18 Jun Canadians win keirin battles in UCI Red Robin All-Stars
TREXLERTOWN, Pa. – For many of the international Olympians and superstars in this sport, who have called T-town home the last few weeks, the Saturday night was their last action at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center this year.
A few riders went out in style, especially the Canadians.
Monique Sullivan of Canada, who has had a tremendous amount of success these last three weeks at VPCC, capped off her stay with a tight victory in the women’s UCI Keirin championship ride. Sullivan just edged teammate Kate O’Brien and Mandy Marquardt as it was three-wide down the home straight.
Hugo Barrette of Canada withstood a strong push from Lenardo Botasso of Argentina and Matt Baranoski of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, to win valuable UCI points in the men’s keirin 1-6 final ride.
The last UCI points earned at VPCC this season were awarded to Lauren Ellis who won the final sprint of the race, which broke a three-way tie at first place. Ellis, Rushlee Buchanan, and Holly Edmondston, all of whom are from New Zealand, all finished with 13 points.
However, the night was also about the Spring 2016 Red Robin Marty Nothstein Bicycle Racing League All-Stars as they competed. Lourdes Garcia, Ian Siglag, Homare Yamashita, Zac Olszewski, Jacob Evans, and Anson Wright, all were victorious in the BRL events.
It was T-town staple Christian Grasmann who won the men’s 60 lap points race as he scored points early and often, totaling 36. Steven Van Heerden finished second with 26.
Buchanan continued her recent string of victories with a triumph in the women’s 3km final, Lauren Ellis won the women’s miss-n-out, and Luke Mudgway of New Zealand won both the men’s 5 mile final and the men’s 12 lap preme race to finish the evening.
Mudgway won the men’s omnium with 14 points and Ellis won the women’s omnium with 19 points.
The World Series of Bicycling returns next week with its first night without any UCI events this season. On June 24 is the Mike Walter Madison/U.S. Women’s Open, two great events put together in one night. Also, it is German Night in T-town with plenty of Oktoberfest fun on tap. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30 p.m.
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