Carson, CA - Felt athletes throughly dominated the 2011 U.S. Track Cycling National Championships which took place at the Home Depot Center over the weekend. This was a particularly competitive event with the opening UCI Track World Cup less than five weeks away, and the potentital for Olympic team selection already in motion.
In the women's endurance events, it was 4-time World Champion Sarah Hammer who won the Individual Pursuit title, and then, along with teammates Jennie Reed and Dotsie Bausch (all shown), not only won the Women's Team Pursuit title, but broke a four-year-old track record in the process.
TeamTWENTY12 was superbly represented by Greta Neimanas who won the Individual Pursuit in the para-cycling division, as well as grabbing silver in the 500M individual TT. In Points Race action it was Cari Higgins and Lauren Tamayo, fresh with road season fitness and riding in agressive, animated style, taking 2nd and 4th, respectively.
The men's sprint action the field was one of the deepest in years, and the racing did not disappoint. Beginning with the Men's Team Sprint it was Project London all the way as the trio of Dean Tracy, Kevin Mansker and Michael Blatchford rocketed to the win and their stars 'n strips jerseys, just ahead of Bike Religion. The next night Blatchford went on to win the Men's Sprints in two rides against US sprint stalwart, Giddeon Massie. Perhaps motivated by coming so close in the sprints, Massie went out and won the Men's Keirin in a thriller just ahead of rising-star Matt Baranowski, and then he took the Kilo on the last day just in front of Mansker and Baranowski, who took 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
In all, Felt athletes won seven elite titles at this year's U.S. National Track Cycling Championships.