The UCI Masters World Championships of Vallnord begins with cross-country events
On Tuesday 20th of June, more than 200 riders in the men’s 45-to-59-year-old cross-country category were the first to compete for the world’s best ranking. The last race scheduled that was to take place on Tuesday has been postponed to Wednesday 21st of June at 9 am. Race organization decided to change the schedule due to the lack of visibility caused by the rain and to ensure the safety of the racers XCO between 40 and 44 years old.
Vallnord Bike Park La Massana lived today the first series of competitions which, until 24th of June, will determine the best Masters racers in the world in the XCO and DHI categores for the year 2017. A very pleasant weather accompanied the 55-59 and 50-54 events. Then rain came for the 45-49 Masters race. These poor conditions did not interrupt the 4 laps of 4 kilometers each, of the World Cup XC circuit. Irishman Robin Seymour won the race despite the climatic conditions, in a time of 1h01:33. The second to finish the circuit, Fabrizzio Pezzi, crossed the line two minutes later with a time of 1:03:04. The Italian was immediately followed by Spaniard Àngel Llorens, who completed the podium in 1:03:25.
The lucky cyclists in charge of inaugurating these Masters World Championships organized by the Union Cyliste International (UCI), with 700 bikers, until 24th of June, were the 55 to 59 year old men. Frenchman Alain Morra won ahead of more than 40 participants of the category in 49:38 minutes. Switzerland’s Tommy Olsson and Irishman Peter Buggle complete the Top 3 with times of 50:06 and 50:24 respectively. Finally, for this Tuesday, let’s note the performance of the Spanish Pere Roig, who, with a time of 45:09 became the best cross-country rider in the 50-54 category. Danish Palle Egeberg and Italian Andrea Pendini ended in second and third place after finishing in 47:01 and 47:20.
MEN XCO 40-44 TO OPEN THE SECOND DAY OF THE MASTERS WORLDS
The first to start on the circuit, this Wednesday June 21st at 9am will be riders, a good fifty, from the 40 to 44 years, who due to bad weather, could not start this afternoon. Once this event is over, awards ceremony will take place.
From 11am, the normal program of the third day of the event will resume. At 11 o’clock precisely, the men of 60 to 64 years will start, followed, two minutes later by the Masters 65-69 and +70.