Recap first posted on thevelodrome.com on July 10, 2015.
After a week off, the World Series of Bicycling got back on track Friday night at Valley Preferred Cycling Center with one of the more highly-anticipated events of the season, Tandemonium.
Additionally, it was USA night in T-town with $1 hot dogs at the Breakaway Café, a Budweiser special at the Beer & Wine Stand and the honoring of Hometown Heroes during opening ceremonies. Also, all current first responders as well as all past and present military members received free admission.
The tandem of Matt Rotherham and Yorick Bos dominated the tandems, winning the main event, Tandemonium, just beating out the duo of Tyler Nothstein and Eric Workowski, as well as taking first in the tandem sprint finals.
Following the opening ceremonies, tandem sprint time trials occurred to seed the tandems for the semi-finals.
The women hit the track next, for the first time Friday night, for a 25 lap points race. Colleen Hayduk led in the points from the first sprint to the end as she won the race tallying 15 points. Natasha Hansen finished second with 10 points.
New Zealand’s Jeremy Presbury took the lead late in the men’s 3 km scratch and earned the victory. Ben Stewart finished second.
Hayduk, who was the GU Rider on the Night in the women’s Miss-N-Out, raced with the crowd in mind and won the event, earning free GU products for all in attendance. Steel, of New Zealand, finished in second place while Alysha Keith finished third.
Presbury kept his record perfect through two events, just like Hayduk, as he narrowly edged Nothstein for the win in the men’s unknown distance event, which ran 16 laps.
Hansen broke through and was the first to cross the finish line in the women’s 10 lap scratch. Her fellow team member, Steel, finished second.
Following the scratch race, was the appetizer for Tandemonium, the tandem sprint finals. The tandem of Rotherham, from Great Britain, and Bos edged Matt Diefenbach and Zac Williams. However, due to a passing violation the finals were re-rode after the women 500m chariots heats.
In the re-ride, an intense one at that, Rotherham and Bos held on for the same result.
Presbury tacked on another win, pulling the hat trick, winning the men’s Miss-N-Out. Edging Nothstein again, who settled for second.
Katie Schofield won the women’s 500m chariots finals. Hansen took second place.
Hayduk compiled 20 points and won the women’s omnium. Presbury, with help from his three victories, earned 21 points and won the men’s omnium.
The Service Electric broadcast of Tandemonium will air Saturday at 4 p.m. on channel 2 and 502.
World Series of Bicycling action continues next Friday with the Keystone Cup and the Women’s Open. It is also Ladies Night in T-town as VPCC is partnering with Making Strides to raise awareness. Ladies can enjoy the night with $1 ‘Ritas in the plaza. Fun is planned for both men and women, including a bike race in heels and more. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30 p.m.