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Track Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Date published:
March 03, 2010, 0:00 GMT
  • Quality field for Melbourne Madison

    Danny Stam and Leif Lampater get into the swing of things on night two.
    Article published:
    February 18, 2010, 0:09 GMT
    Cycling News

    Fireworks also expected in Sid Patterson GP

    Experienced six-day rider Leif Lampater headlines the lineup for this year's Melbourne Madison and Sid Patterson GP, to be held at the Joe Ciavola Velodrome on February 26.

    Partnering fellow German, Christian Grasmann, Lampater will be up against talented New Zealanders Tom Scully and Marc Ryan, who took out the Madison at last November's Melbourne round of the UCI Track World Cup

    They'll be joined on the boards by fellow kiwis Shane Archbold, Hayden Godfrey and Myron Simpson, plus 2009 Australian Madison champions Sean Finning and James Langedyk, who will ride for the Victorian Institute of Sport on home turf.

    The Melbourne Madison has been won in the past by the likes of 2000 Olympic champions Brett Aitken and Scott McGrory, six-day legends Danny Clark and Matt Gilmore, two generations of the Sutton family (Gary, Shane and Chris), plus HTC-Columbia pro and Mark Cavendish's key leadout man, Mark Renshaw.

    The night will also feature the 10th Sid Patterson GP, which pits endurance riders against sprinters in a handicap race, the starting order of which is determined by the results of the programme's other events.

    Carribbean trio Barry Forde and Shane Weekes (Barbados) and Hafeen McLean (Trinidad & Tobago) has been training under the tutelage of Australian sprint legend Gary Neiwand and will be vying for a start and honours in the race that honours one of Australia's greatest cycling exports, Sid Patterson.

    The 2010 Melbourne Madison and Sid Patterson GP takes place at the Joe Ciavola Velodrome (also known as DISC), Darebin Rd. Thornbury, commencing at 7:30pm.

  • Vogel aiming for Track Worlds in Copenhagen

    An artist's render of what the velodrome should look like from within, once completed.
    Article published:
    February 18, 2010, 8:48 GMT
    Cycling News

    Only nine months after serious training accident and induced coma

    Kristina Vogel was hit by a vehicle at the end of May 2009, suffering multiple fractures and spending two days in an induced coma. Now, the 19-year-old is preparing to ride in the World Track Championships in Copenhagen next month. “It is a miracle to me that she is even in the saddle again,” said German sprint trainer Detlef Uibel.

    Vogel was hit by a van during a training ride last May. She suffered a broken vertebra, a double broken jaw, and fractures of the arm and hand. She also lost all but six of her lower teeth. Vogel has undergone multiple operations and faces another one immediately after the Worlds, for dental implants.

    The facial injuries she sustained were important,  but Vogel has managed to come back from the accident. As she told the dpa press agency, “The worst for me is actually the scars. A young woman wants to be pretty.

    "But I always had my goal, which I could look to,” she added.

    “From the beginning, Kristina has been very open about her accident and its results,” said Uibel.

    Vogel will ride the sprint in the World Championships. She won the Junior World title in the sprint in 2007 and 2008, along with four other world titles.

    She will make her return to racing at the middle of March at the Grand Prix in Pruskow, before heading to Denmark. “I assume, that with further undisturbed preparations, she will start at the Worlds in Copenhagen – without any major goals,” according to Uibel.

  • USA faces selection challenges for Track World Championships

    Taylor Phinney (USA) won the men's individual pursuit final at the 2009 track world championships.
    Article published:
    February 25, 2010, 16:15 GMT
    Scott Patton

    A small team loaded with talent could mean success for the US

    Team selection for the upcoming UCI Track World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark is not easy for any national federation. USA Cycling has a difficult task ahead of them as riders were only able to qualify eleven start positions this year. This is the lowest number of qualified spots in at least 7 years.

    Start positions for the UCI Track World Championships are determined primarily by UCI points earned in sanctioned events. The majority of the points come from the UCI Track World Cup season; additionally riders can qualify start positions at Continental Championships and other UCI events. Taylor Phinney (Trek/Livestrong) is also awarded a start position in the Individual Pursuits, as the reigning World Champion, bringing the US total to twelve.

