NTC: New names emerge throughout NTC standings
After a pair of events, the USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) standings boast the same leaders, but many new faces. After the Hellyer Velodrome Challenge at the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, Calif., from June 28-29 and the U.S. Grand Prix of Sprinting at the Velodrome at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., from July 12-13, there are several new names animating the standings.Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Velodforma) has taken a commanding lead in the NTC men's endurance standings with 116 points. His closest competitor, Keith Hillier (Millbrae, Calif./Marc Pro-Strava), has 48 points. A pair of riders, Zachary Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-RBM) and Owen Gillott (AUS/Team Specialized Racing) are tied for third with 35 points apiece. Liam Donoghue (Boulder, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team) is in fifth place, only one point behind them with 34 points.
Andrew Carlberg (Bryan, Texas/Team Spincycle) remains in charge of the NTC men's sprint standings with 73 points, only 13 points ahead of Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic), who sits in second place with 60 points. Jonathan Fraley (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Serenity Bikes) is in third place with 52 points, only one point ahead of fourth-place rider Jeffrey Whiteman (Chicago, Ill./George Garner Cyclery Track Team). Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Pure Energy Racing) is in fifth place with 36 points.
The NTC women's endurance standings are very tightly contested. Jennifer Zierke (Millbrae, Calif./Pinnacle p/b Argon 18) has 83 points, thus far. Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif./Hellyer Racing) is in second place with 70 points, while Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW Cycling) holds third place with 45 points, only two points ahead of Kate Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif./Home Depot Center Team). Mariasol Johannes (St. Louis, Mo./Penrose Park Velo Team) sits in fifth place with 29 points.With only two events remaining on the calendar, the NTC women's sprint standings are the tightest of the four standings. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center Team), who has collected 75 points thus far, holds an eight-point cushion on the 2012 NTC women's sprint standings winner, Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash./JL Velo p/b Broadmark Capital). Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) is in third place with 52 points, only seven points ahead of Daniela Gaxiola (MEX). Stephanie Torres (East Elmhurst, N.Y./Affinity Cycles) is in fifth place with 37 points.
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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 into its penultimate event, the Marymoor Grand Prix at the Marymoor Velodrome in Redmond, Wash. on July 19-21.
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