Alijah Beatty grabs top result for Team USA at Junior Track Worlds


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Alijah Beatty had the top result for the USA with 8th in the scratch race. Photo by Sandra Boots.
Montichiari, Italy (August 28, 2017) – Team USA was well-represented at the 2017 UCI Junior Track World Championships in Italy, Aug. 23-27, with the nation’s top young track cyclists on hand to compete in the sprint and endurance events over the five days.
The top result for the United States came on day one of competition when Alijah Beatty (Washington, Iowa/Northstar Development Cycling) placed eighth in the women’s scratch race. Beatty was fresh off of winning an incredible six national titles at Junior Track Nationals earlier this summer, as well as the road race national title for women 17-18.
Over the 30 laps of the world championship scratch race, Beatty raced 24 other riders with an average speed of 45.226 kilometers per hour. Martina Fidanza (ITA) crossed the line at the end of the race for the rainbow jersey.
Beatty was also 15th in the points race on Saturday, and part of the women’s team pursuit squad - with Claire Reeves (Grand Rapids, Mich./Sprinter’s Edge), McKenzie Steiner (Del Mar, Calif./Swami's Junior Development Team), and Sawyer Taylor (San Rafael, Calif./JAKROO p/b Chrome Industries) – which knocked eight seconds off its nationals time during the worlds qualification round.
The men's TP squad brok the US record during qualification.
The men's TP squad brok the US record during qualification. Photo by Sandra Boots.

Another highlight from the five days in Italy came from the Team USA men’s team pursuit squad. After riding together for less than a week before heading to Italy, Kenny Boots (Centennial, Colo./Groove Subaru Excel), Justin Butsavage (Macungie, Pa./T-Town Elite), Colby Lange (Edwards, Colo./LUX/Stradling), and Denzel Stephenson (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) clocked a time of 4:12.778 in the qualification round to beat the US national record by five seconds. While the time broke a national record, it was unfortunately not enough to advance the squad through to the finals.

Other riders that made it through to final rounds included Kenny Boots who was 22nd in the men’s individual pursuit, Justin Butsavage who placed 17th in the men’s points race and 37th in the kilometer time trial, Sandor Delgado (Hialeah, Fla./D Professional) who was 29th in the men’s kilometer time trial, Colby Lange who was 25th in the men’s individual pursuit, and Sawyer Taylor who was 22nd in the women’s individual pursuit.
For complete results from the world championships, click here.

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