THOMPSON, CT – Veteran CX pro Rebecca Pagano — Bikeway Source/Bell Lap Racing 39:26 — survived a duel with the talented young local Lizzy Gunsalus to win on the opening women’s Pro 1/2/3 elite cyclo-cross race at KMC Crossfest, Saturday, Sept. 29.
Pagano clawed her way back to Gunsalus — racer for Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld Devo Team — and Erica Loenard of Highgate Racing, and eventually dropped Gunsalus during the last section of asphalt at Thompson Motorsports Speedway in Thompson, CT.
“I used the long road stretches that allowed me to use some of my advantage in terms of my road racing history … I still have some power in the legs,” Pagano said. “I was able to open up on the road section. And just keep chasing before the end, and not give up.”
Racing continues Sunday, Sept. 30, with a UCI Men’s and Women’s Elite C2 race, U23 races, as well as many amateur races.