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Wednesday Newsbriefs: Race honors fallen soldier; Get your teens on track; Charity auction underway

Army Sgt. Phil Svitak, an avid cyclist, was killed March 4 in a shootoutwith al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan. He was amongseven Americans to die when enemy fighters targeted two Chinook helicoptersin separate attacks.Svitak, 31, was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment,based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and raced for the YMCA/Sun & SkiSports Cycling Team, managed by Trinity Sports Group of Franklin, Tennessee,He was an expert-class mountain biker and occasionally raced the road asa Cat. 5.In a March 11 memorial service at the Campbell Club on post,

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Army Sgt. Phil Svitak, an avid cyclist, was killed March 4 in a shootoutwith al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan. He was amongseven Americans to die when enemy fighters targeted two Chinook helicoptersin separate attacks.
Svitak, 31, was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment,based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and raced for the YMCA/Sun & SkiSports Cycling Team, managed by Trinity Sports Group of Franklin, Tennessee,He was an expert-class mountain biker and occasionally raced the road asa Cat. 5.In a March 11 memorial service at the Campbell Club on post, Staff Sgt.David Alvarez, another member of the 160th, recalled Svitak logging milesin his bright red cycling uniform, according to a story on the KentuckyNew Era Online Web site.
Trinity Sports also plans a memorial. As the promoter of the USCF’sElite National Road Cycling Championships, scheduled for July 18-21 inNashville, the organization plans to run a race in Svitak’s honor.“It will be a Category 5/citizen bike race to honor Phil’s life andlove of cycling, and to bless his family,” wrote Trinity Sports marketingdirector Teri Miller on the organization’s Web site. “We will make it abig presentation, with lots of involvement from our Clarksville soldiers,and the winner will be draped with an American flag.”A fund has been set up to underwrite the race and help support Svitak’sfamily. Donations may be sent to the Phillip Svitak Memorial Bike RaceFund, c/o AmSouth Bank, P.O. Box 37040, Clarksville, TN 37040. For moreinformation, see the TrinitySports Web site.Svitak is survived by his wife, Laura, and sons Ethan, 5 and Nolan,2, all  of Clarksville, Tennessee.Teens on trackThe sign-up deadline is March 25 for USA Cycling’s third annual SpringSuperCamp for juniors, slated April 9-14 at the Alkek Velodrome in Houston.The camp, for cyclists ages 14-18, will be led by David Mayer-Oakes,USAC’s national athlete-development manager. Assistants include GilbertHatton and Renee Duprel.The $645 cost includes meals, housing, transportation in Houston, tracksessions and seminars; team discounts are available for USCF or NORBA clubssending four or more people. Campers also will be able to compete in theMemorial Hermann Junior Cycling Classic April 12-13.Current USAC licenses are required, and riders will be responsible fortheir own equipment. For more information, call Mayer-Oakes at (806) 762-9846;e-mail him at doakes@usacycling.org;or see the SuperCamp Web site at www.ci.houston.tx.us/alkekvelodrome/Supercamp02.htmBike, Autographed Cycling Jerseys Up For BidAtlanta, GA – The Fulton Flyers Cycling Club, Inc., an Atlanta basedcycling team, is excited to announce that they will be auctioning a fullsuspension mountain bike and two very unique autographed pro cycling jerseysin an effort to raise money to fight the battle against pediatric braintumors. All proceeds from this sale will go to The Brain Tumor FoundationFor Children, Inc.The items to be offered at auction are:A U.S. Postal Service team jersey worn by George Hincapie in the2001 Tour de France. This historic piece is autographed by eight ofthe nine members of the 2000 Tour De France winning squad including 3-timeTour Champion and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, 1998 USPRO ChampionGeorge Hincapie and Tyler Hamilton and others.A Saturn Cycling Team jersey signed by both the men (#1 in NorthAmerica) and women (#1 in the world) of the Saturn Cycling team. Autographsinclude world #1 women’s rider Anna Millward, Lynne Bessette, Petra Rossner,Trent Klasna, Mark McCormack, Frank McCormack and others.A brand new, carbon fiber, full suspension EPX Reef mountain bikein the size of the winning bidder’s choice.The auction began on March 8, 2002 and will end at midnight (EST) onMarch 17. For more details or to place a bid on these items, please logonto the Fulton Flyers Cycling Club online auction site at: http://fultonflyers.orgThe Brain Tumor Foundation For Children, Inc. (BTFC) was founded in1983 as a 501 C-3 non-profit organization. The organization has since heldthousands of public forums to educate about this horrendous disease thatclaims an increasing number of children each year.