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Junior Flyers Win Four Georgia Junior State Track Championships
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
June 26, 2013 02:12 PM | 1306 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Junior Flyers, an elite youth cycling team sponsored by Bike Roswell, had a highly successful run at the Georgia Junior Track Championships on June 1 at the Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point. The Flyers won four championships during the meet.

Junior Flyer Adi Gummadi won the 13-14 combined field points competition after finishing first in the 500m Time Trial, the ten-lap Scratch Race and third in the 15-lap Points Race. Thomas Cross and Sophia Braodwell finished second and third in the Omnium results, producing a podium sweep for the Junior Flyers.

Salma Huque represented the Junior Flyers well and used victories in the 200m time Trial along with wins in two match sprints to earn the 15-18 women’s competition.

Five Junior Flyers participated in the largest competition of the event, the 15-16 men’s division: Ian Garrison, Willem Kaiser, Nick Oestreich, Mikey Waine and Asa Kramer. Waine won both the 500m and 200m Time Trial while Garrison was victorious in the sprint individual finals. The final race in this grouping, the 20-lap points race was won by Waine, who also captured the Omnium title in his division with Garrison and Oestreich rounding out the top-three.

The two Junior Flyers in the Men’s 17-18 group, Haegan Altizer and Luke Broadwell, had strong showings, with Haegan winning the 1000m and 200m Time Trials and Broadwell earning a win in the 20-Lap Points race.

Altizer was able to win the Omnium title in this division. “This was a strong effort by our kids,” said Junior Flyers’ head coach Eric Broadwell.

Track racing represents only a portion of what Bike Roswell does to promote health in the Roswell and North Fulton area.

“We reach out to communities and schools to get people riding bikes and eliminate childhood obesity,” said Broadwell. “We want to keep kids active and mention track racing to them.”

The Junior Flyers will return to action as a part of the Ga. 400 Hospitality Highway Century event taking place on June 30, when riders from across the state will gather together and have the opportunity to ride their bikes on the highway as part of multiple distanced rides from nine to 100 miles.

Bike Roswell will also award 10 scholarships to kids 12 and up to ride in the 400 race.

More information is available at bikeroswell.com.

“There are many benefits of cycling for kids,” Broadwell said. “It’s an individual sport but you also have to sacrifice for your teammates at times.

“You build camaraderie, teamwork, learn that effort equals results and a young cyclist can become a better driver because he understands the rules of the road.”

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