USA Junior nationals start in one week. Around the country, some riders are tapering off a bit, while others are getting in those last hard workouts to get to their physical peak. Either way, they’ll be travelling to Trexlertown for the big event.
If you still need to register get on it! Online registration closes at 11 PM today.
This site will be providing frequent results updates, photos, and more. The frequency will depend on my internet access options, but I’m better prepared than last year. Choosing and preparing pictures always takes a while, but results entry is automated now.
A few shots from yesterday’s training session, just keeping the camera warmed up…
Daniel, Kim, Kelly, and Jim warm up.
Matt, Ben, Steve, and Ben warm up
Tieni Duro/Vanini warmup
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We will be having our regularly scheduled Junior 10-14 session prior to the July 4 holiday. Steve Ryan will be out of town so this week we will have special guest coach Robyn Jensen of the Velo Bella women’s racing team helping out. In addition to racing bikes, Robyn is a track supervisor and personal trainer.
I have not figured out how to edit the template so I can change the little blurb in the upper right hand corner so this will have to do.
Thanks to Steve Ryan for correcting the date in the upper right corner.
Track riders played a big role at last week’s Junior District Crit (Northern California/Nevada State Championship), so I’m going to bend my own rules again and tell that story. This was last Sunday (June 12) but I have been AFK. That’s teenager for “away from keyboard”, I hear :).
I was too late to photograph the younger riders, and the women’s fields were small, so this only includes the 15-16 and 17-18 guys.
The 15-16 pack, mid-race. Ben Barsi-Rhyne is in the red/yellow kit right of center.
In the 15-16 field the biggest news was the turnout. There were over 20 riders on the line for the championship (see picture above). It was a tough race with lots of attacks by riders from several strong clubs, but Ben Barsi-Rhyne of Easton/Specialized took the patient approach and won with a late move.
The 17-18 field was large as well, with almost 20 riders. There were a few short-lived early attacks, and then one which really worked. Daniel Holloway (Lombardi) and Matt Mosby (Easton/Specialized) made a gap and then steadily outdistanced the field, eventually gaining a lap. Their teammates Eric Riggs (Lombardi) and Jim Ryan (Easton/Specialized) helped by discouraging the large Tieni Duro contingent from forming an organized paceline at the front of the pack. Meanwhile, the Davis Bike Club team also had roles to play. Blake Anton stayed visible at the front of the pack and occasionally helped with the chase, while Joe Ianarrelli consistently sat near the back.
Daniel seemed to have no limits to his power that day as he proceeded to lead the pack almost immediately after lapping it. A few late attacks were attempted, but the group came around the last turns together. Daniel’s planned leadout to put Eric into third place was foiled as Blake lead out teammate Joe for third place.
Daniel Holloway and Matt Mosby take a lap
17-18 Final Turn. Eric Riggs follows Daniel (out of view to the left) as Jim Ryan takes the inside line and Blake Anton rapidly gains on the outside.
Tired riders after a good race
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Based on an article at Cyclingnews.com: The 2005 Junior Pan-Am Championships will be held July 16th to 23rd in Venezuela. Track events will be at the Héctor Alvarado velodrome.
This places the event in the month between U.S. Junior Nationals and Junior Worlds. It will be interesting to see how teams are selected for both. Will the worlds team ride this event, or will they decide that this is not the best preparation for worlds? I suppose time will tell.
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