Bend, OR - LUNA Team rider Katerina Nash continued her domination of the Elite Women's field at the Exergy USGP of Cyclocross presented by Greenware - Deschutes Brewery Cup by taking yet another series victory and retained her ironclad grasp on the series overall lead. Behind her California Giant Cycling teammates Meredith Miller and Teal Stetson-Lee rounded out the Elite Women's Podium. Rapha-FOCUS rider Julie Krasniak continued to show strong form, coming in 4th. Sue Butler (River City) rounded out the top five. Nicole Duke (Cannondale presented by CyclocrossWorld.com) suffered a heartbreaking mechanical, having to run her bike across the finish line and losing several places on the last lap. Andrea Smith claimed her first victory in the AVID Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot competition.
In the men's race, former teammates Jeremy Power of the Rapha-FOCUS team traded blows with a surging Cannondale presented by CyclocrossWorld.com star Tim Johnson lap after lap. Powers attacked on the last lap and Johnson was never able to come back around. Powers nearly celebrated too soon in front of the never-say-die Johnson to cement his lead for the series overall. Johnson's second place finish revealed emerging form at the crucial time in the season. Danny Summerhill rounded out the Elite Podium - finishing for the first time on the Elite Podium at the USGP. Ops Ale- Stoemper rider, Ben Berden took the AVID Shorty Ultimate Hole Shot prize.
In the U23 competition, Rapha-FOCUS rider Zach McDonald reclaimed the series overall lead while in the Masters 35+ Richard Feldman kept his USGP series leader's jersey as did Bob's Red Mill rider, Mike McShane for the 45+ Masters.
1. Katerina Nash, LUNA
2. Meredith Miller, Cal. Giant Cycling
3. Teal Stetson-Lee, Cal. Giant Cycling
4. Julie Krasniak, Rapha-FOCUS
5. Sue Butler, River City
6. Kaitlin Antonneau, Cannondale presented by CyclocrossWorld.com
7. Nicole Duke, Cannondale presented by CyclocrossWorld.com
8. Amanda Carey, KENDA
9. Pepper Harlton, Juventus
10. Andrea Smith, Ladies First Racing
AVID Shorty Ultimate Holeshot: Andrea Smith
1. Jeremy Powers, Rapha-FOCUS
2. Tim Johnson, Cannondale presented by CyclocrossWorld.com
3. Danny Summerhill, Chipotle Development
4. Jamey Driscoll, Cannondale presented by CyclocrossWorld.com
5. Ben Berden, Ops Ale-Stoemper
6. Geoff Kabush, Maxxis Rocky Mount
7. Chris Sheppard, Rocky Mountain/Shimano
8. Chris Jones, Rapha-FOCUS
9. Zach McDonald, Rapha-FOCUS
10. Troy Wells, CLIF Bar
AVID Shorty Ultimate Holeshot: Ben Berden
For complete results visit the USGP Cyclocross website.