2016 CX Nationals Thursday 1/7/16
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 7, 2016) –2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships Masters competition concluded at the s on Thursday, as 10 women’s championship divisions took to the Biltmore Estate course in Asheville, N.C.
The third day of racing featured an all-women’s slate that included each of the 10 masters national championships and the women’s Cat. 4 non-championship division.
Melinda McCutcheon (Salt Lake City, Utah/Canyon Bicycles-Shimano) took the first Stars-and-Stripes jersey of the day in the 30-34 division, crossing in 36:19. Corey Coogan Cisek (Minneapolis, Minn./Power Fix CX) won the 35-39 division in an even 39:00, followed by Melissa Barker (Longmont, Colo./Evol Elite Racing) with the 40-44 crown in 37:25.
Tanya Bettis (Albuquerque, N.M./Sport Systems 505 Cycling) opened the morning session with the 45-49 win in 38:23, while Karen Brems’ (Redwood, Calif./SunPower Racing) 38:28 run earned 50-54 gold, and Karen Tripp (Sylva, N.C./Finkraft Cycling Team) crossed in 41:37 to win the 55-59 division.
The final three women’s championship divisions rode together. Karen Purtill (Narragansett, R.I./Stedmans Bicycle Co) topped the 60-64 division in 33:00, while Maurine Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Racer X Cycling) and Nancy Brown (Bennet, Neb./Goldenrod Pastries CX) rode solo in the 65-69 and 70-74 races, crossing in 34:39 and 25:46, respectively. Graciela Val (Evanston, Ill.) claimed the women’s 75+ title in 44:45.
Women’s Cat 4 non-championship race closed things out Thursday, as Julie Baird (Portland, Ore./Olympia Cycling Team) took the win in 31:01.
Competition continues at the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships on Friday at 9 a.m. EST with all collegiate and singlespeed divisions, as well as the mixed team relay, and men’s and women’s 9-22 non-championship races.