Sprint Open at the Los Angeles Velodrome
On September 12, we visited the Los Angeles Velodrome in Carson for the Sprint Open in conjunction with the Velo Palace marketplace at the center of the stadium. The total purse for this event was $10,000 with each top man and woman earning $800 in cash.
There were 35 racers from all over the country on the track and all were in their best form for racing. Giddeon Massie, a medal holder for the Pan Am games and a US representative in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, was a force to watch. Massie went home in first place with a time of 10.616 in the sprints and second in the Track racing against Kwesi Brown. Brown also took second for the 200m sprint with a time of 10.776 and Nate Koch came in third with a time of 10.938. Missy Erickson led the women with a time of 11.777 and served as a worthy opponent against Massie in the Sprint Tournament. The nail-biting tension of these agile racers made for an exciting night and we look forward to the next Velodrome event.