By Dave Campbell, Special to VeloNews
Annette Hanson (Team Rubicon) and Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage) kicked off the sixth annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge on Friday in Portland, Oregon, with wins in the men’s and women’s pursuit.
Hanson, a multiple national and world masters pursuit champ from Kirkland, Washington, won the 3000-meter race in 4:09:87 on the 268-meter, cigar-shaped concrete track ahead of teammate Brie Gudsell of New Zealand and Hot Tubes’ Cassandra Osorio of Florence, South Carolina.
In the men’s 4000-meter contest, it was Williams turning a 5:01:64 for 4000 meters to outpace a pair of Kiwis racing in Oregon all summer as part of Team Revolution, Scott Allen and Andrew Small.
In the afternoon session, Brianna Loster blasted to a 40.14 500-meter time that none of the more highly seeded riders could touch. Team Rubicon’s Miranda Moon came closest with a 40.59, while her teammate Hanson, the defending AVC omnium champion, added more points to her weekend tally with 40.71 for third.
In the men’s kilometer, another early starter, Leif Clake (First Rate Mortgage) put up a 1:13:83 that withstood all the more favored riders – barring teammate Williams. Seeded last in a deep field, the track specialist rode negative lap splits all the way to record 1:11:37 for the win. A powerful last lap put Allen into third with 1:14:04.
Last on the menu was a 60-lap qualifier for Sunday’s 110-lap points race. Eight regional riders advanced to join the pre-qualified elite riders – among them Mike Creed (U.S. Postal Service-Berry Floor), fresh off his victory at the Cascade Cycling Classic, and Jame Carney.
Washington rider Randy Boettcher (Starbucks) dominated the qualifier, launching three separate and lengthy forays off the front and winning both double point sprints to rack up 46 points. David Fleischauer (Rad Racing) of Seattle rode attentively and aggressively at the front to score 28 points. His 17-year-old junior category rival, Taylor Kneuven (an impressive second to Creed in Thursday night’s points race at Alpenrose’s weekly series) worked hard to earn 20 points and place third. Steve Holland, Nathan Spear, Mikkel Bossen, Josh Kadis, and Erik Sperling filled the remaining starting slots for Sunday’s race.
Saturday’s racing includes the men’s sprint and 10-mile, while women begin the early keirin rounds and miss-and-out.