(July 17, 2014) -- Matt Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Custom Velo) and Luz Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez (MEX) overtook the top sprint positions in the USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) standings after the Grand Prix of Colorado Springs (Colo.), July 11-12.
Riders vie for position at the Colorado Springs Velodrome. (photo by Patrick Larabee)
Baronoski, who entered the week second in the standings, used his keirin win and second-place sprint finish to propel him into first with 57 points. Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), a fellow top-five newcomer, took wins in the sprint and team sprint, as well as a fourth-place keirin finish to jump into second with 46 points, followed by Conor Klupar (Fall City, Wash./Marian University Cycling Team), who dropped from first to third with 34 points after not competing at the Grand Prix of Colorado Springs. Following a fifth-place finish in the team sprint, Nathan Koch (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion) upped his point total to 24, moving into a three-way tie for fourth with Jeffrey Whiteman (Chicago, Ill./Tehuan Management Group) and David Espinoza (Wellington, Fla.), who also did not compete at the event.
Gazxiola Gonzalez enjoyed a strong showing at the Grand Prix of Colorado Springs, posting wins in the keirin and team sprint and a second-place result in the sprint, bringing her point total to a standings-best 35. Each dropping one spot in the standings after not competing, Elizabeth Engwis (Indianapolis, Ind./Pista Elite) now stands second with 32 points, Missy Erickson (Cypress, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) is third with 30 points and Danielle Mullis (Rochester, Mich./West Michigan Coast Riders) is fourth with 29 points. Frany Maria Fong Echevarria (MEX) recorded a team sprint win, a second-place finish in the keirin and a sixth-place result in the sprint to tie Monique Sullivan (CAN) for fifth with 25 points. Sullivan won the sprint and placed third in the keirin.