Big Weekend in Philly

Roller Racing the Night Before
First Union USPRO Championships & Liberty Classic
Saturday & Sunday, June 8-9, 2002
© 2002

Chris Hensel (Phila) and Heather Tyner (DC)
won the roller races and tickets to
Cycle Messenger World Championships in Copenhagen!

Road To Nowhere
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday June 8, 2002

Philadelphia Bike Messenger Association hosted roller racing the night before the US PRO Championship and Liberty Classic road races. Promoter Wendy Fallin lined-up race announcer Richard Fries of the Ride Magazine and sponsorship from Mavic, Briko, Selle San Marco, Reload Bags, Nordbrau Brew, Frankenstein Bike Works, Vespid Couriers, Sweet Skinz Tires, Drivesports, and yours truly, Bike Works NYC.

Altay Akgun (Phila) set a new speed record! With a sprint qualifying time of 14:03 seconds for 500 meters, Altay's average speed was 125 kph or 78 mph! That's what T-Town Velodrome can do for you.

Men's Sprint Final was a photo-finish. Altay (red) held off the field for most of the race, until Chris (black) caught and passed him just after the line. In the heat of the moment the Referee named red winner and nobody protested. Chad's video confirmed it was too close to judge.

Diana Oviedo (Philly) and Heather Tyner (DC) in the Women's Sprint Final. Heather won the Sprint and Pursuit races, earning first prize--round-trip tickets to Copenhagen for the Cycle Messenger World Championships in September.

Womens Sprint Qualifying - 500-meter flying start
1Taliah Lempert (Brooklyn) 53x1218.99 sec
2Diana Oviedo (Phila) 53x1219.32
3Heather Tyner (DC) 53x1319.43
4Stacy Elmer (NYC) ??21.61
5Stephane Stago (Phila) 53x1222.13
6Amy Bolger (Brooklyn) 53x1222.54

Womens Sprint Semi-Finals - 1000-meter standing start
Race 1
1Heather Tyner (DC) 39.92 sec
2Taliah Lempert (Brooklyn)
3Amy Bolger (Brooklyn)
Race 2
1Diana Oviedo (Phila) 44.05
2Stacy Elmer (NYC)
3Stephane Stago (Phila)

Womens Sprint Final - 1000-meter standing start
1Heather Tyner (DC) 39.37 sec
1Diana Oviedo (Phila)

Mens Sprint Qualifying - 500-meter flying start
1Altay Akgun (Phila) 53x1214.03 sec
2Matt Bartlett (Phila) 60x1114.92
3Chris Hensel (Phila) 53x1115.12
4Nicholas Atkins (Baltimore) 53x1215.28
5Julius Reeves (Phila) 53x1115.75
6Misha Kwasuiewski (Phila) 53x1215.92
7Chita Williams (Phila) 53x1117.08
8Corey Hilliard (Phila) 53x1117.37
9Andy Zalan (DC) ??17.43
10Eric Ginsburg (Phila) 53x1217.57
11Craig Barnes (Brooklyn) 53x1218.46
12Matt Hopper (Columbus) 49x1218.67
13Kevin Bolger (Brooklyn) 49x1218.91
14Dedric Helgert (DC) 53x1119.32
15Rob Tell (Brooklyn) 47x1219.34
16Stephen Reingold (Phila) 53x1620.80
17Chad Selberg (Brooklyn) 49x1221.37
18Dan Scheidler (Columbus) 52x1721.87
19Thomas Woody (Phila) 46x1724.98

Mens Sprint Semi-Finals - 1000-meter standing start
Race 1
1Altay Akgun (Phila) 33.10 sec
2Nicholas Atkins (Baltimore)
3Julius Reeves (Phila)
4Corey Hilliard (Phila)
Race 2
1Chris Hensel (Phila) 32.6
2Matt Bartlett (Phila)
3Misha Kwasuiewski (Phila)
4Chita Williams (Phila)

Mens Sprint Finals - 1000-meter standing start
1Altay Akgun (Phila) 33.07 sec
1Chris Hensel (Phila) 33.08
2Nicholas Atkins (Baltimore) 33.18
3Matt Bartlett (Phila) 33.30

Womens Pursuit Final - 5 kilometer standing start
1Heather Tyner (DC) 3:42 min:sec
2Kim LeMonde (Phila) 4:26
3Diana Oviedo (Phila) 4:27
4Stephane Stago (Phila) 4:39
5Amy Bolger (Brooklyn) 5:20
6Stacy Elmer (NYC) 5:25

Mens Pursuit Qualifying - 5 kilometer standing start
Race 1
1Chris Hensel (Phila) 3:16 min:sec
2Nicholas Atkins (Baltimore) 3:19
3Thomas Woody (Phila) 4:08
4Chad Selberg (Brooklyn) 4:24
Race 2
1Misha Kwasuiewski (Phila) 3:34
2Altay Akgun (Phila) 3:36
3Craig Barnes (Brooklyn) 4:20
4Eric Ginsburg (Phila) 4:28
Race 3
1Matt Bartlett (Phila) 3:24

Mens Pursuit Final - 5 kilometer standing start
1Chris Hensel (Phila) 3:14 min:sec
2Nicholas Atkins (Baltimore) 3:25
3Matt Bartlett (Phila) 3:26
4Misha Kwasuiewski (Phila) 3:34

Womens Omnium Final
1Heather Tyner (DC)
2Diana Oviedo (Phila)
4Stephane Stago (Phila)
5Amy Bolger (Brooklyn)
6Stacy Elmer (NYC)

Mens Omnium Final
1Chris Hensel (Phila)
2Nicholas Atkins (Baltimore)
3Matt Bartlett (Phila)
4Altay Akgun (Phila)
5Misha Kwasuiewski (Phila)

Bicycle Racing Machine
First Union USPRO Championships
Philadelphia, PA
Sunday June 9, 2002

Road To Nowhere
Philadelphia, PA
Saturday June 8, 2002

Chris Hensel (Phila) 1st place

Nicholas Atkins (Baltimore) 2nd place

Taliah Lempert (Brooklyn)

Amy Bolger (Brooklyn)

Heather Tyner (DC)