Powlison all joy after the muddiest race so far at nationals. © Cyclocross Magazine

Powlison all joy after the muddiest race so far at nationals. © Cyclocross Magazine

Austin, TX- Let there be mud! 30 minutes before the start of the Women’s 30-34 Race in Austin, turning the course into a slip-n-slide. Ellen Sherrill warned that rain would make the course feel like oil on concrete, and she couldn’t have been more right.

Leslie Timm (Unattached) took the holeshot and led the riders for the first half of the first lap. As the race played out, she looked like one of the strongest riders on the day, and could have seriously dominated this race had the conditions looked much like those of the last few days. The first time the riders came back to the front of the course, however, Timm slid off her bike through each of the four off-camber turns.

A wet start to the Women's 30-34 race. © Brian Nelson

A wet start to the Women’s 30-34 race. © Brian Nelson

The women behind her also toppled in the first turn, but Jenna Blanford (VO2) and Kate Powlison (Evol Elite Racing) committed to a run, and then successfully handled themselves while riding. A lap later, Blanford had a gap on the field with Powlison trying to hunt behind her. Timm, meanwhile, fell back nearly ten places, and the next time she come around, her skinsuit was caked with mud.

Halfway through the race, the announcers reported that the power washers were down, and an audible groan could be heard as the riders were already racing with several pounds of mud on their bikes.

With each lap, Powlison gained on the leader as she risked more by riding as many sections as she could. When we asked her after the race how she managed to fall the least, she replied: “Oh, I don’t think I fell the least!”

Additional weight to the winner’s bike at Nationals. © Cyclocross Magazine

Additional weight to the winner’s bike at Nationals. © Cyclocross Magazine

The laps were far longer today, at 11:30 minutes for the leader, and closer to a 14:00 minute average for many of the riders.

By the final lap Powlison had not only caught the leader, but passed Blanford and took off. She would go on to keep the Louisville rider off her wheel as she went on for the win.

Meanwhile, Timm found her bearings in the mud, and began picking off riders. Although she had some of the fastest laps of the day, it was too little too late to get back to the lead of the race. Timm did manage a great ride to third place however, getting close to second place Blanford at the finishing stretch.

2015 National Championships, Masters Women 30-34

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamLicenseCity STTimeGap
117POWLISONKateEvol Elite Racing206491Boulder CO44:44
24BLANDFORDJennaVO2401780Louisville KY45:0723
320TIMMLeslie369472Chelmsford MA45:2743
416KOROLMeghanDon Walker Cycles Racing285702Asheville NC45:581:14
52BARCHECKElizabeth388304Boulder CO47:523:08
65BORDENPennyBear Mountain Wolfpack337334Waco TX49:044:20
78CAMPBELLFORTEAlexandra318058Warrenton VA49:094:25
819SCHAPERAmandaGiro Sport Design270057Santa Cruz CA49:144:30
911FISHAnnalisaPortland Bicycle Studio325964Portland OR49:214:37
1013GINSBACHSarah319824Huntsville TX49:234:39
116BRANDTNicoleMichelob Ultra - La Grange +21171700Inglewood CA49:445:00
1218RAWLINSJessicaBicycles Plus Racing308761Denton TX50:285:44
1315HARDEMANMissySquadra Di Servitori392309Hubbard TX51:487:04
1422WEIDINGERChelsea421168San Francisco CA52:287:44
1524ZELLDebBoulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo207769Boulder CO52:317:47
1610COOPERMelissaStorm Racing Team341494Durham NC53:078:23
1721TSAIJessieBayou City Racing390873Lubbock TX54:149:30
1826CHAPPELLGraceChampion System/DCX358050Chapel Hill NC54:169:32
199CARRIGANAnnaBici Coop Racing360107Austin TX55:2710:43
2025SODAROChristine295205Tiburon CA@1Lap
217BRAUNJessicaTrek Midwest Team367014Austin TX@1Lap
2212FLISAliSquadra Flying Tigers218437Salt Lake City UT@1Lap
2323WOODHeidi333fab CX Factory Team309733Seattle WA@1Lap
241BACHCourtneyOctober Three Racing334094Dallas TX@2Laps
2514GOSLINGSarahFCS|Cycling: p/b Visit Dallas +280211Dallas TX@2Laps
DNF3BENNETTJanFCS|Cycling: p/b Visit Dallas +358060Plano TX