    In 2009, with 16 start positions qualified, USA Cycling sent only 4 riders to the World Championships: Colby Pearce, Daniel Holloway, Phinney and Shelley (Olds) Evans. Phinney returned with a gold medal in the pursuit and silver in the kilometer, the rest of the riders came home empty handed.

    The US Team will not be announced until March 5th; however one rider has confirmed he will be in Copenhagen. Phinney told us "I am riding the pursuit and the omnium... I am still trying to decide whether or not to do kilo again."

    With two kilometer start positions qualified and Jimmy Watkins, the Pan American Champion injured, Giddeon Massie is a likely pick selection for the kilometer as well as the one open sprint position.

    There is no strong favorite for the men's endurance positions. Cody O'Reilly (Bissell Pro Cyclign) earned the Scratch Race position in Beijing. The team did not earn a Points Race start for the first time in many years. With the Madison eliminated from the Olympics, it is conceivable that the US would forfeit this start position. Another interesting option might be Phinney and O'Reilly. Pearce and Holloway have shown good form at the Copenhagen Six, which could help...

  • Hoy and Pendleton test form at final Manchester Revolution

    Two time world champ Victoria Pendleton (GBr).
    Article published:
    February 27, 2010, 10:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    British track stars race at home on Saturday evening event

    British track sprinters Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton will test their form for the rapidly approaching World Championships during Saturday’s final round of the successful Revolution series at the Manchester velodrome in northern England.

    Hoy and Pendleton lead a strong Great Britain team that will take on some of their main rivals in Copenhagen, including Germany’s Stefan Nimke, who won the Kilometre world title in 2009, as well as riders from Holland, Italy and Switzerland.

    "The Revolution is a really good opportunity to get some race experience approaching the Worlds. I haven't done that many World Cups this year and there's going to be a few good riders there who I'll be up against at the Worlds so it's a good idea to see where I'm at, and where they're at too!" Pendleton said.

    "My preparation for the Worlds is going quite well at the moment. I've had a few troubles with injury but hopefully I think they're under control which is definitely pleasing. I'm looking forward to going into Copenhagen and hope to regain my jersey for another year."

    "It's always good to prove to your rivals, how well you're going, if you're going well! Sprinting is very psychological and therefore having as many opportunities to be dominant or perform well is always good. However, we're still a training block away from the World Championships so I'm hoping that I've got a lot of improving to do before I get there."

    The evening session for this final Revolution has been sold out for a while, but tickets are available for a special afternoon session that features the British Madison championships.

  • Meares hoping for worlds payday

    Anna mears leads Kaarle McCulloch and Emily Rosemond in the Degani Revolution sprint at Revolution 6.
    Article published:
    March 01, 2010, 9:09 GMT
    Greg Johnson

    Revolution 6 shows Meares in strong form

    Anna Meares is feeling confident heading into this month’s International Cycling Union (UCI) Track World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark. Meares won the sprint at Revolution 6 in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday evening, her first track race since the UCI World Cup round in Beijing, China.

    "I'm confident, excited and a little nervous," Meares said. "I know the form is going to be good but you just want it to go perfectly. All that hard work - the money's in the bank and I just hope the bank is open on the right day so I can make a withdrawal.

    "I felt really good and I'm really pleased where I'm at, at the moment," Meares added.

    Besides her women’s sprint win at Darebin International Sports Centre at the weekend, Meares also competed in two mixed events. First she won a sprint against under 19 men’s champion Nathan Corrigan-Martella, before finishing second in a mixed keirin against Aaron Cooper.

    Meares said the mixed races have helped test her form ahead of Denmark. "I really enjoyed that, it was hard and intense and they weren't given me anything. That's what we need,” she said. "11.3 seconds for the sprint and 11.5 seconds for the keirin is the sort of level we need to get at regularly.

    "Australia is too far from the other countries so we need to think outside the box to find ways to challenge ourselves,” she added. “So by the time we get to international competition we've got it sorted,” added Meares.

    Meares skipped the Australian Track Championships in Adelaide, South Australia in early February. Blood work taken before Beijing had shown Meares was suffering from fatigue after a heavy training block, so she opted to skip the national titles event to aid her recovery.

