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Three suspended in T-Town tussle

Crashes and confrontations at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome on June 10 have resulted in suspensions for Andy Lakatosh, Marty Nothstein and Leigh Barczewski, according to USA Cycling. The suspensions stem from the keirin final at the Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, track, which saw Ben Barczewski and another rider crash after Barczewski and Jame Carney tangled wheels. As Carney crossed the line first, Lakatosh caught up to him and grabbed Carney’s bars, causing him to crash. Carney then chased Lakatosh up the track, and both riders were disqualified for unsportsmanlike behavior. The subsequent

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Crashes and confrontations at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome on June 10 have resulted in suspensions for Andy Lakatosh, Marty Nothstein and Leigh Barczewski, according to USA Cycling.

The suspensions stem from the keirin final at the Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, track, which saw Ben Barczewski and another rider crash after Barczewski and Jame Carney tangled wheels. As Carney crossed the line first, Lakatosh caught up to him and grabbed Carney’s bars, causing him to crash. Carney then chased Lakatosh up the track, and both riders were disqualified for unsportsmanlike behavior.

The subsequent arguments and confrontations, which is said to have included at least one incidence of physical contact between Nothstein and Carney, triggered a series of formal complaints and counter-complaints alleging collusion, unsportsmanlike conduct and assault.

On July 25, a hearing panel composed of John Tarbert, Phil Miller and Dylan Casey decided Carney’s assault/unsportsmanlike-conduct complaints against Lakatosh, handing down a six-month suspension beginning in July. Lakatosh was given a month’s credit since he had not raced since the incident.

“Andy’s getting six months’ suspension, beginning in August and ending in January,” USA Cycling CEO Gerard Bisceglia told The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “That’s only five months on the calendar. I’m removing a month of that because Andy put himself on a self-imposed restriction and has not raced since the incident.

“I think Andy knew he was in the wrong and that’s why he decided to do the self-imposed restriction, so I’m giving him time accrued for that.”

Nothstein, the velodrome’s chief operation officer/director of cycling operations, drew a two-month suspension beginning in September for his behavior toward Carney. Carney was issued a formal reprimand for his part in the uproar.

Barczewski’s father and coach, Leigh, whom Carney accused of assault and unsportsmanlike conduct, drew a one-month suspension beginning in September.

Carney’s charge that by disqualifying him, officials Andy Taus, Dave Gullick, Ellen Dorsey, and Gary Lakatosh had violated a USCF rule against offering, conspiring, or attempting to cause any race to result otherwise than on its merits, was dismissed after investigator Randy Shafer concluded the allegation was without merit.

Lakatosh’s counter-complaint against Carney for attempting to knock him down also was dismissed.