Lea, Hammer lead omnium after day one of Elite Track Nationals

The women's omnium points race on day one of Elite Track Nationals. Photo by Mike Gladu
The women's omnium points race on day one of Elite Track Nationals. Photo by Mike Gladu
September 29, 2010 (Carson, Calif.) –
The 2010 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships got underway on Wednesday as the first four omnium events were contested. Following the points race, flying lap, elimination race, and individual pursuit, Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Lionofflanders)and reigning world pursuit champ Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./Ouch Pro Cycling Team)lead the men’s and women’s omnium standings going into day two.
Hammer swept the women’s events on day one, winning the flying lap, points race, elimination race, and individual pursuit to put her ahead of defending omnium national champ Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12) and Hanan Alves-Hyde (Oakland, Calif./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12).
In the men’s events, Lea gained the omnium lead by winning the flying lap, points race, and individual pursuit, and he placed sixth in the elimination race which was won by Ian Moir (Long Beach, Calif./Racelab U23 Cycling). Lea holds the top spot going into day two ahead of Danny Heeley (Hermosa Beach, Calif./VRC-Now-MS Society) and Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC-Now-MS Society).
The first elite track national titles will be awarded on Thursday as the omniums wrap up with the scratch races and time trials. In addition to the omnium national titles that will be awarded, national champs will be crowned in the men’s kilometer time trial and women’s 500-meter time trial during the morning session. Thursday’s evening session will then feature the men’s and women’s team pursuit.
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