LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Sue Butler took an early lead in the Masters 40-44 race, pushing hard through the thick mud and holding off a chase by Kristin Weber and Linda Sone, who took second and third, respectively. Despite her recent (“Five months and three weeks ago, exactly”) back surgery, the elite racer-turned-master dropped the hammer at the gun and never looked back as she powered through the mud.

Sue Butler set the bar for tough racing, on her way to the 2013 Masters World Championships title. ©Brian Nelson

Sue Butler set the bar for tough racing, on her way to the 2013 Masters World Championships title. ©Brian Nelson

“My back and butt hurt!” she laughingly told Cyclocross Magazine. She also took the National Championship Women’s 40-44 title, so while the racer would still rather be racing against the likes of Katie Compton, she’s happy with how her season ended up, all things considered. Behind her, Boulder Cycle Sport’s Weber worked hard to drop Sone, and succeeded handily, coming in a half minute before the Minneapolis firefighter.

Interview with Sue Butler:

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2013 Masters Cyclocross World Championships Women 40-44 Photo Gallery

Masters Cyclocross World Championships Women 40-44 Results

PlaceNameCity, StateTeam
1Susan BUTLERPortland, OR
2Kristin WEBERBoulder, COBoulder Cycle Sport
3Linda SONENorthfield, MNCrossniacs
5Sally PRICECuyahoga Falls, OHCleveland Clinic Sports Health
6Janie DALTONKensington, CAMissing Link/ 3rd Rail
7Sarah MATCHETTDavidson, NCCool Breeze/Trek Bike Cycling T
8Kimberly FLYNNHixson, TNUSSC-Trek p/b Vantaggio/Scenic
9Deb Sweeney WHITMORESylva, NCTeam Athletix Benefitting Globa
10Traci RODOSTAMorgantown, WVBreakaway Velo
11Samantha BRODEAkron, OHCleveland Clinic Sports Health
12Lisa HUDSONGolden, COFeedback Sports Racing
14Susan ADAMKOVICSArvada, CONaked Women's Racing p/b TriBel
15Laureen COFFELTMemphis, TNLos Locos
16Kimberly THOMASBelmont, MIVelo City Cycles
17Heather HEINRICHWilmington, DEWooden Wheels Racing
19Julie PAISANTHigh Point , NCMock Orange Bikes

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