|Durand Road Race||Greg Goblirsch||Loon State Cyclists|
|Ken Woods Road Race||Gordy Paulson||Planet Bike|
|Excelsior Criterium||Pete Hanna||Bianchi Grand Performance|
|Marty Road Race||Jim Cullen||Loon State Cyclists|
|South Range Road Race||Brian Haas||Alberto's Sport|
|Lakewoods Road Race||Brian Haas||Alberto's Sport|
|Cloquet Criterium||Jay Henderson||Silver Cycling|
|Duluth Classic Stage Race GC||Charlie Jacobs||GrandStay Hotels|
|Richmond Roller Road Race||Bryan Joas||Chippewa Valley Cycling Club|
|Birchwood Road Race||Pete Hanna||Grand Performance|
|GrandStay Criterium||Pete Maxwell||G.S.Circo Azzuro|
It's been a great season in the Masters 35+ Open category. Lots of great competition, and fun racing. Here is my take on the season thus far.
Best Newcomer Award:
This one is easy. Pete Hanna turning 35 this year, with Dale Sedgwick as his wingman has given the field a new dimension. Hanna is still winning Cat 1/2 races, and when he opts to race masters, everyone knows he's the one to watch.
Most Improved Award:
I'm giving the nod to Chad Christenson. He won the Masters 4/5 ROY last year. This year, he has definitely taken his racing to the next level. He has improved on his already strong TT performance, and is finishing consistantly well in the Road Races and Crits.
"That Sucks" Award:
A crash at this years Stillwater Cat 2/3 Crit ended the season for both Charlie Jacobs and Jim Parker. What's worse was it was no fault of their own, but another rider crashing out in front of them. Losing 2 of the strongest masters riders at the same time definitely sucks.
Most Noticeable Absences:
With Scott Flanders sidelined, and Alex Dobbertin switching to GSCA, the Flanders team has been noticeably absent in the Masters Open ranks. Birchwood has also disappeared, but resurfaced as G.S. Circo Azzurro. Mr. Consistancy, Paul Rennert, has been sidelined by health issues for the season, but watch for him to make a strong comeback in 2009.