CyclingIconKimberly Thomas, 40, of Belmont finished 16th yesterday among Women 40-44 at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Temperatures were in the 20s with snow as racers negotiated sand pits, steep climbs and low hurdles in races yesterday.

The Wolverine Sport Club’s Sven Bauman and Grand Rapids’ Tom Burke finished 1-2 in Heat 1 of the Men’s 30-34 preliminaries and will face off again today for the rainbow jersey. Bauman won the heat in 20:30, with Burke 14 seconds back.

The men’s 30-34 final was scheduled for 9:15 this morning. Conditions were expected to be sunny with wind chills below zero.

Thomas, riding for Velo City Cycles, completed 2 laps of the 1.6-mile course in 38:25, just over 9 minutes back of world champion Susan Butler 42, of Portland, Oregon. Butler, who won the Stars-and-Stripes jersey as U.S. Champion on Jan. 10, added the Rainbow Jersey as world champion to her wardrobe in 29:12, edging Boulder Cycle Sport’s Kristin Weber, 40, of Boulder, Colorado by 38 seconds.

A pair of Michigan men, Mark Wolowiec and Mathew Baroli, made the 53-rider men’s 55-59 championship field, finishing 26th and 29th, respectively, in the 3-lap championship race.

Henry Kramer, 57, of Menlo Park, California, who finished second at the recent U.S. National Championships, took the rainbow jersey in 37:43.

Wolowiec, 57, of Davisburg, riding for the Flying Rhino Cycling Club, finished in 46:10. The Wolverine Sports Club’s Baroli, 55, of Troy, finished in 46:43.


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