Dan Norton wins the 60+ title again in dominant fashion. Cyclocross Nationals Day 2 © Janet Hill

Dan Norton wins the 60+ title again in dominant fashion. Cyclocross Nationals Day 2 © Janet Hill

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BEND, ORE. – The Masters men and women kicked off the first day of Championship races this morning, with the male 60-64, 65-69 and 70+ races all on the course to get things started, with one-minute gaps between groups. Dan Norton (Puget Sound Cycling Club) took the first National Championship win of the week, adding to an ever-growing closet full of titles. Fred Wittwer (Alan North America Cycling) of Charlottesville, VA., gave chase and kept things close, but could never quite close to Norton, eventually finishing in second.

Like last year, Norton was quick to credit 15-16 reigning national champ Logan Owen for helping him to figure out the course and his approach to the terrain. But this could be the last cyclocross stars n’ stripes jersey. “This may be my last Nationals ever, I’m not a fan of Nationals in January,” Norton told Cyclocross Magazine. “Masters like to take the holidays off, and I have a house in Utah and like to go skiing.”  Contrary to that sentiment, however, Norton did also say that he’s still considering Louisville.

In the 65-69 men’s race, John Elgart (Alto Velo Racing Club) took the win, his 21st national title and fourth-ever cyclocross National Championship. Former Masters champ James Wagner would make things interesting, but eventually ceded 33 seconds and finished in second.

Erik Nordenson of Moab, UT., won the 70-74 men’s category, passing Walt Axthelm (Durango Wheel Club) late in the race. Last year Nordenson finished second behind Joe Saling, and Nordenson told Cyclocross Magazine that he thinks Saling may have hung up the ’cross bike for good.”I would’ve like to have raced against Saling today, but at some age you gotta give it up. I think Madison may be my last Nationals,” he said.

Axthelm repeated as the 75+ champion, and he doesn’t look likely to be quitting any time soon. He lined up and raced with the 70+ group, and would have been on the podium in that group as well. In fact he was off the front until a botched remount resulted in his saddle separating from the rails. Half a lap later he made a visit to the pits and continued his title-winning ride.

Full reports and quotes coming soon!

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Full Results:

Masters Men 75+

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Walter AxthelmDurango, CO0:36:49215376Durango Wheel Club
2135Ronald RileyAptos, CA41:47:0020416778Bike Station Aptos /Bsa Racing

Masters Men 70-74

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Erik NordensonMoab, UT0:35:212623480
2135Loren HettingerLakewood, CO35:42:004989681
3120Mike MacdonaldRancho Cordova, CA39:41:004562677Jaeger Wheelmen

Masters Men 65-69

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150John ElgartSacramento, CA0:39:144507153Alto Velo Racing Club
2135James WagnerAuburn, WA39:47:006432951Cycle Therapy-4 Corners Cycling
3120Robert LlamasMontrose, CA43:03:0016222456Montrose Cycling Club
4105Bob LudeckeMilldale, CT43:16:0021550252Laurel Bicycle Club
590Harry WilliamsonHealdsburg, CA44:18:003844960Fightin’ Bobas
685Russell SpeirnWilsonville, OR@1Lap30256557
780John CollinsAustin, TX@1Lap6092654Violet Crown Sports Assoc/Viole
875Jerry ShereSanta Fe, NM@1Lap7385558Khsnm.Com/Thenationalsproject.C
970David GustafsonCrescent City, CA@1Lap26964461
1065R Lee WillmoreSeal Beach, CA@1Lap19516859Celo Pacific

Masters Men 60-64

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Glen NortonRonald, WA0:35:44472541Puget Sound Cycling Club
2135Fred WittwerCharlottesvle, VA36:18:003873827Alan North America Cycling
3120George PawleWestfield, MA37:14:0023989216Cyclonauts Racers Inc.
4105David RathWilliston, VT38:15:007968524Corner Cycle Cycling Club
590Bob GuglielmelliSan Luis Obispo, CA38:37:001437413Central Coast Tire Cct
685Don LeetBend, OR39:38:00207642
780RIchard PearsonFremont, NE40:20:002211425Team Kaos Cycling/Team Kaos-Ale
875Douglas CottleOgden, UT40:27:0027120120
970Ron StrasserPortland, OR41:01:0021908021
1065Ken RodgersEugene, OR41:38:003306469
1160Lee WaldmanWheatridge, CO41:49:003694125
1255Amory CheneyBend, OR42:11:0030149317
1350Charles VanzandtSeattle, WA43:38:005018718
1445Timothy TarteKirkland, WA44:53:003501314Puget Sound Cycling Club/Gregg’
1540Thomas GeeParis, TN44:53:00130004St Louis Cycling Club
1638Brian VolkertNormandy Park, WA45:05:0017698826Team Double Check
1736Hal WoodruffChino Hills, CA45:50:003890212The Team /The Team Socalcross
1834Richard BagienskiDurango, CO45:56:0017650111Durango Wheel Club
1932Amos GalpinSeattle, WA45:57:001271110
2030Larry VarysLittleton, CO46:21:001314253International Christian Cycling
2128Malcolm JohnsonPortland, OR@1Lap33119228
DNS0John RubcicHemet, CADNS487607Sun Coast Velo/Uc Cyclery/Jw Fl
DNS0Michael WeaverNewcastle, WADNS546998Avanti Racing Club/Blue Rooster
DNS0David BealsNiskayuna, NYDNS19509515Capital Bicycle Racing Club
DNS0Joseph BrownWalled Lake, MIDNS15731919Flying Rhino Cycling Club
DNS0David ParksDallas, TXDNS4577022Mirage
DNS0Ric KellenGreenbrae, CADNS1875423Mellow Motors