Racing kicked off at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Los Angeles on Friday night with three qualifying events at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, Calif.
CARSON, CALIF. (February 24, 2017) – Racing kicked off at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Los Angeles on Friday night with three qualifying events at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, Calif. Reigning world champions demonstrated why they’re on top, with the U.S. Women’s Team Pursuit and New Zealand Men’s Sprint squads leading the field, and setting the stage for an exciting weekend of track cycling. The World Cup runs this Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26.
“As this is the fourth and final leg of the World Cup series, this is the last opportunity for individuals to qualify for the World Championships,” said Adam Duvendeck, Director of Operations for the StubHub Center. “It will be exciting racing to watch this weekend. A lot of people in Southern California have never seen track cycling, and they will get to see 3-4 hours of action-packed, high-speed racing all right in front of them. Some of it might be a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, it really is one of the best spectator sports in the world.”
Three qualifying races on Friday all finished with 2016 World Champions in the lead. The U.S. Women’s Team Pursuit squad topped their field at a time of 4:20.969 with a lineup that includes three members of the Olympic silver-medal winning team from Rio – Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn.), Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.).
“We felt really good,” Dygert said of the qualifying race on Friday. “We didn’t have a clue what to expect, so we just went out with positive attitudes and it worked out for the best. I’ve trained a lot on this track, so it’s great to be racing here.”
Dygert is looking forward to getting back on the track the team pursuit final on Saturday in front of a familiar crowd.
“My family didn’t get to go to Rio, so they all came out here. To race in front of them means a lot,” she said.
In the Women’s Team Sprint, Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova, representing the Gazprom-Rusvelo team, won the world title for Russia in 2016 and finished on top on Friday night with a time of 33.222. The Men’s Team Sprint trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins also advance with the top time in their event at 43.588. The Women’s Team Sprint final will be raced during Saturday’s evening session, and the Men’s Team Sprint final on Sunday evening.
Racing takes place throughout the weekend at the VELO Sports Center at StubHub Center, on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Both Saturday and Sunday feature two sessions of racing – morning sessions beginning at 11:00 am PT, and evening sessions starting at 6 pm PT. Saturday’s evening finals include the Men’s Scratch 15 km, Men’s Sprint, Women’s Keirin, Men’s Sprint, Women’s Team Pursuit, Women’s Team Sprint and Men’s Omnium races.
ABOUT THE TISSOT UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP LOS ANGELES
The Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Los Angeles features the world’s top cyclists racing over two days at the VELO Sports Center at StubHub Center, on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. More than 200 of the world’s top riders are competing across both team and individual events from February 25-26 – Sprint (men & women), Keirin (men & women), Scratch (15 km men & 10 km women), Madison (30 km men & 20 km women), Individual Pursuit (women), Team Pursuit (women), Omnium (men), and the Team Sprint (men & women). All riders are attempting to collect valuable points to propel them to the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships to be held in Hong Kong on April 12-16. This weekend’s racing is the final major competition prior to Hong Kong, and the first World Cup race in the United States since 2008.
VELO Sports Center
18400 Avalon Boulevard
Carson, Calif. 90746