Carson, CA–The Velo Sports Center on the grounds of the AEG-owned StubHub Center hosted its first major UCI track cycling event in years in the form of the Los Angeles Grand Prix on Nov 22-24. It was a full venue including all of the major track disciplines and because it was neatly placed between World Cups no. 1 and 2, it attracted a high-quality international field.
While she skipped World Cup no. 1 earlier in the month, 6x World Champion Sarah Hammer (above) left no doubt she is still on top as she rode to a convincing win in the Women’s Omnium, taking wins in two of the six combined events–the Pursuit and Elimination races–and finishing no less than third in any of the remaining four. Sarah faced tough competition from the Canadians in particular, but her speed and total race savvy was undeniable.
In sprint competition, newcomer Missy Erickson (above) chalked up wins in both the Keirin and Team Sprint, and grabbed silver in the Women’s Match Sprints to earn the overall crown of NTC Champion. Reigning US National Champion Matt Baranoski (below)–who is also a full-time student at Penn State–shared top honors in the Team Sprint with follow Felt athlete Nate Koch, and grabbed third in the Keirin plus fourth in the Men’s Match Sprints. Felt supported Bernard Esterhuizen of South Africa, who put out Matt in the semi’s, went on to take silver in the Sprints.
In the Men’s Scratch Race is was Danny Summerhill (below) who, in his first time ever riding the track, grabbed an impressive second place finish aboard his USA Cycling TK2. The K-Edge/Felt Cyclocross team member decided to take a break from the dirt to compete in the LAGP and also participated in the Men’s Omnium. The conclusion: Danny can race a bike.
Finally, Jacob Duehring (below) finished the weekend with a very big third place overall in the Men’s Omnium. Jacob continues to make big strides in his total racing development and between this and his earlier top-12 in the opening UCI World Cup, is looking for more as he prepares for World Cup no. 2 in Mexico next week.