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March leads Americans to gold medal at Master's Worlds

Shaums March was crowned world downhill champion last Saturday at the 2007 UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships in Pra Loup, France. He was named world champion after besting a field of 97 riders in the men's 30-34 downhill contest. Posting a time of 3'55.28", the lone American entered in the event improved upon his third-place time posted in the previous day's seeding run. He outpaced second and third places by just fractions of a second to claim the world title.

The US team was delighted to take home four other medals. Lars Tribus won bronze in the men's 35-39 downhill, 5.97 seconds behind winner and British rider Nigel Page, who was the only rider in the group to break the four-minute barrier with his time of 3:55.36.

On the women's side, Jane Finsterwald raced in a combined field of women in the 45-49, 50-54, and 55-59 age groups and completed three laps of the course in 1:28:07 to earn the bronze medal. Julia Violich and Alexandria Fabbro earned the silver and bronze medals respectively among women 40-44. Violich made a strong effort as a solo chaser and finished only 1'15" down from the new British world champion Belinda Tarling. Fabbro rode in for the bronze medal 7'15" off the winning pace.

For complete results from the UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships, click here.

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