LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY –  The defending World Champion and current National Champion Karen Brems came to the line with the intention of holding on to her title. She did so in a clear manner, taking the holeshot and an early lead and never looking back. Lillian Pfluke followed her in for second, with Karen Tripp in third.

The course was a frozen, rutty event in the early morning that saw temperatures in the low teens. With the hard packed ground keeping riders on their toes, the race came down not only to the strongest rider, but the most comfortable.

Karen Brems showing her stars, bars, and winning form on the way to her title defense.   ©Brian Nelson

Karen Brems showing her stars, bars, and winning form on the way to her title defense. ©Brian Nelson

“I’m from California, so this is totally new for me. But you can’t freak out, you have to be totally relaxed,” said Brems. “”The first lap, she was right behind me. It was funny, a quarter of the field is named Karen so I couldn’t tell if there were people behind me or who people were cheering for.”

Pfluke, as well, was excited for her second place finish. “I feel great, this was beyond my expectations. I was intimidated by the conditions, because it’s really difficult out there. I had a tentative first lap, but then I got comfortable and started reeling people in. I think if I had one more lap I could have gotten first.”

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2013 Cyclocross World Championships Masters 50-54 Photo Gallery:

2013 Worlds Master Women 50-54 Results

11USA19620613BREMS KarenTeam Rambuski Law/Team RambuskiUSA31:05
22USA19590221PFLUKE LillianUS Metro TransportsUSA31:45
38USA19590420TRIPP KarenBlue Steel Cyclery /Blue SteelUSA31:55
414CAN19621005HARLTON JudyDevon Bicycle AssociationCAN33:17
512USA19620320PRIETO SusanBlue Sky VeloUSA33:42
64USA19631126LEWIS-SROKA JulieLake Effect Cycling TeamUSA33:52
79USA19600222GARVEY DeirdreBRACUSA35:22
86CAN19610916HAILL carolyneChain ReactionCAN36:37
916USA19601007SCHRYVER ChristineGenesee Valley Cycling ClubUSA37:06
1015USA19600824WILKINSON KarenTeam Group Health/Sound Velo CyUSA37:20
1110CAN19630609ANGELES RobynIndependentCAN37:34
127USA19621201TOURIAN KarenGuys Racing ClubUSA@1Lap
145USA19630913BARNES AnneUSA@1Lap
1513USA19590222CLEARWATER DeniseUSA@2Lap
DNS11USA19620810WALBERG CatherineUSA