US team preview for Track World's

At the start of competition for the 2005 UCI World Track Championships (March 24 - 27, 2005), the US national team is ready for the the competition that includes 78 riders that competed at the Athens Olympic Games last August. Naturally, the 10-member squad that will wear the stars and stripes are hoping for strong performances on home turf - here's a preview of how they size up against the competition in their respective events:

Erin Mirabella (La Habra, Calif.) Women's Points Race, Women's Individual Pursuit: Mirabella's bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic points race behind was easily the best moment of her career. The Southern California resident will also rely on a home field advantage that helped guide her to a points race win in December's UCI World Cup race at the ADT Event Center just three months ago. However, Slyusareva has won the last four world championship points race competitions (2001-2004) and will be a marked woman. The points race is the stronger of Mirabella's two endurance-based events, but the absence of Sarah Ulmer (NZl) and Katie Mactier (Aus), who went 1-2 respectively at both the 2004 world championships, could aid her in achieving a better result in the women's 3km individual pursuit.

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