Four-Time World Champion Marvulli Leads the Way for a New Crop of MN Fixed Gear Classic Champions
Four-time world champion Franco Marvulli (Assos-Skoda), secured the overall endurance victory in the 2011 MN Fixed Gear Classic on Sunday at the National Sports Center Velodrome, outpacing Dan Harm (Broadmark Capital) and defending champion Colton Barrett (Kelly Benefits Strategies-OptumHealth).
Marvulli’s resounding victory in the Tempo Race and close second place finish in the Madison with partner Ryan Sabga (Black Dog Pro Cycling) secured the victory for the Swiss Six-Day specialist in the kick-off event of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival.
Michael Blatchford (Project London 2012) lead a 1-2-3 podium finish for his Project London 2012 team in the men’s sprint omnium. The trio’s two-second margin in the Team Sprint secured the win for Blatchford with teammates Kevin Mansker and Daniel Walker rounding out the podium.
Megan Hottman (Primal/MapMyRide) finished second in the first ever Women’s Madison at the MN Fixed Gear Classic and carried her strong results from Saturday’s marathon day (a result of a mid-session rain postponement on Friday) to the top of the podium of the Women’s Endurance Omnium.
National champion Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) convincingly secured the women’s sprint omnium with victories in each of the four events, including a team sprint win with second place finisher Maddie Godby (Encompass Racing).