Elite track national championships Oct. 1-5 in Carson, California

 
Carson, Calif. – (September 29, 2008) – Tickets are on sale now for the 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships October 1—5 at the ADT Event Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills.   
 
The USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships are the National Championships for the sport, and will feature more than 300 elite cyclists from across the United States – including rising stars, as well as 2012 Olympic hopefuls. The competition features both sprint events (match sprint, time trial (500m and 1km), Keirin and team sprint) and endurance races (individual pursuit, team pursuit, scratch race, points race and the Madison). Tickets for the five-day event featuring the USA’s best are on sale now and start as low as $12 for individual tickets, or $40 for all-session packages.
 
USA Cycling’s newest star, Junior World Champion and 2008 Olympian Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) is scheduled to compete. Phinney will be defending his individual pursuit national title, and will also apply his skills in both the timed events and endurance races. A member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Phinney also set a new junior world record at the ADT Event Center in June.
 
Other riders scheduled to compete are emerging sprinter Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif.) and endurance rider Austin Carroll (Orange, Calif.) both of whom started training and competing in Carson at the ADT Event Center. 
 
A complete and roster of U.S. athletes scheduled to participate and event schedule is available online on the event's webpage, here.
 
Individual tickets are on-sale now and start as low as $12.00. All-session ticket packages (includes all five days) are also available for only $40.00.  All-session packages and discounted group tickets are on sale now through the AEG Ticket Sales Office by calling 1-877-AEG-TICKETS (1-877-234-8425). Individual tickets are on-sale NOW through The Home Depot Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone (213-480-3232 or 714-740-2000) and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
 
The five-day USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships will run from October 1—5. Events on Wednesday, October 1 through Saturday, October 4 start at 4:00 p.m. The final day of competition on Sunday, October 5 will begin at Noon.
 
About The Home Depot Center
The Home Depot Center is southern California’s home of world-class competition and training facilities for amateur, Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes. The $150 million, privately financed facility was developed and is operated by AEG on a 125-acre site on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson, California. The Home Depot Center features an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer, rugby and other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts, a 10,000-seat facility for track & field and lacrosse, the ADT Event Center (a 2,450-seat indoor velodrome for cycling) and other facilities for softball, baseball, beach volleyball, basketball and other sports.  The Home Depot Center is home to three professional sports teams – Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA, and Major League Lacrosse’s (MLL) Los Angeles Riptide. Named an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site, The Home Depot Center is also home of the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) High Performance Training Center and is the national team training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). The David Beckham Academy for youth soccer, Andre Agassi’s Safe Passage All-Stars at-risk youth tennis program and Athletes’ Performance’s training center for elite and professional athletes are all based at The Home Depot Center. The Home Depot Center has additionally been designated official training sites for USA Cycling and USA Track & Field. For more information, please visit www.homedepotcenter.com
 
About USA Cycling   
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross.  As a membership-based organization and sanctioning body, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ members, including 57,000 competitive cyclists, 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 350 professional cyclists, and 200 certified mechanics. USA Cycling also sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive organized cycling events throughout the United States annually, as well as 1,800 clubs and teams. Associations of USA Cycling include the United States Cycling Federation (road, track & cyclo-cross), the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), the BMX Association, the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the United States Professional Racing Organization.  USA Cycling is also responsible for the identification, development, support and promotion of American cyclists through various athletic initiatives and programs including the USA Cycling National Development Team, the USA Cycling Women’s National Team, the USA Cycling Junior Development Team, Talent Identification and Regional Development Camps, domestic and international race calendars, direct athlete funding and support programs, and educational camps and seminars. USA Cycling also fields and supports U.S. National Teams for various international events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, Continental Championship and World Cups across all levels and disciplines of competitive cycling.  USA cycling further supports grass roots and locally-based initiatives through its 32 Local Associations and comprehensive network of licensed and certified coaches and officials. Additionally, USA Cycling conducts National Championship events for amateur and professional cyclists, awarding more than 600 national titles annually to men and women in junior, U23, masters, elite, professional and paralympic categories throughout the various disciplines of competitive cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org. For media-related or general inquiries, please contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867 or alee@usacycling.org.   
 


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