Wrap up: Arizona’s Lewis Elliot brings home Masters championship on Day 1

It was only Day 1 of USA Cycling’s Masters Track Nationals and his first track race, but Arizona’s Lewis Elliot didn’t waste any time in claiming the top step of the podium.

Elliot clocked 3:43.828 Tuesday in the men’s 35-39 individual pursuit of 3,000 meters at the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C. The time was more than two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

“I rode a road bike and was all over the track, but had a fast ride and figured it out by the end of the three kilometers to take my first ever track national championship!” Elliot wrote on his Facebook page. “Over-the-moon HAPPY!!!”

Elliot rode one of a few types of time trial road bikes that have horizontal dropouts and are allowed on the track.

At least six Arizona track cyclists set out to test their speed against other national contenders of their age categories this week. Elliot, along with James Kramer and Bob Francis, Karl Baumgart, Brian Forbes and Craig Streit are competing in various events across five days of racing.

On Day 1, Baumgart brought home a silver medal in the men’s 40-44 scratch race, which is similar to a crit on a track. Francis finished seventh in the men’s 50-54 500-meter time trial. Kramer crashed in a match sprint, suffered road rash and managed to get eighth. He plans to continue racing, he said.

Baumgart, Lewis, Kramer and Forbes likely will work together in the coming days in the team pursuit, which is similar to a team time trial, Baumgart said. Kramer, Forbes and Streit will head up a team sprint.

Stay tuned to Clipped In for daily wrap ups on your Arizona riders.


Sarah Muench