Wagner and Saling Grab Titles, Curley, Norton and Axthelm Return to Add Another

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Paul Curley steals the first title of the 2009 National Championships. © Janet Hill

Paul Curley steals the first title of the 2009 National Championships. © Janet Hill

Paul Curley (GearWorks/Spinarts) of Taunton, Mass. returned to the National Championships after a few years hiatus, and returned to the same position he’s used to – at the front. Curley held off defend champion Gary Thacker (Chipotle/Titus) of Boulder, CO to take the Masters 55+ title. The title is Paul Curley’s 24th, give or take a few, as the winner has racked up so many he’s lost count.

Check out Curley’s race recap video below:

In the 60+ race, another multi-time National Champion made his return to the races, with Redline’s Dan Norton taking what he thinks might be his 13th title, but he doesn’t care to count. Norton led wire-to-wire, executing on his plan to get the holeshot and hammer for half a lap before surveying the damage. When he looked back, he had a gap over defending champion Phil Bannister and decided to keep it going, stretching it out to 1:19 at the finish. In the process, he beat two former National Champions in Bannister and Webcor’s John Elgart.

“I went hard to get the holeshot,” Notron told Cyclocross Magazine. “Then I rode a half-lap really hard to assess the damage. I had a gap, so I just gassed it. At the halfway point of the race, when I found out that I had a good gap, I started riding the corners conservatively and then gassing the straightaways. The corners are really tricky – it’s a technical course.”

“Everyone was running the little, icy off-camber. One of the kids from my team rode it and gave me the scouting report to hug the tape to the left all the way, then a straight shot all the way up,” revealed Norton. “I just flew through it.”

The 65+ Masters race, James Wagner (Cycle Therapy) opened a big gap early, making his way into the 60+ field and came home solo to take the title.

In the 70+ race, Joe Sailing (Team Somerset) used a fast start to gap two past National Champions including defending champ Ron Riley (Santa Cruz) and 2007 winner Walt Axthelm (DCCX). Sailing stretched out his lead to 25 seconds over Erik Nordenson, who took second. Herbert Bates (Nault’s Cyclery) took third in the 70+ division.

Axthelm, now graduated to the 75+ division, took home the gold medal in front of Ron Riley (Team Santa Cruz).

Full Results:

placebibLastFirstTeamTime
Master 55-59
1346CURLEYPaulGearworks/spinarts48:45:00
2325THACKERGaryChipotle/titus49:02:00
3333KNIGHTTerrell50:03:00
4327LONGMIREMichaelNorthern Rockies50:04:00
5358SILVARandyNob Hill Velo50:06:00
6360BROWNJohnFamily Cycling Center50:44:00
7329MILLERJonRock N Road51:01:00
8344TOWNSENDCharlesBianchi/grand Performance51:24:00
9328GORRYWayneFour Unity51:49:00
10341MULLERSteveFlathead Cycling52:22:00
11357JONESGlenBrazen Dropouts/cronometro52:53:00
12326SMITHERMANTorreGtc53:07:00
13345LACEYStevenShowers Pass53:15:00
14350BEALSDaveCbrc / Nycross.com / Vo Max53:21:00
15349AMMONAndrewCarolina Master Cycling53:27:00
16342PAUTSCHGregoryPlanet Bike53:32:00
17335WALKERBobBountiful Mazda54:20:00
18363WATSONPete54:30:00
19377MILLERSteven55:03:00
20366BIRCHBrian55:03:00
21343GOODWINDavidNorthampton Cycling Club55:06:00
22338SHIELDSKerryCarolina Masters55:12:00
23332PAULSONGordonPlanet Bike55:14:00
24374SULLIVANThomasRock Lobster55:43:00
25352RYANKevinSocalcross55:43:00
26354BROOKSErikBlue Rooster/sports Medicine C55:54:00
27362SADOFFPaulHrs/rock Lobster55:59:00
28334SACHSRichardRichard Sachs – Rgm Watches -56:33:00
29336PARKERHarold36racing1LAP
30348RANTALAJimWebcyclery.com1LAP
31361SPAKMichaelSchwab Cycles Racing1LAP
32368KOERNERHank2/2 Fuel1LAP
33359PARKSDavidMirage2LAP
34364VOLKERTBrian2LAP
35369PERRYMANEricColorado Velo2LAP
36372RAPPSteve2LAP
37379LUOMARobert2LAP
38370CARVEYBrad3LAP
39371GOECKELRolandDouble Check3LAP
40376SAMPSONScottDa Hui Race3LAP
41356MORROWDavidSlo Nexus4LAP
42373GALLICHOTTEDerek4LAP
43365CANFIELDChrisBlue Sky Velo5LAP
DNF330COWLEYDirkFfkr Architects/sportsbaseonli
DNF339HAMELEdwardJoe’s Garage
DNF353SWANSONRickAcme Racing Team
DNS331ROOTRandallEvolution Cycling Team
DNS337ZIMBELMANDavidZteam Racing
DNS340HAGENBruce
DNS347RYCEWICZChris
DNS351BOGLIOLIBernardByrne Invent
DNS355DOUBLEDAYBarryMbrc
DNS367SAGEGregoryTeam Oakland
DNS375GUGLEILMELLIBob
DNS378HOLMESTom
Masters 60-64
1459NORTONDan42:58:00
2450BANNISTERPhil44:17:00
3451ELGARTJohnWebcor/alto Velo44:19:00
4463RATHDavidCorner Cycle Cycling Club44:56:00
5464COTTLEDouglasPorcupine/specialized45:03:00
6452RUBCICJohnUc Cyclery/jw Flooring45:12:00
7462MEYERDanBikery45:15:00
8457WALDMANLeeGreen Mountain Sports Velo45:17:00
9453CUARESMAFrankCal Giant Farms45:38:00
10466STRASSERRonTeam S&m45:50:00
11456LEETDonSunnyside Sports46:39:00
12470OGRENRobertKenwood Racing46:57:00
13458SPEIRNRussPortland Velo49:12:00
14468BAGIENSKIRichard3d Racing50:35:00
15472WOODRUFFHal51:03:00
DNS454ROLLINSLewisContender Bicycle
DNS455ABBOTTRickExcelsports.com
DNS460MARVINAllan
DNS461KELLENRicMako/mellow Motors
DNS465LANTONEdward
DNS467MINIHankMad Cat
DNS469MYERSJosephTwo Wheeler/specialized
DNS471WALLRichardKauai Bicycle Club
Masters 65-60
1531WAGNERJamesCycle Therapy 4 Corners47:15:00
2532LLAMASRobertMontrose Bike Shop48:22:00
3525LEARobT.e.a.m. Fuji48:38:00
4534MARANTZRichard49:58:00
5528HETTINGERLoren50:33:00
6530DEVOSSGarySan Diego Cyclo-vets50:51:00
7529MACDONALDMikeJaeger Wheelmen53:35:00
8533GUSTAFSONDavid54:12:00
9527THOMPSONPhilipMvbc/dick Sonne’s Racing1LAP
10526WILLMORER.Celo Pacific2LAP
Masters 70-74
1778SALINGJoeTeam Somerset Van Dessel43:27:00
2779NORDENSONErik43:52:00
3777BATESHerbertNault’s Cyclery/naults.com49:50:00
Masters 75-99
1775AXTHELMWaltDccx44:35:00
2776RILEYRonTeam Santa Cruz (scccc)47:01:00

 

 

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Ellen Wight
Ellen Wight

Please check the results for the B 40+ race. The actual winner was determined after the awards ceremony.

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