The USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships are the National Championships for the sport, and will feature more than 300 elite cyclists from across the United States – including rising stars, as well as 2012 Olympic hopefuls. The competition features both sprint events such as match sprint, time trial (500m and 1km), Keirin and team sprint and endurance races such as individual pursuit, team pursuit, scratch race, points race and the Madison).
Junior World Champion and 2008 Olympian Taylor Phinney (listed as unattached) who is scheduled to compete will be defending his individual pursuit national title, and will also apply his skills in both the timed events and endurance races. A member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Phinney also set a new junior world record at the ADT Event Center in June. Other Olympians scheduled to compete are Michael Blatchford (Cody Racing) and Adam Duvendeck (Momentum Cycling).
Brad Huff (Jelly Belly) and Colby Pearce (Garmin-Chipotle) who competed in the track Olympic trials and emerging sprinter Jimmy Watkins (Momentum Cycling) are also scheduled to compete. U.S. national criterium champions Rahsaan Bahati and Justin Williams lead the Rock Racing squad that includes Sterling Magnell and endurance rider Austin Carroll. Proman’s Shelley Olds riding her recovered BMC trackmaster will be present along with teammates Megan Guarnier and Helene Drumm. Other roadies include Alison Powers (Colavita/Sutter Home), Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci/Breakaway Racing), Taitt Sato (ValueAct), Cody O’Reilly (Successful Living), Chad Hartley (Jittery Joe’s), Dan Holloway (Garmin-Chipotle), Roman Kilun (Health Net-Maxxis) and more. List of registered athletes is available here.
The five-day USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships runs from October 1st til the 5th, with the following finals schedule (full schedule)
- Wednesday, Oct 01: Men 250mTT and 1km TT – Elite & U23
- Thursday, Oct 02: 500m TT – Elite & U23, Team Pursuit Men & Women
- Friday, Oct 03: Women Keirin, Pursuit Men & Women – Elite & U23, Men’s Sprint – Elite & U23, Scratch Men & Women
- Saturday, Oct 04: Men Points – Elite & U23, Men Keirin & Women’s Sprint
- Sunday, Oct 05: Men & Women Team Sprint Final, Men’s Madison, Women’s Points Race