Feiss nets another gold, Baranoski stuns in keirin

Higgins, Holt claim points race titles

Holt bolts to points race win

Team Type 1's Daniel Holt hit out hard to claim his first national title in the men's points race, topping breakaway companion Shane Kline (Bissell) and Cody O'Reilly (OUCH). The 29-year-old said the win "has been a long time coming".

"I didn't have too many expectations for the race, but I'm happy it happened, especially after having such a horrible omnium earlier this week," Holt said.

The Michigan native was aggressive early, countering a suicidal early attack by Andrew Crater and nearly gaining a lap. The five points he gained while away proved critical to his gold medal ride.

"That attack kind of killed me. I won one of the sprints and then I sat in the bunch suffering for about 30 laps," Holt said.

A number of moves went during the middle part of the race, with the revived OUCH team being particularly aggressive. Austin Carroll mopped up points while Cody O'Reilly went on a solo attack to gain several sprints. But the defining move of the night was a mid-race attack by Dan Harm, who had been present in a number of earlier breakaways.

Harm's attack came after a series of moves had shattered the field, and Holt and Kline sensed it was the right time to put in the effort to steal a lap.

"I noticed everyone was getting a little tired, and I made the right move and got with the right guys," Holt said.

Kline seized the opportunity to make his first trip to an elite podium, conserving his energy early in the race and then making the move when it counted. "I knew I had just one solid effort in me. I watched the race play out for a while, then saw the opportunity when guys were starting to hurt. I got across and Holt came with me, and from there it was just go as hard as you can and take the lap.

"I just sat in the rest of the race - I started cramping pretty bad, so I didn't have my sights on winning anymore. It was about surviving and holding on for second."

O'Reilly bounced back from a late-race crash, jumping back on his bike with torn shorts and a four-inch long splinter still lodged in his leg. He was surprised to still have enough left to gain the critical points in the final sprints to earn the bronze medal.

"I was thinking I would lead Austin out, because I didn't think I would have enough, but when I rolled the sprint I thought, well I guess I do have some gas left. I was too far back with three laps to go, but I got in the right spot and got up there.

"It's pretty nice, I'm usually not so good at points races."

Baranoski surprises in men's keirin

17-year-old Matthew Baranoski provided the big surprise of the night by besting comparative giants Giddeon Massie and Jimmy Walker to win the men's keirin.

In his first trip to the elite national championships, Baranoski was surprised to pull off the win. "This was not expected at all. I was just hoping to make the final and I was stoked at that."

Baranoski got the first spot behind the motor and never relinquished his lead throughout the race, while Massie and Walker sat at the back marking each other.

The sprint rivals made a last lap charge from the back and nearly succeeded, but Walker said he ran out of steam in the last corner."I think we left it at the right time, but unfortunately I blew up in the last corner. I had to come from a long way, and I just didn't have that speed-endurance tonight.

Having Walker and Massie worried about each other worked out perfectly for Baranoski. "I wanted to go early because I knew I didn't have the top end speed to go with these guys," he said. "My sprint went with a lap and a half to go, they went with three quarters to go. They left the door open for me in turn three and I just took it and went."

Massie was philosophical about the race. "I wanted to make my move much earlier than that, but unfortunately Jimmy and I spent maybe a little too much time watching each other. I saw the video and Matt had actually ridden the front the entire race. He's very strong, he obviously showed that at the junior world championships. That's keirin racing, it's anybody's game once you're in the final."

Higgins wins crash-marred points race

Cari Higgins and Peanut Butter & Co/Twenty12 teammate Hanan Alves-Hyde dominated the women's points race, with Higgins' well-timed sprints earning her the winning margin, while Alves-Hyde used several solo breakaways to net the silver medal.

Frequent attacks were well-marked by the teammates, who never allowed any move to gain more than half a lap. "It was actually a fun race, because it was really active. A few of the girls who knew they couldn't win in the sprints were definitely putting in big efforts to get away, and it made us sprinter types work a lot harder to keep them from getting away," Higgins said.

