A trio of Michigan riders are pre-race favorites for a pair rainbow jerseys at the UCI Masters Cyclo-Cross World Championships next week in Louisville, Kentucky.

Top-seeded Tom Burke of Grand Rapids and second seed Sven Baumann (Wolverine Sports Club) of Lake Orion will race at least 32 others for the Men’s 30-34 world championship.

Burke, riding for Midwest Cycling Group, was eighth in the field of 32 finishers in the Cat. 1,2,3 Men’s Masters 30-34 final at USA Cycling’s Masters National Championships on Jan. 9-13 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Second-seeded Jeff Weinert of Lake Orion (Wolverine Sports Club) will race No. 1 seed Jon Carniveau of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and close to 100 others for the Men’s 45-49 world title in Louisville.

Michigan’s top women’s prospect is Kimberly Thomas of Belmont, picked to finish among the top 10 in the 21-rider Women’s 40-44 final. Thomas, riding for Velo City Cycles, finished 10th among 16 finishers at the national championships in Madison.

Masters’ heat races begin Tuesday, Jan. 29. Championship races are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 1.

The Masters riders will race on sand, grass and dirt through tight, technical turns and over barriers on the devilishly difficult course at Champions Park at River Road Country Club on the Ohio River waterfront in Louisville. The world’s top pro cyclo-cross riders will compete in the UCI Elite World Championships, Feb. 2-3 at nearby Eva Bandman Park.

In all, 10 Michigan riders have entered the Masters world championships so far: Men 55-59 – Mathew Baroli, Troy, Wolverine Sports Club; Mark Wolowiec, Davisburg, Flying Rhino Cycling Club and Bruce Los, Holland, unattached; Men 35-39 – Wade Burch, CFT Cycling Team, Lansing; Men 40-44 – Patrick Russell, Wolverine Sports Club, Berkley; Men 45-59 Bryan Waldmann, Lake Orion, Wolverine Sports Club.


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