Don Myrah, newly crowned masters 45+ champion, will also be leaving for Belgium today to take part in the Masters Cyclocross World Championships. As they say in Belgium when the racing is expected to be brutal, "the cream will rise." It's great to get some of our very best riders over there to show the Belgies that their US counterparts are of similarly high quality stock. Hats off to Webber who is slaying the dragon over there right now, and to the "riders of the front range" who will join him soon.
Webber Brings US Masters Nats Jersey to Belgium, Wins Four Consecutive Races
While it may be natural to watch the young, up-and-coming domestic riders to see how American cyclocross is stacking up against the European peloton, some of the brightest signs of the quality of the sport in the US have come from the opposite end of the age-spectrum. Last year it was Kevin Hines (Corner Cycle) taking his newly-minted Masters stars n’ bars jersey (won in the 50-54 age group) over to Belgium, where he became the first foreigner to beat out all of the the Belgians at their own National Championship, and then followed that up with a podium performance at Masters Worlds.
Now Boulder Cycle Sport racer Pete Webber is following up his impressive race-winning performance in the 40-44 age group race in Bend, Oregon, by laying waste to the Masters in the cyclocross Motherland. Webber has competed in four races as part of his lead-up to the Masters World Championship in Mol, Belgium – and he’s won them all. Competitors in Beernem; Balegem; Vorden, Netherlands; and Waregem have all fallen by the wayside under the American’s relentless efforts.
The Masters Championship will take place on January 22nd, and if Webber wasn’t on European racers’ radar screens before, that has certainly changed now. Stay tuned to Cyclocross Magazine for coverage of the race action in Mol.
Here’s Webber’s YouTube report from the most recent event, in Waregem, Belgium:
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Nice coverage of our local hero! Thanks. Not only is Pete a great racer, but a true champion as well. There are other Masters racers from the Boulder area heading over for Masters Worlds. The USA will have good representation!