MEDALISTS TO COMPETE IN STAR-STUDDED UCI WORLD CUP
World Class Track racing returns to the Los Angeles and
Southern California area.
The ADT Event Center Velodrome at The Home Depot Center in
Carson this weekend (December 10-12) hosts a massive collection of international
cycling talent where 24 Olympic medalists from around the world will compete in
the second round of the 2004/05 UCI World Cup series. In total, 170 athletes
from 32 countries are scheduled to race and vie for World Championship berths
which are up for grabs.
Local Southern California talents Anna Webb
and Erin Mirabella will have home track advantage. Anna Webb is
from San Diego. Erin Mirabella was born in Racine, Wisconsin, but lives and
trains locally in La Habra.
Mirabella, along with Marty Nothstein
(Orefield, Pennsylvania) are both highly decorated Americans competing in Carson
this weekend. A longtime fixture on the international cycling circuit,
Nothstein captured a silver medal at the 1996 games in Atlanta before he
realized his dream of Olympic gold four years later in Sydney. A three-time
world champion and 35-time U.S. national champion, Nothstein will team up with
fellow 2004 Olympian Colby Pearce (Boulder, Colorado) in the
Madison on Sunday.
Mirabella, who captured a bronze medal in Athens, leads a women's endurance trio
that also includes Rebecca Quinn (Quakertown, PA) and Webb.
Tickets: Individual tickets for the event start at
$15 and all event packages are also available beginning at $60. Family Packs and
discounts for group of 10 or more are also available. For more information or
to order tickets, call 1-866-LAGROUP, order online at
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Of the 32 nations competing, Australia stands out as
arguably the most talented team. The squad from 'down under' will be sending
the two riders responsible for half of their eight-medal haul from Athens.
Double Olympic gold medalist Ryan Bayley proved to be one of the
world's best sprinters after convincing wins in the sprint and keirin events
last August. His female counterpart, Anna Meares, won Olympic
gold this year in the 500m time trial and brought home a bronze in the sprint.
Sean Eadie, a bronze medallist in Sydney, compliments the
accomplished and experienced core of Australian sprinters. On the endurance
front, 2004 Olympic silver medallist and former world record holder Katie
Mactier will lead the way for Australia.
Germany, Spain and France will also be fielding teams that
are expected to post strong results. Three-time Olympic medallist Stefan
Nimke will lead a powerful German team in the sprint events while
two-time Olympic champion Robert Bartko and two-time Olympic
medallist Guido Fulst will be riders to watch in the individual
pursuit and points race respectively.
Sergi Escobar and Juan Llaneras
will lead Spain. Escobar captured two medals in Athens, a bronze in the both
the individual pursuit and the team pursuit. An Olympic champion in 2000,
Llaneras added a second Olympic medal to his name in Athens with a silver medal
performance in the points race. Escobar's Olympic teammates, Carlos
Castano and Asier Maeztu, also will be on hand to form a potential
winning combination in the team pursuit.
With four Olympic medals between them, Arnaud
Tournant and Mikael Bourgain will lead France and provide
the field with another well-respected sprint combination.
In a potential rematch of the women's sprint finals at the
Athens games, gold medalist Lori-Ann Muenzer (Canada) and silver
medalist Tamilla Abassova
(Italy) will be in Los Angeles. Also, runner-up to
Australia's Bayley, Athens silver medalist Theo Bos (Netherlands)
will be looking for revenge.
Other Olympic gold medalists scheduled to compete include
Mikhail Ignatyev (Russia), and Jason Queally (Great Britian).
Ignatyev won the points race in Athens and Queally won the kilometer time trial
Finally, Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belorussia),
Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico), Chris Newton (Great
Britian), and Oxana Grichina (RUS) round out the list of Olympic medalists
scheduled to compete this weekend.
