Nash Tunes Up for Cincy
Sagebrush Cyclocross Series
26 October 2013
The affable Kateřina Nash (Luna Pro Team) cruised around the Clayton Middle School circuit to win the Women’s A race today. The anticipation was palpable at the event upon hearing Nash’s intention to race. After mounting a good lead part way through the first lap, Nash put on a display of speed and grace that only a fireball hand-up threatened to spoil.
As a resident of Truckee, Nash has raced at a number of area races from the Sacramento and Sagebrush Cyclocross Series, including a win at the snow-ridden District Championships on this very same course in 2010. To the riders credit, everybody today that spoke of her presence at the event mentioned Nash’s immense approachability.
“[I am] just having an opportunity to have a race at home in this beautiful fall weather,” said Nash, “and getting ready for some UCI races next weekend. I wanted to have a good warm up. You can train as hard as you can but never really simulate the same conditions as race day.
“I am psyched that Reno Wheelmen puts on a really good race series and that I could jump into it.”
The Women’s A field was small with Ellen Sherrill (Rock Lobster) and Erika Greif (Reno Wheelmen) the only other competitors. Nash took control early and reached the plank barriers on the backside of the course well ahead. The rest of the race saw Nash face the course’s differing terrain: tarmac, hard-packed dirt, sand-lot dirt, and grass.
The racers saw three sections with off-camber on grass plus a stair run-up and barriers on the side of a berm. By far the most difficult portion of the course, described as brutal by many, was the 200m stretch of ever changing sand. Even this section saw Nash glide over the surface at speed.
Waiting for the Bar Tender
“It’s a really good course,” continued Nash, “it has a lot of variety. Pretty short lap and you get a little bit of everything.
“I think the sand is always a challenge. I’ve definitely gotten a lot better over the years and I’ve ridden this one several times. I know how to tackle that one but it still get’s your heart rate up, that’s for sure.”
Nash’s display was terrific and good preparation for her upcoming races. Though one potential hiccup occurred when Nash took a whiskey laden hand-up. “There were a couple of super fans out there with some cinnamon whiskey. I couldn’t say no but I waited for the last lap.
“It actually was quite tasty but right after I took it I almost ran into the cement wall. It was a good thing I waited until the last lap.”
The NorCal cyclocross community may have another opportunity to see this accomplished cyclocrosser race again. Nash acknowledged she will look for other times to race locally again this season.