Linda Elgart wins her second national title. Cyclocross Nationals Day 2 © Janet Hill

Linda Elgart wins her second national title. Cyclocross Nationals Day 2 © Janet Hill

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BEND, ORE. – The Masters Women’s title races got underway Thursday morning with a course that met with extremely positive feedback from competitors as the terrain continued to thaw, providing the perfect blend between technical and grippy. Last year’s main climb, which was unrideable by most in the early Championship races, was easily tackled this year, and the blend between twisty and wide-open power sections favored riders with balanced strengths.

Lockhart Goes it Alone, Iverson Prevails
Nationals has only just gotten started, and Martha Iverson has already added a second title to the Durango Wheel Club’s tally, with Walt Axthelm bringing home the win in the men’s 75+ event earlier in the morning. Iverson won the 60-64 race in front of Flo Leibowitz. Julie Lockhart lined up with the younger women and rode to the women’s 70+ title uncontested.

Linda Elgart Emerges from Lead Trio in Women’s 55-59
Tove Shere ( stormed off the start line to an early lead, with Linda Elgart (Alto Velo Racing Club) and Lee Smith (Sound Velo) hot on her heels. The trio quickly built an insurmountable lead over the rest of the field. Shere began to fade as the laps wore on, and with two-and-a-half laps to go, Elgart only got stronger, building up a lead of almost a minute by the time she claimed her Nationals’ jersey. Smith would narrowly edge out Shere for second.

“We’ve been blessed with a muddy season around Sacramento, so I was well prepared for the course conditions today.” Linda’s husband John had brought home a title earlier in the day, making this the second time that the husband and wife duo won championships on the same day, with the previous instance in Napa, California, in 2002.

Walker Wins Thrilling Duel with Ruseckas in 50-54 race
Kris Walker
(Church of the Big Ring) aged up a group for this itieration of Nationals, but the result was much the same as she was able to bring home a 2010 National title. The race did not, however, go off without a hitch, as Walker ran into trouble with an early crash.

Marilyn Ruseckas, the defending 50-54 champion, took advantage and was off to an early lead. But Walker proved resourceful and battled her way back to the front, making for a two-woman race. After establishing a slim gap, a bobble by Walker with a half lap to go would enable Ruseckas to rejoin her at the front.

The two continued to battle, with Walker maintaining a slim lead. Walker quickly got around a lapped rider as she neared the end of the race, and Ruseckas was momentarily hung up, adding a little extra cushion to Walker’s winning margin.

Karen Hogan was dominant in the 45+ race. © Tim Westmore

Karen Hogan was dominant in the 45+ race. © Tim Westmore

Hogan Outpaces Gibson, Women’s 45-49
Karen Hogan
quickly established herself as the woman to beat in the Masters women 45-49 event, carving out a gap in the technical turns on the eastern part of the course. Hogan’s gap would grow to 30 seconds over Velo Bella’s Shannon Gibson, who was relentless in her chase. Hogan, who was able to keep an eye on her competitor thanks to the twists and turns, was quick to credit Gibson’s chase. “I wasn’t gaining much on her lap to lap, she was pushing me,” said Hogan.

Hogan improved her 2009 Nationals result by one important spot, and she was quick to credit the strong local race scene she has. “I’m pack fodder in Colorado,” said Hogan. “I’m measuring myself against some of the girls who are going to do really well in the Elite race there.”

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Full Results:

Masters Women 70+

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Julie LockhartDunstable, MA226695129Northeast Bicycle Club (NEBC)

Masters Women 60-64:

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Martha IversonDurango, CO0:50:4980010126Durango Wheel Club
2135Flo LeibowitzCorvallis, OR51:02:00301415127

Masters Women 55-59:

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Linda ElgartSacramento, CA0:43:2845299108Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al
2135Lee SmithSeattle, WA44:51:00236239109Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
3120Tove ShereSanta Fe, NM45:33:0073854103Khsnm.Com/Thenationalsproject.C
4105Carol RuckleRedlands, CA47:24:0030799110Pull Thru Racing/Team Possabili
590Margaret ThompsonClinton, NY48:01:0035453104Team Hammer Nutrition
685Melissa BoydCorvallis, OR53:48:00303214107
780Barbara ThieleHillsboro, OR54:49:00268052106
875Frances SummerhillCentennial, CO54:52:00203904102Front Rangers Cycling Club

Masters Women 50-54:

