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Marquardt, Browne triumph in UCI Keirin Revenge

Recap was first posted on thevelodrome.com on Aug. 21, 2015.

Many riders call T-town home.

UCI could have done the same for 2015.

UCI was in T-town with UCI points up for grabs during six of the 13 World Series of Bicycling events at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center this past summer, nearly half of the 2015 WSB campaign. The final one transpired Friday night.

Photo: Rick Menapace

The UCI Keirin Revenge wrapped up UCI’s stay in T-town this summer with UCI points for the taking in both the men’s and women’s keirin tournament as well as the 30 lap points race for the women and the 15km scratch final for the men.

Unlike the five other UCI nights this season, there was no qualifying session preceding the Friday night action as the keirin heats led off the night program in front of the crowd.

The women jumped right to the finals which were won by Mandy Marquardt who held off Julia Sante to grab the UCI points for the women’s keirin.

The men’s keirin finals ensued with a few big names in the 1-6 final. Kwesi Browne of Trinidad won the men’s keirin tournament as he led from the beginning to the end in the final heat.  Countrymate Njisane Phillip finished in second place.

In the other UCI events, Madison Farrant lapped the field and ran away with the women’s 30 lap points race, accumulating 35 points. Colleen Gulick finished in second place with 16 points. Stephen Hall won the men’s 15km scratch final, the final event of the evening, earning maximum UCI points.

There were a few other USA Cycling events throughout the evening.

In the men’s 30 lap points race, Achim Burkhart took first place with 14 points as he won a tiebreaker against Bobby Lea, who settled for second.

Lea pulled away at the end to win the pro men’s Miss-N-Out with Kim Geist winning the women’s Miss-N-Out.

The juniors got another chance to shine under the bright lights with a 5 lap scratch. Marcy Bardman won the event with Logan Reider finishing in second place.

The fan favorite Longest Lap was on the schedule for the pro men and Phillip blasted away in the one-lap sprint to take the victory. Current men’s rider of the year leader Jeremy Presbury finished in second place. Lastly, Presbury took a win in the men’s 10 lap scratch as he just edged Phillip on the final lap of the race.

Gulick won the women’s omnium with nine points and Burkhart won the men’s with 18 points.

Service Electric’s broadcast of the UCI Keirin Revenge will air on tape delay on TV2 sports at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The 2015 WSB season and the 40th anniversary year wraps up next week with the 40th annual Madison Cup, one of the most prestigious and longest running events at VPCC. Additionally, it is Community Appreciation Night as the T-town team thanks all of its faithful for helping making this celebratory year one of its best yet. VPCC will end the season with its big gift to the fans, a 40th Anniversary Celebration Fireworks Extravaganza, in conjunction with the Schmoyer family after the racing to send off the season in style. Lastly, VPCC’s 2015 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during opening ceremonies as Allen Bell will be inducted.

Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing getting underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at thevelodrome.com or at the gate on the night of the event.

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