The World Cycling League will be debuting in Southern California at the VELO Sports Center in Carson March 18-19, 2016. The WCL plans to make this TeamTrak event spectacular with televised coverage, and epic racing that will fall in line with their focus to reignite U.S. excitement for velodrome racing. The WCL consists of six teams, four from the U.S. and two international. The WCL cyclists range in age and ability from 18-year-old Antonieta Gaxiola, a young rider who brings glamour and aspiring talent to the Mexican Heat, to 40 year old Susie Mitchel, a World Champion who anchors the Dublin Thunder’s female endurance squad. Athletes will compete in a 12 race card of exciting sprint, kierin, elimination and enduro-sprint races in a three session triple header.
California Wave: Nate Koch #11, Missy Erickson #12, Zachary Kovalcik #13, Korina Huizar #14, Andreas Mueller #15, Alissa Maglaty, and Zane Torre #17
Pennsylvania Lightning: Kwesi Brown #41, Anita Yvonne Stenberg #42, Stephen Hall #43, Colleen Gulick #44, Michael Chauner #45, Charline Joiner #46, and Tyler Nothstein #47
Colorado Cyclones: Giddeon Massie #21, Dana Feiss #22, Justin Williams #23, Kate Wilson #24, Patrick Jones #25, Christina Birch #26, and Dean Haas #27
Connecticut Nor’Easters: Matthew Rotherham #31, Anissa Cobb #32, Patrick Kos #33, Tela Crane #34, Matt Gittings #35, Sara Ferrera #36, and Luke Momper #37
Dublin Thunder: Eamonn Byrne #51, Eimear Moran #52, Con Collis #53, Lydia Gurley #54, Fintan Ryan #55, Susie Mitchell #56, and Eoin Morton #57
Mexico Heat: Roberto Serrano #61, Daniela Gaxiola #62, Guy East #63, Antonieta Gaxiola #64, Ignacio Sarabia #65, Teresa Casas #66, Ignacio Prado #67
The name of one of the athletes, Missy Erickson, may sound familiar to you. We witnessed Erickson’s talent first-hand when we attended the LA Velodrome Sprint Open back in September (check out the gallery and you’ll find photos of the colorful rider Nate Koch – TEAM NATER, who will also be competing for California Wave.) Her riding was fearless and fast, and this year she will be competing on behalf of the home team, California Wave. Erickson will be the designated sprinter for her team, due in part to her ferociousness on, and off, the bike. In fact, last year, just two months after a training crash broke her collarbone in three places, fractured and dislocated her wrist, tore ligaments and meniscus, and gave her a severe concussion, she was back on the international circuit winning medals in high speed sprint races. We’ll be rooting for our home team at this must-see event.
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