Matrix Track Cup - Day 2 Race Report

"Different strokes for different folks" is how the saying goes. After two days of racing at Matrix Track Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart to kick off the ATRA National Championship Series… that saying has been well illustrated as at least five different racers can walk away with a claim to being the best in the series "so far".

In the women's races, Suzie Goodwin (Frisco Cycling Club/Richardson Bike Mart) swept the sprint distance events to lay claim to a solid, early lead in the ATRA NCS Women's Sprint Standings. Lauren Roberston (Bicycles Plus) took all four endurance distance events for the edge in the ATRA NCS Overalls, as well as a solid edge in the ATRA Endurance Standings. Robertson also took the top Women's prize for the weekend in the International Omnium styled format.

The picture was even more unsettled with the Men, as Andrew Armstrong (Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart) won the International Omnium with a clear double-digit point margin. However, Alexander Gil (Nitroshot) won two races on his way to claiming first place in the ATRA NCS Overall Standings. Gil also holds the lead in the ATRA Sprint Standings. Brendan Sharpe (CREDO Racing) won the two longest races of the weekend, and sits atop the ATRA NCS Endurance Standings.

Robertson began Day Two tied with Goodwin in both the Omnium standings and ATRA Overalls, but won the first two  events on Sunday (Pursuit and Scratch) to take control. Goodwin asserted her command of the sprint distance by finishing out the Omnium with a win in the 500m TT (40.612). Brandi Lafleur (Plano Athletic Cycling Club) and Erin Popovich (Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart) swapped omnium places during the day and ended tied on points. Lafleur took the tiebreaker to claim third place for the weekend. Popovich, on the other hand, rode her strength in the shorter events to claim a tie for second place in the ATRA NCS Sprint Standings, and the third spot in the ATRA Overalls. Cindi Vargas (Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart) claimed 5th in the Omnium with a Sunday highlighted by a 3rd place finish in the Pursuit.

Armstrong led the Men's Omnium most of the weekend, but he truly took command with his victory in the 4K Pursuit. That win opened up a double-digit point margin that survived to the end, although a lot of jockeying for position occurred for the rest of the top spots. Armstrong's Omnium win was a hallmark of consistent riding, as he finished in the top three in all events but the Scratch (6thplace). Armstrong did ride strongly in that Scratch race to help neutralize a dangerous breakaway initiated by Mat Stephens (Bicycles Plus) and Andrew Carlberg (Team Spincycle), who were tied for second place in the omnium at the time.

Gil also recorded five top-3 race finishes, including victories in both the Elimination and the Kilo TT. His strong performance across the board rewarded him with leads in both the ATRA NCS Overall Standings, as well as the ATRA Sprint Distance Standings. His disappointing result in Saturday's Points Race cost him a shot at the Omnium win, but by winning the final event he was able to jump up into the second place Omnium spot by a single point over Carlberg. Gil had begun the day in 6th place. Gil won the Kilo in 1:11.818 to finish that dramatic move.

Sharpe's wins in Saturday's Points Race and Sunday's Scratch may have been his only two top three results of the weekend, but the 14 ATRA points scored in those two races were almost enough to put him ahead of both Gil and Armstrong in the NCS Endurance Standings. A 4th and a 5th place in the other two Endurance events were enough to give him the early edge in that table.

Carlberg locked up 3rd Place in the Omnium on the strength of his only top three of the weekend – a 3rd place in the Kilo. Carlberg was another model of consistency, not missing the top 6 except for a single 7th place in the Scratch.Joseph Lacour (Colavita) appeared to be fading after starting the weekend with a victory in the Flying Lap, but showed new life with a third place in the Scratch race to move back up into 2nd for the Omnium standings. He was not able to hold that spot, but instead finished 4th (just 2 points behind Gil in 2nd place). Stephens settled for 5th place in the omnium despite being in the mix all weekend and just finishing 4 points behind Gil.

Gary Ziegler did not break the top five, but finished just outside (6th/7th/7th/8th) in the four endurance events to claim 7th overall in the Omnium.  His sixth-place finish in the Points Race was not his only notable result of the weekend, as he also won a combined 50+/60+ Masters Point-A-Lap Race on Sunday, as well.

