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by Grant Berry
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — As the sun began to warm up the air and thaw the course, conditions were starting to change. Kathy Sarvary (USA) would grab the holeshot in the next race of the day and was followed closely by Bridget Zolman (USA) and Diane Ostenso (USA).
“My coach told me to get the holeshot, and control the pace so that I had first choice on what line to take and didn’t have to follow anyone and so I could hopefully stay out of trouble,” Sarvary explained.
Elizabeth Heller (USA) looked to have a slow start, but half way through the first lap she was making up ground quickly and was about to make contact with Sarvary when she crashed heavily in the corner leading into the sand pit. She then entered the pit to change machines, but had another miscue and rode by her waiting crew.
“I had some issues in the pits after I crashed, as it is my first UCI race and only the second time I have ever had to change bikes. Live and learn I guess!”
With two laps to, Sarvary was clearly in control, and riding comfortably ahead of Heller and Ostenso. Ostenso was trying to make contact, but dangled just a few seconds off Heller’s wheel. She was riding smoothly, and was showing big determination to grab the silver winning position but would run out of time. Sarvary won in dominating fashion, as the remaining podium spots went to Heller and Ostenso.
Sarvary was very pleased with her ride, and also with the conditions: “It was really tough out there; but an awesome course for sure. There was mud, ice, ruts and lots of challenges. This course really is what a World’s course should be; a challenge.”
Regarding the venue at Eva Bandman Park, Sarvary had this to say: “The course here is good; but the venue and the infrastructure need some work. I am glad they had Master’s Worlds here first as it is a great way for them to cut their teeth and work out the bugs before bringing the Elites here. There is some work to be done.”
Karen Wells-Hamilton (USA) won the women’s 60-64 race, and Julie Lockhart added another World Championship title to her previous wins by taking the women’s 65+ victory.
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Photos — Brian Nelson
1 SARVARY Kathy Blue Steel Cyclery USA 2 HELLER Elizabeth Dressell'S Pub USA 3 OSTENSO Diane Planet Bike USA 4 COLBERT Lucia Los Locos USA 5 ELGART Linda Webcor/Alto Velo USA 6 GRAVES Lilynn Corning/Notubes Race Team/Swan CyclesUSA 49:13:00 7 ENSLOW Beverly Proctor Cycling Team/Peoria Bicycle Club USA 51:05:00 8 LEA Tracy T.E.A.M. Fuji USA 9 ZOLMAN Bridget Potomac Velo Club USA
1 WELLS-HAMILTON Karen Biowheels/Reece-Campbell Racing USA
1 LOCKHART Julie Nebc P/B Cycle Loft / Nemca USA