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Routley close in World Masters


Whistler’s Tony Routley finished just seven seconds back of the podium in the Masters World Cross Country Championships on Aug. 30 in Bromont, Quebec.

His time of 45 minutes, 28.3 seconds was good enough for fourth place behind Janes Silvano of Italy, who placed almost ten minutes ahead of the competition with a time of 33:34.1. Robert Anderson of the U.S., and Gilles Morneau of Quebec were second and third respectively.

Routley edged out another sometime Whistler rider, North Vancouver’s Richard Juryn. Juryn, who organized the recent Whistler Summer Gravity Festival, was fifth with a time of 49:45.5.

The United States dominated this year, taking four titles. French riders won three titles, and Italy and Canada tied with two titles apiece. Mountain bikers from Sweden and Norway each won a title.

The Masters Downhill races also took place, and once again the Americans dominated in taking six out of eight titles. The other two went to Canadians.