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Felt Riders Light Up U.S. Track Nats

From the sprints to endurance events, Felt athletes took home a handful of medals at the 2012 USA Cycling Track National Championships, held September 26-30 in Los Angeles.

In men’s competition, veteran Giddeon Massie and Matt Baranoski both won multiple national titles on their Felt TK1 bikes, and in women’s racing Cari Higgins and Jackie Crowell each won two titles as well.

Massie, a two-time Olympian from Cypress, California, scored his first gold medal on the opening day when he teamed up with T.J. Mathieson and Andrew Lakatosh to win the men’s team sprint with a time of 46.336. Massie also won the men’s kierin to make it two national titles.

The following day 17-year-old Jennifer Valente of the Exergy-TWENTY12 team rode her TK1 to victory in the women’s kierin final. Still a junior, Valente won a hard-fought race that ended in a photo finish.

After Valente’s victory, her Exergy-TWENTY12 teammates Lauren Tamayo, Cari Higgins and Jackie Crowell scored gold in the women’s team pursuit, keeping the Felt win streak alive.

Next up for Felt was Matt Baranoski, who won the men’s sprint event. The 19-year-old Penn State student also won two collegiate national titles on the track one week earlier. Baranoski would also go on to win the kilo the following day, adding to his incredible season tally.

On Day 3 of the track nationals, Crowell won her second medal, this time in the points race. The Florida native, who has a background as a road racer, lapped the field to earn the win.

Crowell’s team pursuit teammate Cari Higgins struck again on the final day of competition, this time in the Madison. Higgins and Katie Compton won the 25km race, giving Higgins her second gold medal.

 

 

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