Three-time 2013 national champion Walter Axthelm returns to defend his titles at the 2014 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships Sept. 3-7.
Three 2013 UCI Masters Road World Championships medalists will take to the streets of Ogden when Anne Perry (Draper, Utah/DNA Cycling p/b K4), women’s 40-44 gold medalist, Brendan Sullivan (Atlanta, Ga./Century Road Club Association-Lupus Racing Team), men’s 50-54 time trial and road race gold medalist, and Melinda Berge (Tucson, Ariz./Summit Velo), women’s 65+ road race silver and time trial bronze medalist, clip in.
Also among those returning to the 2014 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships are 37 2013 national champions, including three-time winners Walter Axthelm (Durango, Colo./Durango Wheel Club) and John Elgart (Sacramento, Calif./Alto Velo Racing Club-LuxVue-SunPower Racing), as well as two-time champions Berge, Ed Chamberlin (Grand Junction, Colo./Livetraincrace.com), Jan Elsbach (Davis, Calif./VOS Racing), Phyllis Olrich (Grass Valley, Calif./Victory Velo Racing) and Wayne Watson (Denver, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team).
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The 34- and 20-km time trials kick things off in Ogden on Sept. 3, where riders will ride the up-and-down course at Antelope Island State Park. Reaching heights of nearly 4,500 feet, the scenic route takes competitors across the east banks of Antelope Island along Farmington Bay.
Regardless of whether riders are taking on the 97- or 73-km road race course on Sept. 4-5, competitors will race at Snowbasin Resort on a short ascent, followed by a gradual 1,700-foot decent from Mount Ogden in the first 11 kilometers. The 73-km course riders will then take two fairly flat laps around Pineview Reservoir, while the 97-km racers will take a third lap, before the course ascends back up 1,300 feet in the final 11 kilometers to the finish at Snowbasin Resort.
On Sept. 6, riders will challenge the one-mile criterium course in downtown Ogden that circles City Hall Park and stretches between 25th and 27th Streets on the north and south, and Grant and Ogden Avenues on the east and west.
The 2014 Team USA Legends Ride Gran Fondo has been postponed until further notice.
In its place, riders can celebrate four days of National Championship racing by rallying up at Roosters Brewing Company at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7 for the Roosters Ride - a free group ride through beautiful Ogden, Utah, led by Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell. This ride will start and finish at Roosters Brewing Company (253 Historic 25th Street, Ogden, Utah 84401) and will be held on open roads, so all participants must follow rules of the road at all times. There will be neutral support provided.
More information on the 2014 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships including start lists, schedule, results, photos and daily event recaps will be available on the event webpage.
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