By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
The 2002 track World Cup season kicks off in Monterrey, Mexico, Friday, with preliminary and final-round competition in the individual pursuit, keirin, 30km points race and Olympic sprint. The U.S. — with its 12-rider delegation — is among 23 countries that have sent teams to Mexico’s third largest city in the northeastern state of Nuevo León. Monterrey is also one of Mexico’s biggest industrial centers and one of its most Americanized regions.
The racing venue — known as Velodromo Nuevo León — is a 333-meter outdoor concrete track located next door to two of the city’s other major sports facilities, a baseball stadium and soccer complex.
Colorado resident Jame Carney is one of several American threats to earn a place on the podium in Monterrey. A year ago Carney took fourth at the World Cup season opener in Mexico City, and went on to win the overall points race title.
Californian Erin Mirabella was the top overall American woman in 2001. She took second in the final individual pursuit standings and third in the points race.
Among the others to watch is reigning world dual champion Brian Lopes. The longtime mountain-bike racer is making his big-time debut on the track, joining teammates Giddeon Massie and Jeff LaBauve on the U.S. Olympic sprint team.
Saturday’s racing includes the team pursuit, 10km and 15km scratch races, and the 500-meter time trail. Sunday features the kilometer time trial, 25km points race, Madison and the sprint.
Check back to VeloNews.com all weekend for reports, results and photos.
MEXICO WORLD CUP QUICK FACTS
Jeff LaBauve: sprint, Olympic sprint
Jame Carney: points race, Madison, scratch race
Colby Pearce: Madison
Garth Blackburn: keirin
Mike Tillman: individual pursuit
Giddeon Massie: sprint, Olympic sprint
Brian Lopes: Olympic sprint
Adam Duvendeck: kilometer time trail
Tanya Lindenmuth: sprint, keirin
Tammy Thomas: sprint, 500 meters
Jennie Reed: scratch race, keirin
Erin Mirabella: points race, individual pursuit, scratch race
Countries in attendance
South Africa; Germany
Barbados; Great Britain
The Netherlands; Czech Republic
Canada; United States
2002 World Cup schedule
No. 1 — Monterrey, Mexico, April 19-21
No. 2 — Sydney, Australia, May 10-12
No. 3 — Moscow, Russia, May 31-June 2
No. 4 — Cali, Colombia, June 21-23
No. 5 — Kunming, China, September 8-11