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Austin Killips is making waves in the cyclocross peloton

Austin Killips is making waves in the cyclocross peloton

The Chicago-based CX rider’s analytical approach to the sport is paying dividends as she rises through the ranks. Cross isn’t coming – it’s here. The…

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The Chicago-based CX rider’s analytical approach to the sport is paying dividends as she rises through the ranks.

Cross isn’t coming – it’s here. The cyclocross season has started not just on the European continent, but also on US soil with the US CX Pro Series kicking off in Roanoke, VA, Rochester, NY and Baltimore, MD mid-September and the first UCI World Cup of the season last weekend in Waterloo, WI. Austin Killips is a constant fixture in the top ten of those US races, and finished 13 th in the World Cup. She is now nearing the top 50 of the UCI ranking.

“The races so far have been such a positive experience,” she says from Bentonville, AR where she prepares for the second World Cup of the season, on the World Championship course at Fayetteville with her team nice nikes.

“The first World Cup was a doozy,” she smiles. “The pacing against the top pros is very different with those first laps being exceptionally fast. It was a different effort than the races on the domestic calendar but I felt good. I have recovered well and feel ready for Fayetteville this weekend.” Killips is now 26 and it was only last year that she took the decision to commit to cycling full-time. She is part of the nice bikes team, a manufacturer of steel bikes from Rhode Island. They support six athletes with Killips and Caitlin Bernstein being the highest on the UCI ranking. The mission is to support women […]

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