Monday, August 23, 2010

Masters and Juniors, 2010 New England State Track Cycling Championships

Masters and Juniors, 2010 New England State Track Cycling Championships

Saturday August the 14th saw the first part of the second annual New England State Track Cycling Championships, held at the Northeast Velodrome in Londonderry New Hampshire. With clear skies and 70-degree weather, the event kicked off with the Junior riders in the morning.

A total of 14 Juniors (up from 4 in 2009), turned out to compete for State Titles, which are scored on an Omnium format. Tom McDonagh of Winchester, MA being the youngest at 9 years of age, took the youth category and set a new 500m Track Record of 1 minute 04.03 seconds. Kevin Goguen (Team CF) from Hopedale, MA took the hotly contested Junior 10 – 12 category, while his brother, Peter Goguen also from Team CF, took the 13 – 14 year category.

In the 15 – 16 year boys, Alex Lehmann from Concord, New Hampshire won the New England Title and also set a new track record for the 500m, with 39.41 seconds. Becky Keller from Littleton, MA, took the Junior Women’s title for 15 – 16 year age group.

The afternoon schedule saw a long program of Masters racing underway with a total of 20 riders (up from 11 in 2009). Mike Pavlov from CCB/Wheelworks showed his dominance in the 50 plus men’s category, where he won all six events and set a new Track record for the 2km Pursuit with a time of 2min 33.43. In the women’s 50 plus category, the race of the day, occurred during the 2km Individual Pursuit between Elaine Braun-Keller of Littleton, MA and Multiple Masters National Champion, Julie Lockhart of NEBC. Lockhart rode a strong race from start to finish to win in a time of 3 min 26.11, versus Braun-Keller’s time of 3min 26.99.

The Women’s 40 plus category saw Kim Edwards (CVC/Subaru), set track records in the 500m with 40.46 seconds and the 2km pursuit with 2 min 57.35 seconds. She also won the Match Sprint contest in the final against NEBC’s, Katherine Snell. Snell who recently returned to the Track after a broken collarbone incident last year did well to win titles in the Points Race and the B.A.R. (Best All Round) award.

The men’s 40 plus contest was dominated by none other than the Velodrome’s CEO, Jeff Palter of Cycle Loft Velo. Palter scored victories in the Match Sprint competition where he beat Sunapee, New Hampshire’s Chris Naimie, and again in the 1 km Time Trial where he beat IBC’s, Steven Gauthier. His surprise ride of the day came in the 3km Individual Pursuit where a come from behind ride, bested teammate, Tom Norton by 4 seconds to win in a time of 4min 03.88. Palter also won the B.A.R award.

Norton would score his New England title with a win in the 4km scratch race, and Steven Gauthier would show his experience by winning the long 16km Points race.

Velodrome director, Kurt Begemann was extremely happy with the event, specifying, growth in numbers, better competition and all-round good sportsmanlike conduct, as highlights to the day. “With Elites coming up the following weekend, if the weather is as kind to us as it was this past weekend, we will be on our way to a great event with record numbers,” said Begemann.

8 - 9 Youth Boys #222, Tom Macdonagh Unattached
10 - 12 Junior Boys #207, Kevin Goguen Team CF
13 - 14 Junior Boys #203, Peter Goguen Team CF
15 - 16 Junior Boys #209, Alex Lehman Unattached
15 - 16 Junior Girls #205, Becky Keller Unattached

40 - 49 WOMEN
#71 Kim Edwards CVC/Subaru 500m, 2km, Match Sprints
#175 Katherine Snell NEBC Points Race, B.A.R.
#75 Julie Lockhart NEBC 2km Pursuit.
#172 Elaine Braun Keller Unattached 500m, Points, Match, B.A.R.
40 - 49 MEN
#7 Jeff Palter Cycle Loft Velo 1km, 3km, Sprints, B.A.R.
#10 Thom Norton Cycle Loft Velo Scratch Race.
#113 Steven Gauthier IBC Points Race.
50+ MEN
#9 Mike Pavlov CCB/Wheelworks All Six Titles.