Armstrong, McKissick ride to elite TT titles


Kristin Armstrong successfully defended her national title over Amber Neben (photo: Scott Rodgers Mountain Memories Photography)
Champion, Pa. (July 6, 2006) – The first stars-and-stripes jerseys were handed out Thursday as time trial champions were crowned at the 2006 USA Cycling National Festival at Seven Springs.

Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho / TEAm Lipton) defended her national title on the rolling, 30-kilometer course through Laurel Hill State Park by posting a time of 46 minutes and 46.07 seconds. Last year Armstrong placed third at the World Championships, but the veteran time trialist called this year’s course “the hardest in my career.”

“I was like ‘Woah, this is hard!’” Armstrong said of the unusually steep climbs and headwind on the return side of the course loop. “I had teammates on the sides of the road yelling times at me which helped a lot on a course like this..but then I saw Amber (Neben) and focused on her at the end. I didn’t even look at my watch at that point.”

Starting one minute behind Neben, Armstrong caught and passed the recent Tour del’Aude champion in the final 15 kilometers. Neben (Irvine, Calif. / Buitenpoort/Flexpoint), 2006 Pan American time trial champion and two-time national time trial championship runner-up once again placed second to Armstrong, finishing in 47:29.69. 2004 national time trial champion Christine Thorburn (Sunnyvale, Calif./Webcor-Platinum) finished third in the field of 43 riders in a time of 47:42.37.

Armstrong’s performance would have qualified her for a position on the U.S. team that will compete at the 2006 UCI Road World Championships in Salzburg, Austria in September, but Armstrong’s third-place finish at the event last year already earned her an automatic nomination to that team.


Ian McKissick captured the elite men's crown (photo: Scott Rodgers Mountain Memories Photography)
On the elite men’s side, Ian McKissick (Everett, Wash./Recycled Cycles) took first among the field of 44 riders in 44:06.17 on the same 30-kilometer course. This year’s elite men’s competition was the first time an elite, amateur-only time trial championship had been contested in recent history due to the inaugural USPRO Time Trial Championships taking place in September in Greenville, S.C.

Joshua Frick (Rockville, Md./DC Velo-Martens Volvo) placed second in 44:27.38 and Kenny Williams (Kenmore, Wash./First Rate Mortgage) placed third.

In other internationally-recognized categories, USA Cycling junior program phenom Tejay Van Garderen (Fort Collins, Colo. /Team 5280/eSoles) finished first in the field of 100 riders in the junior men 17-18 category. Van Garderen completed the 21-kilometer course in a time of 31:08.79 and improved upon his third-place effort from a year ago.

“I’m actually really surprised that I won since I just flew in from Europe a couple of days ago and I’m jet-lagged, but I’m just super psyched that I won” Van Garderen said. “In time trials I’m used to a steady, set tempo, but here you’re big-ringing it, little-ringing it, standing up, sitting down, you could never get a rhythm. I was going insane…For the past few years I haven’t used watches or heart rate monitors on time trials, I just go by how I feel. I was just trying to make myself hurt.”

Junior women 17-18 champion Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla. / Colavita) took first in the field of 11 riders in 37:45.18 on the same course as the junior men.

Van Garderen and Crowell’s wins also earn them automatic nominations to the world championship team for this year’s UCI Junior Road World Championships in Belgium.


Tejay Van Garderen improved two places on his bronze-medal ride from a year ago (photo: Scott Rodgers Mountain Memories Photography)
Recent USA Cycling Collegiate time trial champion Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Rio Grande-Sports Garage) continued her streak of national titles with a win in the U23 women’s category. Abbot clocked a time of 51:31.92 over the 30-kilometer course – a mark that would have placed her in the top ten of the elite women’s race.

In the 15-16 age group, Nick Bax (Bethesda, Md./Hot Tubes Development) and Danielle Haulman (Denver, Colo./Hot Tubes Development) earned national titles in the men’s and women’s division respectively, turning in times of 30:45.50 and 38:11.58.

