Mansker headed for track worlds

Mar 12, 2012 by

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Alpenrose record holder Kevin Mansker, formerly of Eugene and Portland, was among the 11 riders named Monday to the USA Cycling squad that will contest the 2012 UCI Track World Championships April 4-8 in Melbourne, Australia.

Kevin Mansker's kilo time of 1:07.79 set a new record for Alpenrose Velodrome. He'll represent the United States at the UCI Track World Championships April 4-8 in Melbourne, Australia. ©Pat Malach/FILE PHOTO

Mansker, who holds the Alpenrose records for the flying 200m, the kilo and the team sprint, will contest the sprint and the three-man team sprint in Australia with Project London 2012 teammates Michael Blatchford and Jimmy Watkins. The trio recently won the gold at the Pan Am games in Argentina, posting a 46:491 to edge Canada and leave rival Argentina with bronze. In the kilo time trial event, Mansker posted a faster time than the eventual gold medalist, Alsander Quincy of Trinidad and Tobago, before Wednesday’s competition was postponed due to rain. When officials restarted the event Thursday morning, Mansker went on to ride a time of a 1.06.6.35, nearly one second slower than his top Wednesday time but still good enough to collect silver, his second medal of the competition.

After earning a silver in the women’s team pursuit at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships, the trio of Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling), Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) and Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) will be joined by world-record holder Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Exergy Twenty12) in that event. After placing third in the scratch race at the Pan American Continental Championships in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Exergy Twenty12) earned automatic qualification to contest the race in Melbourne. Hammer also earned an automatic qualification for the omnium. On the men’s side, Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA), who earned his position by placing third in the omnium in Argentina, will contest the same event in Melbourne. Joining them, will be Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy Twenty12), who will contest the points race. Contesting the points race will be Matthew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team).

USA Cycling 2012 Track World Championship Teams

Men
Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project London 2012) — Sprint, Team Sprint
Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project London 2012) — Sprint, Team Sprint
*Bobby Lea (Topton, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) — Omnium
Matthew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Hincapie Development Team) — Points Race
Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012) — Sprint, Team Sprint

Women
*Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) — Team Pursuit
*Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) — Omnium, Team Pursuit
Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./Exergy Twenty12) — Points Race
*Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) — Team Pursuit
Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Exergy Twenty12) — Team Pursuit
*Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Exergy Twenty12) — Scratch Race

* — Automatic qualifier

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