NTC: Standings juggled after Midwest Challenge at MTV

  
  


The USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) continued into its third event of the seven-event calendar last weekend as riders competed at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis, Ind., in the $2,500 Midwest Challenge at MTV. The endurance riders competed in the points race and individual pursuit while the sprinters plied their trade in the keirin and time trial. After the weekend was through, the standings were shaken up a bit.

Men's Sprint

The men competed in a very entertaining keirin at the ,500 Midwest Challenge at MTV. (Photo by Mike Almert, Action Images Indy)
The men competed in a very entertaining keirin at the ,500 Midwest Challenge at MTV. (Photo by Mike Almert, Action Images Indy)
Andrew Carlberg (Bryan, Texas/Team Spincycle) finished second in the time trial and eighth in the keirin to bring his season-long point total to 63 points and remain the leader of the NTC men's sprint standings. Jeffrey Whiteman (Chicago, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team) moved into second place after placing third in the keirin and fourth in the time trial to boost his point total to 51 points and pass Jonathan Fraley (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Serenity Bikes), who slipped into third place with 48 points. Jason Garner (Glenview, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team) jumped into fourth place with 34 points while Eric Geier (La Jolla, Calif./ACQUA AL 2-SDBC) now holds fifth place with 28 points.

Women's Sprint
The NTC women's sprint standings have changed slightly since last week's recap. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center Team) remains the leader with 45 points, 10 points ahead of Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./JL Velo p/b Broadmark Capital), who sits in second place with 35 points. Missy Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./Momentum Coaching Group) slipped down one spot into third place with 34 points, only one point behind Crane and four points ahead of fourth-place riders Mariasol Johannes (St. Louis, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team) and Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16), who are tied for fourth with 30 points apiece. Lindsay Felker (Seattle, Wash./The Resistance) remains in fifth place with 29 points, only point behind Johannes and Higgins.

Men's Endurance

Allie Dragoo won the women's individual pursuit, but didn't crack the top five of the standings. (Photo by Mike Almert, Action Images Indy)
Allie Dragoo won the women's individual pursuit, but didn't crack the top five of the standings. (Photo by Mike Almert, Action Images Indy)
Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma) won the men's individual pursuit and finished second in the points race to expand his lead in the NTC men's endurance standings. Kovalcik now has 72 points, 37 points ahead of Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM), who remains in second place with 35 points. Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team) holds third place with 34 points, only 10 points ahead of Chris Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM), who sits in fourth place. There is a three-rider tie for fifth place as Franco Marvulli (SUI/Assos), Augusto Sanchez (Fort Lee, N.J./Park Place Dealerships-Sun & Ski) and David DiPetrillo (Sammamish, Wash./Hagens Berman-Society Consulting) have each amassed 22 points through three events on the calendar.

Women's Endurance
The NTC women's endurance standings are under new leadership as Jennifer Zierke (Millbrae, Calif./Pinnacle p/b Argon) finished third in the individual pursuit and fourth in the points race to boost her season-long total to 62 points and overtake last week's leader, Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Hellyer Racing). Huizar now sits in second place with 55 points, 12 points ahead of Kate Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif./Home Depot Center Team), who won the points race and placed second in the individual pursuit to bring her point total to 43 points. Mariasol Johannes (St. Louis, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team) moved into fourth place with 29 points, only two points ahead of Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16), who slipped down two spots into fifth place with 27 points.

Check out a photo gallery from the weekend of racing.

Full results from the $2,500 Midwest Challenge.

 

USA Cycling NTC Standings:

Men's Sprint Standings
1. Andrew Carlberg (Bryan, Texas/Team Spincycle) — 63
2. Jeffrey Whiteman (Chicago, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team) — 51
3. Jonathan Fraley (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Serenity Bikes) — 48
4. Jason Garner (Glenview, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team) — 34
5. Eric Geier (La Jolla, Calif./ACQUA AL 2-SDBC) — 28

Women's Sprint Standings
1. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center Team) — 45
2. Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./JL Velo p/b Broadmark Capital) — 35
3. Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./Momentum Coaching Group) — 34
4. Mariasol Johannes (St. Louis, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team) — 30
4. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16) — 30
5. Lindsay Felker (Seattle, Wash./The Resistance) — 29

Men's Endurance Standings
1. Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma) — 72
2. Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM) — 35
3. Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team) — 34
4. Chris Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM) — 24
5. Augusto Sanchez (Fort Lee, N.J./Park Place Dealerships-Sun & Ski) — 22
5. David DiPetrillo (Sammamish, Wash./Hagens Berman-Society Consulting) — 22
5. Franco Marvulli (SUI/Assos) — 22

Women's Endurance Standings
1. Jennifer Zierke (Millbrae, Calif./Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) — 62
2. Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Hellyer Racing) — 55
3. Kate Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif./Home Depot Center Team) — 43
4. Mariasol Johannes (St. Louis, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team) — 29
5. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16) — 27

 

For complete standings, visit the NTCs official webpage at usacycling.org/ntc.

The NTC continues in two weeks on the west coast as riders are slated to compete in the Hellyer Velodrome Challenge at the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, Calif. The endurance riders are scheduled to contest the points race, scratch race, team pursuit and Madison while sprinters will compete in the match sprint, keirin and time trial.



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