Masters Riders Descend on Ogden for Road Nationals
10 Sep, 2015
More than 80 national titles will be on the line this week as top masters road cyclists from around the nation face off in Ogden, Utah, now through Sept. 12, for the 2015 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships.
Among those returning to the 2015 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships are 15 2014 Best All-Around Riders, including: men’s 35-39 champion Jamey Yanik (Boise, Idaho/Bobs Bicycles Cycling Club); men’s 40-44 champion Scott Giles (Monterey, Calif./U.S. Military Endurance Sports); women’s 40-44 champion Mindy Caruso (Albuquerque, N.M./Nero Veloce p/b Michael Thomas Coffee); men’s 45-49 champion Christopher Phipps (San Francisco, Calif./ThirstyBear p/b Akamai); women’s 45-49 champion Anne Valta (Santa Clara, Calif./ThirstyBear p/B Akamai); men’s 50-54 champion Brendan Sullivan (Atlanta, Ga./Lupus Racing Team); women’s 50-54 champion Alison Frye (Salt Lake City, Utah/Ski Utah-Plan 7); men’s 60-64 champion Wayne Watson (Denver, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team); women’s 60-64 champion Kristine Johnson (Larkspur, Colo./K4 Racing-DNA Cycling Masters); men’s 65-69 champion Josef Lemire (San Francisco, Calif./ThirstyBear p/b Akamai); men’s 70-74 champion David Burnett (Norwich, Conn.); women’s 70-74 champion Melinda Berge (Tucson, Ariz./Summit Velo); men’s 75-79 champion Scott Tucker (Golden, Colo./Schwab Cycling Racing Team); women’s 75-79 champion Patty Puz (Sun Valley, Idaho/Durance-Colnago); and men’s 80+ champion Walter Axthelm (Durango, Colo./Durango Wheel Club).
View all of the currently registered riders.
Learn more about the event rules, eligibility and license requirements here.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: The 34- and 20-km time trials kick things off in Ogden on Sept. 9, 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. 10-11, 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. 12, 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.
Full course maps are available online.
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