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Reed, Hammer, Massie earn national titles, too
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The 2006 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships continued Fridaynight as both Sarah Hammer (Ouch) and Jennie Reed (Spike) each rode totheir second national title of the week. After setting a new nationalrecord in the women’s three-kilometer individual pursuit Wednesday, Hammertook a convincing win in the 25-kilometer points race while Reed addeda women’s 500-meter time trial title to her sprint jersey.
Giddeon Massie (Spike) also captured his first-career men’s sprint titleand the TIAA-CREF foursome of Mike Creed , Mike Friedman, Will Frischkornand Brad Huff bested a five-team field in the men’s team pursuit in theother two national championship events Friday.
The defending national champion in the 500-meter time trial, Reed clockeda winning time of 36.58 seconds to beat silver medalist Liz Carlson (EastCoast Velo) by nearly half-a-second. The win meant Reed successfullydefended two of her three titles from 2005 with Saturday’s keirin stillremaining. Reed and Carlson were the only two riders to crack the37-second barrier as Anna Lang (Big City Velo), Martha Dunne (Jelly Belly)and Shelby Allen (Major Motion) took the final three podium spots fromthe 29-rider field.
Erica Allar (Fuji-Salamander), 20, placed seventh overall with a timeof 38.971 seconds to capture the U23 national title.
Like Reed, Hammer duplicated two of her victories from a year ago afteradding another points race crown to her rapidly growing list of wins.Hammer lapped the balance of the 20-rider field once and won the last fourintermediate sprints to score 40 points. Rebecca Quinn rode a solidrace to place second, scoring points in all but one of the eight intermediatesprints to finish with 22 points. Recent USA Cycling Elite NationalCriterum Champion, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci-Breakaway), started strongand rode consistently throughout the 25-kilometer race, winning the firstintermediate sprint and scoring points in five others to place third with13 points. Cassandra Holman (The Home Depot Center) and Kelly Benjamin(Cheerwine) completed the podium in fourth and fifth respectively witheight and five points.
Hammer will also compete for her third national title of the week Saturdayin the women’s scratch race.
Natalie Klemko (America’s Dairyland) 19, won the U23 classification,placing 12th overall after scoring one point in the penultimate intermediatesprint.
The men’s sprint featured arguably the deepest field of any event atthis year’s national championships as Massie took home his first stars-and-stripesjersey in the head-to-head sprint discipline. In the final, Massiesquared off against his 2004 Olympic Games team sprint teammate Adam Duvendeck(Echelon Santa Barbara), who opened the 2006 national championships witha win in the keirin.
In the morning’s 200-meter qualifying session, Duvendeck earned thetop seed, clocking a time of 10.773 seconds while Massie posted a 10.871to claim the second seed.
In the round of 24, Massie dispatched Kelyn Akuna (Easton-Specialized)before ousting reigning junior sprint national champion Justin Williams(Major Motion) in the 1/8 finals and Thursday’s kilometer time trial winnerStephen Hill (East Point Track Club) in the quarterfinals. In thesemifinals, Massie took two straight wins in the best-of-three format fromSpike teammate Ben Barczewski (Breiginsville, Pa.) to advance to the finals.
Duvendeck’s path to the finals included a win against Kevinn Matthews(PowerBar-Elitea) in the round of 24, a victory over Dean Tracy (Rubicon)in the 1/8 finals and a win over Kevin Selker (Spike) in the quarterfinalsbefore beating Michael Blatchford (Spike) in the semifinals.
In the ensuing finals, Massie jumped to a 1-0 lead with a win in thefirst heat, but Duvendeck evened the score with a win in the second heatbefore Massie claimed the third and final heat to claim the national title.
The 20-year-old Blatchford earned the U23 title, placing third aftertaking two consecutive wins in the small final over Barczewski.
Selker rounded out the podium in fifth after winning the 5-8 final overRyan Nelman (CKR Racing), Zachary Copeland and Hill.
The 2006 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships conclude Saturdaywith finals in the men’s and women’s team sprint, the women’s keirin, thewomen’s scratch race and the madison.
2006 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
Carson, Calif. Oct. 5-8Day Three ResultsWomen’s 500-Meter Time Trial
1. Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.) 36.458
2. Liz Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa.) 36.931
3. Anna Lang (La Jolla, Calif.) 37.561
4. Martha Dunne (Coronado, Calif.) 38.011
5. Shelby Allen (Cerritos, Calif.) 38.359Men’s Team Pursuit
1. TIAA-CREF(Mike Creed, Mike Friedman, Will Frischkorn, Brad Huff)4:21.821
2. NERAC (Jamiel Danesh, Todd Yzefski, Daniel Harm, Taylor Tolleson)4:35.269
3. i.e. Bikes-CA Pools (Austin Carroll, Roger Rilling, Dan Vogt, JohnAllen) 4:38.012
4. Kahala LaGrange (Mike Garrett, Aron Gadhia, Tyler Ofstad, Tom Rieber)4:40.990
5. ACT-Mike Fraysee (Barry Miller, Luke Cavender, Steven Geerligs,David Espinoza) 4:56.076Men’s Sprint
1. Giddeon Massie (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
2. Adam Duvendeck (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
3. Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif.)
4. Ben Barczewski (Breiginsville, Pa.)
5. Kevin Selker (Boulder, Colo.)Women’s 25-Kilometer Points Race
1. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.) 40
2. Rebecca Quinn (Carlsbad, Calif.) 22
3. Theresa Clif-Ryan(Cedar Springs, Mich.) 13
4. Cassandra Holman (Whittier, Calif.) 8
5. Kelly Benjamin (Overland Park, Kan.) 5