Champions add to jersey collections at 2013 Masters Track Nationals

  
  


By Robert Annis

Indianapolis, Ind. (Aug. 1, 2013) --
Two champions continued their strong runs at the 2013 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships on Thursday, each adding another Stars-and-Stripes jersey to their collections at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis..

A day after lapping the field twice during the men’s 70+ points race, Michael Williams (Metarie, La.) steamrolled the pack in the 70+ scratch race on his way to another gold medal. Eventual 75-79 national champion Tom O’Rourke (West Bloomfield, Mich./Cadieux Bicycle Club) hit the deck during the race, but managed to get upright and rejoin the pack. Williams heard the commotion behind him, but couldn’t see what happened.

With two races down, he aims to medal in the pursuit later this week, but downplayed his chances, saying he “hadn’t been doing too well” in the event lately. However, the host city might be giving him good luck. 

“I won a 40 km time trial here years ago,” said Williams, already a multiple-time national and world champion. “I think I finished around 54 minutes. Indianapolis has been very good to me.”

 
Mechanic Nate Shikel launches Karen Claeys back into the field.
Mechanic Nate Shikel launches Karen Claeys back into the field. (photo by Robert Annis)
Karen Claeys (Seattle, Wash./Lake Washington Velo) won the women’s 45-49 points race Wednesday, but feared her luck had run out when she flatted midway through Thursday’s scratch race. She’d never flatted in a race before and hadn’t paid attention to where the mechanic pit was. After a frenzied wheel swap – a teammate loaned her his disc wheel – she was back in the race.

A lap after rejoining the pack and with under four laps to go, Claeys launched a massive attack, gaining more than quarter of a lap gap on the field in a matter of seconds. After a brief chase, the field seemed content to race for silver.

“I knew I wanted to go early, but I’d planned to go on the backstretch to take advantage of the tailwind,” Claeys said. “I knew some of the competitors (from the previous night’s race), but there were a few unknowns and I didn’t want to take my chances in the sprint. So I tried to jump hard enough that I wasn’t going to take anyone with me.”

Claeys’ two stars-and-stripes jerseys are the first of her career, and she was understandably thrilled.

“I feel awesome,” Claeys said. “Last year, I had two third-place finishes, so this year, I wanted (even) more (success).”

The closest race of the day was the battle between Brian Kesselman (Portland, Ore./TEMPO-KWC) and Jeffrey Whiteman (Chicago, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team) for gold in the men’s 35-39 sprint. The best-of-three series went the distance, with each race decided by mere inches. In the end, Kesselman squeezed out the victory.

For more from the Major Taylor Velodrome, including photos, results, communiques from the race jury, a schedule and more, visit the USA Cycling event page at www.usacycling.org/2013/masters-track-nationals. You can also follow along on Twitter via the USA Cycling and Indy Cycloplex accounts or the hashtag #TrackNats, or on the USA Cycling and Indy Cycloplex Facebook pages.

2013 USA Cycling Masers Track National Championships
Major Taylor Velodrome
Indianpolis, Indiana
August 1, 2013
 
PHOTO GALLERY │ RESULTS
 
Men's 35-39 Flying Time Trial - 200m
1. Jeffrey Whiteman (Chicago, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team) 11.696
2. Michael Keenan (Orange Park, Fla./US Military Cycling Team Fueled by FRS) 11.787
3. Brian Kesselman (Portland, Ore./TEMPO-KWC) 11.798
4. Joseph Calabrasi (Matthews, N.C.) 11.971
5. Jonathan Chambers (Hellertown, Pa./Cycle Fitters) 12.142

Men's 65-69 Flying Time Trial - 200m
1. Mark Rodamaker (Los Altos, Calif./Performance Cycle Coaching) 12.360
2. Ray Lafleur (San Diego, Calif./Eddie B Cycling) 13.609
3. James Kinsinger (Erie, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics) 13.890
4. Fran Rudy (Ooltewah, Tenn./Scenic City Velo) 13.926
5. Thomas Lobdell (Indianapolis, Ind./Scarlet Fire) 14.130

Women's 40-44 Flying Time Trial - 200m
1. Shannon Moak (Katy, Texas/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) 12.833
2. Cindi Vargas (Humble, Texas/Matrix Cycling Club) 13.555
3. Kimberly Nuffer (Denver, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics) 14.395
4. Elizabeth Hernandez-Jones (Morganhill, Calif./San Jose Bicycle Club) 14.501
5. Shelly Collins (Franklin, Tenn./Team Belladium) 14.522

Men's 50-54 Individual Pursuit - 2km
1. Curtis Tolson (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Flyers Cycling Inc.) 2:31.144
2. Greg Cordasco (Basking Ridge, N.J./Liberty Cycle) 2:34.926
3. Russell Murphy (Kirkwood, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team) 2:35.061
4. Stanley Terusaki (Livermore, Calif./Morgan Stanley Cycling Team) 2:36.514
5. Andrew Tschampa (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Pact- DISH Network Cycling) 2:37.300

Women's 55-59 Individual Pursuit - 2km
1. Lenita Anthony (San Diego, Calif.) 2:49.083
2. Rita Kacala (Racine, Wis./ISCorp Cycling - NCSF) 2:52.584
3. Elizabeth Heller (St. Louis, Mo.) 2:56.324
4. Karen Kelly (Phoenix, Ariz./Strada Racing Club) 3:09.064
5. Debra Cavender (Troy, Mich./BK Training Systems LLC) 3:12.561

