LUNA Wins Pro Tour XCT Series Title

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The cross country race was a tight battle between Willow Koerber (Gary Fisher/Subaru), Catharine Pendrel, Georgia Gould, Katerina Nash, and Lea Davison (Maxxis). Catharine set the intial pace up the first climb, but was passed on the descent by Willow. Known more for her descending skills, Willow actually made time on her competitors on the climb. After Willow flatted, Georgia and Catharine regained the lead. A lap later Willow was back in front. Catharine was in 2nd, only to suffer a flat towards the finish. Willow finished 40 seconds ahead of Georgia with Catharine in third, Lea Davison in 4th and Katerina Nash rounding out the podium in 5th. Catharine’s third place was enough to give her the series title, with Georgia in second, Heather Irmiger (Gary Fisher/Subaru) in third, Katerina Nash in fourth, and Pua Sawicki (Ellsworth) fifth. It was Catharine’s first series title. LUNA has won the National Series championship every year since 2005.

The short track was another tactical race between the LUNA team, Lea Davison, Heather Irmiger and Willow Koerber. After an aggressive start that saw multiple attacks and lead changes, the main group quickly wittled down to the three LUNA riders, Heather and Lea. On the last lap Katerina attacked hard up the only climb with Lea in tow and a small gap back to Georgia. Lea was able to squeak around Katerina before the final turn and held her off in the sprint for the win, the second in her young career. Katerina’s second place was followed closely by Georgia and Catharine in 3rd and 4th. Heather Irmiger came in 5th, giving her enough points to win the short track series championship.

Georgia and Catharine and Chloe Forsman will return home for some much needed rest before the World Championships in three weeks in Canberra, Australia. Katerina Nash will skip Worlds to prepare for the upcoming cyclocross season. With the January 2010 Cross World Championships only an hour from her home town of Prachatice, Czech, Katerina has extra motivation for this winter’s cross season. Stay tuned!

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August 17, 2009