LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY —Stephen Tilford (Tradewind Energy/Eriksen Cycles; USA) took the win nearly a minute ahead of Kevin Hines (Corner Cycles; USA) and Gunnar Shogren (Team Pathfinder of WV; USA), making the podium All-American.
The story line for all of the races today was incredibly similar. The first few riders coming off of the start straight were the race. Behind them, the consistent pattern was chaos, causing the races to blow apart within the first 3 minutes of the Women’s 35 – 39 race, the Men’s 50 – 54 and 45 – 49 races. They were won, by Lyne Bessette, Steve Tilford and Don Myrah respectively. Those were the stories, but the course conditions truly contributed to the story line today. Bessette, Tilford and Myrah were clearly the strongest riders in each of their fields stamping their authority on the races early on.
Coming off of the pavement Tilford grabbed the hole shot with Kevin Hines and Gunnar Shogren hot on his heels. By the end of the first lap it was a one man race for first and a dogfight till the end for the next two podium placings. Ultimately, Hines took second with Shogren third. Again, the gap to the remainder of the field was substantial.