24 Jun Track Records Tumble as En Fa, Marquardt Win in UCI Festival of Speed
TREXLERTOWN, Pa. – The UCI Festival of Speed was pushed back one day thanks to Tropical Storm Cindy, but it was well worth the wait as the men’s flying 200m track record was broken three times in the afternoon session before Jair Tjon En Fa and Mandy Marquardt proved triumphant in the men’s and women’s sprint tournament in the evening session on Saturday night at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center.
Coming into the day Hugo Barrette of Canada owned the flying 200m men’s track record with a time of 10.208, but then Stefan Ritter of Canada broke it with a time of 10.179. Then Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands bested that time, but on the very next heat, Eddie Dawkins of New Zealand bested Lavreyesen’s time with the new track record of 10.141.
For the women, Kate O’Brien of Canada bested her track record in the women’s flying 200m of 11.239 with a new record of 11.235.
For the men, there was an International Omnium for UCI and for the women there were two races, an elimination and a scratch race, that were for UCI points as well.
Jessica Escapite of Mexico, who just arrived in T-Town this week, swept both the elimination and scratch races to collect the valuable UCI points.
After it was all tabulated in the UCI International Omnium for the men, it was Tom Rotherham of Great Britain, who collected the most points.
There were also two events for the juniors, which were swept by Nathan Roberts of T-Town Elite.
Click here to view the official results.
The 2017 World Series of Bicycling season continues next week with back-to-back nights of Olympic, UCI racing on June 30 and July 1. On USA Weekend in T-Town, the final two UCI nights of the season wrap up the month of June and welcome the month of July. The UCI Keirin Cup XXXI is set for June 30 with the UCI Madison Cup XLI on July 1. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. on both nights.
On both nights, in honor of USA Weekend, all veterans, active military personnel, and active first responders receive free admission with identification. Also, fans can purchase limited edition T-Town camouflage hats and shirts with a portion of the proceeds going to the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council. On June 30, Hometown Heroes will be honored with the help of Becca from the Cat Country 96 Morning Show and Operation Homefront.
Tickets are on sale now on thevelodrome.com as well as at the box office on event night.