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AVC kicks off with Massie in the money

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Daniel Holloway breaks away to win the final sprint in the Men's Points Race.

Daniel Holloway breaks away to win the final sprint in the Men's Points Race. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Zak Kovalcik, Aaron Beardsley, and Daniel Holloway battle in a Keirin heat.

Zak Kovalcik, Aaron Beardsley, and Daniel Holloway battle in a Keirin heat. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Laura McCaughey leads out the sprint in a Keirin heat.

Laura McCaughey leads out the sprint in a Keirin heat. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Patrick Briggs edges out Brian Peterson in the Masters Miss-and-Out.

Patrick Briggs edges out Brian Peterson in the Masters Miss-and-Out. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Giddeon Massie wins the Men's Keirin final.

Giddeon Massie wins the Men's Keirin final. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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The starting field for the Men's Miss-and-Out requires two rows.

The starting field for the Men's Miss-and-Out requires two rows. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Laura McCaughey sprints past Shelley Olds in the Women's Points Race.

Laura McCaughey sprints past Shelley Olds in the Women's Points Race. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Andrea Fisk chases Jen Featheringill in the Women's Match Sprint ride for third.

Andrea Fisk chases Jen Featheringill in the Women's Match Sprint ride for third. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Beth Newell ends up in fifth in the Women's Miss-and-Out.

Beth Newell ends up in fifth in the Women's Miss-and-Out. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Jen Triplett attacks in the Women's Miss-and-Out.

Jen Triplett attacks in the Women's Miss-and-Out. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Ben Jacques-Maynes leads the chase in the Men's Scratch Race.

Ben Jacques-Maynes leads the chase in the Men's Scratch Race. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Grant Boursaw takes a turn at the front in the Men's Scratch Race.

Grant Boursaw takes a turn at the front in the Men's Scratch Race. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Daniel Holloway celebrates his victory in the Men's Scratch Race after lapping the field.

Daniel Holloway celebrates his victory in the Men's Scratch Race after lapping the field. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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Hanan Alves-Hyde and Julia Manley form the winning break in the Women's Scratch Race.

Hanan Alves-Hyde and Julia Manley form the winning break in the Women's Scratch Race. (Image credit: Garret Lau)
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The pack rolls along at 34 mph in the Men's Points Race.

The pack rolls along at 34 mph in the Men's Points Race. (Image credit: Garret Lau)

This year's American Velodrome Challenge (AVC) had the best of Northern California competing with the many of the best US track riders and international guests featuring World and National Champions and World Cup riders.

Hundreds of spectators came out to San Jose's Hellyer Velodrome to watch and cheer making AVC 2009 one big party.

Montano Velo Men Keirin

Some very fast men lined up for the Men's Keirin. US National Champion Jimmy Watkins, 2008 Ominum World Champion Hayden Godfrey, local power house Pete Billington qualified for the final. So did up-and-coming rider Daniel Walker, who sent Olympian Giddeon Massie to the reps.

Massie made the decisive move in the final and won the $1000 purse, local fast man Steve Pelaez held off Hayden Godfrey.

1 Giddeon Massie
2 Steve Pelaez
3 Hayden Godfrey
4 Jimmy Watkins
5 Daniel Walker
6 Jason Allen
7 Pete Billington
8 Stephen McLaughry

Veritas Women Keirin

Proman teammates finished 1st and 2nd in the Women's Keirin with US National Champion Cari Higgins taking the win and US enduro track star Shelley Olds taking second. Jen Featheringill completed the podium.

1 Cari Higgins
2 Shelley Olds
3 Jen Featheringill
4 Elisabeth Williams
5 Cristin Walker
6 Andrea Fisk
7 Laura McCaughey

Concept Cyclery Women Points

The Women's Points Race came down to a battle between Aussie Scratch Champion Laura McCaughey and US National Champ Shelley Olds. It came all down to the final sprint which was neutralized due a crash involving Cari Higgins. The race was re-started with 5 laps to go and Laura McCaughey took the opportunity and sealed the deal. Cari Higgins was up and riding again after her bike was fixed.

1 Laura McCaughey
2 Shelley Olds
3 Cari Higgins
4 Jennifer Triplett
5 Elizabeth Newell
6 Amara Boursaw

Breakless Men Madison 20k (60k laps)

The Men's Madison race was the last race of the night and certainly one of the high-lights. Very quickly it became clear that this would be a battle between the Garmin team of Dan Holloway and guest rider, Bissell's Ben Jacques-Maynes and the New Zealand Subway-Avanti team of the world champs Hayden Godfrey and Jason Allen. It all came down to one point which was battled out in the last sprint when the Kiwis took the victory.

1 Godfrey/Allen (Subway) 22
2 Holloway/Jacques-Maynes (Garmin/Bissel) 21
3 Stangeland/Silva (Rock Racing) 8
4 Watkins/Schiller (Athletes) 1
5 Paleaz/Peterson (Webcore) 0
6 Sabga/Luttrell (Black Dog) 0
-1 Lap
7 Blackwelder/Beardsley (Gentle Lovers) 5
8 Evans/ Hernandez (Montano) 4
9 McCook (Village Pedaler) 4
10 Farinah/Shaffer (SJBC) 1

Men Miss & Out

The Men Miss 'n' Out saw a huge field of 35 racers. The pace was very high right from the gun. Many of the sprinters didn't last for long and some of the big names got eliminated early. Pro-riders Ben Jacques–Maynes (Bissell), Roman Kilun (OUCH) and Iggy Silva (Rock Racing) nearly made it to the end. The final came down to Jame Carney, Dan Holloway and Dave McCook. But it was really Carney and Holloway who took the sprint to the line with Carney nosing out Holloway.

1 Jame Carney
2 Dan Holloway
3 David McCook
4 Benjamin Jacques-Maynes
5 Roman Kilun
6 Iggy Silva

Nicerpage.com Masters Miss 'n' Out

The Master Miss 'n' Out turned into a local Hellyer affair with the final five all from Hellyer. Finally, Briggs and Peterson sprinted it out, with Briggs taking it by inches.

1 Patrick Briggs
2 Brian Peterson
3 Michael Hernandez
4 Doug Hall
5 Andrew Nevitt

Testarosa Master Scratch Race

Local Eliot Logan was taking it long with four laps to go, creating a 100m gap but he was caught with 150 m to go by the charging field. Former Olympian Mark Whitehead crossed the lined first.

1 Mark Whitehead
2 Patrick Briggs
3 Sean Watkins
4 Brian Peterson
5 Alden Tanaka

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