Luna’s Katerina Nash not only swept the two opening races of the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross but she dominated the field, going away solo on the opening lap of each race for the win in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
“It’s always good to win.” laughed Nash when asked if it was good to be winning so early in the very long cyclocross season.
Many think that holding good form from late September to end of January for the Cyclocross World Championships is difficult. Her answer, with a smile, was simply, “We’ll see.”
A woman of few words, Nash lets her legs do the talking.
“I’ve had pretty good last weeks of racing.” she said after winning on Saturday. Pretty good indeed. The Czech-native and California-resident went five for five this year in her cross racing, winning CrossVegas, Star-Crossed, the Rapha-Focus Gran Prix and then two Planet Bike Cup races. All in dominant fashion, she showed no weaknesses in varied conditions, from super dry at StarCrossed to a sloppy mudfest at Planet Bike Cup.
“I didn’t make any big mistakes but I made plenty of little ones.” admitted the always learning 33-year old rider on Sunday.
Nash now holds a 20-point lead in the USGP on her teammate Georgia Gould, who easily took second in both the weekend races. A lead she plans on defending for a third overall win.
“I’ll do Fort Collins and then the two World Cups in Czech and I’ll be back racing here for the rest of the year.” she told podiuminsight on Sunday.
Nash is racing all the eight races of the USGP series, with only one trip to Europe scheduled.
For the first time, the Czech Republic will host two World Cups this year. The series starts in Pizen on October 16, where Nash finished third last year. The series continued in Tabor which hosted the 2010 Cyclocross World Championships where Nash took fourth.
“It’s crazy, it’s pretty nuts.” she said about racing in her native country with people chanting her name.
“In fact, the federation called me and they wanted to confirm that I’m coming because the Czech TV said that if I come, they’ll show the women’s race on TV. If I don’t come they won’t, so it should be on TV, it’s pretty cool.”
A lot of people watching. “Yeah, there will be a little pressure for sure”, she admitted.
The three-time Olympian and previous cross World Cup winner makes no bones about it, she’s in it for the victory.
“I just like to win.” she replied when asked if it was sweeter to win against a strong field. “It doesn’t matter if I’m beating my husband in a bike ride, or if it’s here, it’s always great.”
And on her schedule of course is the World Championship in Koksijde, Belgium in January.
When she paused before answering a question about going for the win at the 2012 World Championships during the press conference following her victory on Sunday, her teammate Gould replied an emphatic ‘yes’.
Nash, the 2011 Bronze Medalist at the Cyclocross World Championship, smiled and repeated ‘yes’.