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Keirin Cup

Lehigh Valley Velodrome - Trexlertown, June 15, 2007


International field take on Lehigh Valley

By Nathan Carrick

Bobby Lea (Toyota United) stretching his track legs. Photo ©: Todd Leister
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Giddeon Massie's first night racing at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome this year was full of mixed emotions. First, he squeezed his way through an impossible gap on the bottom to win the One Mile Dash for Cash, earning himself a hefty purse and some coveted Rider of the Year points. Then in his target race, the Red Robin Keirin Cup, he finished a disappointing seventh. But as one of America's top sprinters, racing against the highest caliber international field the LV Velo has seen in years was a refreshing experience.

"With this kind of competition, there's a lot of pride on the line," Massie said. "If I could be out there again tonight, I'd be out there."

Massie's newly formed team, T-Town Express, is to track cycling today what the TIAA-CREF espoirs team was to road cycling a few years ago-a mix of young and seasoned athletes with enough talent and experience to stand clearly as the future of the sport. Team members, Ben Barczewski, Ryan Nelman and Andy Lakatosh grew up racing one another at the LV Velodrome, each year fiercely competing to win Nationals, and then all eventually going to the Jr. World Championships. Together with Massie, a 2004 Olympian, and Liz Reap-Carlson, gold medalist at the 2004 Masters World Championships, this trade team is a force to be reckoned with.

And they were. Three made it to the men's Keirin final, and with Massie winning the Dash for Cash, the team was visible all night. They even got a little extra publicity boost when Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno stopped by to visit Massie, who he befriended at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

Christin Muche (Brandenburg). Photo ©: Todd Leister
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Christin Muche (Brandenburg), Germany's 2006 Keirin world champion, was the odds on favourite to win the womens Keiren, and did not disappoint. She claimed the win by just nipping Jenny Reed (Momentum) at the line. Reed was able to get revenge on her German counterpart in the 10k scratch race, holding off Muche just long enough to take the win.

On the men's side, the crowned jewel of the evening was the Red Robin Keirin Cup. After two hotly contested qualifying rounds, the final eight were set. With three strong riders, it looked like T-Town Express could have a strangle hold on the event. When the motor pulled off, T-Town Express had formed a train at the front keeping the pace high. Roberto Chiappa of Italy dangled on the back until 400 meters to go, when he made a blistering move around the outside. Coming into the final turn, riders were stacked four high and it was anybody's race. Chiappa managed to maintain his momentum from his earlier surge to the front and it carried him to the line just ahead of Leandro Bottaso (Argentina).

"It was a nice race," Chaippa said while signing autographs on kids' forearms. "On the last lap I was in last position and that team was working together, so I came around and went full gas."

The final race of the evening was a 15k scratch race for the men. After several breakaway attempts, five riders gained a lap on the field. The main field, however were not going to let them just ride away with the race, and the attacks kept coming. Eventually three riders, Colby Pearce (Cody), Ryan Oelkers (PA Lighting) and Nick Reinert (Salamander), were able to gain a gap on the field, eventually taking a lap and joining the five other riders a lap up on the main field. This is how it stayed until the end, coming down to an eight way for first with Pete Dawson taking top honors and the overall victory.


