The World Series of Bicycling continued on Friday night in T-town with another UCI night, the Fastest Man on Wheels at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, and the racing picked up right where it left off last week, after a brief 20-minute delay to dry the track following a brief thunderstorm.
Before the Friday night main event got underway, morning Keirin Heats got literal for the riders as they battled each other and the high temperatures in hopes to advance to the Friday night finals.
After the women competed in some semi-finals for the UCI Keirin, a monster race, a UCI 72 Points Race was how the men started off the night. Kiwi Patrick Jones won the event, accumulating 28 points during the tenacious race.
Jake Duehring of the U.S. finished second and Stephen Hall of Ausralia took third, after breaking tie as both riders tallied 25 points in the event.
Had to go north of the border, to get a winner of the women Keirin final as Monique Sullivan of Canada took first place in the event. Danielle Kahn of Great Britain took second.
New Zealand’s Eddie Dawkins won the Men’s UCI Keirin’s finals with a strong two-lap finish as he pumped his fist crossing the finish line in front of a large crowd.
Matthew Rotherham of Great Britain took second place.
To finish off the night, Colleen Hayduk of the U.S. won the women’s Miss-N-Out and Simon Van Velthooven of New Zealand won the men 5Km Scratch race.
The race will be rebroadcast on Service Electric channel 2 Saturday at 7 p.m. and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The World Series of Bicycling continues with a double dip next week with two nights of racing. On Friday, it is the Festival of Speed Kick off to Summer, which is another UCI night. UCI events will be held on Saturday night as well for the Red Robin All-Stars Night, which is also Family Fun Night at VPCC. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing beginning at 7:30 p.m. for both nights.