NTC: Calendar starts strong with great racing in Frisco
The USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) began its 2013 edition at The Superdrome in Frisco, Texas, at the Matrix Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart. Endurance riders competed in the points race, scratch race and individual pursuit while sprinters vied for points in the match sprint and time trial. After the weekend of racing, several familiar names surfaced atop the standings.
Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM) won the points race, placed second in the individual pursuit and fourth in the scratch race to amass 35 points and lead the season's first NTC men's endurance standings. Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team) is only one point behind after winning the individual pursuit and scratch race and placing seventh in the points race. Chris Carlson (Plano. Texas/Matrix-RBM) is in third place with 24 points, only two points ahead of Augusto Sanchez (Fort Lee, N.J./Park Place Dealerships-Sun & Ski), who is in fourth place with 22 points. Brendan Sharpe (Austin, Texas/Austin Bikes-Mobil 1) rounds out the top five with 17 points.After winning both the men's sprint and time trial, Andrew Carlberg (Bryan, Texas/Team Spincycle) tops the NTC men's sprint standings with 30 points. Eric Geier (La Jolla, Calif./ACQUA AL 2-SDBC), who finished second in the sprint and seventh in the time trial, is in second place with 16 points, only four points ahead of Chris Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM). Chris' son, Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM), is only two points out of third place in a three-rider tie for fourth. Steven Herzfeld (Seminole, Fla.) and Samuel Croft (Wichita Falls, Texas/Wichita Falls Bicycling Club) are tied with the younger Carlson with 10 points apiece.
The season's first NTC women's endurance standings are extremely tight. Jennifer Zierke (Millbrae, Calif./Pinnacle p/b Argon 18), who placed second in each of the three endurance contests, collected 36 points to take a one-point lead over Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Metromint Cycling). Huizar won the points race and placed third in the individual pursuit and scratch race to amass 35 points. Amelia Christensen (Fairfield, Iowa/ACQUA AL 2-SDBC) holds third place with 21 points while Lindsey Felker (Seattle, Wash./The Resistance) is only one point behind her in fourth place. Suzie Goodwin (McKinney, Texas/McKinney Velo Club) is in fifth place with 18 points.
Additionally, Suzie Goodwin (McKinney, Texas/McKinney Velo Club) won the women's sprint and placed second in the time trial to take the early lead in the NTC women's sprint standings with 27 points. The winner of the time trial, Summer Moak (Katy, Texas/Exergy TWENTY16), is in second place with 15 points, only one point ahead of Mariasol Johannes (St. Louis, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team) and Erin Popovich (Plano, Texas/Matrix Cycling Club), who are tied for third with 14 points apiece. Lindsey Felker (Seattle, Wash./The Resistance) is only one point behind them in fifth place with 13 points.
Check out a photo gallery from the Matrix Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart.
USA Cycling NTC Standings:
Men's Endurance Standings
Men's Sprint Standings
Women's Endurance Standings
Women's Sprint Standings
For complete standings, visit the NTC's official webpage at usacycling.org/ntc.
The NTC continues in two weeks as riders will compete at the NSC Velodrome in Blaine, Minn., in the Fixed Gear Classic. Endurance riders will contest the points race, scratch race and Madison while sprinters will compete in the sprint, team sprint and keirin.
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