Mirabella finally gets her Olympic bronze
By VeloNews Interactive
Bobby Lea (T.E.A.M. Fuji) and Annette Hanson (Team Rubicon) won national individual-pursuit titles on Tuesday during the USCF Elite Track National Championships at the Superdrome in Frisco, Texas.
Defending champ Lea, of Taneytown, Maryland, and Hanson, of Kirkland, Washington, each posted the fastest times in the morning’s qualification rounds.
Lea went on to beat Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage) of Kirkland in the evening’s finals. Tucson’s Curtis Gunn (Veloworx Racing) won the bronze from Boulder’s Colby Pearce (TIAA-CREF-5280).
In the women’s pursuit, Hanson defeated North Carolinian Nancy Lux (Asheville Women’s Cycling). Beaverton, Oregon’s Larssyn Staley (Hot Tubes) took the bronze over Natalie Klemko of Bristol, Wisconsin.
Three-time Olympian Marty Nothstein (Navigators), meanwhile, took the keirin from Andrew Lakatosh of Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, and local favorite Robert Lindstrom of Houston.
And last but not least, while it may not have happened in Athens, Erin Mirabella finally had her moment on the podium, collecting the Olympic bronze medal stripped from Colombia’s Maria Luisa Calle Williams after she tested positive for a stimulant following the women’s points race.
USCF Elite Track National Championships
Frisco, Texas. September 7
1. Robert Lea, T.E.A.M. Fuji
2. Kenneth Williams, First Rate Mortgage
3. Curtis Gunn, Veloworx Racing
1. Annette Hanson, Team Rubicon
2. Nancy Lux, Asheville Women’s Cycling
3. Larssyn Staley, Hot Tubes
1. Marty Nothstein (Navigators)
2. Andrew Lakatosh
3. Robert Lindstrom