LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – In sharp contrast to the windy, balmy conditions that the Masters racers experienced in the opening heats, the first men today lined up today in a freezing flurry of snowfall. Far from frozen, however, the course had soaked up two days of rain and gave the men some hard, muddy power conditions that saw wheels locking up and bikes weighing down.

Racers faced power-sucking conditions today © Cyclocross Magazine

Racers faced power-sucking conditions today © Cyclocross Magazine

In the 65-69 category, Robert Ogren (Kenwood Racing) established an early lead, with Rick Abbott (Excel Sports Boulder), National Champion Leone Pizzini (First State Velo) and Victor Barnett (Welland Valley) making it a tight race behind. Though Ogren had daylight for the first two thirds of the race, the wheel-sucking mud – which saw riders throwing their bodies on the bike to generate enough power to ride – eventually pulled him back into the fold. On the final of three laps, Barnett made his move, pulling ahead and holding off the rest to win the World title.

Victor Barnett surged to the win in the final lap © Cyclocross Magazine

Victor Barnett surged to the win in the final lap © Cyclocross Magazine

Impressively, it was 70+ winner Jimmy Wagner who had the best ride of the morning, as on his way to a commanding win he nearly caught the lead group of the category below him. Though split into further categories in previous years, the 70+ group combined all ages above the mark, and due to the incredibly slow conditions and the tight racing schedule, many saw themselves pulled despite being at no risk of being lapped.

Multi-time National Champion Walt Axthelm was one of the riders pulled early © Cyclocross Magazine

Multi-time National Champion Walt Axthelm was one of the riders pulled early due to the combined age groups.  © Cyclocross Magazine

Interview with Jimmy Wagner

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Interview with Victor Barnett

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2013 Masters World Championships: Men 65-69 and 70+ Photo Gallery:


Masters Cyclocross World Championships 65-69 Results

PlaceNameCity, StateTeam
1Victor BARNETTwelland valley cc
2Rick ABBOTTBoulder, COExcel Sports Boulder
3Robin WILLARDoak bay Bikes
4Leone PIZZINIAvondale, PAFirst State Velo Sport
5Robert OGRENBloomington, MNKenwood Racing
6Julian COUPLANDChicago, ILVerdigris-Village CX Team/Villa
7David FULLERGreensboro, NCCone Health/cycles de ORO/Green
9Bill MOREMANArlington, TXTeam Bicycles Inc.
10James CARLSONSpringfield, VAPotomac Velo Club
DNSLarry MAYSE(Cat4)Milton, GA
DNSBill CULLINSSan Angelo, TXPermian Basin Bicycle Assoc
DNFjames BRIGGSNorth Huntingdon, PAAllegheny Cycling Association
DNFDavid STEVENSVilas, NCRaleigh All Stars/Constellation


Masters Cyclocross World Championships 70+ Results

PlaceNameCity, StateTeam
1James WAGNERAuburn, WABike Masters- WA
2John GINLEYCondor Road Club
3Joe SALINGBridgewater, NJSomerset Wheelmen
4Derek STEELArrowsmith Bikes
5Loren HETTINGERLittleton, CO
6Frederic SCHMIDWaco, TXJubilee Subaru
7Walter AXTHELMDurango, CONoTubes Endurance Racing
8John OOYENBoulderReal D-Amgen Masters Cycling
9Ronald RILEYAptos, CABike Station Aptos

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