Elite Timed Track Nationals get underway on Friday in Carson, Calif.


Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 8, 2013) – National titles are on the line this weekend as the 2013 USA Cycling Elite Timed Track National Championships get rolling at the StubHub Center's VELO Sports Center in Carson, Calif. The three-day event begins on Friday, Aug. 9 and concludes on Sunday, Aug. 11.
Bobby Lea rides in the points race
Olympian Bobby Lea will be among the competitors in action at the VELO Sports Center. (photo by Emily Maye)
Winner of several national titles and 2012 Olympian Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) and returning national champions Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) and Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./enCompass Racing) headline the field of competitors for this weekend's racing. Lea will be competing in the men's omnium, a competition he finished 12th in at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, while Baranoski and Godby will seek to defend their respective time trial titles in Carson.
Other riders to watch include Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS) who captured three medals at the 2013 Pan American Continental Track Championships, juniors track world champion Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.), Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Momentum Cycling Group p/b Atomic ), Kevin Mansker (Colorado Springs, Colo./Rubicon Cycling), Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Team Alliance Environmental), Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy TWENTY16 ), Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./JL Velo p/b Broadmark Capital), and National Track Calendar standings leaders Zac Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma) and Jennifer Zierke (Millbrae, Calif./Pinnacle p/b/ Argon 18).

Ten Stars-and-Stripes jerseys will be awarded to national champions over the three days of racing. Competitions include the individual pursuit, team pursuit, time trial, team sprint and international omnium.  Click here for the complete race schedule.
In addition to the championship events, a non-championship keirin tournament will be held on Saturday. The tournament includes a $1,000 prize list for both men and women, made possible by www.calbikelaw.com.

You won't want to miss the action, so bring your entire club out to watch the best track cyclists in the U.S. throw down! Groups of ten or more can receive a preferred group rate of $5 per ticket. Call 1-877-234-8425 or click here to purchase today.  Individual tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.

USA Cycling members get $5 off the cost of admission for each session. Just visit the StubHub Center box office before the event, or the day of, and show your USA Cycling license. You can also show proof of license with the "My USAC" app on your iPhone or Android.

In addition to experiencing the excitement of world-class racing, spectators can enjoy a Lifestyle Expo Area, exhibition racing and great food and beverage from the Back Door BBQ. 

Those who can't make it out to the VELO Sports Center  can follow the event on twitter using hashtag #TrackNats or by visiting www.usacycling.org each night to read the post-race reports and view the photo galleries.

The second 2013 national championships for track cycling, the Elite Mass Start Track National Championships, will take place in Rock Hill, S.C., Aug. 22-24, and feature competition in the sprint, scratch race, keirin, points race and Madison. 
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, USA Cycling comprises 74,500+ licensees; 2,800+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,150 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.
About StubHub Center
StubHub Center is southern California’s home of world-class competition and training facilities for amateur, Olympic, collegiate and professional athletes.  Managed by AEG Facilities, the $150 million, privately financed facility was developed by AEG on a 125-acre site on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in Carson, California.  StubHub Center features an 8,000-seat tennis stadium, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer, football and other athletic competitions and outdoor concerts; a 2,000-seat facility for track& field and a 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome – the VELO Sports Center – for track cycling.  StubHub Center is home to two Major League Soccer teams, the two-time defending MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.  Named an Official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, StubHub Center is also home of the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) High Performance Training Center, the national team training headquarters for the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and Athletes’ Performance, an international training center for elite and professional athletes. 

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