Record-breaking racing at Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Los Angeles – 303 on site

  303 correspondent Todd Plymale-Mallory is among the inner circle of media covering the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Los Angeles – watch 303cycling’s twitter feed for live action and photos!

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 1:09.632 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.).


U.S. Women Top Team Pursuit Podium

CARSON, CALIF. (February 25, 2017) – A sold-out crowd cheered more than 200 of the world’s top track cyclists on Saturday night at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup Los Angeles. The U.S. Women’s Team Pursuit squad won on home turf and a track record was shattered during the day’s races at the VELO Sports Center at StubHub Center, on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Racing continues on Sunday with two sessions at 11:00 am PT and 6:00 pm PT, concluding with awards for the overall World Cup series champions.

The U.S. Women’s Team Pursuit squad was a favorite heading into the night, and the boost of a home crowd propelled them to the top of the podium. The team of Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn.), Chloe Dygert (Brownsburg, Ind.), Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Penn.) and Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif.) posted a time of 4:19.990 to beat New Zealand in the final.

A full day of racing is on tap for Sunday at the VELO Sports Center – the only permanent indoor velodrome in the U.S. The morning session begins at 11:00 am PT, and the evening session gets underway at 6:00 pm PT. The evening finals include the Women’s Individual Pursuit, Men’s Keirin, Women’s Madison 20 km, Women’s Sprint, Women’s Scratch 10 km, Men’s Team Sprint and the Men’s Madison 30 km. Award ceremonies will follow each final, and the night concludes with medals for the overall World Cup winner.

Complete results from the weekend can be found HERE or at www.trackworldcupla.com.

Races during Sunday’s evening session will be streamed live in the U.S. on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The broadcast begins at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on Sunday, Feb. 26. Universal HD will air highlights from the weekend on Monday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, Feb. 28 beginning at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET both days. For international broadcast times of Sunday’s racing, visit uci.ch.

 

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