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USA Elite National Track Championships - CN
USA, October 3-6, 2007
Day 1 - October 3: Men 250M, Kilo, Team Pursuit, Women 500m TT
Reap takes 500, qualifies for 'talent pool'
By Andy Lee, courtesy USA Cycling
The 2007 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships kicked off at the ADT Event Center Velodrome in suburban Los Angeles with six titles on the line including four elite and two U23 events Wednesday. Liz Reap, Stephen Hill, Michael Blatchford and the Slipstream team took the elite championship titles in the 500m TT, Kilo, 250m TT and Team Pursuit, while Matthew Post and Shelby Allen took the U23 titles in the timed events.
In the day's first national championship event, Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Cody Racing) won the elite men's 250-meter time trial, clocking a winning time of 18.470 seconds. Blatchford's mark was just fast enough to edge runner-up Ben Barczewski (Breinigsville, Pa./T-Town Express) who claimed the silver medal with an 18.536. Both Giddeon Massie (Colorado Springs, Colo./T-Town Express) and Kelyn Akuna (San Jose, Calif.) also turned in sub-18-second performances to place third and fourth respectively, posting an 18.602 and an 18.987. Rounding out the five-man podium was Dean Tracy (Portland, Ore./Team Rubicon-Orbea) with a 19.136.
None of the 250-meter time trial times on Wednesday were fast enough to meet the Talent Pool time standard of 18.36 seconds, however both Blatchford and Barczewski have already been nominated to the pool of athletes eligible to represent the United States in major international competition throughout the 2007-08 season.
In the women's 500-meter time trial, Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa./T-Town Express) won the national title with a winning time of 35.947 seconds. In addition to earning her a stars-and-stripes jersey, Reap's mark also eclipsed the Talent Pool time standard of 35.98 seconds. Anna Lang (San Diego, Calif./SDBC-Karl Strauss) claimed the silver medal, clocking a time of 36.560. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Cody Racing) was third with a 37.798. Twenty-year-old Shelby Allen (Cerritos, Calif.) earned a U23 national title in the 500-meter time trial with a fourth-place overall performance, clocking a time of 38.210. Also making the podium was Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Northwest Cycling Club) with a 38.270 in fifth place.
Racing against the clock continued with the men's kilometer time trial as Stephen Hill (Winston, Ga./East Point Track Club) earned a national title with a 1:06.011. David Espinoza (Breiginsville, Pa./Herbal Life) ticked off a 1:07.740 to place second. Steve Pelaez (San Francisco, Calif./Adobe-Schwalbe) recorded the third-fastest time with a 1:07.836. Kirk Winters (Burbank, Calif./Bicycle John's) and Steven Beardsley (Portland, Ore./CMG Racing) completed the podium in fourth and fifth respectively with a 1:08.169 and a 1:08.531.
Placing 12th overall was Matthew Post (Reseda, Calif./UCSB), whose time of 1:10.842 as a 22-year-old earned him the U23 national title in the event.
None of the kilometer time trial marks were fast enough to qualify for the Talent Pool.
In the only national championship category team event on Wednesday, the Slipstream foursome of Colby Pearce (Boulder, Colo.), Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo.), Michael Friedman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Mike Creed (Colorado Springs, Colo.) rode a 4:20.220 in the men's 4-kilometer team pursuit. The mark fell short of the Talent Pool time standard of 4:15.15, although Huff, Pierce and Friedman are already qualified.
Team Hellyer Park, consisting of Jamiel Danesh (San Jose, Calif.), Roman Kilun (Berkeley, Calif.), Dave McCook (Mountain View, Calif.) and Ben Jacques-Mayne (Watsonville, Calif.) rode a 4:28.082 to place second and the Team Rubicon squad of Dan Harm (Seattle, Wash.), Tom Zirbel (Boulder, Colo.), Kenny Williams (Kenmore, Wash.) and James Strangeland (Seattle, Wash.) was third, clocking a mark of 4:28.877.
The 2007 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships continue on Thursday with six more national championships set to be awarded - the women's keirin, the men's scratch race, and both the elite and U23 categories of the men's and women's individual pursuit.
