Twelve Masters Women lined up to compete for the 45-49 title at Cantigny Park. The race was the third event on Friday at the 2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships.

Melissa Barker was in Illinois to defend her 2019 title, but faced stiff competition with 2018 45-49 champ, Kristin Weber, returning to reclaim the jersey.

Baker showed she kept her fitness during the pandemic, and had clear sailing over a chase group that included Weber, Joanne Grogan and Melanie Carter.

Barker stretched out her lead to over a minute by the finish, with Weber taking silver and Grogan riding to bronze.

The sticky mud gave riders trouble getting into their pedals, but the rain held off for the morning races.

Full results below.

Featured photo: D. Mable, 2019 Nationals.

2021 USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals, Cantigny Park, DuPage County Results Masters Women 45-49

1201Melissa BARKERFeedback Sports Racing41:08:004
3207Joanne GROGANBMB Racing42:46:004
4205Melanie CARTERFeedbackSports42:56:004
5202Evie EDWARDSInga Thompson Foundation/Save Womens Sport43:50:004
6208Jennifer NOWLINThe Fix Studio44:32:004
7211Abby WALKERIndustry Nine48:18:004
8203Stephanie SWANPathfinder of West Virginia49:56:004
9213Anne-Marie OSWALDxXx Racing-Athletico36:58:003
10206Jen TILLMANKnobby by Nature36:59:003
11214Jennifer OROZCOPSIMET Racing38:50:003
12212Jacqueline PALFYParallel 44 Racing p/b Sanford POWER41:33:003
DNS210Kim JAYASDBC powered by Spinergy p/b UCCyclery0
DNS209Bonnie SYMESCampus WheelWorks0

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