The 2009 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships continued at the Home Depot Center velodrome on Saturday with Giddeon Massie (Bike Religion) and Taylor Phinney (Trek-Livestrong) earning their third national titles of the week, while Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching Group) and Sarah Hammer (American Track Fund) collected their second Stars-and-Stripes of the five-day event.
Massie sprinted to the win in the men's Keirin while Phinney won a tie breaker in the points race. Former World Champion Hammer showed her continued strength by winning the points race, while Walker added the sprint title to Thursday's 500-meter time trial gold.
Phinney takes points race...just
In the men's 30-kilometre points race, Phinney and Mike Creed (Team Type I) both completed the race with 53 points after lapping the field twice. However, Phinney finished second in the final sprint to Creed's third, the Trek-Livestrong rider was awarded his third Stars-and-Stripes of the week. In the action-packed race, omnium winner Cody O'Reilly (Bissell) grabbed third, one lap down on the leaders with 40 points, while Danny Heeley (South Bay Wheelmen) and Jackie Simes (TIME Pro Cycling) rounded out the top five. Phinney also earned the Under-23 national title with O'Reilly and Simes second and third in that category.
"I haven't ridden on the track in two years, so I wasn't expecting a great deal," said Creed afterwards. "I knew it was tight going into the final sprint and it was disappointing to get so close.
Hammer nails the women's points race
Sarah Hammer (American Track Fund) once again displayed her dominance winning the women's points race two laps up on the field with 57 points. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway) and Shelly Olds (Sugar Cycles-180), who finished one lap up, earned 35 and 31 points, respectively, to win silver and bronze. Catherine Fiedler-Cook (Tommasini) earned the Under-23 national title with her fourth-place-overall result
Massie continues his massive week
In the men's Keirin, Giddeon Massie (Bike Religion) held off a fierce challenge by 20-year-old David Espinoza (Bike America) and Steven Beardsley (Gentle Lovers) to win the gold. 2008 Keirin national and Pan Am champion Jimmy Watkins and last night's sprint champion Adam Duvendeck (Momentum Coaching) were absent from the event; Watkins contesting and winning a large South American track race and Duvendeck due to injury.
For Massie, it was the third national title of the week as he took the Stars-and-Stripes in both the 250-meter time trial and the kilometre time trial. The 2004 and 2008 Olympian also earned the silver in last night's sprint. After finishing second in the 250-meter time trial and third in the kilo, Espinoza once again narrowly missed out the title.
"It was a good week," said Massie. "I was feeling good all week and racing every day. I plan on taking this form and contesting as many international races as I can. That's what I need, what we [the US] need, to take it to that next level.
Game, set and match sprint title for Walker
The women's match sprint took centre stage on Saturday as the top two qualifiers, Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching Group) and Cari Higgins (Proman Hit Squad) went head-to-head in the match sprint final. Walker, on monstrous form, took two straight as she caught the reigning champ at the line each time to earn her second national title of the week.
Third and fourth-place qualifiers Dana Feiss (Home Depot Center) and Jen Featheringhill (Bike Central) swapped places in the bronze medal ride with Feiss taking two-in-a-row to earn third place.
Competition will conclude on Sunday with the men's and women's team sprint and men's and women's Madison events.
|2||Michael D. Creed||53|
|1||Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching)||0:00:12|
|2||Cari Higgins (Proman Hit Squad)||0:00:00|
|3||Jen Featheringill (Bike Central)||0:00:00|
|4||Dana Feiss (Home Depot Center)||0:00:00|
|5||Anna Lang (B&L Bike & Sport)||0:00:00|
|6||Maddie Godby (Rocky Mounts/IZZE)||0:00:01|
|7||Amelia Bjesse-Puffin (Brians House of Pain)||0:00:01|
|8||Andrea Fisk (Velo Bella)||0:00:01|
|9||Tela Crane (Broadmark Capital)||0:00:01|
|10||Christine D'ercole (Affinity Cycles)||0:00:01|
|11||Heather Vanvalkenburg (Land Rover- Orbea)||0:00:01|
|12||Dena Eaton (Hawk Relay Cycling)||0:00:01|
|13||Kimberly Edwards (CVC/Subaru of New England)||0:00:01|
|14||Jane Chateaubriand (Starbucks)||0:00:02|