VERONA, WISCONSIN — In one of the most hotly contended races we’ve seen so far at Nationals, it was Boulder Cycle Sport’s Russell Stevenson who took the win in the frigid cold in the Masters 35-39 race, just ahead of Cal Giant’s Justin Robinson.
Russel Stevenson wins his first title with a Masters 35-39 win. 2013 Cyclocross Nationals.© Cyclocross Magazine
Chris Case (Feedback Sports Racing) took the holeshot with last year’s winner, Brian Wilichoski (CyclocrossWorld) hot on his heels. However, Stevenson says that while his start wasn’t as spectacular as he’d have like, it was at the first long hill that he turned on the gas and broke free of the group, opening a gap almost immediately. Behind him, a group consisting of Wilichoski, fellow New Englander Al Donahue (JAM Fund), Jake Wells and Robinson chased.
The thick mud forced racers into the pits as often as possible, and with 11:30 lap times, it was obvious that the peanut butter mud was slowing riders down. Behind Stevenson, Donahue, Wilichoski, Robinson and Wells battled in earnest for second place and to catch Stevenson, trading blows and making gains in corners and in the pits. However, it wasn’t until two to go that Robinson was able to break free of the group and begin chasing Stevenson in earnest, coming within 10 seconds of him on the last lap.
It was Stevenson, though, who emerged onto the pavement, uncontested and able to comfortably lift his hands in the air in victory as he came through the finish to be greeted by his teammates, including earlier race winner Pete Webber. “That was my plan,” he said when
Cyclocross Magazine asked if the early lead was intentional. “I wanted to go out and race my own race.”
It was a satisfying victory after
losing to Jonathan Baker in the last seconds in 2010 in Bend, and having an off 2011 season after winning the inaugural Raleigh Midsummer Night Dream race.
Interview with Russell Stevenson:
Masters Men 35-39 Cyclocross National Championships Photo Gallery: 2013 Nationals Masters Men 35-39 Results
Place Name City, State Time Team 1 Russell STEVENSON Boulder, CO 0:46:06 Boulder Cycle Sport 2 Justin ROBINSON Bonny Doon, CA 46:23:00 California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized/California Giant Cycling 3 Jake WELLS Avon, CO 46:30:00 4 Alec DONAHUE Easthampton, MA 46:53:00 JAM Fund / NCC /Tenet Racing 5 Brian WILICHOSKI Danvers, MA 46:55:00 Cyclocrossworld 6 Weston SCHEMPF Rockville, MD 48:14:00 Charm City Cycling LLC 7 Jared NIETERS Haymarket, VA 48:25:00 SEAVS/Haymarket 8 Andrew MESSER Bloomington, IN 48:36:00 Team Upland Brewing 9 Taylor CARRINGTON Denver, CO 48:50:00 Turin Bikes - Carmichael Training Systems 10 Eric ANDERSON Indianapolis, IN 49:46:00 Zipp Factory Team 11 Jesse RIENTS Shakopee, MN 49:56:00 Trek Cyclocross Collective 12 Brian SHEEDY Brevard, NC 50:14:00 GIANT 13 Ryan LEECH State College, PA 50:34:00 MAMBO CX/GoCycling/Mid Atl Masters Bicycle Org 14 Chandler DELINKS (1 - Cat2) Ipswich, MA 51:03:00 Cyclocrossworld 15 Craig FAULKNER Mendota Heights, MN 51:14:00 Crossniacs 16 Damian SCHMITT (1 - Cat1) Bend, OR 51:19:00 17 Christopher FISHER Inver Grove Heights, MN 51:57:00 Crossniacs 18 Greg KRAUSE Littleton, CO 52:01:00 19 David (Shawn) ADAMS Akron, OH 52:16:00 Cycle-Smart Inc. 20 Aaron ELWELL Lawrence, KS 52:22:00 Twin Six 21 Matt TILLINGHAST (2 - Cat2) Lincoln, NE 52:27:00 Trek Cyclocross Collective 22 Travis DONN Kansas City, MO 52:41:00 Ethos Racing 