Cyclists keep the thrills coming

Cyclists not only from Minnesota but worldwide converged on the NSC Velodrome in Blaine for the fifth annual Fixed Gear Classic in Blaine June 6-7.

Cyclists take their turn on the unique wooden velodrome track during the National Sports Center’s Thursday Night Lights summer racing series June 20.

Cyclists take their turn on the unique wooden velodrome track during the National Sports Center’s Thursday Night Lights summer racing series June 20. Photo by Bill Jones

Now in its fifth year, the Fixed Gear Classic drew many notable, world class riders including Leon Van Bon, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and two-stage winner of the Tour de France from the Netherlands, four-time world track champion Franco Marvulli and multiple U.S. national champion Kenny Higgins.

Defending champion Jonathan Fraley repeated as champion in the sprint events. He started the second night of competition with a 10.96-second 200-meter time trial, 0.46 seconds off the track record.

Zak Kovalcik won the endurance omnium beating three-time champion Marvulli.

On the women’s side, Cari Higgins won her fourth endurance omnium championship.

A winner is decided from points collected in various sprint and endurance races, called omniums.

The track will host a corporate challenge program Aug. 1. Six of the eight corporate teams (six riders per team) have been filled and will compete in what’s called an Italian pursuit race where each person leads one lap of a race.

Registration fees for the event will go toward the kids’ program to maintain the fleet of youth bikes and provide scholarships to participate.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

 
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