Friday, July 3, 2009

2009 Masters Nationals, Day 8

US Master's Road National Championships, June 28-July 4, Louisville, KY
Criterium 07/03/09
Mens 55-59 Criterium

Historic Churchill Downs was the venue today for the mens 55-59 criterium, which started half an hour late at 3:30 PM on a sunny and pleasant afternoon. Steve Worley lined up with a small but talented field to represent the Vic's team in the event.

The racing was fast and furious from the start, with a number of riders trying repeated attacks. With so many wheels to cover, Steve tried to be selective in his efforts, and half way through the 50 lap, 25 mile race was feeling good and sitting near the front.

Unfortunately, Bill Gilboe was able to escape on a solo attack, and was joined up front several laps later by Gordon Paulson. Working well together, the two put the race out of reach of the chasers, eventually catching the field. Three other riders also escaped to claim the rest of the podium positions, with the pack unable to mount a coordinated chase.

Coming up on the bell lap, Steve decided it was time to put his track skills to use, and launched out of the corner onto the home straight on a flying kilometer effort. He immediately opened a large gap, and was able to hold on for the full lap to solo in for 6th place.

After Steve cleaned up, Mike Newsome and Joe Paulson joined him in downtown Louisville, for dinner, then bid him farewell as he departed for his flight home. Mike and Joe returned to their hotel for one more night's stay before the mens 45-49 criterium tomorrow morning.

Race Results for USA Cycling 2009 Masters Road National Champ, Louisville, KY
Criterium 07/03/09 Results

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