Other age-group winners on Sunday included Will Rader, Sebastian York, and Nicholas McRight in the Juniors, and Robert Bodamer, Ted Kicey, and Sean Price in the Masters. Will Rader, Megan Baab, and  Jake Boone each won multiple races as Category 3 or 4 racers, and Philip Snodgrass won as well.

The next stop for the ATRA NCS Series is the Fixed Gear Classic in Blaine, MN June 10-12. Visit for more details on the ATRA National Championship Series.


Final Standings in the Elite "International Omnium" for Category 1/2/3 riders at the two-day Matrix Track Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart:

place Lastname Firstname Team 250m-points-elimin-pursuit-scratch-kilo-TOTALS
1 Armstrong Andrew Matrix/RBM 3 2 3 1 6 2 17
2 Gil Alexander Nitroshot 2 19 1 3 2 1 28
3 Carlberg Andrwe Spincycle 4 4 6 5 7 3 29
4 Lacour Joseph Colavita 1 7 4 9 3 6 30
5 Stephens Mat Bicycles Plus 8 3 2 6 5 8 32
6 Sharpe Brendan Credo Racing 21 1 5 4 1 5 37
7 Ziegler Gary OKC Velo 10 6 7 7 8 10 48
8 Attayi Eric Shama Cycles 6 5 8 8 19 20 66
14 Riders finished at least one race (minimum 4 races finished to qualify for omnium placing)

1 Robertson Lauren Bicycles Plus 3 1 1 1 1 2 9
2 Goodwin Suzie Frisco Cycling 1 2 2 2 3 1 11
3 Lafleur Brandi Plano Athletic 4 3 4 4 2 5 22
4 Popovich Erin Matrix/RBM 2 4 3 5 5 3 22
5 Vargas Cindi Matrix/RBM 9 9 5 3 4 4 34
3rd place decided based on tiebreaker: sum of elapsed time in all time trial events.



NCS Standings Updated

With the first event of the 2011 ATRA National Championship Series in the books we have updated the points standings. Some great racing over the two day Matrix Cup at the Superdrome in Frisco, TX sees Florida native Alexander Gil leading the Men's Overall championship as well as the Sprint competition. Gil is also holding down third place in the Endurance standings. Strong performances by Andrew Armstrong in both the Sprint and Endurance races has him in second in both of those championships as well as holding second in the overall standings. On the Endurance side it was Brendan Sharpe doing the most damage to take the early lead ahead of Armstrong.

On the women's side, strong performances by Lauren Robertson to take the lead in the Endurance competition and second on the Sprint side has her in the lead by 4 points over women's Sprint leader Suzie Goodwin. Goodwin is also holding second in the Endurance standings. Erin Popovich rounds out the top 3 for the women.

The strong performances of Lauren Robertson has her leading the Bicycles Plus team in a tie with the Matrix / RBM team in the Team overall standings, with each team scoring 45 points over the weekends racing. Frisco Cycling Club is currently holding onto 3rd place.

We are looking forward to the next event on the NCS calendar, when the series moves to the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, MN for the Fixed Gear Classic on the 10th through the 12th of June.

Full standings can be seen here:


Day One of Matrix Track Cup


The first day of the Matrix Track Cup presented by Richardson Bike Mart is in the books after a night of exciting racing under what turned out to be fine weather conditions in Frisco, Texas. Andrew Armstrong, riding for host club Matrix/RBM sits on top of the leaderboard of the International-Style Omnium standings on the strength of three top-3 finishes. Alexander Gil (Nitroshot) of Hialeah, Florida parlayed a victory in the Elimination Race to move into a one-point lead ahead of Armstrong in the overall ATRA National Championship Series Standings.


On the Women's side, Suzie Goodwin (Frisco Cycling Club) and Lauren Robertson (Bicycles Plus) are tied on points in both the weekend omnium and the ATRA NCS points. Goodwin holds the tiebreaker edge on the Omnium due to an edge in the first time-trial event, the Flying (250m) Lap, which she won to start the evening. Robertson currently holds the tiebreaker in the ATRA series by virtue of winning the last two races of the night.


Joseph Lacour won the Mens Flying Lap with a time of 14.588 and rebounded from a seventh place in the points race to take 4th in the elimination – good enough for 12 total points and a second place standing in the omnium. Mat Stephens (Bicycles Plus) finished second in the Elimination Race to move up into 3rd place for the omnium. The two riders currently sit third and fourth respectively in the ATRA NCS. Erin Popovich (Matrix/Richardson Bike Mart) used a 2nd place finish in the Flying Lap to help secure a third place spot in both the Women's Omnium and the ATRA NCS standings heading into Sunday.


