Henry Kramer of Cal Giant gets the big title that has eluded him for years. 2013 Cyclocross World Championships - Masters Men 55-59. © Cyclocross Magazine

Henry Kramer of Cal Giant gets the big title that has eluded him for years. 2013 Cyclocross World Championships – Masters Men 55-59. © Cyclocross Magazine

“The reason I screwed the start up was I was in too big of a gear … So I had to be patient and wait,” Henry Kramer of Cal-Giant said after his race, smiling. And he had reason to: after years of trying, he’d finally taken home the title of World Champion, in a hard-fought battle with Randy Shields. Behind them, Thomas Hayles took home third, while the Swedish racer who had snagged the holeshot, Ben Andersson, fell behind to seventh place.

“You’re pedaling and pedaling and can’t go,” Kramer said after collapsing at the finish line. “And that’s the hardest thing in the world.”

What catapulted him into the front? “The cold weather,” he wheezed, then laughed. “You did. You all did. A lifetime’s worth of work catapulted me into the front.”

“Pit stops were  everything,” Kramer said, adding that he pitted twice a lap. But still, “You could hardly move by the end.”

“You don’t know how hard I’ve worked to get this. I felt like I might lose it! But I was struggling so hard.”

Henry Kramer Interview:

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Randy Shields Interview:

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Thomas Hayles Interview:

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Masters Cyclocross World Championships 55-59 Results

PlaceNameCity, StateTeam
1Henry KRAMERMenlo Park, CACalifornia Giant Berry Farms/Sp
2Randy ShieldsWinston Salem, NCHearts Racing Club
3Thomas HAYLESAspen, CO
4Norman KREISSOrinda, CACalifornia Giant Cycling
5Jim GENTESSoquel,
6Scott PAISLEYCharlottesville, VAMVC/Blue Wheel/Monticello Velo
7Benny ANDERSSONTrek Sweden Racing
8Colin FUNKFirst Capital Cycling Kingston
9Edwin RAMBUSKISan Luis Obispo, CATeam Rambuski Law/Team Rambuski
10Alan BLANCHARDCongers, NYCentury Road Club Assoc
11Rudy SROKAN Royalton, OHTeam Lake Effect/Lake Effect Cy
12Dag SELANDERHudson, WITeam Plan C
13Joe FABRISLos Gatos, CAFightin' Bobas
14John THOMPSONShoreview, MNTeam Plan C
15Brad YOUNGPorter Corners, NYWoodstock Bicycle Club
16Russell THORSTROMBoise, IDIntermountain Cycling Organizat
17Jeffrey CRAFTMadison, OHTeam Lake Effect/Lake Effect Cy
18William WELLSMANPro City Racing
19Wayne SIMONLake Barrington, ILENZO'S Cycling
20William STEVENSBolton, MASpin Arts Cycling
21Laurent MCLAUGHLINNederland, COReal D-Amgen Masters Cycling
22David DELPERDANGClear Lake, IANorth Iowa Spin
23Mark MCGEENWaukesha, WITeam Mack Racing Assoc. LTD
24John BLISSBoulder, COTeam Kappius
25Richard MAUNEYLilburn, GAToyota Forklifts/Sport Factory/
26Mark WOLOWIECDavisburg, MIFlying Rhino Cycling Club
27Thomas PREHNBoulder, COBoulder Running Company Cycling
28Jeffrey SCHEPPERGreenwood, INSpeedway Wheelmen
29Mathew BAROLITroy, MIWolverine Sports Club
30Kevin Saint ClairPhiladelphia, PABiKyle/Mazur Coaching/Mainline
31Jay THORNTONLaguna Beach , CA
32William KUSTERAnoka, MN
33Gary DALTONWakefield RiCox/W.E. Stedman Cycling /Swamp
34Chris BLACKSan Luis Obispo, CAMorgan Stanley /Specialized/Mor
35John REIMBOLDCarbondale, ILHeckawee
36Jeff TRIPPDeerfield, NHBlue Steel Cyclery /Blue Steel
37Dennis SMITHNewark, DEBike Line
38Marshall LEININGERCanton, OHStark Velo
39Brad DEMOTTShelbyville, INGray Goat Sports
40Tom MAHANEYMarquette, MI
41Mike WESTColorado Springs, COPikes Peak Velo
42Mark LUKEGoleta, CAPlatinum Performance Cycling Te
43Gilles CORDIERKunstadt sports cycling
44Kevin BRECKENMAKERHershey, PAERA Cycling
45Randy RHOADSHorseheads, NYCorning/NoTubes Race Team/Cryst
46Ian SEARLEBellevue, WATeam Double Check
47Richard BAUCHCalifon, NJColavita Racing/Colavita Racing
48Thomas WILSONShaker Heights, OH
49David CONRADOlathe,
50Steven VORDERMANFort Wayne, INDon Galligher-DRT Consulting
51Andrew MISHLOVEGlendale, WIHampshire Cycle Club
52Stewart SEAHOLMElk Grove Village,
DNSGraham MILNEREncinitas, CASan Diego Cyclo Vets
DNSBruce LOS(Cat4)Holland, MI
DNSDavid COARFt Wayne, INMen of Steel Racing /Men Of Ste
DNFRobert DOWNSMadison, WIPlanet Bike

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