Madison Cup up next on 2012 National Track Calendar
Trexlertown, Pa. (August 29, 2012) — The last night of racing for the 2012 World Series of Bicycling at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center is traditionally capped off with the Madison Cup presented by Salamander, a fan favorite that always draws the season’s largest crowds. However, this year will be a little different. T-Town has been granted its best season finale yet with the combination of Rodale’s Corporate Challenge and Madison Cup, which is the penultimate race on the USA Cycling National Track Calendar.
The title of Madison Cup Champion is one of the most coveted awards in T-Town. The Madison is comprised of teams of two riders each. One rider is racing at a time, while the other rides at the top of the track to recover. To trade places, the riders use a hand sling to propel the rider on relief into the race.
Riders have had all season to check out the competition and pick themselves a partner. Zak Kovalcik, a member of last year’s second place team, did his partner scouting earlier in the summer when he was in T-Town and chose six day rider Barry Miller. “I want to improve on my placing from last year,” Kovalcik said, “and the only way to do that is win.”
Former Mike Walter Memorial Madison winner Shane Kline will team up with Kyle Wamsley, the recent winner of the Chris Thater Memorial criterium, in attempt to throw off Kovalcik and Miller’s plans. Powerhouse Team Type 1 will be fielding a team consisting of two-time U.S. national points race champion Dan Holt and Russian Olympian Alexey Shmidt. Also competing will be 2012 Olympian Bobby Lea riding with Eric Workowski and two teams comprised of Polish national team riders.
The men’s sprinters will have their moment in the spotlight as well. Earlier in the season 2011 U.S. national keirin champion Matt Baranoski took the win in the Keirin Cup over an undefeated Andy Lakatosh. All season, Lakatosh seemed poised to put his name on the Cup, but a season’s worth of preparation unraveled in minutes as he came up short. Lakatosh will have his chance for redemption as Friday’s night schedule will feature Keirin Revenge. Lakatosh, a junior world medalist in the keirin, will go head to head with Baranoski, two-time Olympian Giddeon Massie, and track legend Gil Hatton.
Apart from a chance to extract his revenge, Lakatosh will be looking to maintain his lead in the Rider of the Year competition. Baranoski has been slowly chipping away and now only three points separate the Pure Energy teammates in the standings. The winner could easily be decided in the final sprint of the eight lap motor paced race.
Despite some team shuffling due to the rescheduling, 12 teams from local businesses will be taking to the track on Friday to be crowned Corporate Challenge Champions. Valley Preferred, PPL EnergyPlus, Buckeye, Bicycling, Rodale, Red Robin, The Valley Preferred Cycling Center, LCCC, and VSAS will field teams of six employees who will go head to head in the Italian Pursuit to decide the fastest company in the Valley.
Hall of Fame
While another season fades away, it is important to recognize those who have made it possible for the Valley Preferred Cycling Center to be the thriving cycling mecca that it is today. The class of 2012 will consist of Pat McDonough, 1984 Olympic silver medalist and former executive director of T-Town and Olympic and world champion Marty Nothstein.
Action Packed Intermissions
The Air Products riders had their chance to shine last week, but TEVA Respiratory’s PeeWee Pedaler’s will have their last opportunity to show the skills they developed this summer when they take to the track during the first intermission.
Bob Swaim will be returning to the Valley Preferred Cycling Center to set the world record on the dicycle, a bicycle with seven foot wheels positioned to the left and right of the rider.
Also taking to the track will be Spokes of Hope to take a victory lap in honor of their triumph over cancer.
About Valley Preferred Cycling Center
In 1975, visionary publisher and cycling enthusiast Bob Rodale constructed the Trexlertown Velodrome. A few years later, in a unique public/private partnership, he donated the velodrome to Lehigh County with the dream of a building a thriving cycling community and staging world-class track cycling competitions right here in the Valley. Since the mid-1970s, the velodrome has hosted World Cups, Olympic trials, the Junior World Championships (twice), national championships and countless major international competitions, creating stars and producing top international competitors. Thanks to the generosity of Valley Preferred, a community partnership of doctors and hospitals, the newly renamed Valley Preferred Cycling Center continues to lead the nation in quality competition, championship racer development and community programs that offer the opportunity for racers and non-racers to enjoy the thrill of bicycle track racing in the nation’s most-loved and most-successful velodromes in modern American cycling. For more information, visit us at www.thevelodrome.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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