Nash coming in for the win at CSI Day One. Natalia Boltukhova | Pedal Power Photography | 2011

Nash coming in for the win at CSI Day One. © Natalia Boltukhova | Pedal Power Photography | 2011

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 ( 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:

See how the men’s race today went.

Results follow gallery.

Gallery by Mark Suprenant:

Elite Women’s Results:

1KaterinaNASHLUNA Pro Team
2LauraVAN GILDERMellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers p/b JRA Cycles
4AndreaSMITHLadies First
6NicoleTHIEMANNTeam CF-Elite
10ArleyKEMMERERCharm City Cycling LLC
13JenaGREASERNorEast Cycling
15LauraRALSTONMassachusetts Institute of Technology
18ElleANDERSONLadies First
19ChristinaTAMILIOLadies First
20StaceyBARBOSSAElite Endurance Training Systems
22ChristinaBIRCHMIT Cycling p/b FXDD
23JennyIVESFarm Team Cycling
24KathleenLYSAKOWSKICycle Lodge
25SheilaVIBERTSunapee Racing Team
27NancyLABBE-GIGUERELadies First
32MollyHURFORDTeam Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles
33BaileySEMIANTeam Specialized - Rising STARS p/b Bicycling Magazine / Joe's Garage
36AliceHENRIQUESZanconato Racing
37KathleenWULFKUHLECharm City Cycling LLC
38ChristineFORTPedal Power Team-MA
39ElizabethWHITEBlue Steel Cyclery
40KaitlynLAWRENCECharm City Cycling LLC