For 2008 the women's field has beefed up. The defending champ Wendy Simms returns again coming after a good mountain bike season. Pictured above is Rachel Lloyd the technical master. Also racing is Portland killers Wendy Williams and Sue Butler. Another tough rider is Amy Dombroski. I'd say the winner if going to come from that group of five.
My pick is Rachel Lloyd. After her performance at nationals last year I'd call her the most underatted ladies crosser. After Lloyd, top five will be Simms, Dombroski, Butler and Williams.
My sleepers in this race are Washington native Tela Crane, and Bob's rider Jenni Gaertner. Also, look for Josie Jacque-Maynes to be riding with the leaders.
Should be a great race and good way for the ladies to kick off there season.