Track World Cup #1 learning experience for Americans

  
  


Eight Americans contested eight different events at the 2011-2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup #1, November 4-6 in Astana, Kazakhstan, but came away without a medal.
 
Staff helps give Godby a jump start.
Staff helps give Godby a jump start.
"I've been very happy with the general morale of the team,” stated USA Cycling Sprint Track Program Director Jamie Staff. “It’s hard going into a race knowing you are likely to get beaten, but we have to remain focused on ourselves,   improving piece-by-piece and keep our sights set on our long-term objective. It’s going to be like a boxing match to get to London, but its going to build character and hunger for the next Olympic cycle. We will succeed 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!"
 
The competition opened in the Astana Velodrome on Friday with Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Broadmark Atomic) and Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./US Pan Am) posting a 35.906 for 15th place in the women’s team sprint. Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion), Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project 2012) and Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project 2012) were next up in the men’s team sprint and posted a 45.116; well off the American record pace set just last month by Blatchford, Dean Tracy and Jimmy Watkins at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. That time was good enough to give the trio 14th place. Nineteen year-old Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC/NOW-MS Society) also just missed qualifying for the scratch race finals on Friday, finishing 13th in his heat where the top 12 advanced.
 
Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) finished 15th in the newest event on the docket for the Olympic Games, the omnium. In the six-race event, Lea’s top finishes came in the individual pursuit and the elimination race where he came in 10th.    
 
“Overall placing not what I wanted, but I’m ok with second best personal times in kilo and flying lap, third best for pursuit,” Lea said via Twitter.  
 
In Sunday’s women’s Keirin, Feiss and Walker finished 19th and 25th respectively after each competitor finished third, fourth or fifth in their respective heats of both the opening and repechage rounds. Blatchford and Mansker missed qualifying for the men’s sprint tournament finishing 28th and 36th respectively. In the men’s Madison, Karzen and Lea recorded a second-place finish in their qualifying round before finishing 14th in the final.
 
Overall Germany won the medal tally with eight while Australia collected the highest number of gold with three. The second of four rounds of this season’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup is set for Cali, Colombia, Dec. 1-3.
 
UCI Track Cycling World Cup #1
Astana, Kazakhstan
Nov. 4-6, 2011
 
FULL RESULTS
 
Women’s Team Sprint
1. Australia 32.938
2. Ukraine 33.313
3. Germany 33.388
 
15. United States - Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Broadmark Atomic) and Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./US Pan Am) 35.906
 
 
Men’s Team Sprint
1. Team Erdgas.2012 43.474
2. Team Jayco-AIS 43.661
3. France 43.757
 
14. United States - Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion), Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project 2012), Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project 2012)  45.116
 
 
Men’s 15-kilometer Scratch Race
1. Gijs van Hoecke  (BEL)
2. Angel Dario Colla (ARG)
3. Nikias Arndt (GER)
 
Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC/NOW-MS Society)  Missed qualifying by one spot in heat #2, finishing 13th
 
 
Omnium
1. Roger Kluge (GER) 24
2. Sung Cho Ho (KOR) 24
3. Elia Viviani (ITA) 34
 
15. Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) 85
 
 
Women’s Keirin
1. Clara Sanchez (FRA)
2. Kristina Vogel (GER)
3. Ekaterina Gnidenko (RUS)
 
19. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center)
25. Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Broadmark Atomic)
 
 
Men’s Madison
1. Australia 22
2. Switzerland 14
3. Lokosphinx 12
 
14. Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC/NOW-MS Society) & Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) 0
 
 
Men’s Sprint
1. Chris Hoy (GBR) 9.938*
2. Denis Dmitriev 9.971*
3. Shane Perkins (AUS) 9.982*
 
28. Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project 2012) 10.337
36. Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project 2012) 10.382
*qualifying times
 

Men’s Keirin
1. Christos Bolikakis (GRE)
2. Chris Hoy (GBR)
3. Sergey Borisov (MTT)
 
DSQ Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion)

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