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U.S. dominates masters’ world’s in Bromont

American riders dominated almost all aspects of the Masters World Championships of mountain biking this past weekend in Bromont, Quebec. The U.S. performance continued on Sunday in the downhill as Americans took gold medals in 6 of 13 categories and 13 of 31 medals awarded (6 gold, 2 silver, 5 bronze), repeating a stellar performance on Saturday in the cross-country. France finished second in the medal count with 6 medals (4 gold, 2 bronze) and Canada third (4 medals - 3 silver, 1 bronze). 495 riders from 21 countries participated at the World Masters Championships, ranging in age from 30

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By Rob Jones, VeloNews correspondent

Tilford took the men's 40-44 cross-country event in Bromont

Tilford took the men’s 40-44 cross-country event in Bromont

Photo: Rob Jones

Dawn Bourque took gold in the women's 35-39 downhill.

Dawn Bourque took gold in the women’s 35-39 downhill.

Photo: Rob Jones

American riders dominated almost all aspects of the Masters World Championships of mountain biking this past weekend in Bromont, Quebec. The U.S. performance continued on Sunday in the downhill as Americans took gold medals in 6 of 13 categories and 13 of 31 medals awarded (6 gold, 2 silver, 5 bronze), repeating a stellar performance on Saturday in the cross-country. France finished second in the medal count with 6 medals (4 gold, 2 bronze) and Canada third (4 medals – 3 silver, 1 bronze). 495 riders from 21 countries participated at the World Masters Championships, ranging in age from 30 to 70 years. The World Masters Championships are the UCI’s official international age group championships for mountain biking.

The oldest competitor in the competition, 70-year-old Albert Piemme of San Diego, California took his third consecutive downhill title in the 60-plus age category, commenting afterwards “I’ll keep competing until I get old, then I’ll take up golf.”

American world downhill titles were won by Piemme (men 60+); Joe Picchiottino (men 35-39); Dawn Bourque (women 35-39), Kathi Krause (women 40-44); Patricia Mannion (women 45-49) and Kathy Burns (women 50-54).

On Saturday, the U.S. team finished first in the medal count in the cross-country events as well, taking 15 medals, including 4 gold, followed by Italy with 6 medals (3 gold) and Canada, also with 6 medals (2 gold).

The American cross-country world titles were won by Steve Tilford – Men 40-44; Lanie Mason – Women 30-34; Dawn Bourque – Women 35-39; Shelly Wilson – Women 40-44.