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U23 men 1000m TT 1 Matthew Post U23 women 500m TT 1 Shelby Allen 2 Cristin Walker 3 Julia Lafranchise 4 Kacey Manderfield Men 1000m TT 1 Stephen Hill (East Point Track Club) 1.06.00 2 David Espinoza (Herbal Life) 0.01.70 3 Steve Pelaez (Adobe/Schwalbe) 0.01.80 4 Kirk Winters (Bicycle Johns Seriou) 0.02.20 5 Steven Beardsley (Cmg Racing) 0.02.50 6 Jason Garner (Northbrook Bicycle Club) 0.04.00 7 Brian Peterson (Webcor/Alto Velo) 0.04.20 8 Douglas Northcott (Cyclingscience Rt) 9 Andrew Weathers (Gulf Coast Cycling) 10 Jason Macom (Mercy Development Cycling) 0.04.40 11 Jonathan Fraley (Vc Bikesport) 0.04.70 12 Matthew Post (Ucsb) 0.04.80 13 Wesley Pierce (Wines Of Washington) 0.04.90 14 Stuart Press (Kahala-Lagrange) 0.05.10 15 Dan Currell (Loon State Gp Blaine) 0.05.20 16 Chris Ferris (Sub11) 0.05.60 17 Tom Rieber (Lambda Cycling Found) 0.07.20 18 Matthew Martinez (Unattached) 0.08.60 19 Mark Altamirano (Mako) 0.09.50 20 Kurt Tromp (Turin Racing Il) 0.10.00 21 Rob Jensen (Easton/Specialized) 0.11.20 22 Larry Verdugo (Pa Lightning/Merrill) Women 500m TT 1 Liz Reap (T-Town Express) 0.35.94 2 Anna Lang (Sdbc/Karl Strauss) 0.00.62 3 Cari Higgins (Cody Racing) 0.01.85 4 Shelby Allen (Unattached) 0.02.27 5 Cristin Walker (Northwest Cycling Club) 0.02.33 6 Martha Dunne (Unattached) 0.02.62 7 Becky Lang (Home Depot Center) 0.03.10 8 Mindi Martin (Dent Wizard) 0.03.20 9 Kara Vidaca (Bicycle Johns Serious) 0.03.31 10 Heather Vanvalkenberg (Vanvalkendaca) 0.03.58 11 Julia Lafranchise (Cyclingscience Rt) 0.04.09 12 Donna Smith (Rubicon/Chinook Cycling) 0.04.34 13 Kacey Manderfield (Lee Mcrae) 14 Lauren Jacobsen (Now-Ms Society) 0.04.82 15 Emily Charbonneau (Therapeutic Association) 0.05.01 16 Deborah Kidd (Tvg Hammer) 0.05.73 17 Renee Zajac (Pa Lightning/Merrill) 0.11.86 Men 250m TT 1 Michael Blatchford (Cody Racing) 0.18.47 2 Ben Barczewski (T-Town Express) 0.00.06 3 Giddeon Massie (T-Town Express) 0.00.13 4 Kelyn Akuna (Unattached) 0.00.51 5 Dean Tracy (Team Rubicon-Orbea) 0.00.66 6 Brent Stein (Egoistas) 0.00.73 7 Stephen Hill (East Point Track Club) 0.00.81 8 Ryan Watson (Team Watson) 0.01.01 9 Jonathan Fraley (Vc Bikesport) 0.01.11 10 Wesley Pierce (Wines Of Washington) 0.01.35 11 Ryan Cornell (Unattached) 0.01.37 12 David Espinoza (Herbal Life) 0.01.39 13 Andrew Lacorte (Unattached) 0.01.49 14 Timo Budarz (Now Ms) 0.01.56 15 Brian Abers (Rubicon/Chinook Cycling) 0.01.57 16 Dan Currell (Loon State Gp Blaine) 0.01.74 17 Matias Elgart (Montano Velo) 18 Taylor Olson (Loon State Gp Blaine) 0.01.79 19 Ted Schmid (Loon State Gp Blaine) 0.01.81 20 Tc Valentine (Eddie Boyz) 0.01.90 21 Kevin Mansker (Unattached) 0.02.02 22 Andrew Weathers (Gulf Coast Cycling) 0.02.14 23 Raja Audi (Unattached) 0.02.31 24 Brent Kay (Ouch Sports Medical) 0.02.53 25 Kurt Tromp (Turin Racing Il) 0.02.65 26 Eric Manuel (Planet-X Masters) 0.02.81 27 Tim Montagne (Easton/Specialized) 0.02.96 28 Kevinn Matthews (Powerbar Elite) 0.02.97 29 Matthew Martinez (Unattached) 0.03.13 30 Mark Altamirano (Mako) 0.03.64 31 Randy Clark (Leader Bikes/Big City) 0.03.96 Men team pursuit 1 Slipstream (Colby Pearce, Brad Huff, Mike Friedman, Mike Creed) 4.20.20 2 Team Hellyer Park (Jamiel Danesh, David McCook, Roman Kilun, Ben Jacques-Maynes) 0.07.90 3 Team Rubicon (Dan Harm, Tom Zirbel, Kenny Williams, James Stangeland) 0.08.70 4 Rock Racing (Austin Carroll, Sterling Magnell, Mariano Friedick, Rahsaan Bahati) 0.11.50 5 Team S.A.W. (Brian Peterson, Tom Fahey, Marco Hellman, Roger Rilling) 0.17.10 6 Team Lagrange (Michael Garrett, Aron Gadhia, Stuart Press, Steven Beardsley) 0.21.70 7 Ouch Cycling Team (Brent Kay, Sarah Hammer, Matthew Johnson, Shawn Olin) 0.22.70 8 Velosity (Tom Rieber, Chris Daggs, John Allen, Danny Finneran) 0.24.70 9 Matrix (Andrew Armstrong, Michael Gacki, Scott Kasin, Chris Kutach) 0.31.90