August 15, 2013
ExergyTWENTY16 Wins Gold and Silver at Elite Track Nationals
The USA Cycling Elite Omnium Track National Championships wrapped up on Saturday in South Carolina with Cari Higgins of Exergy Twenty16 winning the national title. By riding strong and smart, and by each taking another win on Saturday, Higgins defended the lead she had established on Friday over Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling) and Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW Cycling), who took second and third, respectively.
After sweeping the events on Friday (flying lap, points race, elimination race), Higgins wrapped up her national championship on Saturday with the fastest time (37.851) in the elite women’s 500-meter time trial, fourth-place in the scratch race, and second-place in the pursuit.
“It’s always an honor winning a National Championship jersey,” said Higgins. “With six events over two days, it came down to the last couple events to determine the winner. As a sign of the current state in women’s cycling, this year’s Omnium competition was some of the best racing I’ve ever seen at Nationals. From coaches to officials to fans in the stands, everyone was commenting on how exciting the women’s racing was this past weekend. With that in mind, I will proudly wear the Stars and Stripes one more year!”
The team of Cari Higgins, Alison Tetrick, Erica Allar and Jessica Prinner rode to a silver medal in the womens 4k team pursuit at Elite National Championships at the Velo Sports Center, Carson CA.
The TWENTY16 team qualified 2nd, just getting inched out by 100th of a second to the composite team of Vumedi. The gold medal round was a nail biter, with TWENTY16 just falling short. A super effort by a team with only one seasoned track rider and plenty of room for improvement from this motivated group of women!
“The top three qualifying teams were within 1 second of each other. It says a lot about the growth in women’s track cycling and the level of competition”, said Higgins. “For the first year, women are racing with 4 people over 4 kilometers. So, there’s a lot of new strategy to think about. As a team, we were disappointed in a silver medal but learned a lot about the new distance and confident in what foundation is being built within our program. Trust me when I say we will win this event at Nationals next year!”
“My first track race was at the USA Cycling Elite Timed National Championships,” said Tetrick. “And [I] was able to win a silver medal for the women’s team pursuit on my inaugural race. I would not have decided to race if it wasn’t for the encouragement of teammate Cari Higgins and the support of Jame Carney, who provided a great team environment to build and learn in my first track racing experience. I was very fortunate to have the great equipment and a strong team. Although we really wanted the win, we enjoyed the process and exciting racing, and this second place only adds fuel to the fire for the future. I might just do another track race, thanks to Cari!”
Cari Higgins, Jennifer Valente and Jackie Crowell will contest the USA Cycling Mass Start National Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina August 22-24.
About Exergy TWENTY16
The athletes of Exergy TWENTY16 are making a lasting impact on women’s cycling proving that women can achieve greatness given the opportunity. This is enabled through their close involvement with their sponsors and USA Cycling. The program has achieved countless elite, U23 and junior national titles over its seven year span in the disciplines of road, track and cyclocross. TWENTY12 athletes; 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong and 2012 silver medalist Lauren Tamayo continue to work within the program, Armstrong as the High Performance Director and Tamayo as an athlete and Team Captain, their unmatched experience and palamares provide the future champions with much needed support and guidance on the road to Rio 2016. The 2013 program supports 14 professional athletes and 14 Junior athletes. Their unique team model enables experienced riders to perform at their highest potential and offers junior riders a ground breaking mentor program, developing future champions and leaders.
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