Baranoski and Erickson take time trial titles at Elite Timed Track Nationals

  
  


Carson, Calif. (August 9, 2013) – The 2013 USA Cycling Elite Timed Track National Championships got underway on Friday at the StubHub Center's VELO Sports Center in Carson, Calif., with finals in the men's and women's individual time trials taking center stage.

 
Men's time trial podium (l to r): Kevin Mansker, Matthew Baranoski and Danny Robertson
Men's time trial podium (l to r): Kevin Mansker, Matthew Baranoski and Danny Robertson. (photo by Brian Hodes)
Men's 1km Time Trial
Defending champion Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) used a late surge on the final lap to post the top time in the men's 1km time trial and don the Stars-and-Stripes jersey for the second straight year. Baranoski was under the time posted by Kevin Mansker (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rubicon Cycling) a few heats earlier as the bell rang for his final lap, but he dug deep to find what he needed to take the gold medal, stopping the clock at 1:03.145.

 
"The last lap hurts like hell no matter what," said Baranoski. "I didn't have a great start so the whole time I was fighting it. The kilo is an event that you look forward to, but you definitely don't look forward to after. It's very tough and I was just happy to pull off the win."
 
Mansker's time of 1:04.209 was good enough to earn him the silver medal, while Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Momentum Coaching Group) took the bronze medal with a time of 1:05.287.

 
Missy Erickson powers to the time trial gold medal
Missy Erickson powers to the women's time trial gold medal. (photo by Brian Hodes)
Women’s 500-meter Time Trial
Last year's bronze medalist Missy Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./Momentum Coaching Group) went head-to-head with defending champion Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./enCompass Racing) in the final heat of the women's 500-meter time trial and came out on top with a time of 36.081. Godby finished second in 36.426.
 
"I'm really excited," Erickson gushed after donning her first Stars-and-Stripes jersey. "It was an event personal record for me and I had an awesome first start lap, but it came as a huge surprise because I thought I was second."
 
Erickson also said her time training at altitude in Colorado Springs in preparation for the event has paid off.
 
"Going out there and being able to fully dedicate myself really made a huge difference. I have the best training partners and USA Cycling is stepping up huge for us so I'm really excited to be there and excited for all the opportunities."
 
Gea Johnson (Scottsdale, Ariz./FASTER Performance Center) rounded out the women's time trial podium after posting a time of 36.838.

Individual Pursuit Qualification
Friday's racing began with qualifying heats in the men's and women's individual pursuit, with the top four times advancing to the finals on Saturday morning.
 
Advancing to the men's final were 2012 Olympian Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa.) and Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo./National Grocers Cycling Team). Stefan Rothe (Austin, Texas/Tulsa Wheelmen) and David Swanson (Tucson, Ariz./Sabino Cycles Racing) will race for the bronze medal.
 
Moving on to the finals for the women's individual pursuit were Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling) and Jade Wilcoxson (Talent, Ore.), while Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS) and Amber Gaffney (Claremont, Calif.) will contest the bronze medal final on Saturday.

Omnium
The first three events of the two-day, six-event omnium took place during the evening session. Lea leads the men standings ahead of Jacob Duehring (Irvine, Calif./GS Ciao) and Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma) after the flying lap, points race and elimination events. In the women's omnium, Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./ExergyTWENTY16) tops the leaderboard with Geist in second and Newell and Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Racing and VIE13) tied for third.

Racing will continue at the VELO Sports Center in Carson on Saturday with finals in the men's and women's individual pursuit, the conclusion of the men's and women's international omnium, and a non-championship keirin tournament that includes a $1,000 prize list for both men and women, made possible by www.calbikelaw.com.
 
WANT TO WATCH IN PERSON?
You won't want to miss the action, so bring your entire club out to watch the best track cyclists in the U.S. throw down! Groups of ten or more can receive a preferred group rate of $5 per ticket. Call 1-877-234-8425 or click here to purchase today. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.

USA Cycling members get $5 off the cost of admission for each session. Just visit the StubHub Center box office before the event, or the day of, and show your USA Cycling license. You can also show proof of license with the "My USAC" app on your iPhone or Android.

In addition to experiencing the excitement of world-class racing, spectators can enjoy a Lifestyle Expo Area, exhibition racing and great food and beverage from the Back Door BBQ.

FOLLOW THE EVENT FROM HOME
Those who can't make it out to the VELO Sports Center can follow the event on twitter using hashtag #TrackNats or by visiting www.usacycling.org each night to read the post-race reports and view the photo gallery.
 
2013 Elite Timed Track National Championships
VELO Sports Center – StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.
August 9-11, 2013
 
RESULTS | PHOTOS
 
Men's Individual Time Trial - 1km
1. Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) 1:03.145
2. Kevin Mansker (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rubicon Cycling) 1:04.209
3. Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Momentum Coaching Group) 1:05.287
 
Women's Individual Time Trial - 500m
1. Missy Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./Momentum Coaching Group) 36.081
2. Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./enCompass Racing) 36.426
3. Gea Johnson (FASTER Performance Coaching) 36.838

Men's Omnium Standings (after 3 of 6 events)
1. Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa.) 5
2. Jacob Duehring (Irvine, Calif./GS Ciao) 9
3. Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Racing p/b Veloforma) 14
4. Patrick Jacks (Aloha, Ore./Bike Central) 17
5. David Brinton (N. Hollywood, Calif./Serious Cycling) 21

Women's Omnium Standings (after 3 of 6 events)
1. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./ExergyTWENTY16) 4
2. Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling) 5
3. Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS) 14
3. Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy Racing and VIE13) 14
5. Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif./Vanderkitten) 16
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