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Boulder, Colorado, USA, November 1, 2008

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Race 2 - November 1: Elite Women

Gould schools in Boulder, Lloyd hangs tough

Dombrowski holds onto series lead

By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Boulder, Colorado

Georgia Gould (Luna Women's MTB) wins
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The Luna Chix of Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash dominated last weekend's 'cross races in Louisville, Kentucky - double teaming Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) to trade wins and outright owning the rest of the field. Well, Gould was without her teammate's services in Saturday's Boulder Cup, leaving her to fend off Lloyd, or any other potential challengers from a depleted women's field, solo. And she did, dropping the hammer from the start and not looking back, making the rest of the field, save for Lloyd, look like they were racing for third.

"No team tactics for me today!" Gould told Cyclingnews. "I wanted to make sure I got out in the front early because there are a lot of corners where if someone messed up a gap can open. Be first in the sand pit - be first everywhere! You never know, as you know from my race in Kentucky, it's never over until you cross the finish line!"

Gould was referring to the first race in Louisville last weekend where she and Nash were alone on the front in the final lap until she had a momentary lapse in focus, causing her to crash and lose second place to Lloyd.

"She hadn't been starting as quickly as she did today!" said Lloyd. "Maybe that is because we were always second row before... I thought I was going to get the hole shot, but she started really fast and got it, obviously. So I had to follow her through the turns and before the sand pit I messed up the turn, because I didn't have a chance to check out the course. After that I got gapped in the sand pit and was chasing."

Lloyd was perpetually five seconds behind Gould for the first half of the race, but doing a valiant effort to keep her in sight. But as the race wore on, the difference in power was evident through the sand pits. "I was making up a little time on the [bottom] half of the course, but she was putting a lot of time in on the [top] half," said Lloyd. "She was going through the sand very fast, and making more time there."

One reason for the lopsided victory was the fact that top riders like Katie Compton, Wendy Simms and Sue Butler were not racing this weekend, with Compton nursing an injury and Simms racing in Europe. As well, many of the women with strong results were racing in Northampton, Massachusetts this weekend.


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1 Georgia Gould (USA) Luna Chix Racing Team                      
2 Rachel Lloyd (USA) California Giant Berry Farms/S              
3 Kerry Barnholt (USA) tokyo joes / van dessel                   
4 Kelli Emmett (USA) Giant Bicycles                              
5 Heather Irmiger (USA) Subaru/Gary Fisher                       
6 Amy Dombroski (USA) Velo Bella - Kona                          
7 Lisa Strong (USA) Tough Girl                                   
8 Kathy Sherwin (USA) Velo Bella - Kona                          
9 Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant Strawberries/           
10 Sarah Kerlin (USA) HRS/ Rock Lobster                          
11 Rhonda Mazza (USA) Team S&M                                   
12 Melissa Thomas (USA) Tokyo Joes                               
13 Kari Studley (USA) Velo Bella                                 
14 Kris Walker (USA) KRIEGCYCLING.COM                            
15 Brenda Moczygemba (USA) Tough Girl / Contessa                 
16 Judy Freeman (USA) Tough Girl / Contessa                      
17 Shannon Gibson (USA) VeloBella                                
18 Lauren Costantini (USA) Sycip Racing                          
19 Lindsey Bishop (USA) Mafia Racing                             
20 Maria Stewart (USA) Velo Bella                                
21 Sarah Maile (USA) Ventana Mountain Bikes                      
22 Becca Blay (USA) Mafia Racing                                 
23 Kacey Manderfield (USA) Verducci/Breakaway                    
24 Lynn Bush (USA) Tough Girl / Contessa                         
25 Kate Scheider (USA) Mafia Racing                              
26 Tiffany Pezzulo (USA) PCIM                                    
27 Catherine Johnson (USA) Organic Athlete                       
28 Susan Prieto (USA) Blue Sky Velo                              
DNS Kelly Benjamin (USA) 360 Racing                              
DNS Lora Heckman (USA) Peloton Cycles - Specialized              
DNS Megan Monroe (USA) DALE'S PALE ALE!                          
DNF Anna Young (USA) Planet Bike                                 
DNF Andi Burnum (USA) tough girl                                 
DNF Alie Kenzer (USA) RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS                

Series standings:

1 Amy Dombrowski