The women were poised at the start for the singlespeed race. © Cyclocross Magazine

The women were poised at the start for the singlespeed race. © Cyclocross Magazine

There is little doubt that Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill), Jessica Culter (Market Street Cycling), and Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) have a dedication to the discipline of singlespeed cyclocross, and an ability to maintain great results. For the second year in a row, all three women stood on the top three steps of the podium, with only second and third place swapping positions. This makes our looking back at last year’s winning race rigs article all the more relevant.

Bruno Roy retained first place, defending her jersey, Cutler fought alone in second place for a solo finish, while Sherrill had to contend with traffic for third place.

Jessica Cutler leads the charge up the hill on lap one of the 2015 Singlespeed Cyclocross National Championships. © Brian Nelson / Cyclocross Magazine

Jessica Cutler leads the charge up the hill on lap one of the 2015 Singlespeed Cyclocross National Championships. © Brian Nelson / Cyclocross Magazine

Melissa Seib (Bikeman.com) was able to take the holeshot early on, and the young rider would go on to make the extended national’s podium for fifth place. The hard-packed dirt, ruts, off-cambers and punchy climbs tested the limits of the singlespeed legs. Cutler soon took over on the course’s backside, before Bruno Roy would come to the front for good.

Maureen Bruno-Roy established an early lead in the Women's Single Speed Race. © Brian Nelson / Cyclocross Magazine

Maureen Bruno-Roy established an early lead in the Women’s Single Speed Race. © Brian Nelson / Cyclocross Magazine

Although Bruno Roy led the pack halfway through the lap, the group was still tightly knit as they would their way back to the front of the course. By the first set of limestone steps, however, Petra Schmidtmann (Rage Cycling Team), who was giving a great effort near the front, bobbled just before the stones, and Bruno Roy and Cutler used it to their advantage.

The two began pacing their efforts, and while Cutler gained some time in on Bruno Roy’s gap halfway through the race, Bruno Roy maintained fast laps to propel herself to another victory with Cutler coming in solo 40 seconds back. Otherwise, neither of the two were under much attack for the majority of the race.

Cutler made short work out of some of the technical sections. © Cyclocross Magazine

Cutler made short work out of some of the technical sections. © Cyclocross Magazine

The contest for third place, however, was a different story. Rebecca Blatt (Van Dessel Factory Team), Jennifer Gaertner (Vertical Earth), Sherrill and Seib were all in contention in the last third of the race.

The singlespeeds made it difficult to get traction after a set of cruelly positioned barriers. © Cyclocross Magazine

The singlespeeds made it difficult to get traction after a set of cruelly positioned barriers. © Cyclocross Magazine

Of these, Blatt looked like she would be taking bronze for the last few laps, leading the pack around the tight course. Even eventual winner Sherrill admitted that after working her way up through various packs and knowing Blatt was still ahead, she had only a slim chance to take third. But after seizing on a few good opportunities and putting in a hard effort, she was able to use the final lap to her advantage, taking third by 17 seconds.

The Singlespeed Women Podium at 2015 Nationals: Bruno Roy, Cutler and Sherrill. © Cyclocross Magazine

The Singlespeed Women Podium at 2015 Nationals: Bruno Roy, Cutler and Sherrill. © Cyclocross Magazine

2015 Cyclocross National Championship Singlespeed Podium. L to R: Blatt (4th), Cutler (2nd), Bruno Roy (1st), Sherrill (3rd), Seib (5th) © Mary Topping

2015 Cyclocross National Championship Singlespeed Podium. L to R: Blatt (4th), Cutler (2nd), Bruno Roy (1st), Sherrill (3rd), Seib (5th) © Mary Topping

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2015 National Championships Women Singlespeed Results - Austin, Texas

PlaceLastFirstTeamCity STTimeGap
1BRUNO ROYMaureenBob's Red Mill p/b SeveArlington MA46:21
2CUTLERJessicaMarket Street Cycling ClubSeattle WA47:0140
3SHERRILLEllenSouth Lake Tahoe CA47:541:33
4BLATTRebeccaVan Dessel Factory TeamLakewood CO48:111:50
5SEIBMelissaBikeman.comBryantpond ME48:312:10
6GAERTNERJenniferVertical EarthCoeur D Alene ID48:492:28
7ARMSTRONGKayseeKing UniversityKnoxville TN49:112:50
8NOWLINJenniferPower Fix CXPlymouth MN49:313:10
9BONIKristalRapid RacingErie CO49:353:14
10WOODHeidi333fab CX Factory TeamSeattle WA49:483:27
11KOROLMeghanDon Walker Cycles RacingAsheville NC49:513:30
12SCHAPERAmandaGiro Sport DesignSanta Cruz CA50:153:54
13HURFORDMollyMidatlantic Colavita WomenHampton NJ51:094:48
14WALKERKatinaVerge/VeloNRSTully NY51:184:57
15BRUBAKERTinaBend OR51:545:33
16PROBERTChristinaThe TEAMMurrieta CA51:555:34
17ROBERTSON-ZIVINJulieSeattle WA52:095:48
18GREENHILLShannonAtlanta GA52:346:13
19CHRISTOFALOSAlexMars Hill UniversityAsheville NC52:426:21
20HARTSusannahWashougal WA52:476:26
21ETHRIDGELesliePHENOM p/b AnalySys LaboratorieAustin TX53:196:58
22ADAMSAllison360 RacingOverland Park KS53:397:18
23MORITZCatherineSugar Cycles/Wholesome SweeteneHouston TX53:447:23
24KAMINSKYRobinStageOne Cycling TeamRedondo Beach CA53:567:35
25WHITEDesireeBike LabHobart OK54:167:55
26DONNELLYTamaraTrek Cyclocross CollectiveSeattle WA54:448:23
27STONEErinSan Francisco CA54:538:32
28BLACKMelanieMellow Johnny's Cycling TeamAustin TX55:078:46
29CRAMERLupineRoosters/Bikers Edge-UTLogan UT55:229:01
30WONGDorothyThe TEAM SoCalCrossAltadena CA55:579:36
31SCHMIDTMANNPetraRage Cycling TeamNederland CO57:2511:04
32WEISSNicoleTeam Group HealthSeattle WA@1Lap
33HORNJillianSugar Cycles/Wholesome SweeteneHouston TX@1Lap
34BURKSPaulaPeachtree BikesMarietta GA@1Lap
35APPELLCarrieCyclocross Project 2015Austin TX@1Lap
36MCNABBAmandaTeam Group HealthLynnwood WA@1Lap
37COHENLesliHup UnitedWorcester MA@1Lap
38DELUCIAAntoinetteClemmons Bicycle RacingKernersville NC@2Laps