23 Louis KUHN (2 - Cat1) Evanston, IL 53:41:00 The Pony Shop 24 Sheldon MILLER Craftsbury Common, VT 54:33:00 Bikeman.com 25 David SHEEK Huntington Beach, CA 54:43:00 SDG Felt 26 Joshua WHITMORE Sylva, NC 55:01:00 Team Athletix Benefitting Globalbike/Globalbike Racing 27 Christopher NEWLIN (3 - Cat2) Viroqua, WI 55:34:00 My Wife Inc 28 Alex WORK Santa Cruz, CA 55:44:00 Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross 29 Colby LASH (1 - Cat3) Marquette, MI 56:16:00 30 Donald SNOOP JR Beverly, MA 56:34:00 Essex County Velo 31 David DORNAUS Hingham, MA 56:37:00 Corner Cycle Cycling Club 32 Joshua PRATER Indianapolis, IN 56:43:00 Speedway Wheelmen 33 Noah MARCUS Omaha, NE 58:43:00 Greenstreet Velo Club 34 Joshua STEVENS Durham, NC 58:44:00 Garneau Custom 35 Eric NELSON San Clemente, CA 1:04:42 Mudfoot 36 Brian PARKER (4 - Cat2) Berwyn, IL @1Lap The Bonebell 37 David NEIS (5 - Cat2) Yellow Springs, OH @1Lap TEAM DAYTON-MERRILL LYNCH CYCLING/Team Dayton Bicycling 38 Ryan JACOBSEN (6 - Cat2) Iowa City, IA @1Lap Atlas Cycling/Atlas Cycling Team 39 Travis FREY Brentwood, MO @1Lap Michelob Ultra - Big Shark Racing 40 Mark HARMS (7 - Cat2) Madison, WI @1Lap HTFU Racing 41 Ken DICK Emeryville, CA @1Lap Wrench Science 42 Mark BOWERS (8 - Cat2) Evanston, IL @1Lap 43 Andy HOENISCH (2 - Cat3) Madison, WI @1Lap Twin Six 44 Benjamin DEMONG (3 - Cat3) Glen Ellyn, IL @1Lap ABD Cycling Club 45 Jason KNAUFF (9 - Cat2) Chicago, IL @2Lap Burnham Racing 46 Barry TUNGSETH (10 - Cat2) Stillwater, MN @2Lap SilverCycling/Silver Cycling 47 Lee UNWIN Madison, WI @2Lap 48 Ryan GINGERICH (11 - Cat2) Chicago, IL @2Lap 49 Ryan CARLSON (4 - Cat3) Minnetonka, MN @2Lap Twin Six 50 Russell GRIFFIN Denver, CO @2Lap Cycleton 51 Brian KOZICKI (5 - Cat3) Saint Louis Park, MN @2Lap Top Natchez Racing 52 Jason WAGNER Brookfield, IL @2Lap Flatlandia Cycling Team 53 Bart HOLLAREN (6 - Cat3) Andover, MN @2Lap Peace Coffee Racing 54 Sanjay GANJU (7 - Cat3) New Berlin, WI @2Lap Trek Midwest Team 55 Teodoro RAMOS Berwyn, IL @2Lap Iron Cycles 56 Andy PASKINS Carmel, IN @2Lap SRAM Factory 57 Mark BIBBEY (8 - Cat3) Chandler, AZ @2Lap Focus Racing 58 Paolo URIZAR (9 - Cat3) Chicago, IL @2Lap The Bonebell DNS Jeremy YOUNG (Cat2) Boulder, CO DNS Trent WILLIAMS (Cat3) Chicago, IL Spidermonkey Cycling DNS Kansas WAUGH (Cat3) Chicago, IL Tenspeed Hero / J.P. Graziano DNS Oliver VRAMBOUT (Cat1) Bayport, MN The Bikery Du Nord DNS Matthew TIMMERMAN Bethel, CT DNS Kent THROLSON Minneapolis, MN Balance Cycling/Erik's Bike Shop DNS Anthony THORNTON Superior, CO DNS Luke SEEMANN (Cat2) Chicago, IL xXx Racing DNS Todd SCHOENI Pittsburgh, PA DNS Christopher SCHMIDT (Cat3) Lake Geneva, WI Tread Head Cycling DNS Hayes SANBORN (Cat3) Chicago, IL Spidermonkey Cycling DNS Brett ROTHMEYER Pittsburgh, PA Charm City Cycling LLC DNS Jared NELSON Bozeman, MT Team Rockford / Clif DNS Jacob LASLEY Broken Arrow, OK Team Soundpony DNS Michael DICENSO Seattle, WA Mafia Racing DNS Chad DEAN Madison, WI 5Nines Cycling/HTFU Racing DNS Michael CROUCH Nashville, TN Swiftwick Factory Racing p/b Cumberland Transit DNS Matthew BLOCK (Cat3) Schofield, WI Bikeman.com DNF Andy WALKER (Cat3) Naperville, IL ABD Cycling Club DNF Jerry TROIANO Highland Park, NJ Rutgers University-New Brunswick/Piscataway DNF Christopher CASE Boulder, CO Feedback Sports Racing DNF Molly CAMERON Portland, OR Portland Bicycle Studio
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