By USA Cycling
The 2007 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships concluded on Saturday as the final five national titles were awarded in one individual and four team events.
Just six weeks before making its debut on the UCI World Cup program in Sydney, the women’s 3km team pursuit was introduced to the national championships.
The trio of two-time world champion Sarah Hammer (Ouch Pro Cycling), Thursday’s individual pursuit national champion Dotsie Bausch (Colavita-Sutter Home-Cooking Light) and this year’s sprint and keirin national champion, Jennie Reed (Momentum), rode to a victory in the inaugural edition, clocking a winning time of 3 minutes, 34.783 seconds for a nine-second victory over South Bay Wheelmen Becky Quinn, Christen King and Neva Day.
The team consisting of Kele Murdin (Team UltraLink), Heather Albert (America’s Dairyland) and Shelley Olds (Proman-Paradigm) took bronze in 3:54.851.
In the team sprint, the T-Town Express squad of Giddeon Massie, Ben Barczewski and Ryan Nelman rode to a national title in the men’s contest while Liz Reap (T-Town Express) and Cari Higgins (Cody Racing) won the women’s event.
Massie, Barczewski and Nelman clocked a winning time of 47.058 seconds to beat Adam Duvendeck (Momentum), Michael Blatchford (Cody Racing) and Angelo Martorell (South Bay Wheelmen) who clocked a time of 48.485 seconds.
In the head-to-head bronze -medal match, Stephen Hill (East Point Track Club), Steven Beardsley (CMG Racing) and Kelyn Akuna turned in a 49.410 to place third over Daniel Walker (Northwest Cycling Club), Andrew LaCorte and Andrew Weathers (Gulf Coast Cycling), whose 50.553 left them in fourth place overall.
Reap and Higgins beat Martha Dunne and Anna Lang (SDBC-Karl Strauss) in the gold-medal final with a winning time of 36.590 seconds.
In the bronze-medal match of the women’s team sprint, Cristin Walker (Northwest Cycling Club) and Mindi Martin (Dent Wizard) clocked a 38.273 to edge Catherine Fiedler (Home Depot Center) and Becky Lang (Home Depot Center) by a mere tenth of a second.
In the only individual event of the evening, Massie earned his second national title of the evening with a victory in the men’s keirin. Massie outsprinted runner-up Barczewski by a bike length in the six-man final while Brent Stein (Egoistas) took home the bronze. Rounding out the top-six from the final grouping were Justin Williams (Rock Racing), Duvendeck and Hill respectively.
In the men’s 40km Madison, the pairing of Colby Pearce (Cody Racing) and Bobby Lea (Toyota-United) accumulated 22 points to beat silver medalists Rahsaan Bahati (Rock Racing) and Austin Carroll (Rock Racing), who scored 17. In a highly competitive race, defending national champions Brad Huff and Michael Friedman gave Team Slipstream a bronze medal with 16 points, while the Cody Racing twosome of Ryan Luttrell and Kevin Suhr placed fourth with 14 points.