  • Manchester to host 2011 UCI Track World Cup finale

    The Manchester velodrome was packed for the British women's team pursuit record ride.
    Article published:
    March 02, 2010, 15:48 GMT
    Cycling News

    British round scheduled for February

    The Manchester Velodrome will host the finale to the UCI Track World Cup in the 2010-2011 season after holding the opening round for the past two seasons.

    The UCI announced the 2010-2011 World Cup calendar last week. The series will begin in Melbourne, Australia on December 2-4, 2010, then head to Cali, Colombia for the December 16-18 second round. Beijing, China will once again host a round, January 21-23, 2011 before Manchester wraps up the series on February 18-20.

    The Manchester Velodrome enjoyed sell-out attendance at the last World Cup held in November, 2009, attracting nearly 10,000 spectators to watch the British riders win 10 gold medals.

    "It is fantastic news that we have once again been awarded a round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and another welcome addition to the exciting events British Cycling will be staging in the near future," said Jonny Clay, Cycle Sport and Membership Director at British Cycling.

    "The 2009 Track Cycling World Cup was a major success for the GB Cycling Team with many of our athletes winning gold medals while ticket sales exceeded expectations and over one million people tuned in to watch the competition on BBC2."

    The UCI Track Cycling World Cup is just one of numerous major event properties hosted by British Cycling such as the forthcoming 2010 UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup at Dalby Forest (23 – 25 April) and the 2012 UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham.

    2010-2011 UCI Track World Cup schedule

    Melbourne, Australia: 2 - 4 December 2010
    Cali, Colombia: 16 - 18 December 2010
    Beijing, China: 21 - 23 January 2011
    Manchester, Great Britain: 18 - 20 February 2011.

  • France names team for UCI Track World Championships

    Frenchman Grégory Baugé
    Article published:
    March 02, 2010, 18:56 GMT
    Cycling News

    21-strong team for Copenhagen

    The French track squad for the upcoming UCI World Track Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark will consist of 21 riders set to represent their country in nearly every event on offer.

    For the men's sprint team, the experienced Grégory Baugé, Michael d'Almeida, François Pervis and Kévin Sireau will be joined by newcomer, 19-year-old Charlie Conord for the individual sprint.

    Baugé, d'Almeida and Sireau will make up the sprint team, with d'Almeida, Pervis and Quentin Lafargue contesting the kilometre time trial. Pervis and Conord will tackle the keirin.

    The French pursuit team will consist of Vivien Brisse, Benoît Daeninck, Julien Duval, Julien Morice and Jonathan Mouchel, with Morice and Duval also contesting the individual pursuit.

    AG2R's Christophe Riblon and Morgan Kneisky (Roubaix-Lille Metropole) will pair up for the Madison, with Riblon also racing the points race and Kneisky in the scratch.

    Ghislain Boiron is the team's pick for the omnium.

    On the women's side, Sandie Clair, Virginie Cueff and Clara Sanchez will take on the individual sprint, with Clair and Sanchez also racing the team sprint and keirin, and Clair and Cueff in the 500.

    The women's pursuit team will be Aude Biannic, Sophie Creux, Fiona Dutriaux and Pascale Jeuland, with Jeuland taking on the points and scratch race.

    The French will not field a rider for the women's omnium or individual pursuit.

  • USA cycling remembers track champion Bono

    Michelle Bono (right) in the 2006 US track national championships.
    Article published:
    March 03, 2010, 15:33 GMT
    Cycling News

    Masters champion succumbed to cancer last month

    USA Cycling paid tribute on its website this week to multiple-time track champion Michelle Bono, who passed away on February 23, 2010, at age 47 following a two-and-a-half-year fight against pancreatic cancer.

    Bono, a Hawaii native, claimed numerous national titles in her brief track cycling career. Coming into the sport in 2005, she took her first podium finishes that year in the sprint, 500m time trial and individual pursuit. The following year, she won the 200m, 500m and sprint masters titles and went on to compete in the elite national championships and place third in the keirin.

    In 2007, Bono was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and underwent chemotherapy at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Just over a year later, she had fought her way back to health and claimed another sprint title in the 2008 Masters National Track Championships.

    During her battle with cancer, Bono was assisted by the Aishel House during her stay in Houston, a service that provides housing, meals and transportation for patients of the Texas Medical Center. Her friends and teammates are hoping to raise US$6,000 to support the facility in Bono's memory.

    Donate to the Aishel House.