First day of road competition crowns 17 at Masters Nationals

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Ogden, Utah (Sept. 4, 2014) – The first road champions were crowned at Snowbasin Resort on Thursday in Ogden, Utah, when the 2014 Masters Road National Championships completed its second day of competition.
A chilly morning at Ogden’s Snowbasin Resort greeted the first seven divisions of riders to toe the line, as all men’s 65-84 and women’s 60-74 divisions challenged the 49km road course.

Masters men 70-74 riders start their loop around Pineview Reservoir. (photo by Philip Beckman)

Sheila Walsh (Seattle, Wash/Jet City Velo) edged second-place finisher Laura Lindgren (Long Beach, Calif./Sisterhood of Cycling) by five seconds in the women’s 60-64 race, posting the top time of 1:41:31 to Lindgren’s 1:41:36. Martha Stedman (Tucson, Ariz./Southwest Hand Cycling Team) finished third in 1:43:45.

Josef Lemire (San Francisco, Calif./Team Hammer Nutrition) started a trend shared by five other winners in the morning session, as he backed Wednesday’s time trial gold medal with the men’s 65-69 championship in 1:28:21, followed by David Hixon (Knoxville, Tenn./Gran Fondo Racing) in 1:28:41 and Ed Chamberlin (Grand Junction, Colo./ in 1:28:46. In the women’s 65-69 contest, Kathleen Pratt’s (Happy Valley, Ore./Fred Meyer Cycling Team) strong week continued when she added the road championship to her time trial Stars-and-Stripes jersey, finishing in 1:43:06. Phyllis Olrich (Grass Valley, Calif./Victory Velo Racing) claimed silver in 1:45:25 and Martha Iverson  (Durango, Colo./K4 Racing) earned bronze in 1:48:57.


The men’s and women’s 70-74 division also saw two riders earn their second national championships in as many days. In the men’s race, David Burnett (Norwich, Conn./Zanes Cycles Racing Team) followed his time trial win with a group best 1:32:17 effort, topping Jim Fox (Aptos, Calif./Team Hammer Nutrition) in 1:33:14 and Michael Phelps (Angels Camp, Calif./VOS Racing) in 1:36:42.


“I had very high expectations, but it is hard to dream that they might come true,” said Burnett. “I’ve got to pinch myself, frankly, to realize that I have, in fact, done it: two national championships. It’s fun, being from the Northeast, to come out and beat all these guys from Colorado, Utah and California who live at altitude and come in with a substantial advantage.”


On the women’s side, Melinda Berge (Tucson, Ariz./Summit Velo) climbed the podium again, winning the road title in 2:10:34, while Dee Samuels (Nevada City, Calif./SHO-AIR-SERT) picked up silver in 2:12:34 and Julianna Kimball (Phoenix, Ariz./Team Winded Development) reached the third step in 2:22:26.

Scott Tucker (Golden, Colo./Schwab Cycles Racing Team) became a two-time 2014 masters national champion by pacing the men’s 75-79 field with a 1:45:28 mark, defeating Alan Stockland’s (Ogden, Utah) 1:50:40 effort and Leon Sowers’ (San Diego, Calif./San Diego Cyclo Vets) 1:52:34 result.

Walter Axthelm (Durango, Colo./Durango Wheel Club) earned his fifth Stars-and-Stripes jersey in the last two years with an impressive 1:48:57 campaign in the 80-84 race, which bested Fred Schmid (Waco, Texas/Bicycles Outback Racing), who crossed in 1:53:21, and David Ellefson (Banner Elk, N.C./360 Racing), who chalked a 1:55:44 time.


Chilly morning conditions made way for a picturesque afternoon session where all 45-69 women’s individual divisions, as well as seven tandem divisions, clipped in.


In just her first year of competitive cycling, Anne Valta (Santa Clara, Calif./iRT-Reactor p/b JL Velo) claimed her second Stars-and-Stripes jersey in as many days, winning the women’s 45-49 road race in 2:13:54. Tanya Fredricks (San Anselmo, Calif./ThirstyBear Cycling) earned silver in 2:14:46, followed by Kimberly Pettit (Tulsa, Okla./Team Soundpony) in 2:16:02.


