U.S. collects 14 medals at the UWCT finals

  
  


The Americans secured 14 medals at the UWCT Finals in South Africa last weekend. (Photo from UWCT)
The Americans secured 14 medals at the UWCT Finals in South Africa last weekend. (Photo from UWCT)
The United States earned 14 medals at the UCI World Cycling Tour Finals in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, last weekend. The 14 medals this year exceeds last year's 12-medal haul. In 2012, the Americans collected eight gold medals and three silver medals and three bronze medals.

Four riders earned medals in the road race and time trial competitions, including three women who each won both of their contests. Anne Marie Miller (New York, N.Y./Fuoriclasse-Discover Chiropractic-Century Road Club Assoc.) topped the women's 55-59 field in the time trial and the 61-kilometer road race. Molly Van Houweling (Berkeley, Calif./Metromint Cycling), who won the women's 35-39 time trial and placed second in the road race in 2011, won the women's 35-39 time trial and 96-kilometer road race. Megan Cea (West Harrison, N.Y./Team Danbury Audi) won the women's 16-29 challenger class time trial and 96-kilometer road race.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the United States won seven medals, including five gold medals, in the competition's opening event, a 25.7 time trial. Miller, Van Houweling and Cea won the women's 55-59, women's 35-39 and women's 16-29 challenger class, respectively. Cale Reeder (Cameron Park, Calif./Echelon-Charity of Choice) won the men's 45-49 contest. Richard Feldman (Sherman Oaks, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen) topped the men's 40-44 podium after winning the same men's 40-44 contest in 2011. Additionally, James Mattis (Mountain View, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized), who struck gold in the men's 35-39 road race and won bronze in the time trial in 2011, took the silver medal in the men's 35-39 time trial. Katie Marshall (White Plains, N.Y./Tarmac Cycling) earned the bronze medal in the women's 50-54 time trial.

In the 61-kilometer road race, the Americans earned a gold medal as Miller won the women's 55-59 race by about seven minutes.

In the 96-kilometer contest, the U.S. earned a pair of gold medals and a silver medal. In the women's 35-39 road race, the United States took the top two spots on the podium as Van Houweling won the race by over eight minutes over silver medalist Kathryn Curi Mattis (Mountain View, Calif./Webcor-Alto Velo). Cea topped the women's 16-29 challenger class podium after completing her road race in 3:33:44. Richard Mull (Malibu, Calif./Velo Club LaGrange) placed third in the men's 60-64 contest. Alexander Osborne (Berkeley, Calif./IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com) took home the silver medal in the men's 50-54 race, finishing just one second behind the gold medalist Gary Beneke (RSA). Reeder narrowly missed the podium when he placed fourth in a four-rider sprint in the men's 45-49 race.

In the most grueling race of the competition, the 112-kilometer road race, the United States collected a bronze medal. James Mattis won a three-rider sprint to win the bronze medal in the men's 35-39 race.

Congratulations to all of the American medalists!

Megan Cea (West Harrison, N.Y./Team Danbury Audi) — GOLD, Women's 16-29 Time Trial; GOLD, Women's 16-29 96-kilometer Road Race
Richard Feldman (Sherman Oaks, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen) — GOLD, Men's 40-44 Time Trial
Katie Marshall (White Plains, N.Y./Tarmac Cycling) — BRONZE, Women's 50-54 Time Trial
James Mattis (Mountain View, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) — SILVER, Men's 35-39 Time Trial; BRONZE, Men's 35-39 112-kilometer Road Race
Kathryn Curi Mattis (Mountain View, Calif./Webcor-Alto Velo) — SILVER, Women's 35-39 96-kilometer Road Race
Anne Marie Miller (New York, N.Y./Fuoriclasse-Discover Chiropractic-Century Road Club Assoc.) — GOLD, Women's 55-59 Time Trial; GOLD, Women's 55-59 61-kilometer Road Race
Richard Mull (Malibu, Calif./Velo Club LaGrange) — BRONZE, Men's 60-64 96-kilometer Road Race
Alexander Osborne (Berkeley, Calif./IronDataThirstyBearCycling.com) — SILVER, Men's 50-54 96-kilometer Road Race
Cale Reeder (Cameron Park, Calif./Echelon-Charity of Choice) — GOLD, Men's 45-49 Time Trial
Molly Van Houweling (Berkeley, Calif./Metromint Cycling) — GOLD, women's 35-39 Time Trial; GOLD, Women's 35-39 96-kilometer Road Race

For more information on the UWCT final, including complete results, please visit the UWCT web site.



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