USA Cycling added four riders to its 2007 Track Talent Pool to bring the total number of riders now eligible to represent the US in international competition to 29. At this weekend's qualifier in Los Angeles, two men and two women, out of 60 total entrants, met specific time standards.
The four new riders include Christen King (South Bay Wheelmen), Kele Murdin, Curtis Gunn (Team Successful Living) and Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage). They earned their spots after fast performances in mass start events. Gunn clocked a time of 3 minutes 25.131 seconds in the mens three-kilometer event and Williams turned in a 3:30.197. In the womens two-kilometer mass start race, King posted a 2:34.382 and Murdin a 2:33.457 to meet the time standards. The athletes met not only the time standard at the finish, but also at the 500m mark.
Some members of the talent pool will compete this weekend at the third round of the UCI track world cup in Los Angeles and at the track world championships March 28-April 1. The complete list of qualifiers is below.
Mike Friedman (Slipstream presented by Chipotle)
Mike Creed (Slipstream presented by Chipotle)
Brad Huff (Slipstream presented by Chipotle)
Cody OReilly (Echelon Santa Barbara)
Tom Zirbel (Priority Health)
Dave McCook (Jelly Belly)
Bobby Lea (Toyota-United)
Austin Carroll (i.e. Bikes)
Curtis Gunn (Team Successful Living)
Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage)
Sarah Hammer (Ouch Pro Cycling)
Neva Day (Southbay Wheelmen)
Kristin Armstrong (Team Lipton)
Kori Seehafer (Team Lipton)
Sima Trapp (Colavita-Cooking Light)
Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Wolverine Sports Club)
Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine)
Christen King (Southbay Wheelmen)
Adam Duvendeck (Echelon Santa Barbara)
Liz Reap-Carlson (East Coast Velo)
Anna Lang (Big City Velo)