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National Championships

19 Time Trial Titles Awarded on Day One of Masters Road Nationals

By: Katherine Santos  August 05, 2021

It Was a Race Against the Clock on the First Day of the 2021 Masters Road National Championships

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Thursday saw 19 Time Trial National Champions crowned on the first of four straight days of racing in Albuquerque. Racers battled fast times and rising temperatures on a 40-kilometer and a 20-kilometer, out and back course that featured several hundred feet of elevation gain.

The day began at 8:31 a.m. with the Men’s 35-39 race. Jadon Jaeger (Wauwatosa, Wis.; Adapt Cycling) was the first national champion crowned after finishing in a time of 47:50.21. He threw down the fastest time of the day on the wide-open course. Jaeger is the former time trial national champion after taking the win in 2019 and also competed on the 2020 Esport World Championship team. In the Men’s 40-44 race, Bastian Rose (White

Patrick Warner heading out on the 40-kilometer time trial course.

Plain, N.Y.) took the win after finishing his race in a time of 49:33.87. Michael Olheiser (Huntsville, Ala.; Monster Racing), a rider who’s been racing for well over 20 years and has competed in countless national championships, took the top step in the Men’s 45-49 race. Patrick Warner (Boulder, Colo.; Stages Cycling), who can be seen flying around the track as well, took gold in the Men’s 50-54 race. Warner has been racing for well over 20-years and has won multiple national championships. Daniel Casper (Saint Paul, Minn.; Donkey Label Racing), a former world champion, took first after clocking in at a time of 51:33.52.

The impressive performances continued as Robert Fisher (Monument, Colo.; Tierra Plan Racing) took home his first-ever gold medal in the Men’s 60-64 race, with a time of 53:30.97. Stefanie Sydlik (Pittsburgh, Pa.; 3T/Q+M Cycling) has competed at several national championships and took home her first-ever win today in the Women’s 35-39 race. In the Women’s 40-44 race, Christie Tracy (Austin, Texas; 3T/Q+M Cycling) added to her two previous national championship wins with yet another stars and stripes jersey. Mindy Caruso (Albuquerque, N.M.; Nero Veloce p/b Mich) won the Women’s 45-49 category, finishing in a time of 57:39.28. Winning isn’t anything new for Caruso; she has several stars and stripes jerseys in her collection. Kathy Alvarez (Santa Fe, N.M.; RA Racing Apparel/BM) won the Women’s 50-54 race.

During the second half of the day, riders took to the 20-kilometer time trial course. Jim Dickerson (Fort Collins, Colo.; Great Divide Brewing Cycling Team), a long-time member of USA Cycling, won the Wen’s 65-69 race after finishing in a time of 26:31.46. Wayne Watson (Denver, Colo.; Chalet/Celebrity) also had an impressive ride and finished first in the Men’s 70-74 race. He clocked a time of 27:12.09. Watson has won eight national championships since 2006. In the Men’s 75-79 category, Durward Higgins (Chattanooga, Tenn.; Hammer Super Masters) won gold. His finish time was 29:11.98.

A rider getting the countdown at the start line.

Racing continued with Stan Swallow (American Fork, Utah; Team Endurance 360) taking gold in the Men’s 80-84 race. Swallow also has an impressive resume, winning multiple national championships in years past. The day continued to heat up as riders started to take to the course in 30-second intervals. Walt Axthelm (Durango, Colo.) has won 17 national championships since 2006 and took home another win in the Men’s 85-89 race. Andi Smith (Bend, Ore.; Sunnyside Sports) had an awesome ride in the Women’s 55-59 race and finished in a time of 29:33.61 which earned her a national title. In the Women’s 60-64 category, Susan Rice (Albuquerque, N.M.; K4 DNA Masters Racing) claimed the top step.

Racing concluded with Pat Caldeira (Crofton, Md.) winning the Women’s 65-69 race and Laura Lindgren (Long Beach. Calif.; Sisterhood of Cycling) winning the Women’s 70-74 race. Caldeira and Lindgren have been USA Cycling members for over 20 years. They have both competed in multiple national championships and have a rich history of strong performances.

Racing continues tomorrow with riders taking to the 52.5-kilometer Road Race course at the Vista Grand Community Center. Be sure and follow @USACyclingLive on Twitter for live updates.

Full results can be found here.

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