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VERONA, WISCONSIN — Colder conditions than we’ve seen all week met racers this morning, as the course turned from the muddy, greasy mess riders saw on Friday to a veritable roadway of icy ruts that jammed up riders as they tried to navigate the course.
The five laps that the 45-49 year-old Masters undertook were chilly, with temperatures well below freezing but still balmy for Madison. Even the colder temperatures didn’t deter spectators though, and while the back stretch of the course still looked like no man’s land, the stretch near the finish was well-populated with screaming family, friends and fans.
While James Coats (Cal Giant) took the holeshot, just behind him riders started to pile up on the rutted, muddy field, quickly turning the long stretch into one long running section. Coats seized the opportunity to put distance on most of the field, but after a few turns, Olympian and seven-time national champion Don Myrah attacked just after Coats slid out himself before the pits.
The race quickly strung itself out as riders had to dismount or put their feet down to navigate sharp turns, and even a slight incline was cause for riders to dismount and run. Behind Myrah, Jon Cariveau (Moots) charged, only 10 seconds behind. He was followed by Sam Morse (Corner Cycle Cycling Club), John Mundelius (Cal Giant), Tim Butler, Coats and Greg Ferguson (Cape Atlantic Racing). The five worked together for a brief time but quickly began to separate.
As they came around for the end of lap one, announcer Richard Fries said, “They’ve got the cracks in the foundation now, and they’re going to try to break it up.” Break it up they did, and Myrah came by with 10 seconds on Coats and a growing gap of over 40 seconds to third place. Myrah continued pushing the pace to keep a hard-charging Cariveau at bay, and got his gap to 20 seconds. The top 10 were separated not by seconds, but minutes after just two laps.
By three laps in, ice was melting on course and riders were beginning to see some mud, but corners were still rutted and treacherous. With three to go, Myrah comfortably motored through, followed again by Cariveau, with Coats 50 seconds behind the two. Morse and Ferguson came through working together, followed by Doug Karet and Butler.
With one to go, disaster struck Cariveau, who had finally closed the gap down to a mere seven seconds after Myrah got caught in the course tape. Cariveau dropped his chain and had to dismount and spend 20 seconds putting it back on. As Myrah powered through for the last lap, Cariveau was 38 seconds back but chasing hard.
But the damage was done, and Cariveau never made it back up, leaving Myrah to take a definitive win and defend his 45-49 Cyclocross National Championship title. Cariveau crossed the line in second, still happy with his ride, with Coats in third.
Myrah’s next goal? “I want to win at Worlds next week,” he told Cyclocross Magazine, after a disappointing ride to finish 12th in Mol in 2011.
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Masters Men 45-49 2012 National Championships
|1||Donald MYRAH (1 - Cat1)||San Jose, CA||49:10:00||147|
|2||Jon CARIVEAU (2 - Cat1)||Steamboat Springs, CO||50:08:00||111||MOOTS|
