6 golds for U.S. riders on final day of Masters Cyclo-cross Worlds

  
  


Louisville, Ky. (January 15, 2012) —Racing concluded at the 2012 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships Sunday with six more Americans claiming the top step of the podium. Great Britain claimed two gold medals out of eight.

With conditions changing throughout the day, the women 50-54 took to the course while it was still covered in a coating of snow and frozen ruts. Karen Brems (Redwood City, Calif./Team Rambuski Law) claimed victory, followed by Kris Walker (Pocatello, Idaho/Contender Bicycles), and Ruth Sherman (Spencer, N.Y./ Corning/NoTubes Race Team/Swan Cycles) rounded out the podium.

As the temperatures rose, women 55-59 took to the course in a hard fought race that ultimately saw Kathy Sarvary (Manchester, N.H./Blue Steel Cyclery) claim the rainbow jersey ahead of Elizabeth Heller (St. Louis, Mo./Dressell’s Pub) and Diane Ostenso (Cottage Grove, Wis./Planet Bike).

Karen Wells-Hamilton (Fairborn, Ohio/ BioWheels/Reece-Campbell Racing) won gold in the women's 60-64 division while multi-time national champion Julie Lockhart (Dunstable, Mass./ NEBC p/b Cycle Loft/NEMCA) claimed her rainbow jersey in the women's 65+ race.

As the day progressed, the frozen ruts gave way to perfect muddy conditions under sunny skies. Glen Norton (Renton, Wash./Team Redline) claimed the first gold for the men today in the 60-64 division ahead of Fred Wittwer (Charlottesville, Va./Alan North America Cycling Team) and Gregory Pautsch (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Planet Bike).

The Americans’ lock on the top step of the podium was broken when Great Britain's Victor Barnett (Welland Valley CC) stormed to victory in the 65-69 group ahead of John Elgart (Sacramento, Calif./ Webcor/Alto Velo) and James Wagner (Auburn, Wash./ Cycle Therapy/4-Corners Racing).

John Ginley (Condor Road Team) kept England's streak alive in the 70-74 division ahead of countryman Michael Ives (Jewson/M.I. Racing).

Ronald Riley (Aptos, Calif./Bike Station Aptos) seized the gold medal in the men's 75+ division.

Superstar and cycling legend Ned Overend (Durango, Colo./Specialized) added another rainbow Jersey to his storied palmares, dominating his race in the 55-59 division ahead of California Giant Strawberry/Specialized racers Norman Kreiss (Orinda, Calif./California Giant Strawberry) and Henry Kramer (Menlo Park, Calif./California Giant Strawberry), who raced to hard-fought second and third places respectively, knocking Planet Bike's Robert Downs (Madison, Wis./Planet Bike) to fourth place.

The women had the marquis spot on the day's schedule, racing the final two contests of the day in perfect 'cross conditions. Katrina Dowidchuk (Wilmington, Del./ Team TBB/Deep Blue) stormed to victory ahead of Kimberly Flynn (Hixson, Tenn./US Stove-Trek p/b Vantaggio) and Margell Abel (Boulder, Colo./Tough Girls Cycling) in the 40-44 division.

The final race of the 2012 Masters Cyclo-cross Worlds was a battle for dominance in the 45-49 women's division. Shannon Gibson (Durango, Colo./Stan’s NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team) won ahead of Lori Cooke (Pembroke, Mass./Cycle Lodge) and Jennifer Maxwell (Washington, D.C./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Sterke Meiden), who made up huge ground to go from sixth to claim the third step of the podium.

Full results are available here.

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships return to Louisville, Ky., in 2013 when Masters racing returns January 29-30 and the UCI Elite Cyclo-cross World Championships race February 2-3 in more history-making cyclo-cross racing.

For more information visit www.louisville2013.com.

