Katerina Nash, Georgia Gould and Amy Dombroski completed a total Luna podium on the second day of the Greenware US Gran Prix of Cyclocross Stanley Portland Cup. The three Luna team mates were off the front from the start of the race. Nash then put some distance into second place and USGP overall winner Gould, who in turn put some distance into third place Dombroski.
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This was Nash’s sixth win in Portland. “I knew going into the race today that Georgia would win the overall series,” said Nash. “I wanted to do a good race.”
The three Luna riders were well ahead of fourth place winner Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized). Unlike Saturday, Miller had a clean ride today. “My performance was interesting,” Miller stated. “Every Saturday race I had something go wrong. On Sunday I would come back and have a much better day.”
Canadian National Cyclocross Champion Wendy Simms (Ridley-FSA) was awarded the SRAM Most Aggressive prize.
Gould won the USGP series overall leader’s jersey. “It feels great,” commented Gould. “This is always a big goal for me…winning the USGP Series. This is such a great series.”
Miller was second overall and Nash third.
Finishing seventh 7th, Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) is the highest-placed U23 rider in the Elite Women’s field.
Katerina Nash (Luna). “This was a nice surprise. Georgia and I would switch back and forth. I knew going into the race today that Georgia would win the overall series. I wanted to do a good race. Every race I enter I want to win.”
Georgia Gould (Luna). “I always have a great time racing cross. There are so many good races that it’s hard to choose. It’s hard to be selective about what races you do. I think it’s important to me to focus on USGP races. USGP is one of the most professional races we have in the US. There are World Cup racers here so I don’t have to always go to Europe to get the same kind of racing.”
About the field. “More people should come out to race cross. The more fast people we have racing the better. I’d rather win a race where there are all fast people. I always encourage people to come out and race.”
About her second overall USGP win. “It feels great. This is always a big goal for me…winning the USGP Series. This is such a great series. I am happy to support it and am happy to see it grow every year. It will continue to be a focus of mine. I have seven more days in my cross season. My next goal is Nationals.”
Amy Dombroski (Luna). “I was very depressed about my ride yesterday just kind of nothing went right, crashes and running into devils and stuff. Seriously it was really a devil (laughs) [Note: Amy crashed after she ran into a spectator dressed as a devil that won on course.] I wasn’t imagining it so I was picturing angels today. Definitely had a good start today which I’ve been struggling with all year. I was stoked yesterday because I had a great start but then ran into problems. I was trying to visualize that start from yesterday and re-do it and I did. Yeah I was happy with how I rode today.”
About the first laps. “Richard Fries actually came up to me right before the start and he’s like ‘focus on the second lap’. And I was like ‘um okay’. It’s true, if you just kind of hang in as hard as you can for those first two laps when things just yo-yo off the back and that’s when the gaps happen. So I just fought like hell to stay on the wheels and eventually they pulled away from me. But I think every race if I can just try and stay on their wheel as long as I can then that’s the way to do it.”
Concerned about Miller chasing? “I was hearing splits, I was definitely trying to attack out of the corners but I was also trying to keep a gap because anything can happen but I was also trying to keep a little bit in reserve in case something did happen and I needed to put in a bit harder.”
Meredith Miller (CalGiant). “It was drier today. Was anybody clean yesterday? (laughs) I did actually go down twice, in the corner right before the barriers. Today was much drier and faster. There really wasn’t anywhere you were going to get real muddy even if you fell because it was so dry.”
About her race. “I think today it was the tight turns. I am just not as fast at the turns as these girls. I need to be more confident and not slow down so much then have to accelerate so much out of every single turn. I need to be able to keep the speed and yet at the same time be smooth. I am definitely not as fast and that is where I lost time today.”
About the USGP. “The series has been great. My performance was interesting. Every Saturday race I had something go wrong. On Sunday I would come back and have a much better day. That is what concerns me going into next weekend. I don’t know what it is. I did not have this problem last year. Yesterday with the tape getting caught up on me…maybe I was anxious and rode too hard instead of being smooth.”
Top 10 Elite Women
1. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)
2. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)
3. Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team)
4. Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized)
5. Wendy Simms (Ridley-FSA)
6. Katherine Sherwin (Hudz-Vista Subaru)
7. Susan Butler (Hudz Subaru)
8. Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)
9. Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven)
10. Ashley James (Team Kenda)