Daniel Tisdell (San Jose, Calif./LGBRC-Easton-Specialized) rode to a national championship in the junior men 13-14 group, posting a time of 15:04.81 over a nine-kilometer course and Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Major Motion) captured a stars-and-stripes jersey in the junior women 13-14 age group, clocking a time of 16:39.31.

In the youngest age category, John Funk (Topeka, Kan./GPVelotek) earned a national title in the junior men 10-12 category with a time of 16:38.84, while Katrina Howard (Fresno, Calif./Central Valley Cycling) grabbed a title in the junior women 10-12 race with a time of 19:13.48.

The USA Cycling National Festival at Seven Springs continues Friday with the U23 and all junior category criteriums at Jennerstown Speedway.


Jacquelyn Crowell captured the junior women's 17-18 title
2006 USA Cycling National Festival at Seven Springs
Day One Results:


Elite Women’s Time Trial – 30km
1. Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho/Team Lipton)
2. Amber Neben (Irvine, Calif./Buitenpoort Flexpoint)
3. Christine Thorburn (Sunnyvale, Calif./Webcor Platinum)

Elite Men’s Time Trial – 30km
1. Ian McKissick (Everett, Wash./Recycled Cycles)
2. Joshua Frick (Rockville, Md./DC Velo-Martens Volvo)
3. Kenny Williams (Kenmore, Wash./First Rate Mortgage)

U23 Women’s Time Trial – 30km
1. Mara Abbott (Boulder, Colo./Rio Grande-Sports Garage)
2. Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Victory Brewing)
3. Shannon Koch (Flower Mound, Texas/Compliance Depot Cycling Team

Junior Men’s 17-18 Time Trial – 21km
1. Tejay Van Garderen (Fort Collins, Colo./Team 5280-eSoles)
2. Benjamin King (North Garden, Va./Hot Tubes Development)
3. Walker Savidge (Breckenridge, Colo./Team 5280-eSoles)

Junior Women’s 17-18 Time Trial – 21km
1. Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Colavita)
2. Airielle Filiberti (Worcester, Mass./Hot Tubes Development)
3. Lauren Shirock (Emmaus, Pa./South Mountain Cycles)

Junior Men’s 15-16 Time Trial – 21km
1. Nick Bax (Bethesda, Md./Hot Tubes Development)
2. Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo./Team 5280-eSoles)
3. Adam Leibovitz (Indianapolis, Ind./U Bild It-Mob)

Junior Women’s 15-16 Time Trial – 21km
1. Danielle Haulman (Denver, Colo./Hot Tubes Development)
2. Jerika Hutchinson (Mt. Shasta, Calif.Unattached)
3. Jacqueline Kurth (Palm City, Fla./Athletes by Design)

Junior Men’s 13-14 Time Trial – 9km
1. Daniel Tisdell (San Jose, Calif./LGBRC-Easton-Specialized)
2. Ben Gabardi (Memphis, Tenn./ProBike)
3. Broday Walker (Wichita Falls, Texas/Richardson Bike Mart)

Junior Women’s 13-14 Time Trial – 9km
1. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Major Motion)
2. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Nova-IsCorp)
3. Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./Athletes by Design)

Junior Men’s 10-12 Time Trial – 9km
1. John Funk (Topeka, Kan./GPVelotek)
2. Taylor Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/SBO Junior)
3. Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Capital Bicycle Racing Club)

Junior Women’s 10-12 Time Trial – 9km
1. Katrina Howard (Fresno, Calif./Central Valley Cycling)
2. Karla Lopez (El Paso, Texas/Major Motion)
3. Elizabeth White (Bedford, N.H./NEBC)

For complete results, click the appropriate links below:

Elite Women’s Time Trial
Elite Men’s Time Trial
U23 Women’s Time Trial
Junior Men’s 17-18 Time Trial
Junior Women’s 17-18 Tme Trial
Junior Men’s 15-16 Time Trial
Junior Women’s 15-16 Time Trial
Junior Men’s 13-14 Time Trial
Junior Women’s 13-14 Time Trial
Junior Men’s 10-12 Time Trial
Junior Women’s 10-12 Time Trial

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