Monday, November 16, 2009

Henry Kramer Retires From Racing

Henry Kramer is one of the World's best and most talented Masters Cyclists- a Nor-Cal legend who has proven himself week in and week out in some of the biggest races on the calendar. For this season Henry has decided to take a step back from racing and retire from the sport he has excelled in for so long. Kramer mentioned physical issues for the main cause of his decision to put the races on hold for 2009, and in the future as well. On a personal note, I hope Henry decides to return to racing in the future because he is a rider who has inspired me in so many ways. I also hope Henry recovers fully from a crash earlier in the year which was very serious and has hampered his riding this Cross season. Henry Kramer is a USA National Champion in MTB racing. Kramer has earned the USA multiple medals at the Masters Cyclocross World Championships in Belgium. Kramer has stood on the podium of the USA Cyclocross Championships in the Masters division on multiple occasions. Kramer has worked hard to compete at the very best of his ability and this level was the highest the planet had to offer for Masters aged racers. Even with his horrible crash earlier in the year Kramer was ranked at the top of the fields this season in the NCNCA B.A.R. Cyclocross rankings, the CCCX Series, the BASP Series, and the Surf City Series. Speaking for all the racers and fans of Nor-Cal Cyclocross, we hope to see Henry racing again and thank you Henry for gracing us with your bike racing exploits over the past years!

Henry Kramer's last start- CCCX #4 Toro park. Kramer gets the jump on the rest of the 35+ "A' Masters field. During this race Kramer pulled out and then decided to pull the plug for the rest of his race season and beyond....

Kramer has tremendous skills and race savvy that he has developed over the years from racing different venues and competitors. He has been an inspiration to me as a racer, and a friend at the end of the day when the race is over......
Kramer looked to be in prime form this race season, but decided to retire from the front line call ups he earned each week- in each Nor-Cal series....
Kramer taking the Gold Medal at the USA National MTB Championships....
Kramer pulling Ned Overend at the Cyclocross National Championships. These two Masters racers tested each other to the max, and inspire others to race at a high level at any age.....

11 Comments:

Blogger Velojuice said...

You are a legend Kramer! Thanks for your passion for cross!

9:15 AM  
Blogger LGBRC Mike said...

I hope Henry changes his mind and comes back next year.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry, you are truly an inspiration to many cyclist, including Lex Alexander! You turned her on to "the bike" about 8years ago and it changed her life and mine! Thank you for everything and we all love ya.

Stacy Alexander
Lex Alexander's mom

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't retire from a sport you didn't make a living at. I have been racing pro for a number of years and have been making a living from cycling but I would have trouble saying that I retired from cycling. You can quit though.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

duh~ what a ignorant comment this last one is.
Kramer can retire you idiot. This is one the definitions of
retire- withdraw: to leave a place, position, or way of life and go to a place of less activity. That basically describes exactly the situation. Henry Kramer's position in cycling is one of the best Masters racers in the world, and cycling was clearly a way of life for him. Now it seems he is moving on to less activity in the sport.
As for you, your way of life is pretty weak and if you have been making a living as a pro cyclist your a no name pro who posts stupid comments anonymously.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Cass said...

Time to start racing again! Now some of us lesser talents might have a chance for that podium.....Kramer, you're bad to the bone and something tells me we haven't seen the last of you.
cheers,
Cass

1:50 PM  
Blogger Dusty Downs said...

I agree with Cass, I really hope Henry takes a small break and comes back to racing again soon!

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry, you will be missed. There are some riders over the years who've elevated the level of competition here in Norcal - you are one of them. Folks like Ben and Andy, Carmen, Gina and Rachael, Justin, Larry and Alan come to mind. You are definitely one of the elite. Thanks for setting the bar so high for so many years.
Mark

8:28 AM  
Blogger Jonny Bold said...

From the East coast....Sorry to hear we're losing you Henry. I sure hope it's temporary, but you know whats best for yourself. I wish you well with whatever comes next for you, Jonny Bold

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

chuckie said,
u gotta do what u gotta do........
especially when it's about your own body.......
but this dude will be back....
in his own time....

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think he will be back next year

3:03 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home