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Saturday’s Colorado Cross Classic at the Boulder Reservoir, recently devastated by the flooding in Colorado, started with an honor lap to Amy Dombrowski, who was killed while on a training ride in Belgium, this past month. After the honor lap, Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) grabbed the holeshot, with Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective), Nicole Duke (Marin/Spy), Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), and Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized). After an early spill in the starting corners, Compton hit it out hard, and opened up a gap on her competitors. Behind Compton, Nicole Duke (Marin/Spy), Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), and Meredith Miller
(California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) formed a chase group trying to bring back the reigning National and World Cup champion, with Chloe Woodruff (Crankbrothers Race Club) chasing on to the group, sitting fifth on course, slowly chipping away at her time deficit. In the final lap, Woodruff’s efforts paid off and she was able to pass the chase group to be second on course behind the hard charging Compton. With first and second wrapped up, Nicole Duke (Marin/Spy) attacked on the final lap, passing Anthony for third place, but it would all come for not, with Anthony retaking third from Duke, and finishing it off for another pristine podium.
Sunday’s Boulder Cup moved over to the Valmont Bike Park, the site of the 2014 National Cyclocross Championship. The biggest challenge of the day for the riders was the fast and dry course that saw many riders crashing early, and shacking up the racer order. The race played out much like Saturday’s race, with Compton taking an early lead with Chloe Woodruff in second behind her. A chase group formed with Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized), Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), and Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com). Coming into the last lap, Miller, Anthony and Antonneau were all jostling for the last podium spot. Despite crashing, Meredith Miller was able to hold of the attacks from Anthony and Antonneau, coming across the line third, with Anthony behind her and Antonneau rounding out the top 5.