Marcos Marín, aka @MiCiclismo, is one of the fantastic women’s cycling internet detectives, finding fantastic content on twitter, and writing about the sport, and especially Spanish cycling, on El Pelotón. He very kindly wrote a guest post to tell us how the 2016 Spanish Cyclocross Championships unfolded. Make sure you follow him!
Fifth title for Aida Nuño at the Spanish CX Championships
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Her name is well-known by anyone who follows the international cyclo-cross season. In 2014, supported by the MMR-Spiuk CX Team, she started racing the whole UCI World Cup calendar and got two top-15 places, in Valkenburg and Milton-Keynes. So far this season, apart from her two UCI victories in two C2 races in Spain, her best result had been the 12th place at the Namur World Cup. She is, of course, Aida Nuño, and this morning she would chase her fifth Spanish elite National Championship. And she got it after an impressive, solo win, in which she took the lead of the race as soon as it started.
All the female riders competed at the same race, including the elite, under-23, junior and youth categories, but with separate starts. Among the elites, Aida Nuño attacked in the first lap and only two riders could follow her pace: Alicia and Lucía González. After a lap some seconds behind her little sister, Lucía joined Alicia by the beginning of the second lap, but when that happened, Aida Nuño already had 17 seconds on the pair.
There was no further story to tell, as Nuño kept increasing her gap on Lucía González, who had left Alicia behind. Eventually, the silver medal was for Lucía and the bronze for Alicia, who also got a red-and-yellow jersey as she was the first under-23 rider of the day. Alba Teruel and Eider Merino completed the under-23 podium.
“I knew I was strong for this race but as I’ve been racing cyclo-cross for many years, I know anything can happen on a race day. But everything has turned out well, opening a gap on the first lap,” Nuño said in the Spanish Federation’s report after her fifth title.
In the junior category we could see a nice struggle between two riders: a pure CX rider, the Galician Irene Trabazo, who has been competing in Belgium and the Netherlands over the Christmas period; and a mountain biker, the Catalan Magda Duran, who often races in the UCI Junior Series XCO races. Both Irene and Magda were together all the race, but in the last lap the rider from Catalonia attacked and the Galician was not able to follow her pace due to a crash. Now Magda Duran is the current Spanish junior champion in cross country and cyclo-cross. The bronze medal went to Sofía Rodríguez.
“The circuit was very similar to MTB races, so it was great for my strengths. Irene [Trabazo] had a crash and that’s when I took advantage of the situation and I attacked. This victory is even more special than my MTB victories, because I wasn’t thinking in winning the Championship, so it’s been a surprise for me,” said Duran.
Meanwhile, in the youth category (15-16 years old), the Basque team achieved a ‘1-2’ in the podium thanks to Luisa Ibarrola’s solo victory and Saioa Gil’s silver medal — who wasn’t able to repeat the victory she got last year. Sara Yusto, from Castile and León, got the bronze.
More photos from the race, and report in Spanish, on El Pelotón