Juniors Track National Championships begin Wednesday in ‘T-town'


Nearly 400 of the nation’s top, young track cyclists will compete to wear the coveted Stars-and-Stripes national championship jersey July 11-15 in Trexlertown, Pa., as the Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosts USA Cycling’s Juniors Track National Championships.
Riders from the ages of 10 – 18 will compete for more than 20 national titles in the omnium, points race, individual pursuit, scratch race, sprint, time trial, team pusuit, keirin, team sprint and madison throughout the five-day  competition. Learn more about the various events of track cycling on the Get Started portion of USA Cycling’s website. 
Nearly 400 riders from the ages of 10-18 will compete for national titles on the track this week.
Nearly 400 riders from the ages of 10-18 will compete for national titles on the track this week.
The competition will kick-off on Wednesday morning and will feature both morning and evening sessions that begin at 9 a.m. and then again at 5 p.m. A full schedule is available on the event webpage.
Young tracksters the likes of 2011 15-16 omnium national champions Michael Dessau (Boulder, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) and Tara McCormick (Long Beach, Calif./Exergy Twenty 12) will move into the 17-18 division to vie for the event’s premier national titles. The newcomers will battle against more seasoned racers like Alexander Freund (Davis, Calif./Davis Bike Club) and strong ‘T-town’ locals such as Kaitlyn Lawrence (Emmaus, Pa./MVP Health Care-Genesee Valley Cycling Club) and Bailey Semian (Mertztown, Pa./Team TIBCO II).
Riders who earn national titles and meet specified time standards in the junior 17-18 division may also qualify to compete at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships set for Aug. 22-26 in Invercargill, New Zealand. More information on selection to the juniors track world championship squad is available on the team selection portion of USA Cycling’s website.
On Friday evening, July 13, race organizers will be offering a special Q&A session with Olympic gold medalist Marty Nothstein at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center from 7 – 7:30 p.m. Nothstein will also be available to sign copies of his new book, “The Price of Gold; The Toll and Triumph of One Man’s Olympic Dream,” following the Q&A.
More information on the event including start lists, schedule, results, photos and daily event recaps will be available on USA Cycling’s Juniors Track National Championships webpage. Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #JrTrack.

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