Crits wind through downtown Bend at 2012 Masters Road Nationals

  
  


Jason Walker celebrates winning the men's 40-44 criterium
Jason Walker celebrates winning the men's 40-44 criterium

Bend, Ore. (September 8, 2012) — The 2012 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships moved the excitement to the streets of downtown Bend on Saturday for the first of two days of criterium racing. The technical one-kilometer course featured six turns and was lined with enthusiastic crowds throughout the day.

Three women’s crits kicked off the fourth day of competition, with Anne Donley (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics) leading the 35-39 field across the line. Bend’s own Brenna Lopez-Otero (Bend, Ore./Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care) defended her 2011 40-44 crown with a win in front of the hometown crowd. A strong surge out of the final corner gave Laurie Furman (San Jose, Calif./Sycomp Racing/Team Affinity) the 45-49 national title.

Aubrey Gordon’s (Reading, Penn./Liberty Cycle) victory by a bike length in the men’s 55-59 age group ushered in the men’s races. After winning the 45-49 criterium title in 2011, Richard Meeker (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Breakaway from Cancer Masters) moved up an age group and continued his winning ways, donning the Stars-and-Stripes in the 50-54 race. In the highly-contested men’s 45-49 race, Jamie Paolinetti (Brea, Calif./Monster Media Racing/Southern California Velo) brought the hammer down in the finishing straight to take the win.

Solo breakaways punctuated the final two races of the day. Jason Walker (Reno, Nev./Team Specialized Racing Masters) rode on his own for nearly two-thirds of the men’s 40-44 criterium to shock the field and claim the Stars-and-Stripes. This was followed by Michael Easter (Ventura, Calif./Time Factory Team) breaking loose with about 10 laps to go and holding on to secure the national championship in the 35-39 age group.

With the completion of competition in several age groups, Best All-Around Rider (BAR) awards were handed out during tonight’s podium ceremony.  By virtue of their crit wins today, Michael Easter (men 35-39), Richard Meeker (men 50-54) and Jason Walker (men 40-44) each earned a BAR trophy.

Road race wins propelled Charles Holbrook (Oconomowoc, Wis./Lakes Area Physical Therapy — men 55-59), Felicia Gomez (Fresno, Calif./Pinnacle Women's Racing — women 40-44), Lisa Campbell (Newbury Park, Calif./ Empower Coaching/Southern California Velo — women 45-49) and Brendan Sullivan (Atlanta, Ga./Iron Data Racing — men 45-49) to the top of their respective BAR standings.

Amy Thornquist’s (Reno, Nev./Stevens Bikes p/b Pactimo) time trial win, combined with two more podium finishes, gave her the edge in the women’s 35-39 BAR ranking.

The 2012 Masters Road Nationals conclude on Sunday with the remaining criteriums, which will be held in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood. In the morning, women 60 and older and men 65 and older will compete. The afternoon session will feature the men 60-64 and the women 50-54 and 55-59 age groups. The Best All-Around Rider awards will be presented for those age categories, as well as the Best All-Around Team for the entire competition.

For a complete schedule, course maps, photo galleries and more, visit the 2012 USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals webpage. You can also follow the event on Twitter via the USA Cycling account or using the hashtag #RoadNats. For more information on Bend and the surrounding area, go to www.visitbend.com.

The women's 35-39 field rides through downtown Bend
The women's 35-39 field rides through downtown Bend

2012 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships
Bend, Oregon
September 5-9, 2012

RESULTSPHOTO GALLERY

Women’s 35-39 Criterium (40K)
1. Anne Donley (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics) 1:06:03
2. Heather McWilliams-Mierzejewski (Louisville, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics) 1:06:04
3. Ann Koehler (Charlotte, N.C./Modry/Evergreen Partners) 1:06:04
4. Amy Thornquist (Reno, Nev./Stevens Bikes p/b Pactimo) 1:06:07
5. Tanya Grossman (San Leandro, Calif./Kovarus/Wells Fargo Racing Team/Contra Costa Cycling Club) 1:06:07

