Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) easily repeated as the CrossVegas winner. She and team mate Georgia Gould separated themselves from the field early on. Nash then lifted her tempo and maintained a significant lead for most of the race.
“Georgia and I were working together keeping the gap,” stated Nash. “Perhaps I was keeping a faster pace than Georgia could maintain today. Georgia and I didn’t talk before the race. We have raced together enough times to know what to expect from each other. We did talk during the race though. We talked about working together to maintain a gap.”
With first place wrapped up, second and third places were contested by Dombroski, Gould, Kelli Emmett (Giant) and Meredith Miller (CalGiant/ Specialized). Dombroski was able to push ahead of Miller and Gould then out sprinted Emmett for second.
Katerina Nash (Luna). “The conditions out there today really felt like a cross race. It was interesting to add the wet element. CrossVegas has really become the classic of cyclocross. It’s great to win in front of so many enthusiastic people.”
Amy Dombroski (Crankbrothers). “The two Luna girls took off and I was kind of caught off the back of the chase group and I just didn’t see, I guess it was Georgia that went and I totally didn’t see that. Katerina bridged and I kind of sat there hoping that other people would do the work. I realized that the two blueberries were riding away so I tried to bridge it myself and then everyone started working together. It was me, Kelli, I think Meredith was there. I thought we might catch them because they were right there but Katerina is fast man.”
About the final lap. “I know that I’m strong in that hill. I can get a quick gap so that my strategy. I went there and definitely got a gap but Kelli is strong and bridged right up to me. I knew she was right there, I also knew that if you can rail it through the corners you can open the gap but Kelli is an amazing bike handler so that didn’t full happen. I didn’t know how close she was, I was just going as hard as I could.”
Kelli Emmett (Giant). “I was just watching everyone and seeing what their weakness were out there. I was really feeling good. I knew my fitness was good, It was just a matter of finding the right opportunity. I heard Amy sufferings so she was not the person I thought would go for the attack. I expected Meredith to attack. Nobody wants to go to the line with Meredith.”
Top 5 Results
1. Katerina Nash (Luna)
2. Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers)
3. Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant
4. Meredith Miller (CalGiant/Specialized)
5. Georgia Gould (Luna)