2013 Elite Mass Start Track Nationals award four titles on opening day

  
  


Rock Hill, S.C. (Aug. 22, 2013) -- The opening day of the 2013 USA Cycling Elite Mass Start Track National Championships got underway Thursday at the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C. with Stars-and-Stripes jerseys awarded to four national champions.
 
Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) captured his third national title in the span of two weeks by taking the gold medal in the men's keirin. That title comes on the heels of victories in both the individual time trial and team pursuit at the Elite Timed Track National Championships in Carson, Calif. In Thursday's keirin final, Baranoski went to the front with over two laps remaining and held off his challengers for the win.
 
"I like to ride it from near the front," said Baranoski. "One, two or three is kind of my spot just because the front is safer. I'm a kilo rider so I like to have a nice long sprint, so from the front you can make it as long as you want."
 
David Espinoza (Wellington, Fla.) crossed the line in second place, while Jonathan Fraley (Menomonee Falls, Wis./WDT-Allvoi International Cycling Team) took home the bronze medal.
 
In women's scratch race action, Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./ExergyTWENTY16) utilized team tactics to capitalize on taking the line in a field sprint. Early breaks from teammates Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./ExergyTWENTY16) and Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla./ExergyTWENTY16) tired the field and provided Valente the opportunity to win it at the end.
 
"It's really fantastic," Valente said after donning the Stars-and-Stripes jersey. "I've had junior national titles and this is only my second elite national title so it's really special and it's really exciting. We had three ExergyTWENTY16 girls and it worked out great. They were aggressive and rode off the front and it just happened that it came all back together for the field sprint and I was sitting in the pack ready for that."
 
Valente edged Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING p/b Solomon Corp.) at the line while Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13) took third place.
 
Jackie Simes powering his way to victory in the men's scratch race final
Jackie Simes powering his way to victory in the men's scratch race final. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Team tactics also played a role in the men's scratch race final as two-time Olympian Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) found himself down a lap at the end but led out teammate Jackie Simes (Alburtis, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) in the final sprint. Simes was part of a six-man breakaway that lapped the field entering the final laps, where keen observation was needed among the lead riders to determine who was in the break and who wasn't.
 
"I had a pretty good handle on who was in that group with me," Simes said about the lapped riders mixing with the leaders. "I had about 20-25 laps to look at them when we were out there. Then at the end I was really fortunate to have Bobby Lea in there on my team so I was able to find his wheel and be confident that he was going to be able to get me around in the sprint. It was a huge part of winning that race."
 
Andrew Crater (Asheville, N.C./Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team) captured the silver medal while Al Urbanski (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma) rounded out the men's scratch race podium.
 
The final Stars-and-Stripes jersey of the evening was earned by Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Broadmark Capital) in the women's sprint. After losing the first best-of-three ride to Mandy Marquardt (Breinigsville, Pa./Team Novo Nordisk Women), Crane utilized two different race strategies to win the final two races and claim the gold medal.
 
"The final ride I actually wanted to come from behind, that's how I won the second ride," Crane said. "But I knew after a certain point that I needed to commit to the front and be a little bit patient because in the first ride I went full as soon as I went and that was pretty much a lead out for her.  She has a very strong finish. She switched to sprint this year and has made a really good transition. It's exciting to have some new girls in the races."
 
Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center Team) defeated Jen Featheringill (Portland, Ore./Bike Central) in two rides to capture the bronze medal in the women's sprint.
 
Competition continues on Friday evening, including finals for both the men's and women's points race. For a complete race schedule click here.
 
2013 USA Cycling Elite Mass Start Track Championships
Giordana Velodrome – Rock Hill, S.C.
August 22-24, 2013

RESULTS | PHOTOS
 
Men's Keirin
1. Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Pure Energy Racing)
2. David Espinoza (Wellington, Fla.)
3. Jonathan Fraley (Menomonee Falls, Wis./WDT-Allvoi International Cycling Team)
 
Men's Scratch Race
1. Jackie Simes (Alburtis, Pa./Pure Energy Racing)
2. Andrew Crater (Asheville, N.C./Finish Strong Elite Cycling Team)
3. Al Urbanski (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma)
 
Women's Scratch Race
1. Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./ExergyTWENTY16)
2. Erica Allar (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING p/b Solomon Corp.)
3. Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Cycling-Vie 13)
 
Women's Sprint
1. Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Broadmark Capital)
2. Mandy Marquardt (Breinigsville, Pa./Team Novo Nordisk Women)
3. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center Team)
 
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