Austin, TX – Despite the frigid cold weather, the big team winner of the 50-54 Women’s Masters race was California-based Team Rambuski Law, with two of their members, Karen Brems and Katrina Baumsteiger able to land on the podium. Karen Hogan (Team Kappius) was able to take second place in between them.
In the 55-59 race, New Jersey racer Christina Perkins (Team ProPower Coaching) was able to power her way to a great victory, gapping her field even though she was caught up in a crash halfway through the race.
At the start, Brems took an impressive holeshot as she stayed out of her saddle for the full duration of the pavement: an effort that made it look like she would be gassed early in the race. Within a half lap, she was still firing on all cylinders, with only Hogan able to match the intense pace. Even Richard Fries gave a double-take at the start line as he announced the lap times for these women.
“I thought I could get her in the technical areas and the stairs,” Hogan told Cyclocross Magazine of Brems. Hogan was the smoother of the two along the ruts, and she was one of the best riders in the race up the limestone steps.
This is hardly Brems’ first look from the top of the podium. When the Masters World Championships came to the United States in 2012 and 2103, Brems was able to both win and defend the rainbow colors. While she did not race last year in Boulder, Colorado for the 2014 National Championship, she did take home the stars and stripes jersey the year prior in the 50-54 age group in Madison.
With so many wins under her belt, we had to ask her for training secrets. “You’ve got to train hard,” she answered. “You don’t have to train long, but you’ve got to train hard.” Her full interview after her win can be found below:
Brems, however was a master on every straightaway, and used her power where she could. When we asked her what features played to her favor on the day, her answer was simple: “Every flat.” That power carried her to an astonishing win on the day, proving that this course doesn’t play favorites to technical riders as was considered yesterday in the singlespeed races.
In the 55-59 race, Karen Tripp (Bikeman.com) took the holeshot and controlled much of the early race just as Brems was doing in the heat ahead of her. One of the harsher corners in lap two, however, sent her sprawling. Perkins was close enough behind her that the two were both affected by the crash. The New Jersey rider was able to recover faster, however, and Tripp was caught fighting against mechanical trouble.
As Tripp ran her bike, Laura Howat (Ski Utah/Plan7) passed her and Perkins rode well away from both riders.
“I flipped,” Perkins said of the crash, “but I was able to ride away… You can’t attack this course, you have to let the course come to you,” she finished, offering advice to riders for the rest of the week. She was nearly broken up with emotion at the finish line, offering hugs to everyone within the area.
Full results below the photo gallery.
2015 Cyclocross National Championships, Masters Women 50-54 and 55-59 Photo Gallery:
2015 National Championships, Masters Women 55-59
|1||127||PERKINS||Christina||Team ProPower Coaching||259556||South Plainfield NJ||42:15|
|2||115||COYNE||Lisa||Sound Velo Cycling Club||328328||Seattle WA||42:17||2|
|3||119||GARVEY||Deirdre||High Peaks Masters||68552||Boulder CO||42:33||18|
|4||122||HOWAT||Laura||Ski Utah|Plan 7||147582||Salt Lake City UT||43:22||1:07|
|6||111||BARBER||Sarah||New Pioneer Food Co-op||312930||Cedar Rapids IA||44:08||1:53|
|7||128||REICHEL||Ellen||318970||East Islip NY||44:20||2:05|
|8||131||SMITH||Terri||CROSS PROPZ RACING||384756||Nederland CO||44:22||2:07|
|9||129||SCHLEICHER||Rochelle||Women's Free State Racing||53362||Merriam KS||44:39||2:24|
|10||124||KAUFMANN||Patricia||Milwaukee Bicycle Company Racin||18621||Whitefish Bay WI||44:42||2:27|
|11||134||WILKINSON||Karen||Team Group Health||236442||Seattle WA||44:44||2:29|
|12||112||BEAR||Kim||New Mexico Spokette Racing Team||82996||Santa Fe NM||45:02||2:47|
|13||121||HEYMANN||Nancy||Verdigris-Village CX Team||283728||Highland Park IL||45:20||3:05|
|14||130||SIMONS||Rosanne||NOLA Lending Racing||91694||Mandeville LA||46:07||3:52|
|15||117||ELGART||Linda||Team TIBCO II||45299||Sacramento CA||46:31||4:16|
|17||118||FITZGERALD||Lisa||278343||Salt Lake City UT||47:34||5:19|
|19||125||MORRISSEY||Sandra||Team Cross Colorado||286505||Boulder CO||@1Lap|
|20||120||GLOVER||Maripat||New Mexico Spokette Racing Team||300071||Albuquerque NM||@1Lap|
|21||132||TIEMANN||Valerie||Northwest Cycling Club||330038||Spring TX||@2Lap|
|DNF||116||EGIZI||Evelyn||Western Howard County Cycling||129625||Silver Spring MD|
2015 National Championships, Masters Women 50-54
|1||74||BREMS||Karen||Team Rambuski Law||20017||Redwood City CA||37:34|
|2||84||HOGAN||Karen||Team Kappius||248610||Louisville CO||37:46||12|
|3||72||BAUMSTEIGER||Katrina||Team Rambuski Law||2947||San Luis Obispo CA||39:36||2:02|
|4||95||WALKER||Kris||Idaho Cycling Enthusiasts (ICE)||48743||Pocatello ID||39:41||2:07|
|5||92||SCHULZE||Geraldine||Bio Wheels Racing||293521||Cincinnati OH||39:55||2:21|
|6||83||HELM-MURTAGH||Susan||Tri-Cyclists BRC||139055||Chapel Hill NC||40:22||2:48|
|7||91||SATROWSKY||Michele||Riverside Racing||254417||Newbury MA||40:23||2:49|
|8||90||SAMA||Victoria||Adventures Edge||89361||Arcata CA||41:19||3:45|
|9||79||DONNELLY||Tamara||Trek Cyclocross Collective||236577||Seattle WA||41:37||4:03|
|11||96||WHITE||Desiree||Bike Lab||66891||Hobart OK||41:55||4:21|
|12||76||CHANCE||Kimberly||Matrix Cycling Club||157443||Dallas TX||42:29||4:55|
|13||75||BROWN||Katherine||Riverside Racing||385846||Amesbury MA||42:39||5:05|
|14||89||ROBINSON||Jennifer||Sport Systems Mountaintop Cycli||309984||Albuquerque NM||42:46||5:12|
|15||82||HARKER||Marni||Midatlantic Colavita Women||15086||Washington DC||42:55||5:21|
|16||98||WONG||Dorothy||The TEAM SoCalCross||104462||Altadena CA||42:59||5:25|
|17||78||DALLAS||Mary||Laughing Dog Team||456082||Bend OR||43:25||5:51|
|18||81||GUY||Cid||Tri-Cyclists BRC||235401||Chapel Hill NC||45:08||7:34|
|19||85||JANUZZI||Cheryl||457726||Lake Oswego OR||45:10||7:36|
|21||88||PORTER||Kathleen||Twisted Spokes Racing Team||236465||Cedar Falls IA||48:42||11:08|