Lynne Anderson (right) edged Ruth Clemence (left) by one second in the women's 55-59 race. (photo by Philip Beckman)

This is my first season racing bicycles, and I would have never thought I would be in nationals, let alone winning both the time trial and the road race,” Valta said. “I had a triathlon background—it’s 20 years behind me when I last raced in triathlons, so it’s been a while, but I think that competitiveness is still in me, obviously. I like training and I don’t mind the pain. I did a lot of work for this, and I think it’s awesome that it paid off.”

Alison Frye (Salt Lake City, Utah/Ski Utah-Plan 7) ascended the women’s 50-54 podium after assembling a 2:13:59 campaign, besting Jennifer Slawta’s (Talent, Ore.) 2:15:06 clip, as well as Trish Heisdorffer’s (Westminster, Colo./Sports Garage Cycling) 2:15:10 mark.


In the closest and fastest individual contest on the 73km course, Lynne Anderson (Saint Louis, Mo./Velo Force) recorded a 2:11:36 women’s 55-59 victory, clipping Ruth Clemence’s (Newport Beach, Calif./Sisterhood of Cycling) 2:11:37 time by just one second. Robynn Masters (Salt Lake City, Utah/Ski Utah-Plan 7) finished third in 2:13:56.


In 70+ tandem action, the duo of Bradley Jones (Brea, Calif./BBI-SIC Cycling) and Scott Raymond (Cypress, Calif./ BBI-SIC Cycling) pedaled to a 1:57:47 men’s victory, winning a close contest against Ian Gueit (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Radsport Cycling Team) and Jason Johns’ (Laguna Hills, Calif./Radsport Cycling Team) 1:59:14 pace, and David Prechtl (Garden Grove, Calif./Radsport Cycling Team) and Gary Walls’ (Long Beach, Calif./Radsport Cycling Team) 2:03:03 result. Danielle Ruane (Bow, N.H./Sunapee Racing Team) and Patrick Ruane (Bow, N.H./Sunapee Racing Team) took the mixed tandem win in 1:57:11, followed by Kristie James (Philadelphia, Pa./QCW Cycling) and Meurig James (Philadelphia, Pa./QCW Cycling) in 1:57:27 and Irina Axelrod-Angres (Reno, Nev.) and Rich Staley (Reno, Nev.) in 2:00:32.

Louie Amelburu (Las Vegas, Nev./Microseal Racing Team) and Mark Schaefer (Ogden, Utah/Microseal Racing Team) assembled a 1:56:52 run to pick up the men’s 90+ tandem win, besting Jesus Lamb (Tucson, Ariz./GST Racing) and Paul Thomas (Tucson, Ariz./Core Cycling Team) in 1:58:53, while Jacquelyn Hoagland-Lockwood (Chandler, Ariz./Curbside Cyclery Racing Team) and Linda Hurley (Phoenix, Ariz.) claimed the women’s 90+ tandem win in 2:24:02.

Helene Carabin (Nichols Hills, Okla./Tulsa Wheelmen) and Gil Summy (Nichols Hills, Okla./Oklahoma City Velo Club) nipped Jennifer Slawta (Talent, Ore.) and John Slawta (Talent, Ore.) by 33 seconds, putting up the top time of 1:59:36 to the Slawtas’ 2:00:09. Denise Mueller (Carlsbad, Calif./Sisterhood of Cycling) and John Howard (Encinitas, Calif.) picked up bronze in 2:01:05, backing up their time trial win the day before.


Two 110+ tandem competitions closed out the day with John Elgart (Sacramento, Calif./Alto Velo Racing Club) and Jan Elsbach (Davis, Calif./VOS Racing) claiming the men’s race in 1:58:12, their second win of the week, followed by Alex Brede (Bellingham, Wash.) and Richard West (Bellingham, Wash./Shuksan Velo Club) in 2:01:57 and Raymond Middleton (Estes Park, Colo./Hammer Racing Team-TVG LTD) and Gregory Hoffman (Doylestown, Pa./EBS Racing Club) in 2:37:30. In mixed action, time trial champions Kelly Crawford (Ogden, Utah/Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team) and Zan Treasure (Ogden, Utah/Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team) found gold in 1:56:20, pacing Elizabeth Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Russell Reid (Palo Alto, Calif.) in 2:03:58 and Sherry Berde-Townsend (Mendota Heights, Minn./NorthStar Development) and Charles Townsend (Mendota Heights, Minn./NorthStar Development) in 2:13:27.


Friday’s competition resumes at 8:15 a.m. with the conclusion of road races at the Snowbasin Resort as 35-64 men’s and 35-44 women’s divisions greet the asphalt.


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