Thomas 46th in cyclocross world championships

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Former Juneau cyclist Tucker Thomas finished 46th in the junior men's race Saturday at the Cyclocross World Championships in Pont-Chateau, France.

Thomas, who lists his hometown as Juneau even though his family now lives in Olympia, Wash., finished the course in 47 minutes, 12 seconds and was the third American to finish the race.

Niels Abbot of Belgium won the race in 40:33 and Jamie Driscoll of Jericho, Vt., was the top American in 22nd place at 44:25.

"I got a pretty decent second-row start and just crashed pretty much all the way through the first lap until I was nearly dead last," Thomas said via a press release from USA Cycling.

The race was held in traditional cyclocross conditions, with cold temperatures, rain and fierce winds. A weather front rolled in just as the junior race started, making the course more difficult.

Cyclocross, which is popular in Europe, combines elements of mountain biking and road cycling, with cyclists riding a hybrid bike with drop handlebars and knobby tires that are somewhat thinner than normal mountain bike tires.

A typical course features long stretches of gravel road, with technical sections where riders are forced to hop off their bikes and carry them around hazards.

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