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Dakin is golden on Bolt’s birthday

Press release was first posted on thevelodrome.com and sent out to the local media on July 15, 2016.

TREXLERTOWN, Pa. – Bolt, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s mascot, celebrated his first birthday on Friday night and was joined by his fellow mascot buddies from around the Lehigh Valley, but he wasn’t the only one leaving T-town on a high note.

Sam Dakin of New Zealand also left happy as he won the feature event of the evening, the men’s five lap golden wheel race.

Also, there were golden wheel events for the stagiaires and women as well. David Bonser won the stagiaires race while Sophia Shuhay won the women’s version. Both events were four laps in length.

Complementing the professional riders was the legends category, compiling of riders age 45 years and older. Nima Ebrahimnejad swept all three events, taking wins in them all. Brean Shea finished second in the omnium, with 12 points.

The pro men’s category was a two person battle between Zach Kovalick and Olympic-bound Bobby Lea. The two each earned a victory and tied with 18 points in the omnium. It was Kovalcik who earned the Omnium win via a tiebreaker.

For the second straight week, stagiaires also rode under the bright World Series of Bicycling lights. Bonser won two of the four events, the tempo points race and the aforementioned golden wheel race, to win the stagiaires omnium. Josh Hartman finished second.

Shuhay capped off the night with the golden wheel victory, which secured her the omnium win for the women as well. She accumulated 10 points, enough to stave off Mary Costelloe, who finished in second with nine points.

In addition to the omnium events, there was a Keirin invitational for the male riders. It began with two heats, with the top four riders in each heat advancing to the final. Jordan Castle of New Zealand won the invitational with Dom Suozzi taking second.

During opening ceremonies, Bolt celebrated his first birthday with a few of his mascot friends including the Nittany Lion from Penn State, Max M. Call from The Morning Call, Tuxster from the Lehigh Valley Zoo, and Red from Red Robin.

Click here to view tonight’s official results.

Service Electric’s broadcast of Friday night’s action will be replayed on Saturday at 4 p.m. on TV 2 Sports.

The World Series of Bicycling has a week off next week as VPCC prepares for the 2016 USA Cycling Junior and Elite National Championships. The championships are July 25-31. Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 night sessions are ticketed and are part of the World Series of Bicycling.

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