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Beatty one of 15 juniors named to Team USA for Junior Track Worlds

By Bill Gatchel | Aug 09, 2017
Alijah Beatty

Colorado Springs, Colorado — USA Cycling announced yesterday the 15 athletes named to Team USA for the 2017 UCI Junior Track World Championships slated for Aug. 23-27 in Montichiari, Italy.

The team announcement comes on the heels of last week’s Junior & Elite Track National Championships which awarded 48 national titles to the top track cyclists in the nation.

“We witnessed a lot of talent at Nationals in LA and I think we have a top-notch group going to Italy,” said Jim Miller, USA Cycling’s VP of High Performance. “I’m especially excited about the men’s team pursuit squad as we expect them to really be competitive.”

Men

In the men’s endurance events, Riley Sheehan (Boulder, Colorado/LUX/Stradling) will have a large presence, representing Team USA in the team pursuit, individual pursuit, and points race. After winning the overall title at Tour de l’Abitibi earlier this summer, the all-around rider also took three national titles at Track Nationals last week.

In the team pursuit in Italy, Sheehan will be joined by his gold medal winning teammates from last week’s Nationals, Justin Butsavage (Macungie, Pennsylvania/T-Town Elite), Kenny Boots (Centennial, Colorado/Groove Subaru Excel), and Colby Lange (Edwards, Colorado/LUX/Stradling).

Lange also will join Sheehan on the start list for the individual pursuit. Then in the scratch race, Lange (who won at nationals) will be the sole competitor for the USA. Zach Gottesman (Greenbrae, California/Team Specialized Racing/NCCF) will represent Team USA in the men’s omnium after winning that national title in Los Angeles.

In the Madison, it will be Jonathon Gorski (Long Beach, California/South Bay Wheelmen) and Weston Giem (Valencia, California/BMW Major Motion) to don the red, white and blue. The pair earned the silver medal in the Madison at Nationals.

In the men’s sprint events, Sandor Delgado (Hialeah, Florida/D Professional) will be a strong force for Team USA after winning four national titles in Los Angeles last week. In Italy, Delgado will contest the team sprint, sprint, keirin, and kilometer time trial. In the team sprint, he’ll be joined by Weston Giem and Zach Gottesman who were his teammates in the race for gold at nationals.

Women

Alijah Beatty (Washington, Iowa/NorthStar Development Cycling) won an incredible six national titles at Track Nationals and will represent Team USA in those same events when she makes her way to Italy this month. She’ll kit up for both endurance and sprint events in Italy as she contests the omnium, team pursuit, individual pursuit, points race, scratch race, and keirin.

In the team pursuit, Beatty will combine forces with teammates Claire Reeves (Grand Rapids, Michigan/Sprinter’s Edge), McKenzie Steiner (Del Mar, California/Swami’s Junior Development Team), and

Sawyer Taylor (San Rafael, California/JAKROO p/b Chrome Industries) while Taylor also will join Beatty for the individual pursuit.

Eva Burke (Macungie, Pennsylvania/Sprinter’s Edge) will join Beatty for the keirin before later collaborating with Allyson Wasielewski (Orefield, Pennsylvania/Sprinter’s Edge) for the team sprint. Wasielewski and Marcy Bardman (Oley, Pennsylvania/Sprinter’s Edge) will represent the USA in the sprint, and Bardman will be the sole USA rider in the women’s 500-meter time trial.

The UCI Junior Track World Championships are Aug. 23-27 in Montichiari, Italy.

Team USA Roster

Women

Alijah Beatty (Washington, Iowa/NorthStar Development Cycling) — omnium, team pursuit, individual pursuit, points race, scratch race, keirin

Claire Reeves (Grand Rapids, Michigan/Sprinter’s Edge) team pursuit

McKenzie Steiner (Del Mar, California/Swami’s Junior Development Team) — team pursuit

Sawyer Taylor (San Rafael, California/JAKROO p/b Chrome Industries) — team pursuit, individual pursuit

Eva Burke (Macungie, Pennsylvania/Sprinter’s Edge) — team sprint, keirin

Allyson Wasielewski (Orefield, Pennsylvania/Sprinter’s Edge)— team sprint, team sprint

Marcy Bardman (Oley, Pennsylvania/Sprinter’s Edge)— sprint, 500-meter time trial

Men

Sandor Delgado (Hialeah, Florida/D Professional) — team sprint, sprint, keirin, kilometer time trial

Riley Sheehan (Boulder, Colorado/LUX/Stradling) — team pursuit, individual pursuit, points race

Justin Butsavage (Macungie, Pennsylvania/T-Town Elite) — team pursuit

Kenny Boots (Centennial, Colorado/Groove Subaru Excel) — team pursuit

Colby Lange (Edwards, Colorado/LUX/Stradling) — team pursuit, individual pursuit, scratch race

Zach Gottesman (Greenbrae, California/Team Specialized Racing/NCCF) — omnium, team sprint

Jonathon Gorski (Long Beach, California/South Bay Wheelmen) — Madison

Weston Giem (Valencia, California/BMW Major Motion) — team sprint, Madison

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