local Amber Markey took third.

Kari Studley won her second consecutive National Singlespeed Cyclocross Championship after establishing a sizable lead on the first lap. Studley, whose first lap crash at nationals in 2010 kept her out of commission for almost a year, returned last year to take the title she coveted. This year, in her title defense, Studley grabbed the holeshot at the gun, but was quickly attacked by Elizabeth So (Les Petites Victoires) out of Chicago Illinois.  As So faded on the main climb, the “Koppen-Badger Hill,” Studley grabbed the lead and grew her lead over chasers Noble and South Lake Tahoe’s Ellen Sherrill (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/RockLobster.)

“The lighting and the wind,” said Studley when asked what was the hardest obstacle of the day. “It’s really the lighting, it’s just reflecting off the mud and the puddles. I was just glad I stayed upright.”

Ellen Noble, just 17 races to second in the Singlespeed Women's race. © Cyclocross Magazine

Ellen Noble, just 17 races to second in the Singlespeed Women’s race. © Cyclocross Magazine

Noble was able to move into second place past Sherrill who faded in the cold conditions and fight off challenges from Amber Markey (My Wife, Inc.) and Katrina Dowdichuk (Colavita Racing).  “I’ve never raced singlespeed before,” said Noble after the race. “So I didn’t know what to expect.  It’s cold, and my face is numb so I don’t know if I’m actually saying anything.” Markey, a hometown favorite, held off Dowdichuck the last lap to finish third for her first Nationals podium appearance.

Studley will take the line later in the week to contest the Masters 30-34 women’s race.

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2013 Singlespeed Cyclocross National Champion Results:

2013 Cyclocross National Championships Results Women - Single Speed

PlaceÊNameCity, StateTimeTeam
1Kari STUDLEYBothell, WA42:17:00ÊTeam Redline
2Ellen NOBLEKennebunkport, ME42:49:00ÊTrek Cyclocross Collective
3Amber MARKEYMonona, WI42:59:00Ê
4Katrina DOWIDCHUKWilmington, DE43:16:00ÊColavita Racing Inc.
5Ellen SHERRILLSouth Lake Tahoe, CA43:31:00ÊBicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross
6Jennifer GAERTNERCoeur D Alene, ID44:37:00ÊMotofish Racing
7Jennifer NOWLINPlymouth, MN45:31:00ÊPeace Coffee Racing
8Kristal BONIErie, CO46:50:00ÊRapid Racing
9Elizabeth SOChicago, IL47:34:00ÊLes Petites Victoires
10Katina WALKERTully, NY48:17:00Ê
11Hidi CRAMERDes Moines, WA49:41:00ÊAvanti Racing Club
12Amanda SCHAPERLaguna Beach, CA49:41:00ÊRitte CX Team
13Dorothy WONGAltadena, CA50:37:00ÊThe TEAM
DNSAnne SCHWARTZGrosse Pointe Woods, MIFlying Rhino Cycling Club
DNSCathy ROWELLBedford, MABlue Steel Cyclery /Blue Steel Cyclery
DNSKatie MELENASantacruz, CABicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross