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ELITE NATS: PHOTOS BY VELO IMAGES


Posting Samson’s photos earlier totally reminded me that Jack had sent me some cool shots from Brian Hodes aka Velo Images. Anyone who’s seen Brian’s work knows that he takes some of the best racing photos and his captures from Elite Nats are completely amazing.

Check out the rest on Facebook.
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ELITE NATS: PHOTOS BY SAMMYSAN


National Championships were almost three weeks ago but photos are still leaking out. This latest batch is from my buddy (and new teammate!) Samson Hatae.

Check out the rest of the set HERE.
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ELITE NATS: MORE EMILY MAYE PHOTOS


I guess the photos posted a couple days ago were just a preview of what was to come. Some seriously amazing shots here.

See Emily Maye’s full set.

ELITE NATS: ALFRED NASH, aka THE VOICE


The man behind the microphone at almost every track race in Southern California. Al Nash is one of the hardest working dudes in track cycling and does so much for this community. I look forward to hearing his race playlists again next season.

Be sure to check out Alfred’s Twitter where he fires off the latest in track racing news.
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ELITE NATS: PHOTOS BY EMILY MAYE


The are definitely some of my favorite photos from last week’s Elite Nationals so far.

Go and check out the rest at Emily Maye’s spot.
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ELITE NATS: PHOTOS BY CHRIS BASILIO


Some shots to go along with an excellent event recap over at the City Grounds blog.

See the rest at Chris Basilio’s Flickr.
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ELITE NATS: SATURDAY NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS


With 18 National Champion titles awarded, the 2011 Elite Track Cycling National Championships is all over now but I just have to recap a little on how rad the Saturday night racing was.

Like Friday night, all the racing was aggressive and of course fast. Giddeon Massie popped in a win in the Keirin tournament and Dana Feiss took the women’s Sprint title. The Points Races were some of the most exciting races I’ve seen this year. Elizabeth Newell won the women’s Points Race and the men’s race was won by Dan Holt with a stunning breakaway with less than ten laps to go. On the final lap of the 160-lap race, Holt bridged with the back of the field, earning him 20 points for the win.

The racers all worked hard but the true stars of Saturday night were the spectators — all 1,200 of them. Home Depot Center’s velodrome stadium was packed (but not that packed since the seating capacity is about 2,400) with cheering fans. It was a great time hanging out with friends and getting into the races and I don’t remember the last time I saw that many people there.

Overall, the event was very well-organized and all the promoters put on an excellent show for Elite Nats. I had a great time and while I’m sad to see the 2011 track racing season come to an end, I’m really excited to see this scene continue to grow next year.

Check out the full results at USA Cycling and some more photos from Beaver Beavs.
ELITE NATS: PHOTO FINISH…  AGAIN! 

Remember the photo finish I posted on Friday where Giddeon Massie edged past Matt Baranoski in the 1/8 finals of the Match Sprints?

Well Massie did it again on Saturday night, this time beating Baranoski for the Keirin final by the width of a tire.  Amazing racing out there and congrats to all the Elite Nats riders!

Photo taken by Pat Benson.
ELITE NATS: PHOTO FINISH…  AGAIN! 

Remember the photo finish I posted on Friday where Giddeon Massie edged past Matt Baranoski in the 1/8 finals of the Match Sprints?

Well Massie did it again on Saturday night, this time beating Baranoski for the Keirin final by the width of a tire.  Amazing racing out there and congrats to all the Elite Nats riders!

Photo taken by Pat Benson.

ELITE NATS: PHOTO FINISH… AGAIN!


Remember the photo finish I posted on Friday where Giddeon Massie edged past Matt Baranoski in the 1/8 finals of the Match Sprints?

Well Massie did it again on Saturday night, this time beating Baranoski for the Keirin final by the width of a tire. Amazing racing out there and congrats to all the Elite Nats riders!

Photo taken by Pat Benson.

ELITE NATS: INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL BLATCHFORD


The newly crowned National Sprint Champion talks about coming back to the track, his goals and plans leading up to the London Olympics and kicking his roommate’s ass in the Sprints.

See more rider interviews at USA Cycling’s YouTube Chan.


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