Franco Marvulli (SUI) and Cari Higgins (USA) added to their MN Fixed Gear Classic medal counts Saturday. Marvulli took his second consecutive Endurance Omnium win and Higgins earned her third in convincing fashion. Tela Crane (USA) and Jonathan Fraley (USA) took top honors in the Men’s and Women’s Sprint Omnium competitions.
Higgins dominated the endurance competition, dropping only one event – to her teammate, Jennifer Valente (USA). Higgins led nearly every race from the front, daring her competitors to follow her wheel. The high point of her weekend was the Points Race victory on Saturday, courtesy of 2 laps on the field.
Marvulli successfully defended his 2011 title in convincing fashion, riding a big lead through Saturday’s events. Marvulli settled in the field for the first half of the Tempo Race, before launching a mid-race attack with Jean-Michel Lachance (CAN). The duo traded sprint wins with Marvulli taking the final sprint just ahead of the Canadian Points Race Champion.
The Madison capped off the Men’s Endurance Program with 120 blistering laps. Leon van Bon (NED) and his teammate Alexander Gonzalez (COL) attacked from the starting gun, immediately stringing out the field into the first sprint, which was won by Lachance and his teammate Emile Abraham (TNT). Marvulli and partner Zak Kovalcik (USA) grabbed 2 more sprints on their way to victory. Abraham/Lachance took 2nd and the Swiss pair of Michael Alborn and Samuel Horstmann rounded out the podium.
Fraley maintained his dominance in the sprint omnium with a blazing Team Sprint time of 50.67 and a 3rd place finish in the Super Sprint. In that race, Fraley was surprised by a fierce start from Danny Robertson and Jesse Marans. Fraley and Whiteman were unable to hold those wheels and were eliminated in the first two sprints.
Crane won a see-saw battle with Maddie Godby (USA) and Valente. The closely-fought battle came down to the Super Sprint. In that race, Valente, who had been in 3rd on the omnium table, edged Crane at the line. Crane’s second place finish ahead of Godby’s 3rd secured the win for Crane. She and Godby shared equal points in the Team Sprint, combining for a 36.032 – a full 1.5 seconds faster than Valente and Shelby Reynolds (USA), their next closest competitors.
About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival
Now in its 14^th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is an 11-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Festival will open on June 7-9 with the Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic at the National Sports Center Velodrome. The marquee event, the Nature Valley Grand Prix, will be held June 13-17. The stage race has become the top event on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, attracting top American and international racing teams and nearly 300 riders from around the world. The Festival is a volunteer-run event with all profits donated to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota. For more information, visit www.naturevalleybicyclefestival.com.
About the National Track Calendar
USA Cycling's National Track Calendar features events at the preeminent velodromes in the country. Events fall into one of two categories: sprint or endurance. A male and female winner in each of those categories will be recognized. For more information, visit www.usacycling.org
About Nature Valley
Nature Valley, the brand that created the granola bar category in 1975, brings variety to healthy, active consumers looking for wholesome and great-tasting snacks. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Nature Valley is part of General Mills, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products. For more information, visit www.NatureValley.com.
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