Lopez-Otero wins gold at Masters Natz

Sep 1, 2011 by

Brenna Lopez-Otero, pictured here at the Giro di Portland criterium in August, took the gold at the USAC Masters Road National Championship Women's 40-44 criterium Thursday. ┬ęPat Malach/FILE PHOTO

BEND — Hometown rider Brenna Lopez-Otero took home a stars-and-stripes jersey on her birthday Thursday as the Women’s 40-44 criterium winner during the USAC Cycling Masters Road National Championships. Portland’s Sue Butler followed Lopez-Otero across the line for second. Mississippi’s Debbie Milne was third.

The USAC Masters Road National Championships continue through Sunday.

The first day of criterium racing at the USA Cycling 2011 Masters Road National Championships awarded jerseys to champions in a dozen age-graded categories. The course in the Northwest Crossings neighborhood near Summit High School on Bend’s west side provided for wide-open racing on smooth, wide roads. Lopez-Otero finished second on the same course during the OBRA Senior Women’s Criterium Championships in August.

Friday’s criterium racing moves to the familiar downtown course used for the Cascade Cycling Classic and also for last year’s Elite/U23 championships. Eight categories will be decided, starting with the 40km Women’s 30-34 race at 8 a.m. and winding up with the 60 kilometer Men’s 30-34 race at 6 p.m.

Road race championships will be decided Saturday and Sunday on a modified version of the Awbrey Butte circuit used for the Cascade Cycling Classic.

USAC Masters Road National Championships
Sept. 1


Women 40-45
1st — Brenna Lopez-Otero, Bend
2nd — Sue Butler, Portland
7th — Michelle Bazemore, Bend
9th — Sarah Tisdale, Hillsboro

Women 45-49
8th — Shoshana Foxwell, Bend

Women 50-54
3rd — Helen Grogan, Bend
8th — Jan Moss, Milwaukie
15th — Meg Mautner, Portland

Women 55-59
6th — Kim Lucas, Portland

Women 60-64
6th — Flo Leibowitz, Corvallis

Men 60-64
11th — Steve Troseth, Corvallis

Men 65-69
22nd — Jerry Powell, Portland
23rd — John Forbes, Portland
27th — Bill Valenta, Beaverton

Complete USAC results are HERE.