VERONA, WISCONSIN— The sun may have been out, but the temperatures were still well below freezing as the “grand” masters men sentenced to a 9:30 A.M start on the frozen course were out and racing. Three categories were on course at the same time: Master’s 60-64, 65-69 and 70+, starts separated by 30 seconds.

Leone Pizzini (First State Velo Sport) pips Lewis Rollins (Contender Bicycles)  for the win in the Masters 65-69 category. © Cyclocross Magazine

Leone Pizzini (First State Velo Sport) pips Lewis Rollins (Contender Bicycles) for the win in the Masters 65-69 category. © Cyclocross Magazine

In the 60-64 race, Charles Townsend (Bianchi/Grand Performance/St Paul Bicycle Racing) out of Minnesota took the win. He credited it to his original plan: “Get the holeshot and make other riders make mistakes.” He did indeed snag the holeshot, and ran what announcers called a technically perfect race. Being semi-local, he told Cyclocross Magazine that he’s had a lot of experience on the course, and that his best choice of the day was running aluminum wheels for “better braking,” along with tires set to 20 PSI.

In the 65-69 race, Lewis Rollins (Contender Bicycles) seemed to have the race wrapped up, leading from the beginning, but within the last lap, he was caught and battling with Leone Pizzini (First State Velo Sport). The two sprinted it out, and Pizzini nipped Rollins at the line to take the win.

For the men’s 70+ race, which was really split into 75-79 and 80+ but raced together, Walt Axthelm (NoTubes Endurance Racing) was the heavy favorite, however, it was surprise Texas-based racer Frederic Schmid (Jubilee Subaru) who took the win in the 80+ race.  Masters World Champion Ron Riley raced to another Masters National Championship and was uncontested in the 75-79 age group.

Interview with Charles Townsend:

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Interview with Louis Pizzini:

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Interview with Fred Schmid:

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Masters 60-64, 65-59 and 70+ Photo Gallery:

2013 Nationals Masters Men 60-64 Results

Place NameCity, StateTime Team
1Charles TOWNSEND   Mendota Heights, MN32:15:00 Bianchi/Grand Performance/St Paul Bicycle Racing Club
2Fred WITTWER   Charlottesvle, VA32:38:00 ALAN North America Cycling
3D Douglas LONG   Chillicothe, MO33:12:00 360 Racing
4David BEALS   Niskayuna, NY33:13:00 Team
5Landon BEACHY   Kalona, IA34:06:00 Twisted Spokes Racing Team
6Gregory PAUTSCH   Chippewa Falls, WI34:08:00 Planet Bike
7Tom PALMER   Madison, WI34:11:00 Brazen Dropouts
8Dan MEYER   Lake Elmo, MN34:38:00 Loon State Cyclists
9Albert WEIGEL   Wheeling, IL35:00:00 Verdigris-Village CX Team/Village-Verdigris Cycling
10Richard PEARSON   Fremont, NE35:36:00 Team Kaos Cycling
11Thomas DOUCETTE   Stow, MA35:37:00 Northeast Bicycle Club (NEBC)
12Kerry SHIELDS   Salisbury, NC36:52:00 Mock Orange Bikes
13Charles SOUTH   Fort Wayne, IN36:52:00 Men of Steel Racing /Men Of Steel Racing LLC
14Robert DILLON   Warren, VT36:55:00 1K2GO-Onion River Sports/Green Mountain Bicycle Club
15Michael SPAK   Golden, CO38:05:00 Schwab Cycles Racing Team
16Michael KURTZ   Lisle, IL38:06:00 Team Army-USAC
17Richard SACHS   Warwick, MA40:36:00 Connecticut Yankee BC
18Jerry PEARCE   Shorewood, WI42:58:00 Hampshire Cycle Club
19Edward REED   Evanston, IL43:14:00 The Pony Shop
20Thomas SILBERNAGEL   Wauwatosa, WI43:26:00 Team Extreme
21Harry FORTNEY   Kelley, IA48:33:00 DMOS Racing Team/Des Moines Cycle Club
22Norman WELLINGS   Oskaloosa, IA@ 1 Lap 
23Walter STOOPS   Lombard, IL@ 1 Lap ABD Cycling Club
24David MCFADDEN   Bartlett, IL@ 1 Lap Spin Doctor Cyclewerks/Spin Doctor Cyclewerks Cycling Club
25Chris CANFIELD   Westminster, CO@ 1 Lap Boulder Cycle Sport
DNSWalt RIDER   Germantown, TN901 Racing
DNSRit BOOTH   Milwaukee, WIHampshire Cycle Club
DNFHunter SMITH   Boulder, COBoulder Cycle Sport


2013 Nationals Masters Men 65-69 Results

Place NameCity, StateTime Team
1Leone PIZZINI   Avondale, PA33:35:00 First State Velo Sport
2Lewis ROLLINS   Salt Lake City, UT33:35:00 CONTENDER BICYCLES/The Contender Club
3Robert OGREN   Bloomington, MN35:04:00 Kenwood Racing
4Allan MARVIN   Denver, CO35:26:00 Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co
5Rick ABBOTT   Boulder, CO37:38:00 Excel Sports Boulder
6Ken BURST   Birmingham, AL38:16:00 Team Momentum
7Julian COUPLAND   Chicago, IL39:42:00 Verdigris-Village CX Team/Village-Verdigris Cycling
8John ADAMSON   Cedar Falls, IA41:20:00 Twisted Spokes Racing Team
9Larry MAYSE   Milton, GA43:39:00 
DNFjames BRIGGS   North Huntingdon, PAAllegheny Cycling Association


2013 Nationals Masters Men 75-79 Results

Place NameCity, StateTime Team
1Ronald RILEY   Aptos, CA0:46:33 Bike Station Aptos


2013 Nationals Masters Men 80+ Results

Place NameCity, StateTime Team
1Frederic SCHMID   Waco, TX0:42:23 Jubilee Subaru
2Walter AXTHELM   Durango, CO44:00:00 NoTubes Endurance Racing


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