As part of the newly revamped Team USA Sprint Program, Team Novo Nordisk’s Mandy Marquardt attended a six-week training camp in Los Angeles, April 8 to May 9. The reigning National Champion then started her racing season at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup in Milton, Ontario, Canada, May 12-15.
According to USA Cycling National Sprint Director Erin Hartwell, a major focus of the Sprint Program leading into the Paris Olympic Games in 2024 is the team sprint while also keeping an emphasis on individual events too.
Marquardt lined up with two teammates to set a new national record in the Women’s Team Sprint event, with a time of 49.989, averaging a speed of 54.012 km/hr. The trio finished eighth overall.
“It was America’s first 3-Women Team Sprint line up at a UCI Cycling international event,” said Marquardt, who bettered her national record in Team Sprint set at U.S Track National Championships last summer.
“I absolutely loved racing the Team Sprint with Keely Ainslie and Kayla Hankins and I’m excited for more racing to come.”
Marquardt also competed in the Sprint and Keirin events where she finished 17th overall in each event.
“It was great to be back and racing again since the UCI Track World Championships, held six months ago. I am feeling mixed emotions about my own results, but as always I’ll keep bringing my best.”
Following two years of reduced competition, 2022 is a rebuild year for the Sprint Program before targeting the Olympic qualification system that is expected to start in 2023.
“The future looks bright for Track Sprint Cycling in America,” concluded Marquardt.
Marquardt will next compete at UCI races, the T-Town Summer Games, held at her hometown track, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Penn. starting with the Festival Of Speed on June 10. She will then line up at the Fastest Man/Woman on Wheels, on June 17, the US GP on June 24-25, and the Discover Lehigh Valley GP on July 1-2.
Full Results: https://www.uci.org/competition-details/2022/PIS/65940
Photo Credits: Courtesy of @SWPix_Cycling/www.swpix.com
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