Lopez-Otero wins gold at Masters Natz
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 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
1st — Brenna Lopez-Otero, Bend
2nd — Sue Butler, Portland
7th — Michelle Bazemore, Bend
9th — Sarah Tisdale, Hillsboro
8th — Shoshana Foxwell, Bend
3rd — Helen Grogan, Bend
8th — Jan Moss, Milwaukie
15th — Meg Mautner, Portland
6th — Kim Lucas, Portland
6th — Flo Leibowitz, Corvallis
11th — Steve Troseth, Corvallis
22nd — Jerry Powell, Portland
23rd — John Forbes, Portland
27th — Bill Valenta, Beaverton
Complete USAC results are HERE.