Bobby Lea looks to defend his 2013 National Championship. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 11, 2014) -- A year after holding separate national championship for both the timed and mass start events, the nation's best track cyclist will all be together as the 2014 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships get underway Tuesday at the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C. The event features competition in the international omnium, time trial, individual pursuit, miss and out, team pursuit, sprint, points race, Madison, keirin, scratch race and team sprint.
Returning riders looking to defend their titles from 2013 include Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Custom Velo), Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Broadmark Capital), Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Custom Velo), Jackie Simes (Alburtis, Pa./Custom Velo) and Missy Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./Momentum Coaching Group).
Baranoski was a three-time national champion last year, winning the sprint, keirin and time trial. Crane also donned the Stars-and-Stripes jersey three times in 2013 following victories in the keirin, Madison and sprint races. Lea, a 2012 Olympian and another three-time champ a year ago, comes to Rock Hill in defense of his titles in the Madison, individual pursuit and international omnium. Simes teamed with Lea to win the men's Madison last year and also added titles in the points race and scratch race, while Erickson looks to remain on top in the women's time trial and women's team sprint.
Tela Crane (second from left) on her way to winning the women's keirin at the 2013 USA Cycling Elite Mass Start Track Nationals. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Other returning medalists from 2013 that will be competing in Rock Hill include Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Team Alliance Environmental), David Espinoza (Wellington, Fla.), Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), Jacob Duehring (Irvine, Calif./Horizon Organic-Einstein Bros Cycling), Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Black Lodge Cycling), Andrew Crater (Greenville, S.C./Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team p/b GCB), Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo.), Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./Colavita-Fine Cooking), Kate Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif./CCF Racing Team), Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz.), Mandy Marquardt (Allentown, Pa./Team Novo Nordisk Women), Stefan Rothe (Austin, Texas/ELBOWZ Racing), Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./JAKROO Racing Team), Gea Johnson (Scottsdale, Ariz./Ride-Faster.com), Nathan Koch (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion), Alissa Maglaty (Redondo Beach, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group), Mike Zagorski (Parker, Colo.), Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Vanderkitten), Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13), Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Team Alliance Environmental)
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 74,500+ licensees; 2,800+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,150 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.
About the Giordana Velodrome
The 250m world-class Giordana Velodrome is part of the Rock Hill Outdoor Center at Riverwalk. The facility, endorsed by USA Cycling, will host national and UCI caliber events while introducing the local community to the Olympic sport of track cycling through a variety of rider development and outreach programs.