By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
There was yet another repeat winner at the USCF elite national track championships on Saturday morning. Jame Carney won his second straight national crown in the men’s points race at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minnesota. Carney has now won the title five times (1991, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2001).
Saturday’s race came down to a battle between Carney, Prime Alliance teammate Colby Pearce, and NetZero’s Mike Tillman. The trio was part of a four-rider break that got away from the field in the early going and quickly put a lap on the field. The break’s other member was Tim Reinhart (Saturn Development), younger brother of Nicole Reinhart, who was killed in a crash last year.
Carney, Pearce, and Tillman pulled away from the field again 79 laps into the 159-lap affair, going two laps up. From there the threesome began to pile up the sprint points, which were awarded every eight laps. With 72 to go Carney led the way with 26, while Tillman sat second with 23, just one ahead of Pearce at 22.
The standings would stay in that order, until Pearce pulled off on his own with 52 laps to go and nearly lapped the field for a third time. But after stacking up enough sprint points to move into second, Pearce backed off, allowing Carney to hold on for the win. Tillman finished third.
“I was working for Jame today,” said Pearce. “This is his race.”
With the win Carney is now in line to represent the U.S. at this year’s world championships.
“Colby respects the fact that I want to go to world’s,” Carney said. “I’m a points race rider and I’ve earned this.”
Racing in Minnesota concludes Saturday night with the Keirin and Madison. Check back later to VeloNews.com for a full report.
USCF ELITE TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Blaine, MN, June 12-16
Men’s points race; 1. Jame Carney, 54 points; 2. Colby Pearce, 49; 3. Mike Tillman, 35; 4. Ben Sharp, 14 (-2 laps); 5. Tim Reinhart, 13 (-2); 6. Joey D’Antoni, 3 (-2); 7. Rad Cunningham, 26 (-3); 8. Kenny Williams, 15 (-3); 9. Curtis Tolson, 3 (-3); 10. Erik Sperling, 3 (-3)