American Meredith Miller sprinted ahead of Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic and American Champion Katie Compton to win the 2014 Clif Bar CrossVegas presented by Lazer.
“Helen (Wyman) (Kona Factory Racing) started fast,” stated Miller (Noosa Pro Cyclocross Team). “She is a very good starter but I know this race is a race of attrition. I knew that I had to just follow the right wheels. At one point, I had to jump across. Once I did I felt okay. I settled in and took a deep breath. I told myself to just stay with these awesome women.”
“The last sprint was the craziest part of the race. During the pre-ride, I told my friend that at the finish if you are not first you are last. I went into the sprint last. I kept trying to pass Katie. I almost took myself and her out. Being patient was the key because this grass takes it out of you. I waited to the very last minute to sprint.”
“I knew that I did not have the best legs today,” said Compton (Trek Factory Racing). “It’s a tactical race here. I was just waiting for the sprint. The last few turns we were all being aggressive and passing each other. I ended up leading in the last sprint. Meredith came around me like a rocket.”
The trio were joined by current World Mountain Bike Champion Catherine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team), for most of the race. In the last lap Pendrel slipped on the wet grass and was quickly gapped by Miller, Nash, and Compton. She was unable to get back in the lead group. Miller, Nash (Luna Pro Team), and Compton stayed together for a bunch sprint to the finish.