Higgins, Kovalcik lead after day 1 of Elite Omnium Track Nationals


Cari Higgins leads the elite women after day 1.
Cari Higgins leads the elite women after day 1.
Rock Hill, SC (August 17, 2012) –
The USA Cycling Elite Omnium Track National Championships got underway at the new Giordana Velodrome today in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The two-day omnium competition is the first national championship to be held at the brand new 250-meter track. It’s also the first year that the elite international omnium stands on its own, separate from the Elite Track National Championships.
The morning session got underway with the flying laps which were won by Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy Twenty12) and Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./ Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma)

“I’m so excited to be here. Just to ride a new velodrome in the U.S. is quite exciting,” Higgins said after winning the first women’s event. “I definitely wanted to be in first place coming out of this first event. First place is an interesting place to be because you have to defend it, but I’m prepared to do so.”

Zachary Kovalcik leads the elite men after day 2.
Zachary Kovalcik leads the elite men after day 2.
And defend it she did. As the evening session got underway, she took the win in the women’s points race and the elimination race for a solid lead going into day two.

“With the flying lap on the 250, you’ve really got to learn to dial in your line and not everybody in the U.S. comes from a 250 meter track,” Kovalcik commented. “So getting some time on the track and learning the line and how to maximize the banking and get yourself up to speed just in time and not too early and not too late is really important.”

Kovalcik continued his dominance of the elite men’s competition with an evening win in the elimination race. Like Higgins, he also goes into day two as the elite men’s leader. Winning the men’s points race today was Liam Donoghue (Chicago, Ill./XXX Racing)

Andrew Carter gives the thumbs up after his flying lap.
Andrew Carter gives the thumbs up after his flying lap.
In addition to the elite national championship racing, a non-championship omnium is being held for masters men 35+. This competition started out with Scotland Leman (Blackburg, Va./VeloShine Cycling Team-Hincapie Cycling) taking the win in the flying lap. At the end of day one, Leman’s win combined with his other strong performances to put him in the lead going into day two.  Gregory Pent (Boulder, Colo./Rocky Mounts-Izze Racing) continued the masters portion of competition with a pair of wins in the evening session’s points race and elimination race.
Racing will continue in Rock Hill on Saturday with the individual pursuits, scratch races, and time trials before the new national champions are crowned in the elite omnium.
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