By Jared Eborn –
Just ask Erica Tingey.
The pro mountain biker representing Team Jamis traded out the knobby tires and suspension forks for aero and skinny tires and rode away from the USA Cycling Masters National Championships with a pair of Red, White and Blue jerseys.
The USA Cycling Masters National Road Race Championships were held from September 9-13. 2014 in Ogden, Utah with Time Trial events on Antelope Island, Road Races in the Ogden Valley and the Criterium around Ogden’s downtown blocks.
Tingey took full use of her home state advantage and smoked the field in the Women’s 35-39 division with a time of 49:11.89. Her closest competitor, California’s Kathleen Giles, cross the finish line at 50:25.85. Megan Hill, from Saratoga Springs, placed fourth for the DNA Cycling-K4 Racing squad at 52:23.67.
The Women’s 35-39 road race was a chance for Tingey to show she was more than just power. The Salt Lake City resident soloed away from the field down the stretch and claimed a second national championship crown. Hill checked in with a second fourth place showing.
Intermountain LiVe Well’s Darren Goff used his familiarity with the downtown Ogden course to claim victory in the Men’s 35-39 criterium championship.
Ski Utah/Plan 7’s Laura Howat won a sprint against Colorado’s Sue Lloyd, California’s Lesley Jensen and Ski Utah/Plan 7 teammate Karen Christoffersen to win the Women’s 55-59 national title. Christoffersen was fourth.
Anne Perry shows no signs of slowing down. The DNA Cycling-K4 Racing leader added another national title to her collection with a win in the Women’s 40-44 road race. Ivins’ Brookanne Mickelson was third, 46 seconds back.
In the Co-ed Masters 110+ tandem time trial category, Kelly Crawford and Zan Treasure motored to the finish line in 47:58.25 to capture a national championship for their Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team. The duo also added a 110+ national title in the tandem road race by soloing away from the field.
Jared Kirby and Dan Kadrmas added another national title for Bountiful Mazda crew with their time of 48:25.58 in the Men’s 70+ tandem race.
Beverly Ronnow (Bountiful Mazda) and Karen Christoffersen (Ski Utah/Plan 7) teamed up for a time of 55:56.94 to win the Women’s 110+ tandem race and a pair of Stars and Stripes jerseys.
Provo’s Mark Zimbleman placed second in the Men’s 55-59 division with a time of 47:12.35. Park City’s Alexandra Robinette hit the line at 53:24.67 to also place second in the Women’s 45-49 TT field.
Salt Lake City’s Ken Louder showed he still has it with an impressive time of 28:49.80 to claim second place in the Men’s 65-69 race. Cody Haroldsen, typically the man to beat at the Saltair Time Trial series, placed third in the Men’s 35-39 field with a time of 44:22.20.
In the tandem road race competitions, Ogden’s Mark Schaefer partnered with his Microseal Racing teammate Louie Amelburu to win the Men’s 90+ tandem crown.
Alison Frye crushed the field in the women’s 50-54 road race competition to slip into a national champion’s jersey.
Ski Utah/Plan 7’s Robynn Masters claimed fourth place in the Women’s 55-59 road race with teammate Howat close behind in fifth. Ogden’s Alan Stockland took second place in the Men’s 75-79 race.
In the Men’s 55-59 road race, Treasure nearly added a third title to his trophy case but was pipped at the line by Colorado’s Karl Kiester. Utah’s Gary Porter wasn’t far back with a fourth place showing. Park City’s Thomas Cooke checked in with a fifth place effort in the Men’s 45-49 race.
Cameron Hoffman, from Clearfield, placed third in the Men’s 35-39 road race.