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Olympic cyclist Lea rules roller race in New York

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The winners on the podium: Matt Defenbach (Trexlertown) 2nd place, Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling) the winner by a hair (no pun to Matt), Al Borogh (BH Garnue) 3rd place.

The winners on the podium: Matt Defenbach (Trexlertown) 2nd place, Bobby Lea (Pure Energy Cycling) the winner by a hair (no pun to Matt), Al Borogh (BH Garnue) 3rd place.
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The event brought in a huge crowd-many of them placed friendly bets.

The event brought in a huge crowd-many of them placed friendly bets.
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Matt Defenbach is off and rolling as the crowd packs the Parkside Lounge.

Matt Defenbach is off and rolling as the crowd packs the Parkside Lounge.
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Trexlertown’s Matt Defenbach puts it all on the line.

Trexlertown’s Matt Defenbach puts it all on the line.
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Olympian Bobby Lea warms up for London and helps benefit other young riders.

Olympian Bobby Lea warms up for London and helps benefit other young riders.
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Somebody has the sponsor in his back pocket!

Somebody has the sponsor in his back pocket!
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Bobby Lea takes direction from his spotter.

Bobby Lea takes direction from his spotter.
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The host with the most, Mr. Floyd Landis

The host with the most, Mr. Floyd Landis
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US Olympian Bobby Lea took to the rollers in New York at the Drink Floyd- Roller Race Benefit ,Thursday, to help raise funds for the CRCA Junior Development Program. Lea, who competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, emerged victorious in an evening of roller racing in downtown New York, beating local track rider Matt Diefenbach in a thrilling final.

The event, organised by nyvelocity.com raised close to $1,000 dollars and attracted a number of high profile guests including Floyd Landis, Slipstream Sports owner Doug Ellis and Tour of Battenkill organiser, Dieter Drake.

“It was a fun night for a great cause, and we're very grateful for Floyd coming out and supporting it, as well as Bobby Lea and all the other racers,” said Andy Shen from nyvelocity.com.

Competitors set down 500 meter time trials before competing in a set of head-to-heads. Losers from the heats had the chance to through a repechage before the semi-finals and final. You can make further donations for the development team, here.

A thrilling semi final between Bobby Lea and Alexander Barouh

 

Local rider, Brian Sullivan, of CRCA/Setanta, was a first time roller racer