World Cycling League announces rosters for LA debut

Six teams of seven riders will compete in the VELO Sports Center over two days in March

The World Cycling League today announced rosters for the six teams that will compete in the new league’s debut event March 18 and 19 on the 250-meter velodrome at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California.

Each team features seven riders that will compete in three sessions over two days. The 42-person race roster includes 24 men and 18 women from 11 nations.

“All these athletes competing love the excitement of close-quarter racing and have the scars and moxie to prove it,” said WCL CEO David Chauner, who formerly promoted the Phildelphia International Cycling Classic.

Former world and national champions will compete alongside Olympic long-team hopefuls in three “Trak” sessions, which include 12 races, seven for men and five for women with points awarded in each race toward a cumulative team score.

Races will be as short as two laps for sprinters and up to 40 laps for endurance riders. Each of the six teams will field from one to four riders in each "TeamTrak" race, with up to 24 riders on the track at once.

The new league hopes to change the nature of velodrome racing by adding a circus-like atmosphere with light shows and music to enhance the high-speed racing. California Wave rider Zac Kovalcik, a veteran of multiple Europen six-days events, said the World Cycling League events will provide an opportunity to showcase the riders’ power and speed in a new format.

“I can’t wait for the world premier event because I’m sure it will introduce a new era of cycling in America, and, even the world,” he said.

Chauner said riders for the debut event were chosen for their showmanship as much as their competitive prowess.

“Bottom line, is we‘ve selected the first group of WCL cyclists from over 100 well-qualified international applicants to ensure we have a good mix of sprint and endurance talent,” said Chauner. “We’ve picked riders with both experience and promise who love to perform for the crowd and want to be part of a new chapter for American cycling.”

Nate Koch, the California Wave’s flamboyant sprinter, said he was drawn to track cycling from a promising collegiate career in track-and-field because his “flair for showmanship” was better appreciated on the velodromes of London and Berlin.

“The energy of racing the track is unlike any other,” Koch said. “Fans are screaming for you every inch of the way and the loud music and crazy lighting makes it feel like you are racing in a night club. It's like dancing and partying on your bike at 50mph with thousands of fans cheering you on.”

California Wave:
Andreas Mueller, Endurance
Zane Torre, Endurrance
Missy Erickson, Sprint
Zach Kovalcik, Endurance
Nate Koch, Sprint
Korina Huizar, Endurance
Alissa Maglaty, Endurance

Colorado Cyclones:
Giddeon Massie, Sprinter
Dana Feiss, Sprinter
Justin Williams, Endurance
Kate Wilson, Endurance
Patrick Jones, Endurance
Christina Birch, Endurance
Dean Hass, Endurance

Connecticut Nor’Easters:
Matthew Rotherham, Sprinter
Anissa Cobb, Sprinter
Patrick Kos, Endurance
Tela Crane, Endurance
Matt Gittings, Endurance
Sera Ferrara, Endurance
Luke Momper, Endurance

Pennsylvania Lightning:
Kwesi Browne, Sprinter
Stephen Hall, Endurance
Michael Chauner, Endurance
Tyler Nothstein, Endurance
Anita Yvonne Stenberg, Sprinter
Colleen Gulick, Endurance
Charline Joiner, Endurance

Dublin Thunder:
Eamonn Byrne, Endurance
Con Collis, Endurance
Fintan Ryan, Endurance
Eoin Morton, Endurance
Eimear Moran, Sprinter
Lydia Gurley, Endurance
Susie Mitchel, Endurance

Mexico Heat:
Guy East, Endurance
Daniela Gaxiola, Sprinter
Roberto Serrano, Sprinter
Antonieta Gaxiola, Endurance
Ignacio Sarabio, Endurcnace
Teresa Casas, Endurance
Ignacio Prado, Endurance

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