Geraldine Schulze won the women's 45-49 heat to cap Tuesday's racing. (Photo by Louisville Metro Parks)

Americans start UCI Masters Cyclo-cross Worlds with strong showing

Geraldine Schulze won the women's 45-49 heat to cap Tuesday's racing. (Photo by Louisville Metro Parks)
Geraldine Schulze won the ’s 45-49 heat to cap Tuesday’s racing. (Photo by Metro Parks)

The 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross Masters World Championshipsbegan Tuesday at Champions Park in , Ky., with seeding heats in various age groups. Four Americans won their respective heats and will receive a spot in the front row of the final race for their age groups.

Americans swept the two heats of the men’s 50-54 contestants as Jeff Appeltans (, Pa./MAMBO CX-GoCycling-Mid Atl Bicycle Org) and Gunnar Shogren (Morgantown, W.Va./Backyard Bike Club) will each find himself in the front row of the final on Thursday. Charles Townsend (Mendota Heights, Minn./Bianchi-Grand Performance-St. Paul Club) topped the men’s 60-64 heat. Geraldine Schulze (, Ohio/Bio Wheels Racing) won the lone ’s heat on Tuesday as she topped the ’s 45-49 field.

Charles Townsend won the men's 60-64 heat on Tuesday. (Photo by Louisville Metro Parks)
Charles Townsend won the men’s 60-64 heat on Tuesday. (Photo by Metro Parks)

The top riders in men 50-54, 55-59 and 60-64 and 45-49 were seeded in heats on Tuesday.

The winners of the seeding heats on Tuesday were:

Men 60-64: Charles Townsend (Mendota Heights, Minn./Bianchi-Grand Performance-St. Paul Club)
Men 55-59 Heat 1: Benny Andersson (SWE/Trek Sweden Racing)
Men 55-59 Heat 2: Colin Funk (CAN/First Capital Cycling Kingston)
Men 50-54 Heat 1: Gunnar Shogren (Morgantown, W.Va./Backyard Bike Club)
Men 50-54 Heat 2: Jeff Appeltans (, Pa./MAMBO CX-GoCycling-Mid Atl Bicycle Org)
45-49: Geraldine Schulze (, Ohio/Bio Wheels Racing)

The racing continues Wednesday with heats of the men 45-49, 40-44, 30-34 and 35-39. Additionally, the repechage for the men 45-49 and 40-44 and consolation races for the men 45-49 and 50-54 are slated for Wednesday.

The races on Saturday and Sunday will be streamed live by the and carried live by USA Cycling. Saturday’s races feature the under-23 and juniors 17-18 while Sunday’s contests will crown the best elite men and . The first race on Saturday and Sunday will be at 11 a.m. while the second race is slated for 2:30 p.m.

2013 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships
Champions Park
, Ky.
Jan. 29-Feb.1, 2013

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