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Men's 1 mile "Dash for Cash" heat 1 final
1 Bobby Lea (USA) Toyota United                    
2 Pete Dawson (Aus)                                
3 Giddeon Massie (USA) T-Town Express              
4 Kasper Jessen (Den) Oldense                      
5 Leandro Bottaso (Arg) Argentina                  
6 Maximilian Levy (Ger) Brandenberg                
7 Ben Barczewski (USA) T-Town Express              
8 Angelo Martorell (USA) SBW                       
9 Sergio Guatto (Arg)                              
10 Yondi Schmidt (Ned) Schmidt                     
11 Tim Veldt (Ned) Schijf                          
12 Sebastian Alexandre (Arg) Rite Aid              
Men's 1 mile "Dash for Cash" heat 2 final
1 Tucker Brown (USA) PA Lighting                   
2 Andy Lakatosh (USA) T-Town Express               
3 Peter Fitzpatrick (Aus)                          
4 Darren Harry (Aus)                               
5 Diego Grosso (Arg) Sprinter #3                   
6 Jackie Simes (USA) PA Lighting                   
7 Colby Pierce (USA) Cody                          
8 Gary Ryan (Aus) Verducci                         
9 Rodney Santiago (PRc) CCG                        
10 Alehjandro Borrrajo (Arg) Rite Aid              
11 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home      
12 Michael Chauner (USA) PA Lighting               
Men's 1 mile "Dash for Cash" final
1 Giddeon Massie (USA) T-Town Express              
2 Pete Dawson (Aus)                                
3 Kasper Jessen (Den) Oldense                      
4 Sergio Guatto (Arg)                              
5 Peter Fitzpatrick (Aus)                          
6 Leandro Bottaso (Arg) Argentina                  
7 Yondi Schmidt (Ned) Schmidt                      
8 Diego Grosso (Arg) Sprinter #3                   
9 Jackie Simes (USA) PA Lighting                   
10 Dave Bonser (USA) Gotham/Hensley                
11 Tucker Brown (USA) PA Lighting                  
12 Gary Ryan (Aus) Verducci                        
13 Darren Harry (Aus)                              
14 Angelo Martorell (USA) SBW                      
15 Bobby Lea (USA) Toyota United                   
Women Keirin semi-finals heat 1
1 Jenny Reed (USA) Momentum                        
2 Anna Lang (USA) SOBC/Karl Strausse               
3 May Britt Hartwell (Nor) YMCC                    
4 Cindy Lakatosh (USA) Tri State Velo              
5 Mindi Martin (USA) Plane Team Revol              
6 Liz Reap Carlson (USA) ECV                       
Women's Keirin semi-finals heat 2
1 Christin Muche (Ger) Brandenburg                 
2 Becky Quinn (USA) SBW                            
3 Cari Higgins (USA) America's Dairy Land          
4 Kim Geist (USA) Team Lipton                      
5 Kele Murdin (USA) Ultra Link                     
6 Veronica Martinez (Arg) JVR Sports               
Women's Keirin finals 1-6
1 Christin Muche (Ger) Brandenburg                 
2 Jenny Reed (USA) Momentum                        
3 Becky Quinn (USA) SBW                            
4 Anna Lang (USA) SOBC/Karl Strausse               
5 May Britt Hartwell (Nor) YMCC                    
6 Cari Higgins (USA) America's Dairy Land          
Women's Keirin Finals 7-12
1 Liz Reap Carlson (USA) T-Town Express            
2 Mindi Martin (USA) Plane Team Revol              
3 Kim Geist (USA) Team Lipton                      
4 Cindy Lakatosh (USA) Tri State Velo              
5 Veronica Martinez (Arg) JVR Sports               
6 Kele Murdin (USA) Ultra Link                     
Men's Keirin Semi-finals heat 1
1 Roberto Chiappo (Ita)                            
2 Maximilian Levy (Ger) Brandenburg                
3 Josiah Ng (Mas) Momentum                         
4 Ryan Nelman (USA) T-Town Express                 
5 Giddeon Massie (USA) T-Town Express              
6 Diego Grosso (Arg) Sprinter #3                   
7 Sergio Guatto (Arg)                              
8 Pete Dawson (Aus)                                
Men's Keirin Semi-Finals heat 2
1 Andy Lakatosh (USA) T-Town Express               
2 Ben Barczewski (USA) T-Town Express              
3 Haseem Maclean (Tri) Trinidad                    
4 Leandro Bottaso (Arg) Argentina                  
5 Darren Harry (Aus)                               
6 Angelo Martorell (USA) SBW                       
7 Tim Veldt (Ned) Schijf                           
8 Adam Duvendek (USA) Momento Cycling              
Men's Keirin Final 1-8
1 Roberto Chiappo (Ita)                            
2 Leandro Bottaso (Arg) Argentina                  
3 Andy Lakatosh (USA) T-Town Express               
4 Josiah Ng (Mas) Momentum                         
5 Maximilian Levy (Ger) Brandenburg                
6 Ben Barczewski (USA) T-Town Express              
7 Haseem Maclean (Tri) Trinidad                    
8 Ryan Nelman (USA) T-Town Express                 
Men's Keirin Final 9-16
1 Tim Veldt (Ned) Schijf                           
2 Diego Grosso (Arg) Sprinter #3                   
3 Sergio Guatto (Arg)                              
4 Angelo Martorell (USA) SBW                       
5 Giddeon Massie (USA) T-Town Express              
6 Adam Duvendek (USA) Momento Cycling              
DNS Pete Dawson (Aus)                              
DNS Darren Harry (Aus)                             
Women 10k Scratch race
1 Jenny Reed (USA) Momentum                        
2 Christin Muche (Ger) Brandenburg                 
