Marquardt Wins Four National Titles at U.S Track National Championships

Team Novo Nordisk’s Mandy Marquardt won four national titles, in the Sprint, Keirin, 500m Time Trial and Team Time Trial, at the 2021 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships from July 15-18, 2021. Marquardt, now a 22-time U.S. National Champion, also set two new track records in the 500m Time Trial and Team Sprint.

Marquardt set the fastest time in all her qualification rounds and won all her heats in the four events she competed in at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Penn.

“Competing in four Sprint events (500m Time Trial, Sprint, Keirin and Team Sprint) over four long days was an absolute blast, but I definitely need to catch up on some sleep now before 3 weeks of exciting UCI racing coming up. It’s great to be back out there competing, defending my U.S. National Sprint titles and showing the world what’s possible with diabetes. Grateful for the support from Team Novo Nordisk and my sponsors for being there every step of the way. It truly takes a village!” said Marquardt.

In the Elite Women 500m Time Trial final, Marquardt set a new track record as she sprinted her way into a Stars and Stripes jersey. Her time of 35.082 bested the previous record held by Canadian Olympia Lauriane Genest by 10 hundreds of a second.

“I wasn’t expecting the track record since I maxed out in the gym earlier that week and I am currently in a heavy training block, but it feels really good to accomplish that result,” said Marquardt who had just watched her fiancé James Alvord (Edge Cycling) win the Elite Men 1000m Time Trial. “To see Jamie win his first individual national title, along with winning the Sprints and Team Sprint was incredibly inspiring. I couldn’t help but tear up and it was always right before my races. So many emotions! Jamie has worked so hard and he earned it.”

Marquardt has won the gold in the 500m Time Trial for the last five years, starting in 2016. (The 2020 U.S. Track Nationals were canceled due to the pandemic.)

Marquardt then successfully defended her title in the Elite Women’s Keirin on Friday, July 16.

“That one hurt,” said Marquardt following her winning ride. “I knew what I wanted to execute while being safe, aggressive and trying to ride tactically to my strengths.”

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Marquardt Shifts Focus to Track Nationals and Upcoming UCI Races

A member of the 2020 USA Cycling Olympic Long Team, Mandy Marquardt was not selected for the Final Olympic Team for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and thus she is shifting her focus to upcoming competitions. Team Novo Nordisk’s Marquardt started off her summer racing season with a victory at the Bicycle Racing League All-Stars at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania on Friday, June 18.

“Over the last few years, it’s been an incredibly fulfilling experience and an honor to represent my country throughout major international events, focusing on helping accumulate Olympic qualifying points for the United States alongside my teammate. Though I wasn’t selected, I stand ready if the team needs me and will be cheering on my USA Cycling teammates,” Marquardt said. “If diabetes has taught me anything, it’s resilience and I’m grateful for the team’s continued support. We are a family.”

Marquardt won all her races at the sprint invitational, starting with the four-rider heat, then the semifinals and lastly the finals.

“I loved being back racing under the lights at the VPCC for the first time since 2019,” commented Marquardt. “It was great to race with some of the upcoming athletes, especially from my Edge Cycling training group. I trained that morning at the track already and went into the night already pretty warmed up just focusing on technical skills and that race pressure again for future international events.”

After the competition, the event announcer acknowledged Marquardt’s efforts in playing a valuable role in helping secure a spot for the Olympics alongside her teammate. Marquardt was then happy to answer a few questions.

“I noted the talent from my teammates, the upcoming generation and how much fun it is to be here racing again in front of a crowd, especially with my parents and fiancé here,” she concluded. “I then commented that it’s been a great journey alongside Maddie [Godby] and that it is great to see a female sprinter in the Olympics since 2008.”

Her love of track racing has not diminished. Marquardt is now shifting her focus to the next training and racing block which starts with the 2021 USA Cycling Elite, Junior, Para Track National Championship in July.  Afterwards, Marquardt plans on competing at the three UCI events scheduled for the end of the summer at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Marquardt will also continue her education in the fall with The Pennsylvania State University MBA program.

Photo Credits:

Courtesy of Vishrut Garg and Valley Preferred Cycling Center (@vishrut_fa and @the_velodrome on Instagram)

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