|3||James COATS (3 - Cat1)||Campbell, CA||51:44:00||120||California Giant Cycling/California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized|
|4||Gannon MYALL (4 - Cat1)||Lafayette, CA||51:51:00||118||California Giant Cycling|
|5||Greg FERGUSON (5 - Cat1)||Glassboro, NJ||52:16:00||109||Cape Atlantic Racing/Beaconcycling.com|
|6||Tim BUTLER (6 - Cat1)||Portland, OR||52:59:00||116|
|7||Samuel MORSE (1 - Cat2)||Cohasset, MA||53:28:00||108||Corner Cycle Cycling Club|
|8||Donald SEIB (2 - Cat2)||Bryant Pond, ME||53:49:00||173||Bikeman.com|
|9||Keith LUCAS (3 - Cat2)||Custer, KY||53:49:00||127||Scheller's Racing Team|
|10||Michael HOGAN (7 - Cat1)||Louisville, CO||53:52:00||171||Team Kappius|
|11||Jonathan CARD (8 - Cat1)||Sylvania, OH||54:15:00||155|
|12||Christando LOMBARDO (4 - Cat2)||Crystal Lake, IL||54:22:00||102||Village-Verdigris Cycling|
|13||Jeffrey HALL (9 - Cat1)||Denver, CO||54:22:00||152||Team Kappius|
|14||Frederick ROSE (10 - Cat1)||Bloomington, IN||54:46:00||123||BikeReg.com Cycling Club|
|15||John MUNDELIUS (11 - Cat1)||Alamo, CA||55:02:00||135||California Giant Cycling/California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized|
|16||David WEBER (1 - Cat3)||Boulder, CO||55:08:00||151||RockyMounts~Izze Racing|
|17||Tim BOUNDY (12 - Cat1)||Deer Park, IL||55:29:00||158||Village-Verdigris Cycling/Verdigris-Village CX Team|
|18||Newt COLE (5 - Cat2)||Chicago, IL||55:41:00||160||The Pony Shop|
|19||Jeffrey APPELTANS (13 - Cat1)||Philadelphia, PA||55:46:00||107||Mid Atl Masters Bicycle Org/Mambo Kings Racing|
|20||James COCHRAN (2 - Cat3)||Iowa City, IA||55:58:00||101||Atlas Cycling Team/Atlas Cycling|
|21||Michael MCSHANE (14 - Cat1)||Louisville, KY||56:24:00||125||Kentucky Flyers Cycling Inc/Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team P/B Motorex|
|22||Michael CURTES (6 - Cat2)||Mequon, WI||56:45:00||126||Twin Six|
|23||Gregory FERGUSON (7 - Cat2)||Middleton, WI||56:58:00||121||Trek Midwest Team|
|24||Richard MCCLUNG (15 - Cat1)||Kirkland, WA||56:58:00||142||Lake Washington Velo|
|25||Brian KOENEMAN (8 - Cat2)||Minneapolis, MN||57:25:00||167||Team Wheel & Sprocket|
|26||Paul SCHOENING (3 - Cat3)||Plymouth, MN||57:45:00||166||Team Plan C|
|27||Darron CHEEK (16 - Cat1)||Breckenridge, CO||57:45:00||133||CROSS PROPZ RACING|
|28||Greg GORRELL (9 - Cat2)||Conifer, CO||58:03:00||138||Feedback Sports Racing|
|29||Robert SONORA (17 - Cat1)||Durango, CO||58:30:00||134||Colavita Racing Inc.|
|30||Bill TEASDALE (4 - Cat3)||Longmont, CO||58:31:00||148||CROSS PROPZ RACING|
|31||Carl BONI (5 - Cat3)||Erie, CO||59:29:00||113||Rapid Racing|
|32||Steven BRADY||Steilacoom, WA||[email protected] 2 Laps||130||Old Town Bicycle (OTB)|
|33||John Paul MCCARTHY (6 - Cat3)||Chicago, IL||[email protected] 2 Laps||141||SRAM Factory|
|34||Bryan HARWOOD (7 - Cat3)||Denver, CO||[email protected] 2 Laps||106|
|35||John ERICSSON (8 - Cat3)||Verona, WI||[email protected] 2 Laps||129||TEAM MADCROSS|
|36||James NOWAK (9 - Cat3)||Bartlett, IL||[email protected] 2 Laps||164||ABD Cycling Club/ABD Cycling Team|
|37||Paul WARLOSKI (10 - Cat2)||Milwaukee, WI||[email protected] 2 Laps||104||My Wife Inc|
|38||John RILEY (10 - Cat3)||Cross Plains, WI||[email protected] 2 Laps||131||Trek Midwest Team|
