Luna Chix Pro Team: Madison Race Report
Katerina Nash second in cross country at Madison Pro XC Tour, Teal fifth in short track.
Katerina Nash placed second and Teal Stetson Lee was seventh at the Subaru Cup Pro XCT cross-country event In Madison, Wisconsin. In the Short Track event the next day, Nash was third and Stetson Lee moved up to a fine fifth place.
Here’s the story, via Cyclingnews.com:
Day 1 of the Subaru Cup Pro XCT on Saturday served as the penultimate race for the US Pro XCT and is the last of only three UCI cat. 1 races in the US this season. When the dust had settled, Lea Davison won the race, ahead of Katerina Nash and Pua Mata.
The elite women were the first pro category to race. The heat didn’t seem to bother the leaders as they climbed to the top of the ski hill for five laps. Davison took an early lead with Nash hot on her wheel. Mata trailed Davison and Nash a bit while holding off Pro XCT series leader Chloe Woodruff.
Nash and Davison took turns leading throughout the five laps. Davison described the race as a battle for the lead. Nash seemed to punch the speed on the climbs to try to gap Davison, but Davison bridged the gaps every time. She finally took her last pass of Nash about 500 meters from the finish on a technical climb.
The technical descent that followed left Nash a little too close to Davison’s wheel and ended up with Nash falling on a turn. She was right back on the bike, but it was too close to the finish to make up the time or sprint to the finish, giving Davison the win.
Mata was only a short distance behind the leaders and finished in third place. Woodruff held on with a respectable fourth place finish.
The fans for Subaru Cup are what make the event special to anyone from Wisconsin and for the visiting pros as well. Local pro Abigail Strigel seemed to get the loudest crowd reaction. She finished eighth overall in the women’s elite event, which earned her the highest points for any woman in the WORS overall series.
Based on the model of World Cup races, Subaru Cup challenges participants while offering several popular spectator points for crowd participation. The day started of with Cat.2 men’s and women’s races followed by Cat. 1 as part of the ever popular Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS). Riders were treated to cool temperatures early in the morning that got increasingly hotter and more humid as the day progressed.
1 Lea Davison 1:35:22
2 Katerina Nash 0:00:09
3 Monique Pua Mata 0:02:09
4 Chloe Woodruf 0:04:37
5 Erin Huck 0:07:10
6 Evelyn Dong 0:07:38
7 Teal Stetson Lee 0:09:02
The elite women were the first to take to the short track course. The early lead was taken by rider and Pro XCT overall points leader Chloe Woodruff. She was joined by cross-country winner Lea Davison and Katerina Nash. Davison and Nash had battled for the win in yesterday’s cross-country.
The three ladies traded positions throughout the first few laps while Teal Stetson-Lee and Judy Freeman fought for position just behind the lead three.
Woodruff hung on with the top spot for a while, but was passed by Nash, who put the pressure on in the hot, dry climbs to get a small gap from the other women. Stetson-Lee had joined the lead group for a bit after making an attack against Freeman.
Davison made a point to get around Woodruff to try and attack Nash. The lead had been traded a few times before Davison held on.
Going into the final turns before the last lap, Nash lost control of her front wheel in the dry dusty conditions. This set her back a bit from Woodruff and Davison. With only one lap left, it was not enough time to recover her position.
Davison took her second win for the Subaru Cup weekend. Woodruff’s second place was her best finish of the weekend. Nash held onto third place without getting passed by teammate Stetson-Lee, who was bumped back to fifth place by Freeman.
1 Lea Davison
2 Chloe Woodruff
3 Katerina Nash
4 Judy Freeman
5 Teal Stetson Lee
Next on the calendar for the American LUNA Pros (Teal and Georgia Gould) is the much anticipated US MTB National Championships in Bear Creek Resort, PA.
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