The third race on Friday morning provided cyclocross fans at Rancho San Rafael Park with three national champions for the price of one. The 60-64, 65-69 and 75+ women all took the course at the same time to vie for the coveted Stars-and-Stripes jerseys.
The 60-64 race turned into a good one from the opening lap. Debra Hakansson (Truckee), Susan Bernatas and Heidi Haussermann escaped off the front early in the first lap and then battled for position. The three were inseparable until Bernatas opened up a gap early in the last lap. She was able to hold onto her lead through the last lap to take home the Stars-and-Stripes jersey.
Bernatas said she didn’t consider herself a bike racer before Friday’s race, but after her result, that may change. “I guess I am. I get a nice jersey now. I’ve always wanted one, figuring, you know, I look good in stripes.”
What were her keys to success? “I worked hard to get my bike and me together,” she said. “I listened to my friend Russell, he is a real racer, and I approached it as a great day to ride. Just ride fair, hard and go nuts. Because why not go nuts out there?”
The Masters 65-69 race featured a cyclocross warrior in Maureen Sweeney. Sweeney started the race with a broken wrist and then endo’d during the race and took home a nice souvenir for her courage.
The three-time champion Sweeney was joined at the line by Tove Shere, who won the 65-69 race in Hartford a year ago. Shere was able to capitalize on Sweeney’s misfortune and win by a comfortable margin to take her third national championship.
Shere enjoyed her afternoon of racing. “The track was great,” she said. “It was dry, it wasn’t muddy. The sand was a little harder because the guys had laid that beautiful track in it, so we had soft sand. It was a little bit harder to ride that, but beautiful course. Thumbs up Cody. Good job.”
The third race was the Masters 75+. Nationals mainstay Julie Lockhart was joined at the line by Frances Marquart. Marquart hails from the Seattle area and came down to Reno for her first National Championship. The trip was a worthwhile one, as she came away with the Stars-and-Stripes jersey. After the race, she said it was a tough day at the office.
“Very tough,” she said about the course. “It was fun, but I did an awful lot of walking in that second half.”
With Nationals heading to Washington in 2019, there is a good chance we will see Marquart again. “I live a half mile from the start line,” she said. “I don’t think it’s as tough as this course. ”
See interviews and results below the photos.
Women Masters 60-64 Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals
|2||24||HAUSSERMANN||Heidi||Pacific Grove CA||31:00||18|
|3||23||HAKANSSON||Debra||Truckee Bicycle Team||Truckee CA||31:25||43|
|4||21||ELGART||Linda||Dirt Birds||Sacramento CA||32:00||1:18|
|5||17||BEAR||Kim||New Mexico Spokettes Racing Te||Santa Fe NM||32:04||1:22|
|6||20||SMITH||Terri||Feedback Sports Racing||Nederland CO||33:29||2:47|
|7||19||PURTILL||Karen||Stedmans Bicycle Co||Narragansett RI||34:21||3:39|
Women Masters 65-69 Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals
|1||13||SHERE||Tove||Sport Systems 505 Cycling||Santa Fe NM||34:01|
|2||14||SWEENEY||Maurine||Racer X Cycling/ColoBikeLaw||Highlands Ranch CO||36:00||1:59|
|3||12||HALL||Susan||Montrose Bike Shop||Simi Valley CA||45:43||11:42|
Women Masters 75+ Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals
|2||2||LOCKHART||Julie||Northeast Bicycle Club NEBC||Dunstable MA||39:08||3:07|
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