|39||Doug KARET (11 - Cat3)||Steamboat Springs, CO||[email protected] 2 Laps||110|
|40||Joseph BELLANTE (11 - Cat2)||Cincinnati, OH||[email protected] 2 Laps||105||Bio Wheels Racing|
|41||Michael SCHULZE (12 - Cat3)||Cincinnati, OH||[email protected] 2 Laps||149||Bio Wheels Racing|
|42||Andy SWARTZ (13 - Cat3)||Madison, WI||[email protected] 2 Laps||175||Brazen Dropouts/Brazen Dropouts Cycling Team|
|43||Christopher TIRONE (18 - Cat1)||East Aurora, NY||[email protected] 2 Laps||144||Buffalo Bicycling Club Inc./French Meadow Bakery/Fortistar|
|44||Mike NORMAN (14 - Cat3)||Evanston, IL||[email protected] 2 Laps||146||The Pony Shop|
|45||Timothy THEOBALD (15 - Cat3)||Milwaukee, WI||[email protected] 2 Laps||115||Hollander RDC/Hollander Benelux Racing p/b Badger Allo|
|46||Robert DIETRICK (16 - Cat3)||Farmington, NY||[email protected] 2 Laps||137||Genesee Valley Cycling Club/Minerva Design Cycling Team|
|47||John STONEBARGER (17 - Cat3)||Iowa City, IA||[email protected] 2 Laps||114||Mass Bay Road Club|
|48||Jeffrey CHAMBERS (12 - Cat2)||Louisville, KY||[email protected] 2 Laps||163||Scheller's Racing Team|
|49||Chris HAMMER (18 - Cat3)||Woodridge, IL||[email protected] 2 Laps||154||Wheel Fast Racing|
|50||James BRADY (19 - Cat3)||Chicago, IL||[email protected] 2 Laps||117||The Pony Shop|
|51||James STATHAS (20 - Cat3)||Los Angeles, CA||[email protected] 2 Laps||153||Montrose Cycling Club/Montrose Bike Shop- CW Builders|
|52||Don MASCHKA (21 - Cat3)||Mason City, IA||[email protected] 2 Laps||156||North Iowa Spin|
|53||Jeffrey HILLIGOSS (13 - Cat2)||Eden Prairie, MN||[email protected] 3 Laps||132||Angry Catfish|
|54||David HAGEN (14 - Cat2)||Durango, CO||[email protected] 3 Laps||168||Fort Lewis College|
|55||Kevin FLOWERS (15 - Cat2)||Glen Ellyn, IL||[email protected] 3 Laps||165||Wheel Fast Racing|
|56||Brian PETTED (22 - Cat3)||Cedarburg, WI||[email protected] 3 Laps||162||Team Extreme|
|57||Mark BEATTY (23 - Cat3)||Washington, IA||[email protected] 3 Laps||172||Twisted Spokes Racing Team|
|58||Chris FRETER (24 - Cat3)||Columbus, OH||[email protected] 3 Laps||169||ALAN North America Cycling|
|59||Stephen GAFFIELD (25 - Cat3)||Madison, WI||[email protected] 3 Laps||139||Brazen Dropouts/Brazen Dropouts Cycling Team|
|60||Ian KENNEDY (26 - Cat3)||Portland, OR||[email protected] 3 Laps||119|
|61||Scott BOND (27 - Cat3)||Greenfield, IN||[email protected] 4 Laps||112||Speedway Wheelmen|
|DNS||Scott OLSON||Williams Bay, WI||.||159||Tread Head Cycling|
|DNS||Ralf WARMUTH||Edison, NJ||.||145||Highland Park Hermes|
|DNS||Scott PETERSON||Bend, OR||.||140|
|DNS||James KLAGES||Saint Louis, MO||.||136||Veda Cycling|
|DNS||Paul RICHARD||Amesbury, MA||.||128||Cyclocrossworld|
|DNS||Jon SUYKO||Rockford, IL||.||124||The Pony Shop|
|DNS||Charles CLARK||Summerville, GA||.||103||Cycle-Therapy GA|
|DNF||Alec PETRO||Duxbury, MA||#N/A||161||Corner Cycle Cycling Club|
|DNF||Robert WOMACK||Fayetteville, GA||.||157||Smyrna Bicycles|
|DNF||Daniel CASPER||Northfield, MN||.||143||Revolution Cycle and Ski|
|DNF||Dave ECKEL||Trevor, WI||.||122||Team Wisconsin/KS Energy Services / Team Wisconsin|
|DNF||Steve LAUREL||Minneapolis, MN||#N/A||174|
|DNF||Tim SKINNER||Fitchburg, WI||#N/A||170|