August 16, 2004 – The USCF National Masters road race events have been taking place over the past couple of days through the beautiful canyons of Park City, Utah, fielding greater numbers in every category than previous years and producing some very aggressive and exciting racing in the hot conditions.
With only a nights rest between the time trial and the road race the men’s 40-44 and 45-49 categories hit the road for two laps of a 40K course that climbed from the gun before dipping down into Kamas and rolled through flat and rolling terrain and climbed back up Brown’s Canyon towards Park City. Both races were very aggressive and despite the heat and finished with tight exciting finishes.
In the men’s 40-44 Zan Treasure (Autoliv) won his race in a two up sprint from Karl Kiester with Christian Walker managing to win his race after being away solo all day, getting caught and winning out of a small group. Treasure was excited about his win and was joined by his teammates to celebrate, who with the help of their Sponsor Autolive, donate thousands of dollars each year to charity. Walker, who also won the Amateur National Road Race in Redlands earlier this year and backed it up to come tenth in Olympic trials against the pros, was modestly happy with his win, only saying that he would have preferred a longer race that really built up the lactic acid.
The following day saw more masters road races over the same course with the exception of one small loop that was cut out. Some categories raced two laps for a total of 79K, while other categories raced one lap. The weather was a little cooler than the previous day, especially in the early morning when the first races started. The afternoon categories had to suffer the dry heat again.
Taking home stars and stripes jerseys in the women’s categories were Kristin Linton (30-35), Maatje Benassi (Excel Sports) in the 35-39, Carolyn Donnelly (Landis/Trek VW) in the 40-44’s and Carla Flores (Lakewood Racing) in the 45-49 category. While in the men’s categories, Michael Hutchinson (Team Spine) took out his 35-39 age group, David Leduc (Mercy Cycling Team) won the 50-54’s and David Hixon (Gran Fondo Cycling Team) won the 55-59 category.
As they did in the time trials, some masters even doubled up to race not only their individual road race, but also a tandem road race. Winning gold medals in the tandem were Kenny Fuller and Warren Keyser (Simple Green/Cycles Veloce) in the 100+, Louie Amelburu and Mark Shaeffer (Los Gatos) in the 70+ and Glenn Bunselmeyer and Larry Shannon (Excell) in the 90+ category.
In the women’s tandem events Holly Lopez and Alicia Heiserer (Team Revolution Racing) won the 70+ and Jill Gass and Julie Kaplan (San Diego Cycle Vets) won their second gold medal together in the 90+.