Olympic Medalists Participating
Ryan Bayley (AUS) Gold; sprint, keirin
Mikhail Ignatyev (RUS) Gold; points race
Anna Meares (AUS) Gold; 500m time trial, Bronze; sprint
Lori-Ann Muenzer (CAN) Gold; sprint
Stefan Nimke (GER) Gold; team sprint, Bronze; kilometer time trial
Tamilla Abassova (ITA) Silver; sprint
Theo Bos (NED) Silver; sprint
Juan Llaneras (ESP) Silver; points race
Belem Guerrero Mendez (ESP) Silver; points race
Katie Mactier (AUS) Silver; individual pursuit
Arnaud Tournant (FRA) Silver; kilometer time trial
Mikael Bourgain (FRA) Bronze; team sprint
Carlos Castano (ESP) Bronze; team pursuit
Sergi Escobar (ESP) Bronze; individual pursuit, team pursuit
Guido Fulst (ITA) Bronze; points race
Asier Maeztu (ESP) Bronze; team pursuit
Erin Mirabella (USA) Bronze; points race
Natalia Tsylinskaya (BLR) Bronze; 500m time trial
Robert Bartko (GER) Gold; individual pursuit, team pursuit
Fulst (GER) Gold; team pursuit
Llaneras (ESP) Gold; points race
Marty Nothstein (USA) Gold; sprint
Jason Queally (GBR) Gold; kilometer time trial, Silver; team sprint
Tournant (FRA) Gold; team sprint
Oxana Grichina (RUS) Silver; sprint
Nimke (GER) Silver; kilometer time trial
Sean Eadie (AUS) Bronze; team sprint
Chris Newton (GBR) Bronze; team pursuit
Nothstein (USA) Silver; sprint
Countries Participating (32)
Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belarus, Canada, Chile,
Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia,
Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Paraguay, Russia, Switzerland,
Ukraine, United States, Venezuela.
Individual tickets start at only $15 and all event packages are also available
starting at only $60. For more information or to order tickets, call 866-LAGROUP
or order tickets online at
This is not an event you want to miss if you can make
it to Southern California.
HEIDEN TO APPEAR AT LOS ANGELES WORLD CUP
American Cycling Legend and Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Help Celebrate World
Class Track Cycling in L.A.
Three-time Tour de France champion and American cycling
legend Greg LeMond and five-time Olympic gold medalist Eric Heiden are scheduled
to be special guests at the upcoming UCI World Cup event at the ADT Event Center
LeMond will be appearing on Friday, Dec. 10 and Heiden will
be on hand Saturday, Dec. 11.
Ticketholders who purchased an all session package and
members of the media are welcome to attend a VIP meet and greet with LeMond from
5:00-5:30pm Friday evening in the ADT Event Center infield. A similar meet and
greet for the general public with LeMond is also tentatively scheduled for
On Saturday, similar events are planned with Heiden. Full details will be
LeMond was the first American to win the Tour de France, capturing overall
titles in 1986, 1989 and 1990 and also became the first American to win an elite
world championship – riding to the rainbow jersey on two occasions – in 1983 and
Heiden’s name is synonymous with the highest degree of
success at the Olympic level. In 1980, Heiden displayed a rare combination of
speed and endurance on his way to five Olympic gold medals in Lake Placid, N.Y.
setting Olympic records at the time in the 500, 1000, 1500, 5000 and 10,000
meter speed skating events. Ditching his skates for a bike shortly afterwards,
the two-time Olympian won the USPRO Championship in 1985 and became a member of
the 7-Eleven Professional Cycling Team, the first American-based team to compete
in the Tour de France.
On Sunday, the event’s final day of competition, 2000 U.S.
Olympic Team member Antonio Cruz (Long Beach, Calif.) will be on hand. Cruz, a
Southern California native has been a member of the U.S. Postal Service
Professional Cycling Team for the last four years.
About the ADT Event Center
The 100,000 square foot, $15 million ADT Event Center is located on the 125-acre
Home Depot Center campus in Carson, California. The Center hosts training and
competition under the guidance of USA Cycling, including the 2004 Junior Track
National Championships, 2004 World Junior Track Cycling Championships and the
2005 World Track Cycling Championships. The ADT Event Center will also host
other major competitions, events and cycling clinics.
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale,
USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 45,000 members and 2,000
For more information on the Los Angeles World Cup event, visit
www.uci.ch or www.dailypeloton.com