3 Becky Quinn (USA) BMW Bianchi                    
4 Anna Lang (USA) SDBC/Karl Strausse               
5 Kim Geist (USA) Team Lipton                      
6 Veronica Martinez (Arg) JVR Sports               
7 Rebecca Larson (USA) Aaron's/LS Flyers           
8 Ashley Kimmet (USA) Miya Shoti                   
9 Lauren Shirock (USA) SMW Bianchi                 
10 Elspeth Huyett (USA) YMCC                       
11 Jess McLean (USA) Verducci/Breakaway            
12 Mindi Martin (USA) Plane Team Revol             
13 Kele Murdin (USA) Ultra Link                    
14 Mary Costello (USA) ECV                         
15 Liz Reap Carlson (USA) T-Town Express           
16 Kate Potylycki (USA) Vortex                     
DNF Cindy Lakatosh (USA) Tri-State Velo            
DNF May Britt Hartwell (Nor) YMCC                  
DSQ Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Verducci/Breakaway    
DNS Julia Klinger (USA) Tri-State Velo             
Men 5k scratch race heat 1
1 Alejandro Borrrajo (Arg) Rite Aid                
2 Taylor Brown (USA) PA Lighting                   
3 Nick Reinert (USA) Salamander                    
4 Marc Prutton (NZl) Pegasers                      
5 Barry Miller (USA) Mike Frayssee Sports          
6 Sebastian Alexandre (Arg) Rite Aid               
7 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home       
8 Yondi Schmidt (Ned) Schmidt                      
9 Kasper Jessen (Den) Oldense                      
10 Darren Harry (Aus)                              
11 Guido Palma (Arg) Rite Aid                      
12 Jacki Simes (USA) PA Lighting                   
13 Alejandro Acton (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home      
14 Bruce Donaghy (USA) Morgan Stanley Cycling      
15 Mario Mazza (USA) A-F Pro                       
16 Mark Gorman (USA) L'Equipe DeVille              
17 Rodney Santiago (PRc) CCG                       
18 Paul Pearson (USA) Bucks County Racing          
DNF Josiah Ng (Mas) Momentum                       
DNF Jared Bunde (USA)                              
DNF Pablo Ravazzani (Par) Paraguay                 
DNF Andrew Harris (USA) Gotham Cyclists            
DNF Leandro Bottaso (Arg) Argentina                
DNS Adam Duvendek (USA) Momento Cycling            
DNF Phil Gaimon (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet                
DNF Andy Lakatosh (USA) T-Town Express             
DNF Angelo Martorell (USA) SBW                     
DNF Thomas Mains (USA) Van Dessel Fact             
Men's 5k scratch race heat 2
1 Kevin Schiller (USA) GS Adams Ave                
2 Tucker Brown (USA) PA Lighting                   
3 Bobby Lea (USA) Toyota United                    
4 Pete Dawson (Aus)                                
5 Peter Fitzpatrick (Aus)                          
6 Diego Grosso (Arg) Sprinter #3                   
7 Guy East (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet                     
8 Colby Pearce (USA) Cody                          
9 Andrew Harris (USA) FCS Cycling Club             
10 Sergio Guatto (Arg)                             
11 Lanell Rockmore (USA) Young Medalists           
12 Ryan Oelkers (USA) PA Lighting                  
13 Dave Bonser (USA) Gotham/Hensley                
14 Mike Beers (USA) Rite-Aid                       
15 Andrew Kuklis (USA) Gotham/Hensley              
16 Michael Chauner (USA) PA Lighting               
17 Randy Smargiassi (USA) Gotham Cyclists          
18 Maralet Rodriguez (PRc) GR Sport                
DNF Richard Miller (USA) Breakaway Racing          
DNF Matt Diefenback (USA) Tri-State Velo           
DNF Andrew La Corte (USA) Champion System          
DNF Daniel Larson (USA) Cycle Science              
DNF Eric Beausejour (Can) Track Team               
DNF Ben Barczewski (USA) T-Town Express            
DNF Giddeon Massie (USA) T-Town Express            
Men 15k scratch race final
1 Pete Dawson (Aus)                                
2 Sebastian Alexandre (Arg) Rite-Aid               
3 Alejandro Borrajo (Arg) Rite-Aid                 
4 Colby Pearce (USA) Cody                          
5 Bobby Lea (USA) Toyota United                    
6 Jackie Simes (USA) PA Lighting                   
7 Nick Reinert (USA) Salamander                    
8 Ryan Oelkers (USA) PA Lighting                   
One lap down
9 Yondi Schmidt (Ned) Schmidt                      
10 Alejandro Acton (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home      
11 Guy East (USA) CRCA/Sakonnet                    
12 Kasper Jessen (Den) Oldense                     
13 Lanell Rockmore (USA) Young Medalists           
14 Darren Harry (Aus)                              
15 Mario Mazza (USA) A-F Pro                       
16 Kevin Schiller (USA) GS Adams Ave               
17 Marc Prutton (NZl) Pegasers                     
18 Barry Miller (USA) Mike Frayssee Sports         
19 Andrew Harris (USA) SCS Cycling Club            
20 Gustavo Artacho (Arg) Colavita Sutter Home      
21 Dave Bonser (USA) Gotham/Hensley                
22 Bruce Donaghy (USA) Morgan Stanley Cycling      
23 Andrew Kuklis (USA) Gotham/Hensley              
24 Diego Grosso (Arg) Sprinter #3                  
25 Peter Fitzpatrick (Aus)                         
26 Mike Beers (USA) Rite-Aid                       
27 Taylor Brown (USA) PA Lighting                  
DNF Guido Palma (Arg) Rite-Aid                     
DNF Tucker Brown (USA) PA Lighting                 
DNF Sergio Guatto (Arg)