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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.
IT’S ALWAYS DRY INSIDE
It’s raining today in Los Angeles — one of the only cities in the USA where rain is a reason to blog — which means that the Home Depot Center Velodrome is the currently dryest place for a bike ride. Check out the training schedule to find out when you can ride the track.
The HDC Velodrome is under new management as of a couple months ago which means some changes including a new web page so check it out and update your bookmarks. If you have any suggestions for the velodrome management, contact Adam Duvendeck.
Photo taken by Smiley McGee.
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.