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Canada sweeps keirin, VPCC beats tropical storm Bill on UCI Red Robin Family Fun Night

Recap first posted on thevelodrome.com on June 20, 2015.

It was known that having two UCI World Series of Bicycling in one week, on consecutive days, would leave very little time of rest for VPCC and the riders. They got even less than originally anticipated.

Due to tropical storm Bill, Saturday’s UCI Red Robin BRL All-Stars Family Fun Night was turned into an afternoon affair as the schedule of events was altered in hopes of avoiding the incoming storm. Keirin qualifying originally scheduled for 5 p.m. began at 1 p.m. and included the keirin semi-finals and finals, which were originally scheduled for the evening session. The rest of the evening schedule commenced a little before 4 p.m.

The threat of rain didn’t alter the action on the track, despite the riders racing in some light precipitation at times.

Team Canada and coach Erin Hartwell swept the keirin titles. Hugo Barrette of Canada won the UCI men’s keirin finals and Simon Van Velthooven of New Zealand took second place. Monique Sullivan of Canada led the full final lap and won the UCI women’s keirin championship. New Zealand’s Natasha Hansen finished in second place.

The evening schedule was altered to have all UCI events start off the night, following the keirin finals.

The men’s UCI 15km scratch race was first and was the Bobby Lea show. The Topton resident lapped the field on his way to a first-place finish. Matthew Rotherham took second.

The women’s UCI 48 lap points final followed with Kim Geist winning the event with 23 points. Tela Crane finished second tallying 14 points.

With it being the Red Robin BRL All-Stars, the evening was about the children, particularly the participants of the Marty Nothstein Bicycling Racing League presented by Red Robin. Six finals were run as the young riders were side-by-side with the best professional cyclists in the world.

Alyssa Zack, Otis Engle, Yamashita Homare, Anja Thomas , William Walton, Luke Gerdeman and Aaron Schwein were the BRL finals winners.

The men’s SuperSprint Elimination, the penultimate pro race of the evening, became the encore to the ‘Bobby Lea Show’ as Lea pulled away from the pack and easily earned his second victory of the evening. Rotherham executed an impressive final lap sprint to claim second place.

Another familiar name won the pro women’s Miss-N-Out, as Geist took first place. Crane earned second place.

World Series of Bicycling action continues June 26 with the Keirin Cup at VPCC, the first non-UCI night of the 2015 World Series of Bicycling season so far. The night is also PA Dutch night with plenty of Dutch festivities, including a beer stein race and yodeling. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing commencing at 7:30 p.m.

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