Two teenagers made their presence felt in a world-class men’s field at the 2010 Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic.
Colton Barrett (Texas Roadhouse), a 19-year-old, and 17-year-old Matt Baranoski (Alliance Environmental), won the endurance and sprint omniums, respectively, defeating such luminaries as Emile Abraham (Aerocat), Austin Carroll (Adageo Energy Pro Cycling) and Colby Pearce (Big Shark Racing presented by THF).
On the women’s side, multi-time U.S. National Champion Cari Higgins (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) earned top honors in both the women’s sprint and endurance omnium. Higgins won the sprint omnium in convincing fashion and edged Kacey Manderfield (Cycle Loft) by a single point in the endurance omnium.
After a rain-shortened session Saturday, riders at the MN Fixed Gear Classic battled for seven hours on Sunday to complete the event under cloudy skies. The long day’s efforts included match sprints, scratch and points races for both fields and a 100-lap madison for the men.
Saturday’s brief session included the men’s flying 200 meter time trialqualifying, won by Baranoski with a time of 11.51, edging Jason Garner (Northbrook Garner) by two-hundredths of a second. Women’s keirin qualifying heats were also completed on Saturday before rain halted the competition.