Alves-Hyde said she was tired from the omnium earlier in the week, and after finding her sprint lacking decided to gain points by attacking. "I thought I'd just go get the points the hard way. I almost got a lap twice, and it cooked me but it worked out really well."

Third-placed Kim Geist was not so happy with the tactics, finding it impossible to get away. "From my point of view it was really negative, but that's how it goes. There were some moves - there was someone initiating, but then everything was shut down."

The race was marred by a nasty crash at the mid-way point which took down fourth-placed Elizabeth Newell and Heather Albert, who got back up, and Valerie Brostrom and Shelby Reynolds, who were too injured to continue.

Feiss adds another gold in the sprint

Keirin champion Dana Feiss used her power and newly-gained confidence to add a second national title to her palmares in the women's sprint. The 20-year-old topped last year's champion Cristin Walker with an unbeatable lap-long effort.

"I'm on cloud nine right now, it feels fantastic," Feiss said, confirming that the keirin win gave her the mental boost necessary to take her second victory. "It was the reinforcement that said 'you trained all year for this and you can do this'. Every rider has to believe they have it when they go to the line.

"This actually feels surprisingly good, because the keirin is usually my strongest event. But I got to the line and said I know how to do this, it's just a matter of execution. I got into the right mindset and did just like I did in training and it came together perfectly."

Walker acknowledged that the level of competition had been raised since last year. "Everyone else did great, all their times improved, it was really good competition this year," she said.

The bronze medal final saw the night's quickest 200m qualifier Jen Featheringill crash out during the second ride, leaving Liz Carlson to claim the bronze.

"It's a tough way to win a bronze medal. Jen's a really great competitor and she's in really good form so it's unfortunate to see that happen," Carlson said, adding that the racing up until that point had been very good.

"The competition has been really stiff, and everyone's racing very strong. They've been working hard - I've been training with Dana for a couple years and it's been cool to see her progress and realize her potential. It's exciting for USA Cycling.

