Repeat winners at Day 4 of USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships as Higgins makes it three, Pearce and Watkins make it two
Another National Title for Proman-Paradigm’s Cari Higgins on Saturday at the 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships at the ADT Event Center veldorome at the Home Depot Center. The 32-year old Higgins beat Elizabeth Carlson (Verducci/Breakaway Racing) to win the sprint national title, complementing her gold medals in the women’s keirin and elite women’s 500-meter time trial. Colleen Hayduk (BicyclingWorld.com / Kutztown) beat Cristin Walker (Northwest Cycling Club/Alkek) to take third place. As the highest-placed U23 in the standings in sixth, Walker was awarded her second U23 national title, adding to her gold in the U23 500-meter time trial.
Another repeat winner in the men’s keirin as Jimmy Watkins (Momentum) took home the gold medal, making that two titles with his match sprint title won on Friday. Justin Williams (Rock Racing) came in second and Lanell Rockmore (Gotham Cycling) was third.
The third competition of the day was the men’s points race won by Colby Pearce (Garmin-Chipotle), his second victory following his win in the 4,000-meter team pursuit. Pearce put on a show as lapped the field twice, the first time as part of a group of five riders and the second time in a solo move to claim victory. By also winning three intermediate sprints Pearce racked up 66 points to finish ahead of silver medalist Kirk O’Bee (Health Het-Maxxis), who scored 48, and Daniel Holloway (Garmin-Chipotle) with 35 points. As pointed out by a reader, that makes three for Holloway as he can now add the U23 title for the points race to his gold medals in the scratch race and in the team pursuit.
The 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships conclude on Sunday evening with national titles up for grabs in the men’s and women’s team sprints, the women’s points race and the men’s madison.