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Williams earns 2015 U.S. 10 Mile Championship

Recap first posted on thevelodrome.com on July 24, 2015.

The ten mile track record fell earlier this season at the hands of Bobby Lea.

His new record still stands after Friday night.

Zac Williams (above) was the first to cross the finish line in the U.S. 10 Mile Championship, becoming this year's champ (Photo/Rick Menapace).

It seemed as though it may have fallen again Friday night as part of the U.S. 10 Mile Championships and Legends Night at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, but the absence of Lea and defending champion, Matt Baranoski, certainly helped the record stand tall.

Instead it was Zac Williams of New Zealand who took home the championship, after winning the feature event of the evening. Additionally, he won the men’s omnium with 24 points.

Some of the familiar faces, such as Baranoski and Lea, may not have been there, but there was a new face in T-town, Bolt, VPCC’s new mascot, who was introduced during the first intermission of Friday night’s World Series of Bicycling event.

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Bolt, who is an ambassador of bicycle safety, was welcomed by fellow Lehigh Valley mascots such as MeLVin of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Red from Red Robin, among others.

The racing began with a 10 lap scratch race for the men which was won by Williams.

Another native of New Zealand won the first women’s first event of the evening as Elizabeth Steel won the women’s SuperSprint Elimination.

Both the men and women had unknown distance races in honor of VPCC hall of famer Hubert Schleh, the original bell man in T-town. Winners of the races won $250.

Williams notched his second straight win to start off the evening by winning the men’s unknown distance event, which was seven laps. Natasha Hansen won the women’s edition of the race, which was 10 laps.

Lauren Ellis won the women’s 20 lap points race with a tiebreaker over Steel, both of whom finished with 8 points.

Before the second intermission, Ben Stewart won the men’s 500m chariot finals. Jeremy Presbury finished second.

Elizabeth Steel won the women’s 10 lap preme race, the first event after the second intermission, the Heeps intermission. However, Kirstie James won three premes in the race, totaling $65.

Stephen Hall won the men’s 25 lap points race, which followed the women’s preme race, with 13 points. With 10 points, Michael Black finished second.

The men’s SuperSprint Elimination followed and was won by Nick Rogers. Hall settled for second.

Kim Zubris won the final women’s event of the evening, the four lap handicap. Monica Volk finished in second place.

Steel won the women’s omnium totaling 24 points.

The Service Electric broadcast of the U.S. 10 Mile Championships will air on channel 2 at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

VPCC wraps up the month of July with another World Series of Bicycling event, the Air Products Finals, where members of our Air Products youth classes will be joining the professionals under the bright lights on a Friday night. It is also Family Night as well, with plenty of fun planned for all family members, including a three-legged race and a water balloon toss. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to view the official omnium and race results.

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