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CyclingIconWolverine Sports Club’s Jeff Weinert, 45, of Lake Orion, was 10th in the 83-rider field in the Men’s Masters 45-49 race at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.

Despite temperatures in the teens and sub-zero wind chills, Weinert finished the 5-lap, 7.8-mile race up steep climbs, over hurdles and through treacherous sand pits in 51:21, at an average of speed of over 9 mph.

Men’s 45-49 world champion Donald Myrah, 47, of San Jose, finished in 47:40. Myrah adds the Rainbow jersey to the Stars-and-Stripes jersey he won at the recent U.S. Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships.

For complete results of all the masters world championship races in Louisville, visit: UCI MASTERS CYLCO-CROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

 

 

CyclingIconGrand Rapids’ Tom Burke finished just off the podium in fourth place Friday in the Masters Men’s 30-34 race at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Burke, riding for the Midwest Cycling Group, finished just behind German’s Sven Baumann of in-state rival Wolverine Sports Club, who finished third for the final podium spot.

Burke completed the 5-lap, 7.8-kilometer race in 42:22, 16 seconds ahead of Burke.

Thomas Turner, 49, of Team Jamis took the Rainbow Jersey as world champion in 41:10, 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Kevin McConnell of Mercy-Specialized/Iowa City Cycles.

 

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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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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