By VeloNews Interactive
Marty Nothstein added another national title to his resume Tuesday at the Great River Energy USCF track nationals in Blaine, Minnesota. While you might expect to see Nothstein, America’s only Olympic gold medalist in cycling at the 2000 Sydney Games, walk through the sprint competitions, his newest title is in the kilometer time trial.
“I haven’t been able to spend much time on the track since the Olympics, but things came together,” said Nothstein. “I didn’t consider myself the favorite out here today and I haven’t ridden the kilo in a long time. I really didn’t feel any pressure but I always just go out there and try to win.”
In addition to winning the national championship, Nothstein broke the track record that he owned at the National Sports Center velodrome.
“I beat the record by two and a half seconds today but I wasn’t intentionally trying to do it. I just knew I had to beat it to win. I had some really good competition out there with defending champion Jonas Carney and Adam Duvendeck. This win was a great way to start off the championships.”
Men’s and women’s pursuit national champions were also crowned on Tuesday. Four-time national track champion Mike Tillman took the victory in the men’s pursuit final, defending his 2000 title with a strong performance.
Past Olympian and seven-time national champion Erin Veenstra-Mirabella dominated a tough field on her way to winning the women’s pursuit.
Competition at track nationals continues through Saturday. VeloNews.com will have results and event summaries daily.