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By VeloNews Interactive
Keirin and pursuit highlighted the action on the opening day of the 2003 USCF National Track Cycling Championships in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday.
Marty Nothstein showed that he hadn’t lost too much of his track fitness when he rode away with the U.S. keirin title, one of two events the Navigators man hopes to take on in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Tuesday’s opening events began with a strong pursuit ride by Saturn’s Sarah Uhl. Uhl, in her first individual pursuit competition, took on former national pursuit champion Erin Mirabella (Frisco Cycling Club) in the final for first place.
At the halfway point Uhl took the lead only to be countered by Mirabella. With only two laps remaining in the nine-lap event Uhl followed close behind but was able to power ahead and take the national championship title.
In the men’s individual pursuit Sierra Nevada/Clif Bar rider Adham Sbeih was able to take his first elite individual pursuit championship in one of the closest ever final rides against T.E.A.M. Fuji’s Bobby Lea.
In what proved to be a cat and mouse battle Lea led over the first three laps with Sbeih taking the lead in the following three laps. From there it looked as if Lea was going to hold off Sbieh and in fact he did until the final time the two crossed the ticker tape. Sbeih won by exactly than one tenth of a second to the shock of the partisan Trexlertown crowd.
It was all Marty Nothstein (Navigators) to the finish line but following close behind were his coach Gil Hatton (Gotham Cyclists) and young Ben Barczewski (East Coast Velo).
Hatton crossed the line second but was relegated to sixth after what was deemed a move too erratic. With all of the controversy Barczewski took home second place and looks to the future and next year’s Junior Track World Championships.
Also taking place was the qualifying and first rounds in the women’s sprint. Chris Witty (Team T-Mobile) was able to secure the first seed over teammate Tanya Lindenmuth (Team T-Mobile) by less than one tenth of a second. Both of the top seeded riders, Witty and Lindenmuth, easily moved on to the quarter final rides to be contested in the Wednesday, August 27th morning session.
Women’s 3km Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1. Sarah Uhl Saturn Cycling Team 3:56.582
2. Erin Mirabella Frisco Cycling Club 3:57.094
3. Sarah Hammer Team T-Mobile 3:57.263
4. Ashley Kimmet Colavita-Bolla 3:59.661Men’s 4km Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1. Bobby Lea T.E.A.M. Fuji 4:42.482
2. Adham Sbeih Sierra Nevada 4:43.310
3. Kenny Williams Saturn of Bellvue 4:45.822
4. Tyler Farrar Jelly Belly/Carlsbad Clothing 4:49.513Men’s Keirin Final
1. Marty Nothstein Navigators
2. Ben Barczewski East Coast Velo
3. Stephen Alfred Cody RacingWomen’s Sprint Qualifying
1. Chris Witty Team T-Mobile 11.708
2. Tanya Lindenmuth Team T-Mobile 11.809
3. Jennie Reed Greggs/Trek-VW 11.872Women’s Sprint 1/8th Final
1. Chris Witty 13.317
2. Michelle CassidyHeat 2
1. Tanya Lindenmuth 14.616
2. Lori NockHeat 3
1. Jennie Reed 12.557
2. Jillian VogtliHeat 4
1. Becky Conzelman 13.993
2. Cindy LakatoshHeat 5
1. Sarah Hammer 13.055
2. Martha DunneHeat 6
1. Jamie Pettinato 12.792
2. Elizabeth ReapWomen’s Sprint Repechage
1. Michelle Cassidy
2. Cindy Lakatosh
3. Elizabeth ReapHeat 2
1. Lori Nock
2. Jillian Vogtli
3. Martha Dunne