2012 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships
January 15, 2012
Louisville, Kentucky

Women 40-44
1. Katrina Dowidchuk (Wilmington, Del./ Team TBB/Deep Blue) 36:57
2. Kimberly Flynn (Hixson, Tenn./US Stove-Trek p/b Vantaggio) 37:39
3. Margell Abel (Boulder, Colo./Tough Girls Cycling) 38:50
4. Catherine Moore (Waco, Tex./Bicycle Outback) 39:37
5. Sally Price (Cuyahago Falls, Ohio/Cleveland Clinic Sports) 40:14

Women 45-49
1. Shannon Gibson (Durango, Colo./Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team) 40:17
2. Lori Cooke (Pembroke, Mass./Cycle Lodge) 42:00
3. Jennifer Maxwell (Washington, D.C./Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Sterke Meiden) 42:12
4. Antonia Leal (Waukesha, Wis./Planet Bike) 42:58
5. Kirsten Begg-Swider (Danbury, Conn./Cycle-Smart Grassroots Team) 43:22

Women 50-54
1. Karen Brems (Redwood City, Calif./Team Rambuski Law) 38:37
2. Kris Walker (Pocatello, Idaho/Contender Bicycles) 40:21
3. Ruth Sherman (Spencer, N.Y./ Corning/NoTubes Race Team/Swan Cycles) 40:37
4. Christine Schryver (Rochester, N.Y./Full Moon Vista) 40:54
5. Karen Tripp (Deerfield, N.H./Blue Steel Cyclery) 40:57

Women 55-59
1. Kathy Sarvary (Manchester, N.H./Blue Steel Cyclery) 42:46
2. Elizabeth Heller (St. Louis, Mo./Dressell's Pub) 43:38
3. Diane Ostenso (Cottage Grove, Wis./Planet Bike) 45:07
4. Lucia Colbert (Cordova, Tenn./Los Locos) 47:42
5. Linda Elgart (Sacramento, Calif./ Webcor/Alto Velo) 48:54

Women 60-64
1. Karen Wells-Hamilton (Fairborn, Ohio/ BioWheels/Reece-Campbell Racing) 48:22

Women 65+
1. Julie Lockhart (Dunstable, Mass./ NEBC p/b Cycle Loft/NEMCA) 45:22

Men 55-59
1. Ned Overend (Durango, Colo./Specialized) 40:32
2. Norman Kreiss (Orinda, Calif./California Giant Strawberry) 41:54
3. Henry Kramer (Menlo Park, Calif./California Giant Strawberry) 41:56
4. Robert Downs (Madison, Wis./Planet Bike) 41:57
5. Benny Andersson (Sweden/Trek Sweden Racing) 43:32

Men 60-64
1. Glen Norton (Renton, Wash./Team Redline) 40:14
2. Fred Wittwer (Charlottesville, Va./Alan North America Cycling Team) 40:50
3. Gregory Pautsch (Chippewa Falls, Wis./Planet Bike) 41:48
4. Harold Parker (Lenexa, Kan./360Racing) 43:50
5. Timothy Leonard (New Hartford, N.Y./Nycross.com) 44:12

Men 64-69
1. Victor Barnett (England/Welland Valley CC) 42:58
2. John Elgart (Sacramento, Calif./ Webcor/Alto Velo) 43:52
3. James Wagner (Auburn, Wash./ Cycle Therapy/4-Corners Racing) 44:21
4. Lewis Rollins (Salt Lake City, Utah/Contender Bicycle) 44:32
5. Rick Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Excelsports.com) 47:04

Men 70-74
1. John Ginley (England/Condor Road Club) 48:57
2. Michael Ives (England/ Jewson/M.I. Racing) 50:26
3. Erik Nordenson (Moab, Utah/Poison Spider Bicycles) 50:49
4. Robert Llamas (Montrose, Calif./Team Montrose Bike Shop) 51:06
5. Loren Hettinger (Littleton, Colo./Schwab Cycles RT)

Men 75+
1. Ronald Riley (Aptos, Calif./Bike Station Aptos) 47:15



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