Women's 60-64 Individual Pursuit - 2km
1. Jan Palchikoff (Los Angeles, Calif./CPT) 3:00.818
2. Lynn Rivier (Highland Park, Ill./Higher Gear Chicago Cycling Club) 3:07.843
3. Benita Warns (St. Paul, Minn./Omnium Bike Shop) 4:02.771

Women's 65-69 Individual Pursuit - 2km
1. Patricia Riddle (La Jolla, Calif./Eddie B Cycling) 3:21.933
2. Jo Johnson (Wilmington, Del./Team TBB - Deep Blue) 3:32.845

Women's 70-74 Individual Pursuit - 2km
1. Julie Lockhart (Dunstable, Mass./Northeast Bicycle Club (NEBC)) 3:56.856
2. Patricia Baker (Laguna Hills, Calif./San Diego Cyclo Vets) 4:12.339

Men's 40-44 Points Race - 25km
1. Patrick Warner (Boulder, Colo./Stages Cycling) 43
2. Kevin Phillips (Redondo Beach, Calif./Ironfly) 36
3. David McCook (Mountain View, Calif./TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling) 30
4. Mark Gorman (Philadelphia, Pa./Lehigh Wheelmen Assoc.) 25
5. Robert Springer (Kenosha, Wis./Team Wheel & Sprocket) 19

Men's 35-39 Sprint
1. Brian Kesselman (Portland, Ore./TEMPO-KWC)
2. Jeffrey Whiteman (Chicago, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team)
3. Michael Keenan (Orange Park, Fla./US Military Cycling Team Fueled by FRS)
4. Jonathan Chambers (Hellertown, Pa./Cycle Fitters)
5. Eduardo Nieuwenhuyzen (St. Louis, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team)

Men's 65-69 Sprint
1. Mark Rodamaker (Los Altos, Calif./Performance Cycle Coaching)
2. James Kinsinger (Erie, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics)
3. Walter Lay (Louisville, Ky./Team Louisville)
4. Ray Lafleur (San Diego, Calif./Eddie B Cycling)
5. Fran Rudy (Ooltewah, Tenn./Scenic City Velo)

Women's 40-44 Sprint
1. Shannon Moak (Katy, Texas/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)
2. Cindi Vargas (Humble, Texas/Matrix Cycling Club)
3. Kimberly Nuffer (Denver, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics)
4. Olga Weeks (Rock Hill, S.C./SVMIC Cycling)
5. Shelly Collins (Franklin, Tenn./Team Belladium)

Men's 55-59 Time Trial - 500m
1. Richard Voss (Littleton, Colo./Hammer Racing Team - TVG LTD) 36.119
2. Kurt Sato (San Pedro, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen) 36.715
3. Aron Seiken (Ft. Worth, Texas/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) 37.051
4. James Thiele (Hillsboro, Ore.) 37.141
5. Raymond Gildea (Emerald Hills, Calif./Peninsula Velo Cycling Club) 37.694

Men's 60-64 Time Trial - 500m
1. Keith Macbeth (Santa Cruz, Calif.) 37.685
2. Robert Cronin (Santa Cruz, Calif./NorCal Elite Cycling) 39.229
3. Don Carlberg (Katy, Texas/Team Spincycle) 39.332
4. Steven Worley (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Orthopedics) 39.442
5. George Geier (Marion, Ind./Puget Sound Cycling Club) 39.832

Women's 50-54 Time Trial - 500m
1. Tara Unverzagt (Torrance, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen) 41.508
2. Gwenn Afton (Reston, Va./Evolution Cycling Club p/b Long & Foster) 42.354
3. Lisa Giuffre (Englewood, Ohio/The Midwest Express) 42.698
4. Jane Chateaubriand (Seattle, Wash./Lake Washington Velo) 44.404
5. Cindi Hart (Indianapolis, Ind./INDYSPEED Sports Club) 44.490

Men's 70-74 Scratch Race - 5km
1. Michael Williams (Metarie, La.)
2. Leo Menestrina (San Jose, Calif./Alto Velo Racing Club)
3. Jim Turner (Menlo Park, Calif./Alto Velo Racing Club)
4. Edward Burns (Vestal, N.Y./Bell Lap Racing)
5. Jurgen Leiser (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Men's 75-79 Scratch Race - 5km
1. Thomas O'Rourke (West Bloomfield, Mich./Cadieux Bicycle Club)
2. J. Robert Beck (Hanover Park, Ill./Midwest Masters Cycling Team)
3. Skip Sparry (Plano, Texas/Matrix Cycling Club)

Men's 85-89 Scratch Race - 5km
1. Carl Grove (Bristol, Ind./Pista Elite)

Men's 45-49 Scratch Race - 10km
1. David Brinton (N. Hollywood, Calif./Serious Cycling)
2. James Tainter (Minneapolis, Minn.)
3. Alessandro Matteucci (Brooklyn, N.Y./Century Road Club Assoc.)
4. Steven Carrell (Norcross, Ga./Peachtree Bikes)
5. Brian Haas (Chicago, Ill./Pact- DISH Network Cycling)
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