Henry Kramer Holds Off Shields to Win Masters Men 55-59
Henry Kramer of Cal Giant gets the big title that has eluded him for years. 2013 Cyclocross World Championships – Masters Men 55-59. © Cyclocross Magazine
“The reason I screwed the start up was I was in too big of a gear … So I had to be patient and wait,” Henry Kramer of Cal-Giant said after his race, smiling. And he had reason to: after years of trying, he’d finally taken home the title of World Champion, in a hard-fought battle with Randy Shields. Behind them, Thomas Hayles took home third, while the Swedish racer who had snagged the holeshot, Ben Andersson, fell behind to seventh place.
“You’re pedaling and pedaling and can’t go,” Kramer said after collapsing at the finish line. “And that’s the hardest thing in the world.”
What catapulted him into the front? “The cold weather,” he wheezed, then laughed. “You did. You all did. A lifetime’s worth of work catapulted me into the front.”
“Pit stops were everything,” Kramer said, adding that he pitted twice a lap. But still, “You could hardly move by the end.”
“You don’t know how hard I’ve worked to get this. I felt like I might lose it! But I was struggling so hard.”
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Masters Cyclocross World Championships 55-59 Results
Place Name City, State Team 1 Henry KRAMER Menlo Park, CA California Giant Berry Farms/Sp 2 Randy Shields Winston Salem, NC Hearts Racing Club 3 Thomas HAYLES Aspen, CO 4 Norman KREISS Orinda, CA California Giant Cycling 5 Jim GENTES Soquel, CA buy-cell.com 6 Scott PAISLEY Charlottesville, VA MVC/Blue Wheel/Monticello Velo 7 Benny ANDERSSON Trek Sweden Racing 8 Colin FUNK First Capital Cycling Kingston 9 Edwin RAMBUSKI San Luis Obispo, CA Team Rambuski Law/Team Rambuski 10 Alan BLANCHARD Congers, NY Century Road Club Assoc 11 Rudy SROKA N Royalton, OH Team Lake Effect/Lake Effect Cy 12 Dag SELANDER Hudson, WI Team Plan C 13 Joe FABRIS Los Gatos, CA Fightin' Bobas 14 John THOMPSON Shoreview, MN Team Plan C 15 Brad YOUNG Porter Corners, NY Woodstock Bicycle Club 16 Russell THORSTROM Boise, ID Intermountain Cycling Organizat 17 Jeffrey CRAFT Madison, OH Team Lake Effect/Lake Effect Cy 18 William WELLSMAN Pro City Racing 19 Wayne SIMON Lake Barrington, IL ENZO'S Cycling 20 William STEVENS Bolton, MA Spin Arts Cycling 21 Laurent MCLAUGHLIN Nederland, CO Real D-Amgen Masters Cycling 22 David DELPERDANG Clear Lake, IA North Iowa Spin 23 Mark MCGEEN Waukesha, WI Team Mack Racing Assoc. LTD 24 John BLISS Boulder, CO Team Kappius 25 Richard MAUNEY Lilburn, GA Toyota Forklifts/Sport Factory/ 26 Mark WOLOWIEC Davisburg, MI Flying Rhino Cycling Club 27 Thomas PREHN Boulder, CO Boulder Running Company Cycling 28 Jeffrey SCHEPPER Greenwood, IN Speedway Wheelmen 29 Mathew BAROLI Troy, MI Wolverine Sports Club 30 Kevin Saint Clair Philadelphia, PA BiKyle/Mazur Coaching/Mainline 31 Jay THORNTON Laguna Beach , CA 32 William KUSTER Anoka, MN 33 Gary DALTON Wakefield Ri Cox/W.E. Stedman Cycling /Swamp 34 Chris BLACK San Luis Obispo, CA Morgan Stanley /Specialized/Mor 35 John REIMBOLD Carbondale, IL Heckawee 36 Jeff TRIPP Deerfield, NH Blue Steel Cyclery /Blue Steel 37 Dennis SMITH Newark, DE Bike Line 38 Marshall LEININGER Canton, OH Stark Velo 39 Brad DEMOTT Shelbyville, IN Gray Goat Sports 40 Tom MAHANEY Marquette, MI 41 Mike WEST Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak Velo 42 Mark LUKE Goleta, CA Platinum Performance Cycling Te 43 Gilles CORDIER Kunstadt sports cycling 44 Kevin BRECKENMAKER Hershey, PA ERA Cycling 45 Randy RHOADS Horseheads, NY Corning/NoTubes Race Team/Cryst 46 Ian SEARLE Bellevue, WA Team Double Check 47 Richard BAUCH Califon, NJ Colavita Racing/Colavita Racing 48 Thomas WILSON Shaker Heights, OH 49 David CONRAD Olathe, KS Localcycling.com/Slimenundgross 50 Steven VORDERMAN Fort Wayne, IN Don Galligher-DRT Consulting 51 Andrew MISHLOVE Glendale, WI Hampshire Cycle Club 52 Stewart SEAHOLM Elk Grove Village, IL Cyclocrossracing.com DNS Graham MILNER Encinitas, CA San Diego Cyclo Vets DNS Bruce LOS(Cat4) Holland, MI DNS David COAR Ft Wayne, IN Men of Steel Racing /Men Of Ste DNF Robert DOWNS Madison, WI Planet Bike Don’t miss our LIVE STREAMING VIDEO of the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships. And for all the latest news, results, photos and videos from the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships and Masters World Championships in Louisville, KY, keep checking our 2013 Cyclocross World Championships page.