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by Grant Berry
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Dan Norton (USA) was able to get the better of his field, as he lead them out on to the course with an impressive holeshot. He was trailed by Joseph Brown (USA) and Larry Yancey (USA). By the end of the first lap, Norton had stretched his lead to 10 seconds.
“This is the most technical course I have ever ridden. The ice and the frozen ruts combined with the slowly melting mud made it a real test out there. Tires and tire pressure were key; I had Challenge Limus’ on my A bike and they were a huge advantage for me out there,” Norton explained.
One lap later, Brown had moved himself up to Norton’s wheel and the battle was on. Greg Pautsch (USA) was also in the hunt, and fought to make contact with the front of the bike race. Half a lap later he would do that, and actually grabbed the lead briefly. Norton was having none of it, as he passed Pautsch back immediately and dug deep to try and create a separation. While they were battling back and forth, Fred Wittwer (USA) had made his way through the field and was now in contention for the win.
With a lap to go Norton, who is a ski patroller in the winter back in Seattle, was able to use his technical skills and open up a gap that would stick to the finish line.
“Once I took the lead on the last lap, I just tried to ride my lines and not hit the ground. It worked out.”
Victor Barnett (GBR) was in a battle with John Elgart (USA) and Lewis Rollins (USA) in the 65-69 race. As he saw two laps to go, he was comfortably in the lead. Barnett would hold on for the win and had this to say:
“It was great out there. The conditions took some getting used to, but I got a handle on it. I was riding with the other guy, and he had a slip up in the woods, and that is where I got my gap. I then rode two laps solo and held on. I am already excited to come back and defend my title next year!”
John Ginley (GBR) made a late race move to ride in for victory in the 70-74 race.
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2012 UCI Masters Cyclocross World Championships: Men 60-64 Results
1 NORTON Glen Team Redline USA 2 WITTWER Fred Alan North America Cycling Team USA 3 PAUTSCH Gregory Planet Bike USA 4 PARKER Harold 360Racing USA 5 LEONARD Timothy Nycross.Com USA 6 BEACHY Landon Twisted Spokes Racing Team USA 7 YANCEY Larry Meech Custom Bicycles USA 8 ABBOTT Steve Team Audi Northeast/Colorado Ski&Bike USA 9 PEARSON Richard Team Kaos/Alegent Health USA 10 BEALS David Nycross.Com USA 11 WALDMAN Lee Green Mountain Sports Velo USA 12 TARTE Timothy Cyclocrossracing.Com/Pscc USA 13 SOUTH Charles Men Of Steel Racing USA 14 TUTTLE Kevin Main Line Cycling-Bikyle/Mazur Coaching USA 48:31:00 15 WEIGEL Albert Verdigris-Village Cx USA 16 DIBIASI Nunzio Yellow Breeches Racing USA 17 GEE Thomas St. Louis Cycling Club USA 18 SHIELDS Kerry Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes P/B Ridley USA 52:23:00 19 COUPLAND Julian Verdigris - Village Cx USA 20 CARLSON James Potomac Velo Club USA 21 OMER Timothy Papa Johns' Racing Team USA DNF BROWN Joseph Flying Rhino Cycling Club USA DNS PAULSON Gordon Planet Bike USA DNS BOOTH Rit Hampshire Cycle Club USA
2012 UCI Masters Cyclocross World Championships: Men 65-69 Results
1 BARNETT Victor Welland Valley Cc GBR 2 ELGART John Webcor/Alto Velo USA 3 WAGNER James Cycle Therapy/4-Corners Racing USA 4 ROLLINS Lewis Contender Bicycle USA 5 ABBOTT Rick Excelsports.Com USA 6 STEVENS David Raleigh All Stars USA 7 LUDECKE Bob Laurel Bike Club USA 8 WILLARD Robin CAN 50:58:00 9 OZMENT E Michael Team Mack USA 10 FULLER David Cycles De Oro/ Greensboro Velo USA 11 COLLINS John Violet Crown USA DNS WALL Richard Bike Doktor USA DNS WILLIAMS Ben A 1 Cycling/ Shop Ratz Racing USA
|1||GINLEY John||Condor Road Club||GBR|
|2||IVES Michael||Jewson / M.I Racing||GBR|
|3||NORDENSON Erik||Poison Spider Bicycles||USA|
|4||LLAMAS Robert||Team Montrose Bike Shop||USA|
|5||HETTINGER Loren||Schwab Cycles Rt||USA|
|DNF||LEA Robert||T.E.A.M Fuji||USA|
2012 UCI Masters Cyclocross World Championships: Men 75+ Results
1 RILEY Ronald Bike Station Aptos USA