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Kris WalkerPocatello, ID0:39:5148743210Church Of The Big Ring
2135Marilyn RuseckasWaitsfield, VT39:59:0078836201
3120Jane FinsterwaldBasalt, CO40:12:0083503206Colobikelaw.Com
4105Kathy SarvaryLunenburg, MA42:36:0031327207Blue Steel Cyclery
590Karen KenlanBend, OR43:39:0028009209
685Tami ReedEagle, ID44:14:00297551227Lost River Cycling Club/Intermo
780Betsy RichardsDurango, CO44:40:00295646223Durango Wheel Club/Durango Whee
875Deirdre GarveyBoulder, CO44:50:0068552211American Cycling Association
970Julie BatesSan Francisco, CA45:01:00205183228Team Roaring Mouse
1065Jan MossPortland, OR45:16:00177551225
1160Jitka ColeKent, WA45:30:00235552216Scca/Starbucks Cycling
1255Lori SmithBoise, ID45:45:00220378220Coeur D ‘Alene Velo Racers (Cda
1350katherine christensenPortland, OR45:54:00302814208
1445Linda FanningPortland, OR46:42:00330632215
1540Linda BitnerLongmont, CO47:25:00286321219
1638Carol JohnsonSeattle, WA47:42:00197530214Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
1736Yvonne WalbroehlMountain View, CA48:01:00219164226Peninsula Velo Cycling Club/Pen
1834Karen WilkinsonSeattle, WA48:17:00236442205Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
1932Marta MedcalfVashon, WA@1Lap206931212
2030Lynn PitsonSalisbury, NC@1Lap235467203Carolina Masters /Carolina Mast
2128Millie MiltonNorthborough, MA@1Lap286254213
2226Jeanine BatesSan Francisco, CA@1Lap195292217Team Affinity/Team Ipass
2324Sandra MorrisseyAlbuquerque, NM@1Lap286505218Team Cross (Tcnm)
2422Sherri ThompsonLouisville, KY@1Lap290519224Rogue Racing Project
2520Mary RossPortland, OR@2Lap30645222Multnomah Athletic Club
DNS0Elizabeth HellerSt. Louis, MODNS49234221
DNF0Kari MyrlandOregon, WIDNF324156204

Masters Women 45-49:

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Karen HoganLouisville, CO0:38:29248610152Justin’S / Titus Mountain Bike
2135Shannon GibsonDurango, CO38:59:00156279165Velo Bella
3120Lauri WebberNewmark, DE39:52:00160128175Secret Henrys Team
4105Catherine WalbergTopeka, KS40:01:0036933172Team Kenda Presented By Geargri
590Karen BremsRedwood City, CA40:03:0020017167Alto Velo Racing Club
685Katrina (Trina) BaumsteigerSan Luis Obispo, CA40:07:002947163Team Rambuski Law
780Stacey BarbossaRutherford, NJ40:15:00290272153Montclair Cyclists
875Rhonda MorinGresham, OR41:31:0068540184
970Michele BlissBoulder, CO42:09:0060539161Justin’S / Titus Mountain Bike
1065Julie Lewis-SrokaN Royalton, OH42:40:00143111171Lake Effect Cycling Team
1160Beverly ChaneyCarmel, CA43:11:00221127182Team Roaring Mouse
1255Colleen McClenahanPortland, OR43:13:00200490183
1350Tamara DonnellySeattle, WA44:04:00236577180
1445Elizabeth HarlowBaltimore, MD44:14:00236188168Charm City Cycling Llc
1540Julie JenningsHermiston, OR44:21:00302421156
1638Kathleen BortolussiAptos, CA44:41:00146732173Velo Bella
1736Susanna JulberBend, OR44:54:00302552177
1834Janel LodgeSanta Cruz, CA45:30:00136126160
1932Dorothy WongAltadena, CA45:39:00104462179The Team /The Team Socalcross
200Katy CurranHerndon, VA45:43:00303838164Evolution Cycling Club P/B Long
2128Darcy TiglasLoveland, CO46:13:00255031174
2226Sharon GreggSeattle, WA48:41:00270361158Avanti Racing Club/Blue Rooster
2324Cary SteinmanBend, OR49:19:00297341154
2422Monica DeWaldSeattle, WA50:13:00269694157
2520Kathryn SchausChippewa Falls, WI50:57:00317982181Planet Bike
2619Sheilagh GriffinPortland, OR@1Lap303648170
2718Julia FudgeEugene, OR@1Lap331162155
2817Rebecca BozarthPortland, OR@1Lap303539169Webcyclery Racing
2916Lillian SchiavoKlamathfalls, OR@1Lap303513159
DNS0Eileen Kelly-FoulstonPortland, ORDNS271856162
DNS0Soni Andreini PoulsenArnold, CADNS235758176Velo Bella