[Photo from USA Cycling]
The 2010 Elite National Championships are well underway now. After one day of competition, Omnium riders have contested in four events (out of six) — Flying 250m Lap, Points Race, Elimination Race and Individual Pursuit.
The way the Omnium is scored is for each event, the first place rider gets 1 point, second place gets 2 points, third gets 3 points, tenth gets 10 points and so on. After all the events, the rider with the lowest points wins the Omnium. For example, in a six-event Omnium, the best score you can get is 6 points for six first place finishes.
Here are the top 5 standings so far:
|Omnium Standings||Day One|
|1 Bobby Lea (Mertztown, PA)||9 pts|
|2 Dan Heeley (Hermosa Beach, CA)||12 pts|
|3 Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, CA)||19 pts|
|4 Austin Carroll (Orange, CA)||21 pts|
|5 Ian Moir (Long Beach, CA)||23 pts|
|1 Sarah Hammer (Temecula, CA)||4 pts|
|2 Cari Higgins (Boulder, CO)||10 pts|
|3 Hanan Alves-Hyde (Oakland, CA)||20 pts|
|4 Jennifer Triplett (Seattle, WA)||23 pts|
|5 Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, CA)||24 pts|
US Olympic cyclist Bobby Lea leads the men’s field with Dan Heeley right on his heels. For the women, Sarah Hammer (current World Champion in Individual Pursuit) cleaned up with a 1st place finish in all the events so far. Last year’s Omnium National Champion Cari Higgins has a big points gap to cover but anything can happen.
There are still two more events in the Omnium to be contested today — the Scratch Race, the Kilo Time Trial (for men) and the 500m Time Trial (for women). Racing starts at 9am and you can catch all the action down at LA Velodrome (free to spectate!) or on Ustream (free to watch!). Team Pursuits will be contested in the afternoon.
See yesterday’s results at USA Cycling and a geat write-up here.