Multiple American National Champion, Cari Higgins (Exergy TWENTY16) won the Miss & Out on the final day of competition to secure her fourth MN Fixed Gear Classic Endurance Omnium championship. 2012 Sprint Omnium champion Jonathan Fraley (Serenity Bikes) claimed the Chariot win on his way to a second consecutive title in the National Track Calendar event.
Higgins put a decisive stamp on the endurance omnium, winning all but one event. Her second place finish came at the hands of her teammate and junior coaching student, Kirsten Williams, in the Friday night Scratch Race. Despite the blemish to her record, Higgins had nothing but smiles after the race, noting, “I told the girls all weekend to race their bikes like I wasn’t there. Kirsten’s attack was a bold, aggressive move. I’m thrilled for her.”
Fraley conserved his strength in the first Chariot heat, placing second with a group of three that outdistanced the pack, crossing the finish line together. In the final, the Wisconsin-based sprinter led from the gun and cruised to a 10-meter victory over Jeffrey Whiteman (George Garner Cyclery). The Chariot Win gave Fraley a clean sweep of the sprint events and a second consecutive MN Fixed Gear Classic crown.
In the women’s sprint omnium, Dana Feiss (Home Depot Center), followed Fraley’s lead, winning all the sprint events. The US National Team member held off a trio of Exergy TWENTY16 riders in the qualifying heat on her way to the early victory. In the final, she narrowly edged Missy Erickson (Momentum Coaching Group) to secure the win and her place on the top step of the Sprint Omnium podium. The first time MN Fixed Gear Classic participant complimented her opponents, saying, “These are some of the top racers in the country. I’m really excited to have done so well against them this early in the track season.”
Zak Kovalcik (Sizzle Pie), took the Endurance Omnium in his third attempt, dethroning two-time champion Franco Marvulli (Assos) after capturing the Miss & Out victory Saturday afternoon. Bike throws determined every elimination as the 12 finalists battled for position in the rear of the field. In the final sprint, Kovalcik attacked at 50 meters, earning a bike-length victory over Patrick Kos (Alliance Environmental). The Miss & Out win completed Kovalcik’s shutout victory in the Endurance Omnium.
The weekend concluded with a Madison showcase, with all-star teams, Kovalcik/Marvulli, Kos/Leon van Bon (Mt. Borah/Minerva/Basso), and Jason Meidhof (Clean Currents/Beyer Kia)/Martin Vecchio (Panther p/b Bakehouse Granola) claiming the podium places. Kovalcik/Marvulli gained two laps on the 9-team field, while Kos/van Bon finished a lap down and Meidhof/Vecchio two laps down.
Final Podium Places
Endurance Omnium (M)
1. Zak Kovalcik (Sizzle Pie) 30
2. Jake Duehring (Performance United/Felt) 24
3. Franco Marvulli (Assos) 23
Endurance Omnium (W)
1. Cari Higgins (Exergy TWENTY16) 29
2. Korina Huizar (Hellyer Velodrome) 24
3. Shelby Reynolds (Helen's Cycles) 21
Sprint Omnium (M)
1. Jonathan Fraley (Serenity Bikes) 30
2. Jeffrey Whiteman (George Garner Cyclery) 24
3. Dan Currell (Mitsubishi Laser/Grand Perf.) 17
Sprint Omnium (W)
1. Dana Feiss 30
2. Missy Erickson 26
3. Tela Crane 24
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