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Unprecedented Number of U.S. Cyclists Head to LA Track WCup

January 11, 2005 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) — The United States will be represented by the largest American contingent at a World Cup when the Los Angeles edition of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Track Cycling World Cup Classics begins Friday, Jan. 20 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Two UCI track trade teams — TIAA-CREF and SPIKE — will compete alongside the U.S. National team for World Cup titles. The Los Angeles event marks the first international track event in which these additional UCI teams will be competing.

“The way (the U.S. National Team, SPIKE and TIAA-CREF) have been able to work together as we approach this event is a good sign of things to come,” said Pat McDonough, director of Track Programs for USA Cycling. Currently the three teams are training at a USA Cycling Camp in Los Angeles to prepare for the World Cup.

U.S. National Team
– Kevin Belz (CKR Racing / Irving, Texas)
– Michael Blatchford (Veloworx / Cypress, Calif.)
– Christian Stahl (CKR Racing / Bethany, Conn.)
– Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing / Barto, Pa.)
– Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.)
– Tina Pic (Quark Cycling / Dahlonega, Ga.)
– Sima Trapp (Subway / Boise, Idaho)
– Curtis Gunn (Veloworx / Tucson, Ariz.)
– Chad Hartley (TIAA-CREF / Boulder, Colo.)
– Josh Kerkhof (Northwestern Mortgage / Fort Worth, Texas)

– Jennie Reed
– Stephen Alfred
– Ben Barczewski
– Giddeon Massie
– Becky Quinn
– Ryan Luttrel
– Kevin Suhr

– Raashan Bahati
– Michael Creed
– Michael Friedman
– Brad Huff
– Danny Pate
– Taylor Tolleson

U.S. National Team members were selected from the preliminary Talent Pool comprised of riders who’ve won a national championship, met the selection procedure time standard or were named to the team by coaching staff. Selection procedures for the Track Talent Pool can be found at <http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=775.>http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=775.

Points gained in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup have a major bearing on qualification for the World Championships and Olympic Games.

Media credential applications for the event are available online now through USA Cycling at <http://www.usacycling.org/media/media.php>http://www.usacycling.org/media/media.php. Media must apply before Jan. 18 to be considered for credentials.

About the World Cup

The three-day event runs Jan. 20-22 and includes five sessions:

Friday, January 20
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00 p.m. to 9:25 p.m.

Saturday, January 21
Session 1: 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Session 2: 6:00 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

Sunday, January 22
Session 1: 11:00 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.

Individual tickets start at $18.50 and all-event packages (includes all five sessions) start at just $60. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 1-877-AEG-TICKETS, by visiting <http://www.aegtickets.com/>www.aegtickets.com or through Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at The Home Depot Center box office.

Exclusive to USA Cycling members, members may purchase reserved seating for $25 for any session that regularly sells for $30.50. USA Cycling members may purchase their exclusive offer by visiting <http://www.aegtickets.com/usacycling>www.aegtickets.com/usacycling or by calling 877-234-8425.

A complete schedule of events can be found at <http://www.uci.ch/>www.uci.ch under “UCI Track World Cup Website,” or at <http://www.uci.ch/modello.asp?1stLevelID=BB&level1=0&level2=0&idnews=3471>http://www.uci.ch/modello.asp?1stLevelID=BB&level1=0&level2=0&idnews=3471. For more information about the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, please visit <http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/www.usacycling.org>www.usacycling.org or <http://www.uci.ch/>www.uci.ch.

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