by Cindy Brennan
Austin, TX – Tove Shere (Sport Systems Mountaintop Cycling) took the charge in the Master Women 60+ race, with Carol Ruckle (Team Redlands) on her heels. In the fray was Danny Summerhill’s mom Frances, showing the crowd where Danny gets his skills from.
The 65+, 70+, and 75+ races started moments later, and by the end of the first lap leader of the 65+ race Maurine Sweeney (Racer X Cycling) had caught 60+ leader Shere.
The two rode clear of the field, while legend Julie Lockhart (Northeast Bicycle Club) looked poised to lock it up for yet another National Championship in the 70-74 division.
Shere, despite suffering from racing with bronchitis in unusually frigid temperatures, stayed with Sweeney until the bitter end. Sweeney took Shere to the line and won the sprint, claiming a dominant win in the 65+ race. Shere was bested in the sprint, but untouchable in the 60+ race.
Lockhart controlled the 70+ women’s race, winning yet again, as Val Graciela claimed the 75+ victory.
Hear from Tove Shere, who was unaware she won the 60-64 age category until moments after the race:
And from Maurine Sweeney, who bested Tove in the sprint to take the 65-69 win:
Masters Women 60-75+ Groups
|Masters Women 60-64|
|1||48||SHERE||Tove||Sport Systems Mountaintop Cycli||73854||Albuquerque NM||33:35|
|2||46||JOHNSON||Sheryl||Blue Rooster/ScanSnap||412131||Silverdale WA||34:47||1:12|
|3||50||TAYLOR||Glenda||Free State Racing||59609||Topeka KS||35:25||1:50|
|4||47||RUCKLE||Carol||Team Redlands||30799||Redlands CA||36:01||2:26|
|5||49||SUMMERHILL||Frances||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru||203904||Centennial CO||36:52||3:17|
|6||51||ZOLMAN||Bridget||Potomac Velo Club||270554||Mechanicsburg PA||43:07||9:32|
|Masters Women 65-69|
|1||58||SWEENEY||Maurine||Racer X Cycling||362731||Highlands Ranch CO||33:33|
|2||57||MOREMAN||Janis||Team Bicycles inc||84651||Arlington TX||@1Lap|
|DNS||56||IVERSON||Martha||DNA Cycling Masters||80010||Durango CO|
|Masters Women 70-74|
|1||61||LOCKHART||Julie||Northeast Bicycle Club (NEBC)||226695||Dunstable MA||32:44|
|Masters Women 75+|