US National Championships Results - Elite Men TT

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06/22/2005| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
Chris Baldwin (Navigators Insurance). Photo copyright Tommy Murphy/
Chris Baldwin (Navigators Insurance). Photo copyright Tommy Murphy/

US National Championships Results - Elite Men TT

Baldwin wins ahead of Louder.

Chris Baldwin (Navigators Insurance) rode to his second career elite men's national time trial championship Tuesday as USA Cycling kicked off the 2005 Park City Cycling Festival in Antelope Island State Park.  <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>



Baldwin obliterated the 57-rider field with a time of 42 minutes 44.43 seconds over a 34 kilometer course that wound its way along the shores of the Great Salt Lake.  The 2003 National Champion, Baldwin was the only rider to crack the 44 minute barrier as runner up and team mate Jeff Louder (Navigators Insurance) posted a 44:00.23 to take the silver medal and Bernard Van Ulden (Webcor Builders) rode a 44:00.58 to take third.


Starting one minute behind Chris Wherry (HealthNet-Maxxis), Baldwin caught and passed the recently crowned USPRO road champion with 12 kilometers remaining - a sign that he was on pace to pull on his second stars and stripes jersey for the second time in three years.


"I couldn't see Wherry for the longest time," said Baldwin who was the penultimate rider out of the gate.  "I got a little psyched out, but I kept my composure and I really wanted to catch him, even if I didn't put more time into him after that, just to know where I was because I knew he was going to go fast."



Without defending champion David Zabriskie (Team CSC) and perennial strongman Chris Horner (Saunier Duval-Prodir), who are both in Europe preparing for their first Tour de France, Baldwin felt the race was anybody's game.  "I thought it was pretty wide open this year, especially with the altitude. [Scottt] Moninger, Wherry, those guys are pretty good at altitude. I knew Jeff was going to go good because it's his hometown and he's coming off two good rides at Philly and Beauce."


Despite a stretch of road along the shoreline, the racecourse was anything but flat.  A kilometer into the race, riders faced a significant climb before embarking on a 15 kilometer rolling course with nary a flat section.   "The only tricky part was the first hill. It's just steep enough that the big ring is pretty tough to push, but I just stayed in it and decided to go that route," said Baldwin.


Tom Zirbel (Sports Garage) and Wherry rounded out the podium placing fourth and fifth respectively.


June 21, 2005: Antelope Island, Utah, USA (34.0 km):
1 Chris Baldwin (Navigators Insurance)        42:44:43

2 Jeff Louder (Navigators Insurance)                                    1.15.80

3 Bernard Van Ulden (Webcor Builders)                                   1.16.15

4 Tom Zirbel (Sports Garage)                                            1.25.91

5 Chris Wherry (HealthNet/Maxxis)                                       1.29.93

6 Ryan Blickem (TargetTraining)                                         1.40.29

7 Scott Moninger (HealthNet/Maxxis)                                     2.01.77

8 Colby Pearce (Team TIAA-CREF)                                         2.14.99

9 Jeffrey Hartmann (Pro Peloton Racing/Paketa)                       2.25.26

10 Clayton Barrows (RMCEF)                                              2.42.34

11 Timmy Duggan (Team TIAA-CREF)                                        2.52.62

12 Ben Jacques-Maynes (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Cycling)    2.57.92

13 Marc Hagenlocher (Webcor Builders)                                   2.58.08

14 Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage)                                 3.08.13

15 Zachary Walker (McGuire/Langdale)                                    3.27.62

16 Frank Overton (GS


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