Carson, Calif. (October 4, 2007)— National titles were awarded on Wednesday as the 2007 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships began at the ADT Event Center Velodrome in suburban Los Angeles. Elite titles and a pair of U23 stars-and-stripes jerseys were claimed on the opening day of the four-day competition in which 198 athletes are competing for national championships and a spot in the 2008 USA Cycling Track Talent Pool.
In the women’s 500-meter time trial, Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa./T-Town Express) won the national title with a winning time of 35.947 seconds. In addition to earning her a stars-and-stripes jersey, Reap’s mark also eclipsed the Talent Pool time standard of 35.98 seconds. Anna Lang (San Diego, Calif./SDBC-Karl Strauss) claimed the silver medal, clocking a time of 36.560. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Cody Racing) was third with a 37.798. Twenty-year-old Shelby Allen (Cerritos, Calif.) earned a U23 national title in the 500-meter time trial with a fourth-place overall performance, clocking a time of 38.210. Also making the podium was Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Northwest Cycling Club) with a 38.270 in fifth place.
The 2007 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships continue on Thursday with six more national championships set to be awarded – the women’s keirin, the men’s scratch race, and both the elite and U23 categories of the men’s and women’s individual pursuit.
2007 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
Day One Results:
Women’s 500-Meter Time Trial
1. Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa.) 35.947
2. Anna Lang (San Diego, Calif.) 36.560
3. Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo.) 37.798
4. Shelby Allen (Cerritos, Calf.) 38.210*
5. Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas) 38.270
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