Women’s 40-44 Criterium (25K)
1. Brenna Lopez-Otero (Bend, Ore./Bend Memorial Clinic Total Care) 1:06:53
2. Jane Evely (Carnation, Wash./Slalom Consulting Racing) 1:06:54
3. Felicia Gomez (Fresno, Calif./Pinnacle Women's Racing) 1:06:54
4. Kristin Drumm (Novato, Calif./Cycles FANATIC Factory Racing) 1:06:54
5. Ginny King (Dallas, Texas/KingRacingGroup) 1:06:54

Women’s 45-49 Criterium (25K)
1. Laurie Furman (San Jose, Calif./Sycomp Racing/Team Affinity) 39:06
2. Kimberly Ford (Mill Valley, Calif./Tri Valley Velo) 39:06
3. Belinda Eschenwald (Huntington Beach, Calif./Velo Club LaGrange) 39:06
4. Kim Wik (Fremont, Calif./Mellow Motors) 39:07
5. Pam Massey (Seattle, Wash./Union Bay Cycling/Bikesale.com) 39:09

Men’s 55-59 Criterium (40K)
1. Aubrey Gordon (Reading, Penn./Liberty Cycle) 55:50
2. Mark Hoffenberg (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Sho-Air/Rock 'n Road/Team Velosport Club) 55:50
3. Robert Downs (Madison, Wis./Planet Bike) 55:50
4. Daniel Nicolette (Los Alamitos, Calif./Sho-Air/Rock 'n Road/Team Velosport Club) 55:50
5. Glenn Schneider (Lake Worth, Fla./GS Palm Beach) 55:51

Men’s 50-54 Criterium (40K)
1. Richard Meeker (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Breakaway from Cancer Masters) 53:34
2. Joseph Paulson (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics) 53:34
3. Michael O'Rourke (Auburn, Calif./SAFEWAY/GA PRC Group/Team Bicycles Plus) 53:34
4. Alan Flores (Newport Beach, Calif./Spy Blue) 53:34
5. Lawrence Nolan (Fremont, Calif./Team Specialized Racing Masters) 53:34

Men’s 45-49 Criterium (40K)
1. James Paolinetti (Brea, Calif./Monster Media Racing/Southern California Velo) 54:55
2. David Klipper (Portland, Ore./Guinness Cycling Team) 54:56
3. Barton Bowen (Bend, Ore./Bicycle Ruidoso Inc.) 54:56
4. Allen Abell (New Braunfels, Texas/Joes Pro Bikes) 54:58
5. Byron Nix (Centennial, Colo./Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co) 54:59

Men’s 40-44 Criterium (50K)
1. Jason Walker (Reno, Nev./Team Specialized Racing Masters) 1:06:17
2. Chris DeMarchi (Chino, Calif./Monster Media Racing/Southern California Velo) 1:06:36
3. Maikey Lopera (Eugene, Ore.) 1:06:36
4. Dean LaBerge (Napa, Calif./Team Specialized Racing Masters) 1:06:37
5. Andres Gil (Stockton, Calif./Michael David Winery Cycling Team/Delta Velo) 1:06:37

Men’s 35-39 Criterium (50K)
1. Michael Easter (Ventura, Calif./Time Factory Team) 1:05:15
2. Charon Smith (Signal Hill, Calif./Surf City Cyclery/STERLING BMW) 1:05:21
3. Kayle Leogrande (Upland, Calif./Monster Media Racing/Southern California Velo) 1:05:21
4. Russell Stevenson (Boulder, Colo./Cycling Northwest) 1:05:23
5. Judd Van Sickle (Sacramento, Calif./Folsom Bike/Mercedes Benz Elite) 1:05:23

Best All-Around Riders
Men 35-39: Michael Easter (Ventura, Calif./Time Factory Team)
Men 40-44: Jason Walker (Reno, Nev./Team Specialized Racing Masters)
Men 45-49: Brendan Sullivan (Atlanta, Ga./Iron Data Racing)
Men 50-54: Richard Meeker (Corona Del Mar, Calif./Breakaway from Cancer Masters)
Men 55-59: Charles Holbrook (Oconomowoc, Wis./Lakes Area Physical Therapy)
Women 35-39: Amy Thornquist (Reno, Nev./Stevens Bikes p/b Pactimo)
Women 40-44: Felicia Gomez (Fresno, Calif./Pinnacle Women's Racing)
Women 45-49: Lisa Campbell (Newbury Park, Calif./ Empower Coaching/Southern California Velo)



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