Katerina Nash outlives Hannah Finchamp and wins the Belgian Waffle Ride

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. (VN) – Katerina Nash enjoyed her debut in Belgian Waffle Ride.

Famous cyclocross racer and longtime mountain biker Nash (Clif Bar) won the Belgian Waffle Ride on Sunday after attacking former teammate Hannah Finchamp near the top of the Double Peak climb and descending alone in the middle -City of San Marcos.

Nash had a beer at the finish line and soaked up the victory celebration in front of fans and participants. After wiping herself off, Nash said the victory was all the more enjoyable as it ended the longest period of her professional career without a run.

“I haven’t run in forever, it seems to me. I didn’t run during COVID-19 and then had the first major injury of my career this spring, ”Nash said. “It’s pretty cool to be back to a bike race. And crossing that finish line is a pleasant feeling. I couldn’t do it for a while, and sometimes you wonder if it will ever happen again.

Indeed, Nash crashed in a road race in March and broke his collarbone, and spent the next six weeks on the sidelines. Other than one round of the Grasshopper Series in California, she hadn’t raced a bike since 2019.

Nash was on the short list of favorites for women’s running, with her busy career in mountain bike racing, cyclocross and cross-country skiing. Still, Nash had never ridden her bike more than 100 miles, and she had reservations about race distance (135 miles), elevation gain and heat.

Indeed, Southern California offered plenty of sun and heat throughout the day. Despite an early morning downpour, the road trails dried up early and became hot and dusty as the day wore on.

At the Belgian Waffle Ride, the women’s race begins in its own wave, separate from the men, and Nash propelled into the opening dirt section alongside a group of mountain biking pros. Finchamp and Sevilia Blunk (Oragne Seal) were in the lead, alongside Crystal Anthony Casey Armstrong, as well as American road champion Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank).

The group saw attacks and regroupings throughout the day.

Nash, Finchamp, Blunk, Anthony and Armstrong a gap before the longest climb of the day, and finally Finchamp attacked in the lead alongside Moriah Wilson. Nash attacked up to the two along a stretch of track near Hodges Lake.

After Wilson was blocked by a mechanic, the stage was set for a battle between Finchamp and Nash. The two were previously teammates of the Luna women’s mountain bike team, and Finchamp said VeloNews that his goal before Double Peak’s final climb was simply to hang on.

“I had been very strong in the climbs all day so I was hopeful I could survive him even if I had no more attacks,” said Finchamp. “She threw this lightning attack on the final climb and I couldn’t answer. It was 400 meters from the top – it was the longest part of the whole day.

Nash climbed the steep climb solo and descended to San Marcos, where she did the few bends and bends until the finish.

On her first shot in a 135-mile gravel race, Nash won.

“I’m not an expert on those long distances,” Nash said. “I think I have the legs but my mind says, ‘What about you? “I’m not the youngest there so I should have some stamina, and it’s a nice confirmation that I can do it.

Belgian waffle walk

Women Elite (unofficial)

  1. Katerina Nash, Clif Bar
  2. Hannah Finchamp, Orange Seal
  3. Moriah Wilson
  4. Isabelle King


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