The Elite Level racers were not the only ones enjoying the evening. Afton Shelton won a pair of races in the evening session, and Will Rader won a total of five races during two sessions of racing. Jake Boone swept three races in Men's Category 3. Other race winners in the afternoon Juniors session were Sebastian York (3 races) and Nick Torraca. Masters winners included Robert Bodamer, Dan Tinklepaugh, Ted Kicey, Sean Price, and Kurt Bickel.


The Matrix Track Cup wraps up Sunday May 22 at Frisco Superdrome.

"International-Style" Omnium Standings Leaders for the 2011 Matrix Track Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart (After Day One of Racing Saturday Night):

place Lastname Firstname Team 250m points elimination TOTALS
Mens Elite:
1 Armstrong Andrew Matrix/RBM 3 2 3 8
2 Lacour Joseph 1 7 4 12
3 Stephens Mat Bicycles Plus 8 3 2 13
4 Carlberg Andrew Spincycle 4 4 6 14
5 Attayi Eric Shama Cycles 6 5 8 19
6 Gil Alexander Nitroshot 2 19 1 22
7 Ziegler Gary OKC Velo 10 6 7 23
8 Sharpe Brendan 21 1 5 27

Womens Elite:
1 Goodwin Suzie Frisco Cycling 1 2 2 5
2 Robertson Lauren Bicycles Plus 3 1 1 5
3 Popovich Erin Matrix/RBM 2 4 3 9
4 Lafleur Brandi Plano Athletic 4 3 6 13
5 Vargas Cindi Matrix/RBM 9 9 7 25

Omnium tiebreaker is the cumulative time of all three time trial events. Rider placings are added over all six events (over two days) for the final standings.



WayPoint Systems presents 'The Keirin' Final Results

Courtesy of the Dick Lane Velodrome:

The results are posted and in the books. The EPVA would like to thanks all of our riders, spectators and volunteers for making this event another great one. A great two days of racing was had by all, and some exciting finishes for the crowd! Results are here:

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US Grand Prix of Sprinting

Summit Cycling Productions, llc is proud to announce the inaugural US Grand
Prix of Sprinting August 20-21, 2011 at the Velodrome in Memorial Park, Colorado
Springs, CO.

This will be a UCI Track Calendar event. The only such sprint event in North
America for the 2011 season. Riders and countries will earn crucial points toward
qualification for the London Games. Currently The US, Canada, Columbia and
Venezuela are in a very tight battle for the two allotted slots from the Americas.

Thus far teams from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Trinidad and of course
the United States are committed to the event. It is expected that additional teams,
particularly from South America will be riding. All track sprinters with an
international license from their federation are welcome to enter.

Certainly the biggest name expected to attend is current World Sprint, Keirin and
Team Sprint Champion Anna Meares of Australia.

Both men and women will ride the Team Sprint, Individual Sprint, Keirin and an
individual flying lap record for more than $5,000 USD in prize money.

General Admission will be $10 at the gate, with children under 10 half price.
There will be VIP hospitality tables available that will include dinner, drinks and
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2011 Northbrook Velodrome Racing Guide

Check out the 2011 Track Bicycle Racing guide produced by the Northbrook Cycle Committee. It is a comprehensive guide to track racing, track bikes, strategy, how to get started, stories about racing in Northbrook, etc.

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Online Preregistration now available for Matrix Track Cup

It's time to kick off the 2011 ATRA National Championship Series...

Frisco Superdrome hosts the 2011 edition of the Matrix Track Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart!
Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22 are your race dates.

Discounted early-bird registration is available now at
Online registration closes 2 days prior to racing, and last chance registration is the evening prior - onsite at Friday Night Racing. [I]No Race-Day Registration is offered.[/I]

For the elite riders, we are offering a modified "International-Style Omnium" over the two days of racing.
"Modified" as in -- you are allowed to "pick and choose" your events if you don't want to race all six... but the omnium scoring makes it important to start and finish all six to contend for the overall.  Each individual race within the omnium is recognized in its own right as a separate race.

There are no qualifying heats scheduled, and field limits apply, so please register early if you are planning to come to Frisco to race the ATRA NCS kickoff!

Flyer link with more details: