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WORLD CHAMPS: BECKY JAMES TAKES THE SPRINT


After four days of competition, Team GB is proving they are still a force to be reckoned with on the track as they earn yet another World Champion title in Minsk (the Brits have won 4 so far). As seen in this final decider heat against Germany’s Kristina Vogel, Becky James shows that she might have what it takes to pick up Victoria Pendleton’s figurative “Queen of the Sprint” crown.

See all the results HERE.
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OLYMPICS: WOMEN’S SPRINT


The final ride for Great Britain’s Queen of the Sprints, Victoria Pendleton. I think everyone was hoping for a rematch of the 2008 Olympics when Victoria Pendleton beat Australienne Anna Meares for the Gold. The two rivals met earlier this year at the World Championship Sprint finals in Melbourne where Pendleton proved to be the stronger rider. Now it’s time for one last race before Pendleton’s retirement from the track.

At the end of the three-day tournament, Meares and Pendleton found themselves matched up against each other for the Gold once again. The first two win two out of three heats is declared victorious. The first heat was almost too close to call. According to the photo finish, Pendleton beat Meares by .001 seconds. However she was relegated for coming out of the pole lane during the final sprint.

The second heat started with Meares up by one though she had to start in the front — a disadvantage in Match Sprinting. Pendleton followed Meares up and down the track for the first three quartes of a lap as they played classic the cat and mouse game. Coming out of turn four, Meares moved high up the track and trackstanded to force a pass. Pendleton couldn’t stay behind her opponent and moved to the front. This is where she lost the Gold medal and it seems she knew it.

Pendleton took a gap in front of Meares and tried to lead out the sprint going into the bell lap, but it looked half-hearted. Meares overtook Pendleton with ease on the back straight and won the Gold medal by several bike lengths. During the medal ceremony, Victoria Pendleton bid a tearful farewell to the sold out crowd at the London Olympic Velodrome.

GOLD — Australia (Anna Meares)
SILVER — Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton)
BRONZE — China (Shuang Guo)

See the full results HERE. Watch the final heat at NBC Olympics. Photos courtesy of London2012.com
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OLYMPICS: MEN’S SPRINT


Without a doubt, the Blue Riband at the velodrome is the Match Sprint Gold medal. This is where the fastest and fiercest in the world duke it out for the win. Most folks thought the Olympic tournament would be watered down because of the new rules that only one athlete per country could represent. However the three-day tournament proved to be pretty exciting.

Everyone had eyes on Jason Kenny who was picked by Team GB over defending Olympic Champion Sir Chris Hoy to contest the Sprint. After Kenny qualified fastest and broke the Flying 200 Olympic Record, we all expected to find him in the final round against France’s World Champion Gregory Baugé. Aside from tenth-seeded Njisane Philip from Trinidad & Tobago making it to the Bronze final against Australia’s Shane Perkins, there were barely any upsets in the final results but still some good racing all around.

GOLD — Great Britain (Jason Kenny)
SILVER — France (Gregory Baugé)
BRONZE — Australia (Shane Perkins)

Full results available HERE. Photos courtesy of NBC Olympics (and check out the video of the final round HERE).
QUINN vs. JACK 

What an awesome shot captured by Pat Benson.  This was the result of the Match Sprint between Quinn Hatfield and Jack Lindquist last Saturday at Encino Velodrome.  Seems like it was a prety awesome race and I wish I saw it in person but at least we can watch Jack’s GoPro footage.

Full race results have been posted HERE.
QUINN vs. JACK 

What an awesome shot captured by Pat Benson.  This was the result of the Match Sprint between Quinn Hatfield and Jack Lindquist last Saturday at Encino Velodrome.  Seems like it was a prety awesome race and I wish I saw it in person but at least we can watch Jack’s GoPro footage.

Full race results have been posted HERE.

QUINN vs. JACK


What an awesome shot captured by Pat Benson. This was the result of the Match Sprint between Quinn Hatfield and Jack Lindquist last Saturday at Encino Velodrome. Seems like it was a prety awesome race and I wish I saw it in person but at least we can watch Jack’s GoPro footage.

Full race results have been posted HERE.

CADBURY CREME SPRINT: GOO FOR THE WIN


Totally speechless but this really made my day! Can somebody check with a UCI official if that move in the final sprint is even legal?

Looks like fun? Check out the Cadbury Goo Games on Facebook.

ANALYSIS OF A SPRINT


Mark Buckaway has been shooting POV track footage up at Forest City Velodrome for a while now. In his latest video, Mark narrates a Match Sprint between him and Jim Morrow.

Since the track is so short — 138 meters, the shortest velodrome in North America — the Match Sprint is five laps long and the sprint is often engaged with two laps to go. Must be pretty crazy to hit those turns at speed — just look how steep those banks are!

Mark cites Victoria Pendleton as his sprinting inspiration. The only diference is Vicky would usually win… except if she’s up against Anna Meares.

Thanks for sharing, Mark!
ELITE NATS: PHOTO FINISH 

Giddeon Massie (#44) beat Matt Baranoski (#54) to the line in the 1/8 round of Sprints this morning.  Massie will be moving on to the quarter finals while Baranoski still has a chance to make it back into the tournament if he wins in the Repechage round.

Finals will be contested this evening.
ELITE NATS: PHOTO FINISH 

Giddeon Massie (#44) beat Matt Baranoski (#54) to the line in the 1/8 round of Sprints this morning.  Massie will be moving on to the quarter finals while Baranoski still has a chance to make it back into the tournament if he wins in the Repechage round.

Finals will be contested this evening.

ELITE NATS: PHOTO FINISH


Giddeon Massie (#44) beat Matt Baranoski (#54) to the line in the 1/8 round of Sprints this morning. Massie will be moving on to the quarter finals while Baranoski still has a chance to make it back into the tournament if he wins in the Repechage round.

Finals will be contested this evening.

VICTORIA PENDLETON ON THE MATCH SPRINT


Found this to be pretty cool. Vicky Pendleton drops basic strategies on how to win a Match Sprint. Definitely worth a watch even if it’s not exactly something anyone can cover in a 3-minute video — at the Intro To Track Racing class, we’ll spend a 3-hour session on Match Sprints and still just scratch the surface.

WORLD CHAMPS - WOMEN’S SPRINT FINAL


In the final heat against Simona Krupeckaite, Anna Meares proves that she’s a force to be reckoned with. This sprint victory has been a long time coming and she earns it with style and grace. Look how smooth she is on the bike while outpowering her opponent.

Watch the full video recap of today’s events here.


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