Steven Cozza claims win in U23 TT Nationals


Cozza captured the U23 national time trial title (Photo: Beth Seliga)
Antelope Island State Park, Utah (June 27, 2005) – A determined Steven Cozza (Petaluma, Calif.) was rewarded for his efforts and dedication this afternoon with a win in the U23 time trial at Antelope Island. The 20-year-old Cozza not only earned his first national title with his commanding win, but he also rode his way onto the 2005 World Championship squad.

The 67 riders departed in one-minute intervals onto the 34km course that ran alongside the Great Salt Lake. Cozza and fellow U23 phenomenon Tyler Farrar (Wenatchee, Wa.) were the last men out of the gate, and it was obvious from the get-go that Cozza had what it took to post the winning time.

The unwavering 20-year-old fought a strong headwind and powered his way along the winding road to the turn-around point. On the way back, he showed his strength by passing several riders who had started before him. With a winning time of 45 minutes and 44 seconds, Cozza was the only one in the 67-rider field to break the 46 minute mark.

Brent Bookwalter (Comstock, Mich.) posted the second fastest time of 46:12 to earn the silver medal while Blake Caldwell (Boulder Colo.) claimed third place. Tyler Farrar, who won a silver medal in the U23 road race on Saturday, posted the fourth fastest time this afternoon. Justin Morgan (Bainbridge Island, Wa.) rounded out the podium in fifth place.

Today’s events marked the end of U23 national championship competition and the beginning of the Masters and Tandem national championships. Twenty masters riders were awarded stars and stripes jerseys this afternoon in the scorching temperatures that are common on the island this time of year. 91-year-old John Sinibaldi (St. Petersberg, Fla.) delighted the crowd when he claimed his 18th age-group national championship title. The two-time Olympian completed his time trial in an hour and three minutes.


Brent Bookwalter (Photo: Beth Seliga)
In other masters action, Jen Ward (Salt Lake City) finished over a minute faster than her nearest threat to claim the win in the women’s 35-39 field. Betsy Pending (Pomona, Calif.) posted the fastest time in the women’s 30-34 time trial. Joshua Fricks (Rockville, Md.) and Richard Feldman (Ketchum, Idaho) claimed gold medals in the men’s 30-34 and 35-39 categories respectively. Cynthia Swain (Elma, NY) took a national title by only 11 seconds in the women’s 50-54 event, while Carla Flores (Pueblo, Colo.) won in the women’s 45-49.

For a full list of results from today’s time trials, click here


Today’s Masters and Tandem National Time Trial Champions:
Women 30-34: Betsy Pending (Pomona, Calif.)
Women 35-39: Jen Ward (Salt Lake City)
Women 40-44: Susan Cooper (San Marcos, Calif.)
Women 45-49: Carla Flores (Pueblo, Colo.)
Women 50-54: Cynthia Swain (Elma, NY)
Women 55-59: Martha Iverson (Durango, Colo.)
Women 60-64: Jude Russell (Ala.)
Women 65-69: Patty Puz (Sun Valley, Idaho)
Men 30-34: Joshua Fricks (Rockville, Md.)
Men 35-39: Richard Feldman (Ketchum, Idaho)
Men 40-44: Randy Corcoran (Albuquerque, NM)
Men 45-49: Eric Sternricht (Orange, Calif.)
Men 50-54: Kent Bostick (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Men 55-59: Ken Louder (Salt Lake City)
Men 60-64: James Fox (Aptos, Calif.)
Men 65-69: William Meyers (Oak Creek, Colo.)

U23 podium: Morgan, Caldwell, Cozza, Bookwalter, Farrar (Photo: Beth Seliga)
Men 70-74: Richard Finch (Omak, Wash.)
Men 75-79: Robert Peterson (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Men 80-84: Robert Bergen (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Men 85+: John Sinibaldi (St. Petersberg, Fla.)
Tandem Women 90+: Paula Higgins/Julie Kaplan
Tandem Mixed 110+: Dave Spangler/Susan Griesbach
Tandem Mixed 90+: John Weyrich/Martha Walsh
Tandem Mixed 70+: Bryan Lofton/Katie Degoursey
Tandem Men 110+: John Elgart/Rick Humphreys
Tandem Men 90+: John Simonson/Evan Unger
Tandem Men 70+: Louie Amelburu/Mark Schaefer

Masters racing continues with road races tomorrow in Park City.

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