Higgins, Kovalcik Win Elite Omnium Track National Championships

  
  


Higgins en route to her second-place finish in the pursuit. Photo by Weldon Weaver
Higgins en route to her second-place finish in the pursuit. Photo by Weldon Weaver
Rock Hill, SC (August 18, 2012) –
The USA Cycling Elite Omnium Track National Championships wrapped up on Saturday in South Carolina with Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy Twenty12) and Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./ Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma) winning the national titles.
 
By riding strong and smart, and by each taking another win on Saturday, Higgins and Kovalcik both defended the leads they had established on Friday.  
 
ELITE WOMEN
 
After sweeping the events on Friday (flying lap, points race, elimination race), Higgins wrapped up her national championship on Saturday with the fastest time (37.851) in the elite women’s 500-meter time trial, fourth-place in the scratch race, and second-place in the pursuit.
 
Kovalcik in the pursuit on Saturday. Photo by Weldon Weaver
Kovalcik in the pursuit on Saturday. Photo by Weldon Weaver
After the morning session’s pursuit, she knew she had won the title. “I rode a pretty conservative pursuit for second place,” she said. “It kept my lead and I knew going into the scratch race that it would be hard for Kim (pursuit winner) to make up those points.”
 
 Joining Higgins on the podium was silver medalist Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling Foundation), who won today’s pursuit,  and bronze medalist Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS), who won today’s scratch race. Erin Glover (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling) and Mandy Marquardt (Breinigsville, Pa./Team Type 1) rounded out the top five.
 
“This to me is much more special (than her first title) because I took a year off from racing the omnium last year,” the national champ explained. “So to come back and just show my dominance in this event feels really good.”
 
ELITE MEN
 
Kimberly Geist won today's elite women's pursuit. Photo by Weldon Weaver
Kimberly Geist won today's elite women's pursuit. Photo by Weldon Weaver
Kovalcik won the flying lap and elimination race on Friday, and then locked in his overall omnium title today with a win in the kilometer time trial. He posted a time of 1:08.931.
 
“I know it’s a strong event for me (kilo),” Kovalcik said after slipping into his jersey. “I always have a good finish kick so I was pretty confident about the kilo.  I saw the guy at the table setting the jerseys out and I got a little excited.”
 
Stefan Rothe (Austin, Texas/Tulsa Tough) and Al Urbanski (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling) won the silver and bronze medals while today’s pursuit winner Liam Donoghue (Chicago, Ill./XXX Racing) was fourth and Daniel Holt (Atlanta, Ga./Team Type 1 – Development) was fifth.
 
MASTERS MEN NON-CHAMPIONSHIP
 
In the non-championship masters omnium, Scotland Leman (Blackburg, Va./VeloShine Cycling Team-Hincapie Cycling) took the win after adding a kilometer time trial victory to the flying lap win he took on Friday. Finishing second in the two-day competition was Cari Higgins’ husband Gregory Pent (Boulder, Colo./Rocky Mounts-Izze Racing), who won today’s pursuit as well as yesterday’s points race and elimination race. Today’s scratch race winner, Chris Sugar (Charlotte, NC/Modry-Evergreen Partners) grabbed the bronze medal while Michael Lifshotz (Apex, NC/Origin-8) and Derek Everling (Columbina, SC/Carolina Velo-Cycle Center) took the fourth and fifth steps on the podium.
 
With Saturday’s events, national championship has wrapped up at the Giordana Velodrome. Next up for track specialists is the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships in Los Angeles at the end of next month.
 
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2012 USA Cycling Elite Omnium Track National Championships
August 17-18, 2012
Rock Hill, SC
 
Elite Women Omnium National Championship
1. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy Twenty12)
2. Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling Foundation)
3. Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS)
4. Erin Glover (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling)
5. Mandy Marquardt (Breinigsville, Pa./Team Type 1)
 
Elite Men Omnium National Championship
1. Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./ Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma)
2. Stefan Rothe (Austin, Texas/Tulsa Tough)
3. Al Urbanski (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling)
4. Liam Donoghue (Chicago, Ill./XXX Racing)
5. Daniel Holt (Atlanta, Ga./Team Type 1-Development)
 
Masters Men 35+ Non-Championship
1. Scotland Leman (Blackburg, Va./VeloShine Cycling Team-Hincapie Cycling)
2. Gregory Pent (Boulder, Colo./Rocky Mounts-Izze Racing),
3. Chris Sugar (Charlotte, NC/Modry-Evergreen Partners)
4. Michael Lifshotz (Apex, NC/Origin-8)
5. Derek Everling (Columbina, SC/Carolina Velo-Cycle Center) 


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