Portland, Oregon – Felt track racer Njisane Phillip had a huge weekend at the BMW US Grand Prix of Sprinting, taking the victory in both the Sprint and the Keirin. Additionally, US-based Project London took silver in the Team Sprint and Project London's Kevin Mansker broke a track record in the Flying Lap.
Phillip began the weekend with the fastest time in the Sprint qualifying, recording a 9.91 in the flying 200m. The 20-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago raced confidently through the first two rounds of elimination, never facing a repecharge round. Phillip then took the Sprint quarter-finals, the Sprint semi-finals, and the Sprint finals. In the Kierin, Phillip displayed a similar level of dominance, taking the win in each of the three Keirin rounds that he raced. With the flawless wins in the Sprint and the Keirin, Phillip solidified his status as a legitimate contender on the international sprinting scene.
Project London continued its whirlwind tour of U.S. track competitions, setting more track records as they ramp up to the 2011-2012 World Cup season. In the Team Sprint, Michael Blatchford, Kevin Mansker, and Dean Tracy scorched the track with a 1:01.1” and set a new track record, which held until the Australian national team stepped up and rode a 1:00.44”. This set up an exciting final as the Australians faced off with the Project London riders in the final gold medal round. In a tight and exciting finish, Australia grabbed the gold, and Project London took home the silver.
In the final event of the evening, the Flying Lap, Kevin Mansker took the win and set a new track record with a time of 17.19”. Additionally, Michael Blatchford took Third in the Sprint and Giddeon Massie took Fifth in the Flying Lap.
Felt Junior track racer Matt Baranoski raced in Junior Worlds in Moscow, taking third place in the Kilo in just his second attempt at the event. The Bronze is Baranoski's second in as many years, having taken third in the Keirin last year.
Phillip Project London, and Baranoski race aboard Felt’s industry-leading TK1 track bike.