Full Results

Women's sprint qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jen Featheringill (Bike Central)0:00:12.172 
2Dana Feiss (CPT/Home Depot Center Team)0:00:00.074 
3Elizabeth Carlson (Classic Cycling Essentials (CCE))0:00:00.134 
4Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching Group)0:00:00.198 
5Tela Crane (Lake Washington Velo/Broadmark Capitol Cycling)0:00:00.286 
6Madalyn Godby0:00:00.509 
7Anissa Cobb (River City Racing- KY)0:00:00.546 
8Alissa Maglaty (Early Bird Womens Developmental Cycling Team)0:00:00.794 
9Heather VanValkenburg (Landrover-Orbea Cycling Club/Team Rubicon-ORBEA)0:00:01.104 
10Melissa (Missy) Erickson0:00:01.118 
11Susannah Nelson (Portland State University)0:00:01.321 
12Autumn Wentworth (Peachtree Bikes)0:00:01.377 
Men's keirin
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Baranoski (Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental)  
2Giddeon Massie (Bike Religion)  
3James Watkins (Momentum Cycling Powered by Hawk Relay)  
4Andrew Lakatosh (Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental)  
5David Espinoza (Affinity Cycles)  
6Daniel Sullivan (Affinity Cycles)  
7Kevin Mansker (Momentum Coaching Group)  
8Dean Tracy (Landrover-Orbea Cycling Club)  
9Samuel Milroy (LTO Velo)  
10Jonathan Fraley (WDT-Allvoi International Cycling Team)  
11Justin Williams (Trek Livestrong U23)  
12Jack Lindquist (Ritte Van Vlaanderen)  
Men's points race final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Holt (Team Type 1) 30 
2Shane Kline (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) 20 
3Cody O'Reilly (Bissell Pro Cycling Team) 17 
4Zak Kovalcik 14 
5Austin Carroll (Adageo Energy) 13 
6Danny Heeley (VRC/NOW-MS Society) 11 
7Ian Moir (Racelab U-23 Cycling Team/Team WM)  
8Daniel Harm (Lake Washington Velo/Broadmark Capitol Cycling) 9 
9Eric Young (Indianapolis Cycling Club/NUVO Cultural Trail) 8 
10Kit Karzen (VRC/NOW-MS Society) 7 
11Colt Peterson (Bike Religion)  
12Daniel Farinha (San Jose Bicycle Club/SJBC) 4 
13Karl Erickson (ColoBikeLaw.com)  
14James Carney  
15Ignacio (Iggy) Silva (Trek-Livestrong U23) 3 
16Ryan Luttrell (Black Dog Pro Cycling p/b Parlee)  
17John (Jackie) Simes (Jamis/Sutter Home presented by Colavita) 2 
18David Moyer (xXx Racing)  
19Collin Berry (Bike Religion)  
20Keith Ketterer (Amgen-UBS Elite Masters)  
DNFJake Hansen  
DNFStephen Bedford  
DNFAndrew Crater (AeroCat Cycling)  
DNFCharles (Chazz) Martin (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc./ISCorp Cycling Team)  
Women's points race final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Proman Hit Squad)  
2Hanan Alves-Hyde (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Proman Hit Squad)  
3Kimberly Geist (Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental)  
4Elizabeth Newell (Bell Lap Racing/MRBerkeley.com p/b Bell Lap)  
5Megan Hottman (Defined Fitness Training LLC/TREADS.COM/DFT)  
6Jennifer Weinbrecht (B&L Bikes)  
7Jennifer Triplett (Lake Washington Velo/Broadmark Capitol Cycling)  
8Heather Albert (Coeur d 'Alene Velo Racers (CDAVR)/Riverstone Women's Racing Team)  
9Colleen Hayduk (Verducci Breakaway Racing UCI Profession)  
10Kira Prokopakis (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club/Los Gatos)  
11Jennifer Reither (Vanderkitten/Vanderkitten Racing presented by Kenda)  
12Jane Wolcott (Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Alto Velo)  
13Kate Wilson (CPT/Connie Cycling Junior Racing Team)  
14Kacey Manderfield (Cycle Loft Track Team)  
15Ruth Winder (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12/Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12)  
16Elspeth Huyett (Verducci/ Breakaway Racing)  
17Vera Divenyi (RockyMounts Izze Racing)  
DNFShelby Reynolds (Sugar Cycles/Sugar Cycles Factory Racing)  
DNFSomersby Jenkins (Echelon Santa Barbara)  
DNFValerie Brostrom (Bouledogue Tout Noir)  
Women's sprint final classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dana Feiss (CPT/Home Depot Center Team)  
2Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching Group)  
3Elizabeth Carlson (Classic Cycling Essentials (CCE))  
4Jen Featheringill (Bike Central)  
5Tela Crane (Lake Washington Velo/Broadmark Capitol Cycling)  
6Anissa Cobb (River City Racing- KY)  
7Madalyn Godby (RockyMounts Izze Racing)  
8Alissa Maglaty (Early Bird Womens Developmental Cycling Team)  
9Heather VanValkenburg (Landrover-Orbea Cycling Club/Team Rubicon-ORBEA)  
10Melissa (Missy) Erickson (The Bike & Fitness Co.)  
11Susannah Nelson (Portland State University)  
12Autumn Wentworth (Peachtree Bikes)  
Quarterfinal Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jen Featheringill0:00:13.480 
2Alissa Maglaty  
Quarterfinal Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dana Feiss0:00:12.759 
2Anissa Cobb  
Quarterfinal Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Carlson0:00:12.770 
2Madalyn Godby  
Quarterfinal Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cristin Walker0:00:12.570 
2Tela Crane  
Semifinal Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cristin Walker0:00:12.842 
2Jen Featheringill  
Semifinal Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dana Feiss0:00:12.702 
2Elizabeth Carlson  
3-4 Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elizabeth Carlson  
DNFJen Featheringill  
1-2 Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dana Feiss0:00:12.643 
2Cristin Walker  
5-8 Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Tela Crane0:00:12.780 
6Anissa Cobb  
7Madalyn Godby  
8Alissa Maglaty  


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